ASHLAND, Va.- Early momentum favored the Randolph men's basketball team in their ODAC contest with Randolph-Macon but the host Yellowjackets were quick to take it away as they won 68-47 on Saturday evening. RMC improves to 14-5 overall and 8-2 in the conference while Randolph falls to 4-15 overall and 1-9 in the league.
The WildCats led 6-0 in the early stages of the first half with Reid Jacoby (Richmond, Va./Benedictine) draining a three-point shot as the shot clock expired to begin the scoring. RMC got to even the score but Randolph tacked on a Nick Goble (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) layup and a Sammy Hooper (Richmond, Va./Midlothian) three spot to go up 11-6.
The 'Cats still maintained a four-point advantage, 17-13, with 8:36 to go until halftime. The tide started to change as the Yellowjackets mounted an 18-2 run to race ahead 31-19 at 2:06. Jacoby made a layup and was fouled which put him on the charity stripe for the free throw which he made to close the gap to 31-22. RMC's Korey Turner put a layup in with 10 seconds left and the score stood at 33-22 Randolph-Macon at the break.
The 'Cats chipped away at the RMC lead to start the second half as Elijah Ford (Chantilly, Va./Chantilly) sank the second of two free throws and Ryan Fields (Edgewood, Md./Loyola Blakefield) hit a jumper to make it 33-25. That would be as close as Randolph would get to catching up with the Yellowjackets as the hosts used a 16-4 run to push their lead to 49-29 with 11:03 remaining to play and never looked back for the rest of the period.
Fields was the lone WildCat to score in double figures as he finished with 11. He also grabbed six rebounds. Zach Hinton (Manassas, Va./Stonewall Jackson) saw time on the court and put up seven points in four minutes of playing time. Goble ended with six points and seven rebounds in 13 minutes off of the bench. Jacoby had six points and four assists.
The Yellowjackets shot 26-of-54 (48.1%) from the floor and 5-of-14 (35.7%) from behind the three-point arc. Rebounding gave a slight edge to Randolph-Macon 34-33.
Randolph comes back to Lynchburg where it will host the cross-town rival Hornets on Wednesday night. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.