Marcus Badger nailed a jumper with 35 seconds left, and then blocked the potential game-winner at the other end, leading Randolph-Macon to a 57-56 win in the quarterfinals of the ODAC Basketball Tournament.
With the victory, Randolph-Macon improves to 17-9 and will square off with Hampden-Sydney College in Saturday's second men's semifinal at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, VA. The Quakers complete their season with an 18-9 overall record.
The Quakers jumped out to an early 18-4 lead over the Yellow Jackets after a Pittman jumper with 13:36 left to play.
R-MC chipped away at the deficit over the next nine minutes, pulling within five points after an 18-9 run capped by a Sullivan trifecta.
GC got four points down the stretch by Jake Hopkins to take a 34-28 advantage into the intermission.
The Quakers extended their lead to 15, going on a 16-10 run in the first five minutes of the second half.
R-MC came out of a time-out at the 13:26 mark and held the Quakers without a field goal over the last 13:41 of the contest. For the entire second half, R-MC held GC to 26.7-percent shooting from the field.
The Yellow Jackets' offense responded and pulled within one point after a Simon layup with 1:44 on the clock. Joe Hassell rebounded Guilford's missed shot to give Badger the open jumper to take the lead and secure the victory.
R-MC was led by sophomore Connor Sullivan's 12 points while Second Team All-ODAC selection, Andre Simon, chipped in with 11 points and eight rebounds. Fellow second team honoree, Lamar Giggetts, added eight points and 11 boards. Badger had a solid game of eight points, four assists and five steals for the Yellow Jackets.
Guilford was led by 13 points from Will Freeman, while Pittman added 12 markers. Hopkins chipped in six points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
The Yellow Jackets will be back in action on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. as they take on archrival Hampden-Sydney in the semifinals of the ODAC Tournament.
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