Bitter defeat in the ‘Sweet 16′: Randolph-Macon finishes season 21-10
Randolph-Macon fans gathered in Andrews Hall on campus to watch a broadcast of the Randolph-Macon game against Amherst. The Yellow Jackets lost 93-76.
Randolph-Macon Men’s Basketball (21-10) saw their NCAA Tournament run come to an end Saturday afternoon after falling to Amherst 93-76. Amherst (27-2) took advantage of a 58-34 halftime edge on 64.7 percent shooting and now advance to the Elite 8 round.
With the Yellow Jackets trailing 7-4 early in the first half, Lamar Giggetts knocked down a jumper with 16:59 to play to cut the Lord Jeffs’ lead to just one.
Andre Simon led the R-MC offense with 20 points against Amherst College.
Amherst then responded with a 25-5 run in the first half, giving the Lord Jeffs a 32-11 advantage.
Randolph-Macon scored the next six points on buckets by Marcus Badger, Connor Sullivan and Andre Simon to pull the Yellow Jackets within 15, but a quick 10-0 run from Amherst extended the lead, which would be 58-34 at half.
Amherst knocked down a staggering 10 of 15 three-pointers in the first half while shooting 22 of 34 from the field.
After the Lord Jeffs went up by 30 on an Allen Williamson three-point play, R-MC’s Giggetts converted a layup to spark a 12-2 run for the Yellow Jackets. Joe Hassell capped the run after battling for an offensive rebound and sinking a layup with 13:38 to go to cut the advantage to 70-50.
Badger knocked down a shot with 2:34 to play to pull Randolph-Macon within 15, but that would be as close as they would get as Amherst knocked down six of six free throws in the final two minutes to seal the game.
R-MC shot 47.8 percent from the field and converted three of nine three-point attempts.
Simon led four Yellow Jackets in double-digit scoring with 20 points and four rebounds. Giggetts had 18 and Sullivan chipped in for 16 on six-of-10 shooting. Badger dished out seven assists while scoring 10 points of his own.
Amherst shot 52.4 percent from the field, including an 11-for-22 mark from the three-point arc. The Lord Jeffs held a slim 37-35 edge on the glass and made 16 of 21 free throws.
Aaron Toomey scored a game-high 25 points for Amherst while also hauling in six rebounds. Williamson added 15 points while Connor Green had 14 to lead five Lord Jeffs in double figures.
Randolph-Macon finishes the season with a 21-10 overall record and an ODAC Championship. The Yellow Jackets under head coach Nathan Davis have now reached the NCAA Tournament a school record four consecutive times where they have posted seven wins and a Final Four appearance.