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Randolph-Macon runs out to win in showdown


The Yellow Jackets ran away from the Thunder within the first half and held them at arm’s-length the remainder of the way in which.
Randolph-Macon athletics photograph by Mike Tripp, Sideline Media Productions
 

Randolph-Macon began quick and completed sturdy because the top-ranked Yellow Jackets outlasted No. 2 Trine 69-55 on Sunday in Ashland, Virginia.

The sport, the primary assembly of No. 1 and No. 2 groups within the D3hoops.com Prime 25 in additional than 4 years, was the equal of a basketball postseason bowl recreation, a recreation between the champions of the Previous Dominion Athletic Convention and the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Affiliation in a 12 months during which the Division III basketball NCAA Match was canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Randolph-Macon used its superior depth and a copious quantity of protection to get previous Trine and enhance to 12-0. Trine fell to 17-1. It marks the top of Trine’s season, though Randolph-Macon and Yeshiva, ranked No. 5 within the newest D3hoops.com Prime 25, have been deep in discussions about arranging a gathering.

The Yellowjackets used runs of 12-0 and 12-2 to open up a 28-12 lead with 6:25 remaining within the first half earlier than a Christian Knox 3-pointer and back-to-back jumpers by Nick Bowman minimize the result in 32-23.

Buzz Anthony and Ian Robertson helped the Yellow Jackets begin the second half on a 10-0 run, serving to R-MC take a 46-24 benefit three minutes in. The Yellow Jackets have been capable of preserve a double-digit lead till a trey by Aiden Warzecha minimize it to 9 at 61-52 with 4:25 remaining. A driving layup by Mallory adopted by a steal and layup by Talbert over the following two minutes pushed the benefit again to 13 at 65-52. Talbert had one other layup and a dunk by Robertson put an exclamation factors on the 69-55 victory.

Sophomore Miles Mallory scored a game-high 16 factors, Anthony added 15, Robertson scored 14 off the bench and Josh Talbert added 12 with six assists within the win. The Yellow Jackets shot 57 p.c from the ground and 42 p.c from past the arc within the win.

In the meantime, Trine was not capable of go as deep. Brent Cox obtained harm for the Thunder and was solely capable of give six factors in 12 minutes. Bowman, who has been enormous for Trine all 12 months, scored 15 factors however was 6-for-18 within the course of.

“As I instructed their crew after the sport, we have had further time to organize and watch movies,” mentioned Trine coach Brooks Miller, “and we have been looking and trying to find chinks within the armor and it was actually tough to search out any – there wasn’t a complete lot we have been going to have the ability to make the most of. They’re the No. 1 crew within the nation for a cause.”

Miller did deal with the Randolph-Macon crew after the sport, earlier than the groups left the ground. He and Yellow Jackets coach Josh Merkel had an extended change after the sport as nicely.

“I’ve a lot respect for them popping out right here. I am unable to inform you sufficient,” Merkel mentioned. “They play the correct method – actually robust and bodily, however they do it with out fouling. I used to be very impressed – how they carried themselves and their method. I hope they win each recreation subsequent 12 months.”

Battles on the high

No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchups are uncommon in Division III basketball, however they’ve been memorable. This is a listing of video games between the highest groups within the D3hoops.com males’s basketball Prime 25.

Date Winner Loser Rating
March 14, 2021 No. 1 Randolph-Macon No. 2 Trine 69-55
R-MC jumps out early in pandemic “postseason” recreation
Dec. 8,  2016 No. 1 Amherst No. 2 Babson 99-97
Jayde Dawson blocks shot to seal double-overtime victory
March 2, 2014 No. 1 UW-Stevens Level No. 2 UW-Whitewater 74-57
Pointers beat Warhawks for the WIAC tourney title
March 14, 2009 No. 2 Washington U. No. 1 St. Thomas 79-64
Bears win Elite 8 battle on approach to a second title
Nov. 22, 2008 No. 1 Washington U. No. 2 Augustana 87-82 (OT)
Preseason ballot holds up as Wash. U beats Vikings 
Jan. 20, 2008 No. 1 Rochester No. 2 Brandeis 74-68
Yellowjackets sting Judges throughout UAA play
March 10, 2006 No. 2 Illinois Wesleyan No. 1 Lawrence 71-68
Titans finish Lawrence’s dream season within the Elite 8
Feb. 4, 2006 No. 2 Wooster No. 1 Wittenberg 86-77
The Combating Scots seize the highest rating from rival Tigers