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Randolph-Macon Upends #12 Tiger Hoops

Preseason All-American Harrison George
Preseason All-American Harrison George

SALEM, VA - Randolph-Macon upset the #2 seeded and #12 ranked Hampden-Sydney College basketball team in the ODAC Tournament Semi-Finals, 64-59.

The Tigers will await their NCAA Tournament fate as the NCAA Selection Show is Monday afternoon.

The contest proved to be a game of runs. H-SC opened the game with a 5-0 lead, but Randolph-Macon scored 10 of the next 14 points to take a 10-9 advantage at 15:03. Five straight Tigers points put them ahead 14-10, but the Yellow Jackets utilized a 10-0 run to go on top 20-14 after a Lamar Giggetts jumper. Khobi Williamson (Norfolk, VA / Maury) and Greg Lewis (Mechanicsville, VA / Hanover) contributed 11 of the game's next 13 points, and following a Leon Hargrove (Raleigh, NC / Middle Creek) layup, the Tigers raced back on top 27-22.

Randolph-Macon scored the game's next nine points and a Chris Hamilton trifecta gave R-MC a 31-27 advantage at the 4:05 mark. After another Hamilton three pointer made it a 34-28 R-MC lead at 2:37, Cam Anderson (Charlottesville, VA / Blue Ridge) and Williamson scored the half's last eight points sa Williamson's buzer-beater tip-in put H-SC on top 36-34 at halftime.

George and Williamson opened the second half with two points apiece to push the lead out to 40-34. After a Giggetts free throw, a George three pointer gave the Tigers a 43-35 lead at the 14:58 mark. Randolph-Macon scored nine of the next 11 points to make it a 45-44 Tiger edge at 11:34. With Hampden-Sydney ahead 50-47 with 10:22 remaining, the Yellow Jackets used a 10-0 spurt to surge to the lead 57-50 with seven minutes left.

Following an H-SC timeout, George scored six straight points to trim the deficit to just one, 57-56, with 4:13 left. The Randolph-Macon lead continued to remain at one, 60-59, after a Keegan Wetzel (Mebane, NC / Eastern Alamance) free throw at the 1:49 mark. Andre Simon answered with a layup on the next R-MC possesion to push it back to a three-point lead. The Tigers would commit an offensive foul on their next possession and forced Randolph-Macon into a tough three-point attempt at the 44 second mark, but Randolph-Macon got the offensive rebound. The Tigers sent Connor Sullivan to the charity stripe where he made one of two shots to give R-MC a 63-59 lead with 39 ticks left on the clock.

Following a Hampden-Sydney timeout with 25 seconds to go, Joe Hassell stole the ball and Sullivan made one of two free throw attempts to seal the win.

George double-doubled with 15 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists. Williamson scored a game-high 16 points and added seven boards. Anderson tallied 10 points and Fletcher Lumpkin (Richmond, VA / Mills Godwin) grabbed seven caroms.

Hamilton came off the bench to lead Randolph-Macon with 14 points, and Giggetts posted 11 points and five rebounds. Akeem Holmes tacked on seven points and 11 caroms, and Sullivan added on seven points and six rebounds.

A defensive affair saw each team shoot below 40% from the floor, bt Randolph-Macon especially struggled at the free throw line, shooting just 6-16. The Tigers recorded 16 turnovers compared to 11 for the Yellow Jackets. H-SC scored 21 points off offensive rebounds and limited R-MC to only 10. The bench points, normally heavily in favor of Hampden-Sydney, actually went Randolph-Macon's way, 37-27.

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