LYNCHBURG, Virginia — The Ferrum College men’s basketball team pushed their win streak to six games with an Old Dominion Athletic Conference win over Randolph College on the road Wednesday night, 77-53 inside the RAD Center.
Ferrum (14-10, 9-6 ODAC)
Randolph (7-17, 3-12 ODAC)
A Rashad Reed trey in the first minutes of play put the Panthers up 3-1, and they would not look back from there. Ferrum would not trail the rest of the way, though the first half was played evenly. The Panthers ran off an 8-1 run after a Zach Hinton free throw to open the game, but the WildCats would answer back with a 7-0 run to even things back at 8-8 which would stand as the game’s only tie. Coach Tyler Sanborn’s club would head to the locker room with a 31-28 advantage at the halftime break.
James Smith Jr. was off to the hot start in the opening stanza, recording 10 points on 4-7 shooting from the field. Carrington Young had a huge first half as well, scoring four points while adding five rebounds and four assists to his line. Rashad Reed and Kalip Jones made their way into the offense for the Panthers, each adding five points. Justin Dula led the way for Randolph, scoring five points and chasing down five boards. AJ Marshall was close behind Dula’s effort, scoring four points while also snatching five rebounds.
Ferrum would open the deciding half on a 10-2 run to quickly push the advantage to 11 as the Panthers would take full control of the game from there. A pair of Smith Jr. free throws would make it a 58-41 game with 9:22 to play, completely putting the game out of the WildCat reach. The Panthers used a big performance in the paint to come out on top, outscoring Randolph 22-14 in the paint in the second half.
Reed would come alive from 3-pt land, knocking down two treys to lead all Panther scores with 12 second-half points. Kajuan Madden-McAfee knocked down two treys as well, recording 10 points and adding six rebounds. Young followed up his strong first half performance with eight points and seven rebounds in the closing half. For the WildCats, Brian Smith was the scoring leader with eight points. Dula finished strong as well, scoring six points and chasing down nine rebounds.
Ferrum: Reed 17 pts; Smith Jr. 16 pts; Young 12 pts, 12 reb, 5 ast; Madden-McAfee 12 pts, 9 reb
Randolph: Smith 13 pts; Dula 11 pts, 14 reb; Payne 7 pts, 5 ast; Marshall 6 pts, 6 reb
BEHIND THE WHISTLE
“Great road win for our program tonight. We defended with a high level of consistency throughout the entirety of the game. We had a slow start offensively, but really turned it on in the second half and got some flow. Huge game Saturday that will determine a lot for seeding in the tournament. I’m looking forward to celebrating Rashad Reed on his Senior Day, as well. Should be a great atmosphere.” –Head Coach Tyler Sanborn
Coach Sanborn’s squad will be back in action at home Saturday, February 22, to take on Washington and Lee in the regular season finale. The ODAC affair is set to tip off at 2 p.m. inside Swartz Gymnasium.