FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - Senior Daniel Noe (Fairfax, Va./Bishop Ireton) scored a season-high 21 points, including a game-tying three-pointer with 11.5 seconds left, before a buzzer-beating trey by Mary Washington gave it a 68-65 win over the Randolph-Macon men's basketball team on Sunday afternoon.
Noe went 9 for 16 from the floor, hit two behind the arc and went 1 for 2 from the free throw line. Junior Grayson Midulla (Glen Allen, Va./Glen Allen) added 12 points for the Yellow Jackets (6-3).
The Eagles (7-3) jumped out to a 20-12 lead midway through the first half before Noe nailed a three-pointer to cap a 14-0 run as R-MC took a 26-20 lead with 7:25 remaining. UMW scored six in a row to knot the score at 26-26 before a triple by Midulla sparked a 7-0 run to give the Yellow Jackets a 33-26 advantage with three minutes left. Midulla hit three free throws with 0.1 seconds left to give R-MC its largest lead at 39-31. Noe and Midulla both had 10 first-half points.
The Eagles started the second half on a 13-4 run to take a 44-43 lead with 13:30 remaining. A pair of layups by Noe put the Yellow Jackets ahead 47-44 with 12:45 left. UMW used a 10-2 spurt to take a 54-49 advantage with 9:40 remaining. Two more layups by Noe highlighted a 9-1 R-MC run as the visitors took a 58-55 lead with 5:23 left. UMW used a 9-2 run to go ahead 64-60 with two minutes remaining. A pair of free throws by Anthony with 1:54 left cut the deficit to two at 64-62. A foul shot by the Eagles expanded their lead to 65-62 with 21.3 seconds remaining. Noe banked in a three-pointer with 11.5 left to tie the game at 65-65 before a trey at the buzzer by UMW gave the home team the victory.
Junior Jon Nowell (Riverdale, Ga./Blair Academy) paced the Yellow Jackets with six rebounds. Noe topped the team with four assists.
Randolph-Macon returns to action on December 29 at 7 p.m., hosting Frostburg State in the first round of the R-MC Coaches Classic sponsored by Kay Jewelers.