#7 R-MC Secures ODAC Regular-Season Crown with 87-45 Win at Randolph

Darryl Williams going up for a shot
Darryl Williams (photo by Frank Straus)

LYNCHBURG, Va. - Senior Darryl Williams (Glenelg Country) had 10 points in a key 17-0 second-half run, sophomore Buzz Anthony (Arnold, Md./Archbishop Spalding) put up a game-high 21 points, and senior Grayson Midulla (Glen Allen, Va./Glen Allen) recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 assists, as the 7th-ranked Randolph-Macon men's basketball team routed Randolph 87-45 on Saturday evening to win its third straight ODAC regular-season crown.

The Basics

Score: Randolph-Macon 87, Randolph 45

Location/Venue: Lynchburg, Va./RAD Center

Records: R-MC 22-2, 14-1 ODAC; RC 10-13, 5-9 ODAC

How It Happened

  • Senior.Luke Neeley (Orange, Va./Woodberry Forest) nailed a three-pointer to begin the scoring, and Anthony hit a jumper and a pair of free throws to give the Yellow Jackets a quick 7-0 lead. After a bucket by the Wildcats, Anthony buried a trey and Midulla made three straight baskets to extend the lead to 16-2 with 14:40 remaining in the first half. Randolph closed with seven at 18-11 before Anthony scored seven straight points for R-MC as the visitors led 25-13 midway through the opening period. Another three-pointer by Neeley pushed the advantage to 15 at 32-17 with 5:30 left. A trey by Williams from the top of the key made it 38-22 with two minutes remaining. After a layup by Randolph, senior Jon Nowell (Riverdale, Ga./Blair Academy) scored in the lane just before the halftime buzzer to give the Yellow Jackets a 40-24 lead at the break. Anthony had 16 points in the first half, going 6 for 8 from the floor with two treys and a pair of free throws. Mudulla had 8 points and 8 rebounds for R-MC.
  • A monster dunk by Nowell started the scoring in the second half, giving the visitors a 42-24 lead. Jumpers by Anthony and Midulla gave the Yellow Jackets a 20-point lead at 47-27 with 16:35 remaining. After Randolph scored the next three points, Williams had 10 points in a 17-0 run as R-MC bolted to a 64-30 lead with 9:40 remaining. The Yellow Jackets held the Wildcats scoreless for five minutes during the run. Junior Korey Turner (Midlothian, Va./Amelia Academy), Neeley and freshman Ian Robertson (Lewes, Del./Cape Henlopen) all hit treys as the advantage ballooned to 75-38 with five minutes remaining. A three-pointer by freshman Daquan Morris (Philadelphia, Pa./Hill School) with one minute remaining game R-MC its largest lead at 87-43 before a late jumper by the Wildcats made the final 87-45.

By The Numbers

  • Anthony hit 8 field goals, 3 treys and 2 free throws for his 21 points. He eclipsed the 20-point mark for the second time this season.
  • Williams went 6 for 8 from the floor and 2 for 3 beyond the arc. He also grabbed 6 rebounds.
  • Midulla recorded his first double-double of the season and the second of his career.
  • Neeley gave R-MC four scorers in double figures with 11. He had 3 treys among his 4 field goals.
  • The Yellow Jackets held a 42-35 edge on the boards.
  • The R-MC defense held Randolph to 32% shooting from the floor (16-50), 17% on treys (3-18), and forced 16 turnovers.
  • The Yellow Jackets committed just six, including only one in the second half. R-MC entered the game ranked 10th in the nation with 10.4 turnovers per game.

Notes

  • R-MC is 14-1 in the ODAC with 1 game remaining. Second-place Guilford is 11-3 with 2 games left to play. The Yellow Jackets are 39-8 (83%) in conference games over the past three seasons.
  • The Yellow Jackets will be the No. 1 seed in the ODAC Tournament for the second straight season.
  • The last time an ODAC team won three straight ODAC regular-season titles was Virginia Wesleyan (2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13).
  • R-MC had won at least a share of the ODAC regular-season crown 13 times: 1989-90, 1990-91, 1997-98, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2004-05, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19).
  • R-MC is ranked No. 1 in the initial NCAA South Regional Rankings.
  • The Yellow Jackets extended their win streak to 9.
  • R-MC entered the game 9th in the country in scoring margin at 18.9 prior to the 42-point victory. It was the third time the Yellow Jackets had won by 40 or more points. R-MC was 10th in the nation in scoring defense at 63.0.

Up Next

  • Randolph-Macon concludes its regular season on Saturday, February 16 with a 4:30 p.m. ODAC contest at Eastern Mennonite.