ASHLAND, Va. – Senior Lamont Moore (Waverly, Va./Tidewater Academy) recorded his third double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while sophomore Mike Silverthorn (Hackettstown, N.J./Blair Academy) nailed a three-pointer with 1:35 remaining to snap a 66-66 tie and give the Yellow Jackets the lead for good as the Randolph-Macon men's basketball team outlasted Hampden-Sydney 75-68 Wednesday evening in ODAC action in front of a sellout crowd of 1,435 at Crenshaw Gymnasium.
Moore sank a pair of free throws with 5:56 remaining in the second half to give the Yellow Jackets (6-6, 2-1 ODAC) a 66-53 lead. The Tigers (9-3, 1-2 ODAC) scored 13 straight to knot the score at 66. Silverthorn buried a trey from the right corner to put the home team on top 69-66. After H-SC missed a three-pointer, sophomore Daniel Noe (Fairfax, Va./Bishop Ireton) made a layup to give R-MC a 71-66 advantage with 56 seconds left. H-SC's Andrew Evans had a layup with 46 seconds remaining to cut the deficit to three at 71-68. Noe had another layup with 17 seconds left to push the lead back to five at 73-68. Following a Tiger turnover, junior Michael Taylor (Apex, N.C./Grace Christian) connected on a pair of free throws with seven seconds left to make the final 75-68 as R-MC extended its win streak to four.
Moore and Taylor had layups to start the game as R-MC took a quick 4-0 lead. H-SC used a 9-2 spurt to take a 9-6 lead four minutes into the contest. The Yellow Jackets put together a 20-5 run to take a 26-14 advantage with 10:25 left in the first half. The lead grew to as many as 16 (37-21) before R-MC took a 43-29 lead to the locker room at the break. Moore had 11 points and four boards in the first period.
The Yellow Jackets pushed the lead to 17 at 51-34 with 16:45 left in the contest. H-SC put together a 14-5 run to cut the deficit to eight at 56-48 with 9:25 remaning. Moore and freshman Darryl Williams (Columbia, Md./Glenelg Country) hit three-pointers prior to the two free throws by Moore that gave R-MC a 66-53 lead with just under six minutes remaining.
Taylor finished with 15 points and eight rebounds. Silverthorn had three treys and a free throw for 10 points. Junior Jamie Wilson (West Point, Va./West Point) had nine points and five assists.
Randolph-Macon returns to ODAC action on Saturday, Jan. 9, for a 2 p.m. home contest against Randolph in Crenshaw Gym.