SALEM, Va. - Freshman Buzz Anthony (Arnold, Md./Archbishop Spalding) had 11 points as the top-seeded Randolph-Macon men's basketball team fell 56-54 to No. 9 Eastern Mennonite in the quarterfinals of the 2018 ODAC Tournament Friday afternoon in the Salem Civic Center.
The Yellow Jackets dropped to 18-8, while the Royals moved to 12-14.
Junior Montese Adams (Richmond, Va./Fuqua) had a three-pointer and a jumper to cap a 7-0 start for R-MC. EMU closed to within three at 9-6 before a dunk by Adams punctuated another 7-0 spurt as the Yellow Jackets took a 16-6 lead with 11:30 left in the first half. The Royals made a pair of buckets before a trey by junior Grayson Midulla (Glen Allen, Va./Glen Allen) and a layup by Anthony put R-MC up 21-10 with 6:30 remaining. A 7-1 run by EMU narrowed the margin to five at 22-17 with five minutes left. A basket by junior Jon Nowell (Riverdale, Ga./Blair Academy) pushed the lead back to 10 at 29-19 before the Royals closed the half on a 6-1 run to make it 30-25 at the break. Adams had nine points and Midulla added seven in the first half.
Anthony started the second half with a three-point play and a jumper by sophomore Korey Turner (Midlothian, Va./Amelia Academy) put R-MC on top 35-25 with 17:45 left. The Yellow Jackets led 38-31 before treys by Anthony and sophomore Corey Bays (Bel Air, Md./CM Wright) sandwiched a 15-foot jumper by Nowell to give R-MC a 46-31 advantage with 13:05 remaining. The Royals put together a 20-4 run to take their first lead at 51-50 with 3:50 left. A jumper by Turner gave the lead back to the Yellow Jackets at 52-51 with 3:30 remaining. A three-pointer by EMU gave it a 54-52 edge with 47.4 seconds left. Senior Daniel Noe (Fairfax, Va./Bishop Ireton) tied it with a layup with 17.9 seconds remaining. The Royals had a layup with 7.7 seconds to break the tie. After a pair of fouls by EMU, R-MC was not able to get off a final shot.
Noe and Adams both finished with nine, while Turner added eight.