Yellow Jackets Down Shoremen, 76-55
McShane With 10 Points And Ties Career-Best With Game-High Four Steals
ASHLAND, VA – Host Randolph-Macon never trailed en route to a 76-55 win over visiting Washington College in the semifinal round R-MC Coaches Classic Sponsored by Kay Jewelers on Saturday afternoon at Crenshaw Gym in non-conference men's basketball action. The Yellow Jackets improve to 5-5 on the year, while the Shoremen drop to 0-10.
After the two teams exchanged baskets, the host Yellow Jackets scored eight straight points to take a 10-2 lead just 2:21 into the game on a Dylan Cole layup. Washington would answer to cut the lead to 13-9 with 15:36 remaining in the first half on a layup by sophomore guard Sean Flanigan (Wilmington, DE/St. Mark's). Randolph-Macon would respond by scoring seven of the next nine points to take its largest lead of the half at 25-15 on a Connor Sullivan free throw with 9:30 to go in the opening half. After the Shoremen scored the next four points to trim the deficit to 25-19 with 8:58 remaining in the first on a lay-in by senior forward Charlie McShane (West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford), the hosts countered with an 11-2 run to lead 36-21 with 6:40 to go in the first on a Sullivan three-pointer. The visitors scored five straight points to cut the hosts' cushion to 10 points at 36-26 with 4:38 to play in the half on two free throws by sophomore guard Stephen Poarch (Middletown, DE/Sanford School), but the Yellow Jackets ended the half on a 10-2 run to lead 46-28 at intermission. Cole's layup with 25 seconds left in the first capped the scoring.
In the second half, the Shoremen scored the opening five points in the first 40 seconds to trim the Yellow Jackets' lead to 46-33, but Randolph-Macon countered with a 15-2 spurt to make it 61-35 with 13:19 remaining in the contest on a layup by Evan Jackson. The 26 point-lead was the biggest of the contest. The closest WC would get the rest of the way was 21 points on three occasions.
Sullivan scored 17 points to lead the Yellow Jackets, tying for game-best, and had a team-best three steals, while Cole grabbed a game-best 10 rebounds. Marcus Badger handed out six assists to lead all players. Andre Simon added 10 points for the hosts. Randolph-Macon shot 49% (26-for-53) from the floor, 31% (4-for-13) from three-point land and 83% (20-for-24) from the foul line. The hosts held a 41-34 edge in rebounds.
Poarch tied Sullivan for tops in the game 17 points, McShane added 10 points and swiped a game-high four steals, tying his career-best, for the Shoremen. WC shot 32% (19-for-60) from the field, 14% (2-for-14) from three-point range and 75% (15-for-20) from the free throw line.
It was the first meeting between the two schools since the 1970-71 season.
The Shoremen will play Frostburg State (4-8) in the consolation game at 1:00 tomorrow afternoon. Manhattanville (7-4) downed Frostburg State 74-58 in the other semifinal of the classic earlier on Saturday. WC has not played Frostburg State since 1995-96.