Randolph-Macon has thoroughly dominated its competition in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference this year. That result didn’t change on Wednesday night, even with its fiercest rival, Hampden-Sydney, in town.
Buzz Anthony recorded a double-double with 17 points and 10 assists as the Yellow Jackets routed Hampden-Sydney 91-53 at Crenshaw Gym.
The Yellow Jackets, who possess three of the top four 3-point shooters in the ODAC, let it fly from deep throughout the game. After nine 3-pointers in the first half alone, Randolph-Macon (21-2, 13-1) took a 22-point lead into halftime.
The Yellow Jackets, ranked seventh in Division III, also managed to stifle the Tigers’ offense, which shot just 35 percent from the field and went 1 of 7 from deep in the first half. Randolph-Macon coach Josh Merkel was impressed with the Yellow Jackets ball movement on offense and execution even while being ahead for most of the night.
“This is really an unselfish group that loves to play for each other and look for that extra pass,” Merkel explained. “At the end of it all we have to make shots and we did an excellent job of that as well.”
The second half was more of the same, as Randolph-Macon continued to pour it on from deep, knocking down seven more 3-pointers. Corey Bays knocked down five of his own from 3, finishing with 15 points.
“We didn’t play our best basketball in our first game against Hampden-Sydney so we were looking forward to this game,” Anthony said. “This is always a big game for us with the big crowd and it’s always good to beat Hampden-Sydney twice in one year.”
Anthony averages 15 points per game, is second in the ODAC in 3-point shooting (46 percent) and leads the conference with 126 assists (5.7 per game), but the sophomore is focused on winning over personal accolades.
“I work to become the best player I can be because I know it will put my team in the best position to win,” said Anthony. “Our four seniors mean the world to me, I love these guys and as long as we are winning that’s all that matters.”
Cole Atwood finished with a team-high 15 points, all on 3-pointers, for the Tigers (4-16, 1-11).
Randolph-Macon sits atop of the conference, two games ahead of Guilford, which handed the Yellow Jackets their only conference loss of the season. They need to win one of their final two contests to finish alone atop the ODAC standings.
“Our only goal is to extend this season for as long as possible and that means winning games when it counts,” Merkel said.
Hampden-Sydney: Reid 1, McKay 2, Quinn 4, Johnson 12, McHale 2, Thomas 3, Wyatt 4, Zager 8, Scott 2, Atwood 15, Hall 2
Randolph-Macon: Williams 9, Nowell 8, Midulla 12, Bays 15, Anthony 17, Woods 3, Neeley 14, Robertson 8, Turner 3, Kilgroe 2
3-point goals: H-SC: Johnson, Atwood 5; R-MC: Williams 3, Bays 5, Anthony 2, Neeley 4, Robertson 2
Halftime: R-MC 47-25