R-MC wins ODAC opener

Randolph-Macon started its ODAC slate off on the right foot, knocking off Lynchburg 78-73.

R-MC (2-3 / 1-0 ODAC) got a career-high 20 points from center Dylan Cole who went 6-of-10 from the field and converted 8-of-10 attempts from the free-throw line.    Cole also dished out a career-high three assists, in addition to one block and two steals on the defensive end.

Lamar Giggetts scored 14 points for R-MC, while Connor Sullivan added 13 points.   Andre Simon tied for a game-high nine rebounds to go along with six points, three steals and two blocks.    The Yellow Jackets shot 46.6% from the floor, making 27-of-58 shots from the field.

With LC leading 22-21 with 8:32 to play in the first-half, R-MC went on a 14-5 run, capped by a pair of free-throws by Cole to push the Jackets in front 35-27 with 2:26 left in the first stanza.   LC would score the final six points of the half to cut the R-MC lead to 35-33 at intermission.

The Hornets came out in the second stanza and scored 14 of the first 20 points, building a six point lead on a Manny Hernandez three-pointer that made it 47-41 with just over 14 minutes to play.

The Yellow Jackets responded with 16-0 run over the next five and a half minutes, taking a double-digit edge when Cole sank two chances from the charity stripe to make it 57-47.

LC was able to cut the lead to seven before a Chris Hamilton three-pointer with 6:23 to go pushed R-MC back in front 63-53.

The Hornets fought back, going on an 18-5 run following Hamilton's trifecta and were able to pull within one point when an Austin Chillemi bucket made it 72-71 with 58 seconds left on the game clock.

R-MC  sealed the game,  making all six of its attempts from the foul line down the stretch to notch its 25th consecutive victory at home and its 10th straight win over LC.

Lynchburg (4-1 / 0-1 ODAC) was led by Hernandez who had a game-high 21 points.   Chillemi was 8-of-12 from the field, en route to a 17 point, nine rebound night.  Xavier Parham had 11 points, six assists and six steals in a losing effort for LC.

Randolph-Macon will head  out on the road Saturday to take on Guilford in a 3:00 p.m. ODAC game.

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