ATLANTA, Ga. – Senior Grayson Midulla (Glen Allen, Va. / Glen Allen) totaled 21 points and went 10-15 from the field as Randolph-Macon defeated Oglethorpe in the opening game of the Emory Thanksgiving Classic. The Yellow Jackets remain undefeated on the young season and face a Top 20 opponent tomorrow.
Score: Randolph-Macon 73, Oglethorpe 56
Location/Venue: Atlanta, Ga./Woodruff PE Center
Records: Randolph-Macon 6-0, Oglethorpe 2-2
How It Happened
- Randolph-Macon took the early lead, going ahead 6-3. Oglethorpe made a pair of shots to take the lead around the 16-minute mark, getting ahead 8-6. The Stormy Petrels held the slim margin until junior Luke Neeley (Orange, Va. / Woodberry Forest) hit a three-pointer with 14:12 to go in the first to put the Yellow Jackets back up by one.
- The Stormy Petrels reclaimed the lead in the proceeding moments, but R-MC climbed back in as seniors Darryl Williams (Columbia, Md. / Glenelg Country) and Midulla hit a pair of shots that tied the game and put the Yellow Jackets ahead 20-18 with 8:03 to go.
- R-MC took a nine point lead on a 12-5 run leading up to the final 90 seconds of the first half. That nine-point advantage was what the Yellow Jackets was able to take the lead into the second half.
- Coming out in the second half, R-MC and Oglethorpe matched shot-for-shot over the first three minutes of the period. The Yellow Jackets really put some distance between themselves and the Stormy Petrels as sophomore Buzz Anthony (Arnold, Md. / Archbishop Spalding) hit a pair of three-pointers to give R-MC a 14-point advantage.
- Anthony helped extend the lead with a layup at the 14:12 mark as Randolph-Macon went ahead 53-35. Oglethorpe hit a three moments later to cut the lead to 15, but that was as close as the Stormy Petrels got the remainder of the game as R-MC settled the score at 73-56, a 17-point margin.
Inside The Numbers
- Midulla's 21 points came from ten field goals, including one from beyond the arc. Midulla also led the Yellow Jackets on the boards, pulling in seven total. Midulla also dished out three assists and made a pair of steals.
- Anthony led the Yellow Jackets in the theft department, grabbing away five opportunities from the opponents. He dished out a team-high four assists and also made seven buckets, three from outside the arc to total 17 points. Midulla and Anthony were the number one and number two scorers across both teams.
- Williams finished with 12 points, while Neeley scored nine off the bench. Senior Montese Adams (Richmond, Va. / Fuqua) scored seven as well, while fellow senior Korey Turner (Midlothian, Va. / Amelia Academy) added five.
- Adams added six assists while Turner pulled in five boards as well.
Randolph-Macon will face the 18th ranked Emory Eagles, the host of the Emory Thanksgiving Classic, tomorrow in Atlanta.