February 13, 2013

Randolph Takes 58-49 Decision at LC

For immediate release – 2/13/2013 - #240
Randolph Takes 58-49 Decision at LC

LYNCHBURG, VA – The Randolph College men's basketball team rode a strong second half Wednesday evening en route to a 58-49 victory at Lynchburg College in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) game.

Senior forward Michael Wims was on fire in the first five minutes of the game, netting two three pointers and three jumpers to give the Hornets an early 12-2 lead. Randolph's Colton Hunt drove to the hoop to score the next three baskets and Corey Brown made a layup to cut the lead to 12-10. LC junior Andrew Simmons nailed two jumpers from beyond the three-point arc to extend LC's lead to 18-10, but the WildCats finished the half on a 14-7 run to go into halftime down 25-24.

Hornet senior pivot-man Austin Chillemi scored the first two baskets of the second half in the paint to put LC ahead five, but the middle part of the half went Randolph's way. A 13-1 run gave the visitors a 43-32 lead with 9:35 remaining and the score was 45-34 three minutes later. LC got back into the game after a 9-0 surge to draw within two, and trailed by just five (50-45) with 1:33 left. Randolph sunk eight free throws in the closing minutes to ice the game.

Wims fell just one point short of his career-high with 21 points, hitting 9-18 shots from the floor with three three-pointers and seven rebounds. Simmons finished with 12 points, three assists and three steals. Senior guard Brandan Connor ended with four points, a team-high eight rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals while Chillemi had four points and six rebounds.

Hunt scored 21 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds for Randolph (20-4/11-4 ODAC), hitting 8-of-10 of his free-throw attempts. Corey Brown had 12 points and seven rebounds and Chris Battaglia contributed eight points and nine boards. Randolph took advantage of 27 trips to the charity stripe, converting 20 attempts, while LC shot just six free throws (4-6).

The program's five seniors were honored in pre-game ceremony on Senior Night: Chillemi, Connor, Wims, Robby Kaiser and Mike Glover.  

The Hornets (18-6/9-6) travel to Virginia Wesleyan College Saturday for their last regular-season ODAC game at 2 p.m.