ARLINGTON, Va. - Sophomore Corey Bays (Bel Air, Md./CM Wright) scored a career-high 18 points off the bench as the Randolph-Macon men's basketball team defeated fifth-ranked Ramapo 79-61 Saturday afternoon in the first round of the Fifth Annual Pablo Coto Tip-Off Tournament.
The Yellow Jackets (1-1) will face SUNY Geneseo in the championship game at 3 p.m. on Sunday. The Roadrunners (0-1) will face host Marymount in the consolation game at 1 p.m.
Bays had 15 career points heading into the game, tallying 11 a season ago and five in the opener against No. 14 Christopher Newport. Bays went 6 for 8 from the floor, including 5 for 6 on three-pointers in the first half. He also grabbed a career-best seven rebounds.
R-MC had three other players score in double figures. Senior Daniel Noe (Fairfax, Va./Bishop Ireton) had 13 points off the bench, while junior Montese Adams (Richmond, Va./Fuqua) and sophomore Korey Turner (Midlothian, Va./Amelia Academy) both put up 10.
Adams and junior Jon Nowell (Riverdale, Ga./Blair Academy) had the first two buckets of the game to give R-MC the early lead before RC scored eight straight to go up by four four minutes into the contest. The Roadrunners led 10-8 before four trays by Bays highlighted a 19-4 spurt by the Yellow Jackets to give them a 27-14 advantage with 6:40 left in the first half. RC cut it to eight at 29-21 with 4:30 on the clock before a 14-6 run gave R-MC a 43-27 lead at intermission. The Yellow Jackets hit 17 of 33 field goals (.515), including 7 of 18 treys (.389). The R-MC defense held RC to 24% shooting from the floor (7 for 29) and the Roadrunners hit just 1 of 9 three-pointers.
Noe nailed a trey to cap a 10-2 run to start the second half as the lead grew to 24 at 53-29. The advantage ballooned to 29 at 77-48 with 3:41 remaining before RC closed the game on a 13-2 run to make the final 79-61.
The Yellow Jackets had a 41-34 advantage on the glass. Noe and Bays paced the victors with seven caroms each. Noe, Turner, junior Grayson Midulla (Glen Allen, Va./Glen Allen) and freshman Buzz Anthony (Arnold, Md./Archbishop Spalding) each had three assists, while Midulla had all three steals for R-MC.