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Poor Shooting Hurts Randolph in One-Point Loss

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From Randolph athletics:

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Randolph came up one point short against a team coming off of two straight top-10 wins.

Randolph (5-3) has gotten into the habit of playing close games and now has three losses by a combined six points.

Mary Washington (9-1) entered coming off of two thrilling top-10 victories over St. Mary's and Virginia Wesleyan and had played six single-digit margin games before this afternoon.

These two teams, consistently playing nailbiter games, played another one this afternoon at the RAD Center.

Defense ruled the day, as many suspected, considering these two teams each came in leading their respective conferences in scoring defense.

Randolph held Mary Washington to 4-of-28 from long range, while both teams shot below their average from the floor.

After seven first half lead changes, the teams fittingly entered intermission level, 22-22.

The lead switched five times in the first 10 minutes of the second half, but an 11-0 run from the Eagles put them up nine with 8:18 to go.

Randolph immediately got back-to-back threes from sophomore Corey Brown (Williamsburg, Va./Walsingham) and senior Mike Ehilegbu (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft) to get within three, however.

Brown hit two more triples as the teams exchanges baskets to bring the WildCats level at 45-45 with 4:08 remaining. The team was aided by a diving steal by sophomore Zach Desgain (Richmond, Va./J.R. Tucker), who called timeout before touching the sideline.

After an exchange of free throws, Mary Washington grew a lead to five after two baskets, but a pair from the charity stripe from Evan Horn (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) and a Brown layup, while being fouled, cut the edge to one with just over a minute to go.

When Brown missed on the free throw that would have equalized the game, Randolph stepped up on defense.

The teams each missed from the floor, allowing the Eagles to call timeout with the ball, with 49.8 seconds left.

Brown stole the inbound pass, allowing the WildCats a shot on offense, but a contested layup was off the mark, forcing Randolph to foul.

Two missed free throws gave Randolph one last opportunity, but Ehilegbu's corner three was just long, ending the WildCats' hopes as time expired.

"The game was about making plays and [Mary Washington] made one more play than we did," head coach Clay Nunley said.

"We're going to take this and get better from it," Nunley continued. "Hopefully we'll respond the right way and I am confident we will."

Randolph will have to wait until Dec. 28 before it has a chance to rebound, as the team travels to New York for three contests.

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GAME NOTES

-Randolph missed 7 of its 13 free throws in the second half.

-Both teams shot poorly from the floor. Randolph was 15-45 (33%) and Mary Washington was 19-61 (31%).

-Randolph had 18 turnovers and 12 assists.

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