ASHLAND, VA (WWBT) - Senior Marcus Badger nailed a three-pointer with 26 seconds remaining to erase a 66-65 deficit and lift the No. 11 Randolph-Macon men's basketball team to a 69-66 victory over sixth-ranked Virginia Wesleyan in ODAC action Wednesday evening at Crenshaw Gymnasium for its 11th straight win.
Badger finished with 14 points and dished out five assists. Senior Chris Hamilton led the Yellow Jackets (14-2, 7-0) with 16 points. He was 6 for 10 from the floor and 4 for 5 on three-pointers.
Brandon Mitchell made a layup with 1:35 remaining to give the Marlins (13-3, 5-2 ODAC) a 66-65 lead. The first-place Yellow Jackets turned the ball over, but VWC missed a shot with 55 seconds left and senior Joe Hassell grabbed the rebound. Following a timeout, Badger buried a trey from the left corner to give R-MC a 68-66 advantage. VWC missed a three-pointer with six seconds remaining. Senior Connor Sullivan grabbed the rebound and made one of two free throws with two seconds remaining to make the final 69-66.
R-MC used a 7-2 spurt at the start of the second half to take a 44-29 lead with 17:30 remaining. The Marlins used a 19-4 run to knot the score at 48-48 with 11:52 left. The Yellow Jackets were able to push the lead back to five at 63-58 with 5:25 remaining before VWC scored six straight to take a 64-63 lead with 2:10 left.
VWC was hot at the start, taking an 18-10 lead with 13:25 remaining in the first period. R-MC used a 9-2 run to pull within one at 20-19 midway through the half. The Yellow Jackets closed the half on an 18-4 run over the final nine minutes to take a 37-27 lead at the break. Hamilton had nine points to pace R-MC.
Senior Akeem Holmes had 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Yellow Jackets. Hassell finished with 10 points, six rebounds and seven blocks.
R-MC shot 50% from the floor (27-54), 57.1% on three-pointers (8-14) and 77.8% from the free throw line (7-9).
Randolph-Macon returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 24 for a home ODAC contest against Emory & Henry at 3:30 p.m.