Balanced Scoring Propels WildCat Men’s Hoops Past Washington & Lee University 68-60

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For Immediate Release – 2/2/11 - #169

Balanced Scoring Propels WildCat Men's Hoops Past Washington & Lee University 68-60

                LYNCHBURG, VA – The WildCats had four of five starters in double figures and held Washington & Lee University to 38 percent shooting from the floor as the Randolph College men's basketball team knocked off Washington & Lee University 68-60 in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) play Wednesday evening.

                Randolph (14-5/8-3 ODAC) got 66 of its 68 points from the starting five, as sophomore Cameron Colquitt (Mechanicsville, VA/Atlee) was the lone scorer off the bench for the WildCats. With the win, Randolph clinched its first winning season in program history.

                The WildCats jumped out of the gate quick Wednesday, scoring the game's first eight points getting five from junior forward Derrick Woods-Morrow (Greensboro, NC/NE Guilford) over that spurt. Woods-Morrow finished with a season-high 16 points for Randolph, going six-of-seven from the field. After W&L (12-7/5-6 ODAC) hit its first bucket of the game, the hosts chalked up another eight straight to lead 16-2.

                Washington & Lee responded with a 12-2 run over the game's next 5:48, trimming the Randolph edge to four at 18-14. The home lead would hover around eight points for the rest of the half, with the WildCats taking an eventual 31-25 advantage into the halftime intermission.

                After the break, the Randolph lead would swell to 15 points at 51-36 with 9:24 left in the ballgame. The visitors would not go away though, making a late rally. Down 14 with 2:36 left, W&L went on a 10-2 run to trim the lead to six on a lay-up from Jackson Coursey. A subsequent lay-up from JD Ey pulled the Generals to within five, but free throws down the stretch helped Randolph secure the win.

                Sophomore guard Colton Hunt (Buford, GA/Smoky Mountain) scored a game-high 18 points to go with a contest-high nine boards. Junior Malcolm Nelson (Richmond, VA/Trinity Episcopal) scored 12 points, also chalking up five boards, five assists and three steals, while Pete Hamilton (Roanoke, VA/Cave Spring) scored 11 points and dished out three helpers.

                The WildCats shot 51.2 percent (22-43) from the floor on Wednesday, knocking down six-of-13 from behind the arc. Washington & Lee was paced by Ey, who  finished with 11 points and a team-high eight boards. Kevin Gill scored 10 points off the bench in 20 minutes, while Kyle Bond added 10 points for W&L.

                Jeremy Adkins also chipped in with nine points for the Generals, who turned the ball over 19 times, but out-rebounded Randolph 37-29. The WildCats are now 9-1 when causing 16 turnovers or more in a game.

                Randolph jumps right back on the floor tomorrow evening as it travels to Charlotte, NC for a non-conference tussle with the Wildcats of Johnson & Wales (NC) University at 7:30 p.m. at the Grady Cole Center.