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Moore Paces R-MC with 24 Points in Loss at Roanoke

Lamont Moore layup
Lamont Moore layup

SALEM, Va. – Senior Lamont Moore (Waverly, Va./Tidewater Academy) led all scorers with 24 points as the Randolph-Macon men's basketball team was outscored by Roanoke 91-85 Saturday afternoon in ODAC action.

Moore hit eight field goals, a pair of three-pointers and went 6 for 7 from the free throw line. He also had seven rebounds and two steals for the Yellow Jackets (7-8, 3-3 ODAC).

The teams stayed with four points of each other in the first five minutes. R-MC held a 12-10 edge before a three-pointer by Moore capped a 13-4 spurt as the Yellow Jackets took a 25-14 lead with 12:20 remaining in the first half. The visitors led 36-27 with just under seven minutes left before the Maroons (13-2, 5-1 ODAC) closed the half on a 25-12 run to take a 52-48 lead to the locker room at intermission. Roanoke scored the first basket of the game and did not lead again until a layup with two minutes left in the period gave the Maroons a 49-48 advantage. Freshman Grayson Midula (Glen Allen, Va./Glen Allen) tallied 11 points in the first half. He was 4 for 4 from the floor and nailed three treys.

Roanoke would not trail in the second stanza. The home team hit the first basket of the period before a 7-1 run by R-MC tied it at 55 with 15:45 remaining. The game was knotted at 63-63 before a 16-6 spurt by the Maroons made it 79-69 with seven minutes left. The lead grew to 11 at 86-75 before a Moore layup with 41 seconds remaining capped a 9-1 run to make it 87-84. Following a missed free throw by RC, the Yellow Jackets missed a potential tying trey with 27 seconds left. Joey Miller went 4 for 4 from the foul like over the final 17 seconds as the Maroons held on for the 91-85 victory.

Midulla finished with a career-high 15 points off the bench, going 6 for 8 from the floor and 3 for 4 from behind the arc. Sophomore Daniel Noe (Fairfax, Va./Bishop Ireton) added 12 points.

Freshman Jon Nowell (Riverdale, Ga./Blair Academy) recorded his first career double-double with 11 points and a season-best 10 rebounds.

The Yellow Jackets shot 55.7% from the floor, hitting 34 of 61 field goals. R-MC won the battle of the boards 35-23.

Randolph-Macon returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 20, with a 7 p.m. home ODAC contest against Eastern Mennonite in Crenshaw Gymnasium.