Yellow Jackets sweep Coaches Classic

Posted on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Randolph-Macon tops Manhattanville 76-40

The Randolph-Macon College Men’s Basketball team captured the 2012 R-MC Coaches Classic sponsored by Kay Jewelers with a 76-40 victory over Manhattanville Sunday afternoon in Ashland.

Andre Simon goes to the basket over top of a Manhattanville defender during the Yellow Jackets’ 76-40 win Sunday. Simon had 14 points and six rebounds.

R-MC (6-5) shot a blistering 50 percent from the field, making 33 of its 66 shots on the afternoon and featured four players in double figures led by 15 off the bench from Akeem Holmes. Holmes and the rest of the Randolph-Macon bench outscored the Manhattanville reserves 31-6.

Andre Simon had 14 points and six rebounds, while Dylan Cole and all-tournament selection Lamar Giggetts each had 12 points. Cole had a team-high nine rebounds to help R-MC to a 48-33 edge on the boards.

Giggetts also finished with four rebounds, four assists, three blocks and three steals in the win. Marcus Badger matched Giggetts with four assists as R-MC combined for 19 helpers as a team.

With the Yellow Jackets up 12-6 four minutes into the contest, R-MC  went on a 23-9 run, taking a 35-15 advantage following a Holmes bucket with just over five minutes to play in the half.

The Yellow Jackets fashioned a 37-20 lead at halftime and then held Manhattanville to just one field goal in the first eight and a half minutes of the second stanza.  R-MC would outscore the Valiants 14-2 during that span to take a 29-point lead with less than 14 minutes to play in the game.

R-MC held Manhattanville (7-4) to just 25.1 percent from the floor on 15-of-58 shooting. The Yellow Jackets also forced the Valiants into 19 turnovers, which led to 19 R-MC points. Connor Sullivan was named the tournament’s most outstanding player after he tied a career-high with 17 points on Saturday and had five points on Sunday.

Randolph-Macon was back in action on Wednesday when it hosted Gettysburg College.


Opening round started with 21-point victory

Randolph-Macon never trailed as it topped Washington College, 76-55, Saturday afternoon in the opening round of the 2012 R-MC Coaches Classic.

R-MC (5-5) shot just under 50 percent on the afternoon, connecting on 26-of-53 shots from the field.  Connor Sullivan tied a career-high with 17

Connor Sullivan goes up for a basket during Randolph-Macon’s 76-55 win over Washington College Saturday. He tied a career-high 17 points during the game.

points, while fellow starter Andre Simon added 10 points in the victory.  Jamie Robinson and Dylan Cole each had nine points and Lamar Giggetts had eight.

Randolph-Macon recorded an assist on 13 of its 26 made field goals, getting a game-high six helpers from point-guard Marcus Badger.  Cole pulled down 10 rebounds to help R-MC to a 41-34 edge on the glass.  Lamont Moore came off the bench and grabbed a career-high six rebounds in 18 minutes of action for the Jackets.

R-MC opened up a quick 10-2 lead when Cole made a layup just under three minutes into the game.

The Shoremen cut the lead to five at 18-13 on a Kevin Cuningham jumper with 12:17 left to go in the first stanza.

Following Cunningham’s basket, the Yellow Jackets went on an 18-8 run over the next six minutes, opening up a 36-21 advantage when Sullivan drained one of his four three-pointers with 6:40 to go.

Washington would score the next five points to cut its deficit to 10, before the Jackets closed out the final 4:38 of the half with a 10-2 run to take a 46-28 lead into the locker room at intermission.

Randolph-Macon sealed the game by scoring 17 of the first 26 points of the second-half, widening its advantage to 26 points when a Trent Walker bucket made it 63-37 with 13 minutes to play.

Washington College (0-10) was paced by a team-high 17 points from Stephen Porarch.  Charlie McShane had 10 points for the Shoremen, who shot 31.7 percent from the field, making 19-of-60 shots in the loss.


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