Guilford rallies to down No. 9 RMC
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Josh Pittman scored 25 of his game-high 30 points in the second half as Guilford College rallied to upset No. 9 Randolph-Macon College Saturday. His assist on a Gabriel Lowder lay up with15 seconds remaining put the Quakers (13-7, 7-4 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC)) up for good and dealt the Yellow Jackets only their second ODAC loss of the season.
Randolph-Macon (17-3, 10-2 ODAC) entered the game ranked ninth in this week’s D3hoops.com Top 25 Poll, and tied atop the league standings, turned an early five-point deficit into an 11-point lead behind Lamar Giggetts' 10 first-half points. Guilford slowed the rally behind back-to-back lay-ups by Tobi Akinsola and Brad Monroe in the final two minutes of the half to trail 27-20 at halftime.
With the Quakers stymied by the Yellow Jackets dominant inside presence, Pittman found his rhythm from outside in the second half hitting on nine of 10 shots including a perfect five-of-five from behind the 3-point arc. His timely shooting along with a stingy second-half defense kept the game tight for the final 15 minutes of the contest. The game featured nine ties and 11 lead changes. The Yellow Jackets' Adam Desgain shot from the corner at the buzzer the hit the rim and bounced out to be corralled by Guilford’s Akinsola
Brandon Braxton led the Yellow Jackets with 19 points and five rebounds. Desgain and Giggetts chipped in 10 points off the bench for Randolph-Macon.
Akinsola 10 points, a game-high 12 rebounds, while Lowder contributed 11 points and three rebounds for Guilford.
The Quakers visit league-rival Roanoke College Wednesday night (2/2) at 7:00 p.m. before returning home to host Washington and Lee University the following Wednesday (2/9) at 7:00 p.m. on Jimmy V Night in the Ragan-Brown Field House.