LYNCHBURG, VA – The Lynchburg College men's basketball team found itself trailing visiting Marymount (Va.) University .by four points at halftime on Sunday, but a second half onslaught gave the Hornets the 69-62 victory.
The win had special meaning as this is the first time the Hornets have been undefeated in non-conference play. Lynchburg started keeping records in 1976-77.
Lynchburg took an early eight-point lead in the game, but the Saints were able to answer, going on a 20-7 run down the stretch to take their largest lead of the game, 31-24, with 4:19 to play in the first half.
Marymount charged back with a layup by Jesse Konadu, followed up with a Timothy Brisco three-pointer to give the Saints its last lead of the game, 43-42.
Hornet senior Michael Wims assumed control of the game for the Hornets, knocking down three consecutive three-pointers and scoring 11 points in a row for LC, giving the home team a 53-47 lead. Marymount would get within one point on a JC Hoellich layup, but freshman Austen Arnold buried a three with 6:18 remaining to crush the Saint rally.
Wims led the Hornets (9-2) with 18 points and seven boards. Chillemi contributed 16 points and six rebounds to the LC effort. Hernandez was the only other Hornet in double figures with 10 points. Parham ended the game with a season-high seven steals, two away from tying the school record set by himself and two others. He also contributed nine points, ten assists, and four boards.
Konadu had 15 points to lead Marymount (3-8). Reed Scott collected a double-double with 12 points to go along with 10 rebounds.
Lynchburg's next game will be at home on Wednesday, January 2 for a 4 p.m. opening tip as the Hornets take on Bridgewater College in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference contest.
From Randolph athletics:
HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA – Senior guard Colton Hunt (Whittier,NC/Smoky Mountain) made a lay-up with 20 seconds left to propel the Randolph College men's basketball team to a 75-73 overtime, come-from-behind victory over Huntingdon College (AL) in the final day of the Bojangles Holiday Challenge, hosted by Hampden-Sydney College.
The WildCats remained as the lone undefeated team in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), but it wasn't easy as Randolph trailed for much of the afternoon. Randolph fell behind early, and found itself down 11 with 6:12 left in the first period after a lay-up from Jake Hataway. The WildCats (11-0) chipped away at the Hawk advantage, thanks to six points from first-year Jason Eddie (Charlotte, NC/Davidson Day School) and trailed only 36-33 at the intermission.
Shortly after the break, Randolph tied the game twice but Huntington (3-8) powered back ahead to lead by six. The WildCats evened the game at 48 apiece on a three by first-year Evan Horn (Westminster, MD/Winters Mill), but Huntington would retake the lead and hold that until just under a minute to play.
With 57 seconds left in the game, Hunt nailed a triple to tie the game at 66 and force overtime. In the extra session, Randolph had to again fight from behind until senior Chris Battaglia (Smithfield, VA/Portsmouth) nailed a three to give the WildCats their first lead with 1:09 left in overtime. Huntington used a Jeremiah Thomas jumper to tie the game with 52 seconds left, but Hunt answered with the game-winner and first-year Corey Brown (Williamsburg, VA/Walsingham) notched a late steal to seal the win.
Though not as efficient as normal, Hunt finished with a game-high of 27 points, making nine-of-22 from the first. Hunt added eight rebounds, while Mike Ehilegbu (Raleigh, NC/Ravenscroft) notched 17 points, a team-leading nine boards, four assists and a pair of steals. Horn finished with nine points, and Eddie and Brown each had seven points apiece.
The WildCats posted their lowest shooting percentage of the season at 39.7 percent (25-63), while making only nine-of-33 from downtown. Randolph did make 16 free throws on the day, but was out-rebounded 48-34 on the game. The WildCats committed just 10 turnovers as well, the second-lowest total of the year.
Huntingdon got a big double-double from Thomas, who finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Ryan Petty had 13 points and seven rebounds, and Austin Hill registered 12 points and eight rebounds in the loss. HC shot 44.3 percent (27-61) on the day, including hitting on nine-of-22 from deep. The percentage against was the second-highest for a WildCat opponent this year, bested only by the 44.9 percent by Arcadia College in the season opener.
Randolph will return to the floor this upcoming Saturday afternoon, January 5 at 4:30 p.m. as ODAC play resumes in the Randolph Athletics and Dance (RAD) Center with a battle against the Yellow Jackets of Randolph-Macon College.