Lynchburg, Va. – The Lynchburg College men's basketball team narrowly snuck out of the RAD center with a 73-70 victory over Randolph College Wednesday night in Old Dominion Athletic Conference play.
Junior guard Austin Wrighten (Woodbridge, Va.) knocked down a pair of clutch free throws to give the Hornets a one-point lead with 5 seconds on the clock. Lynchburg hung onto the lead in the final seconds as junior guard Devante' Young (Charlotte, N.C.) stole the ball and hit a pair more free throws to seal the game.
Freshman forward T.C Thacker (Madison Heights, Va.) ended the game with a double-double, finishing with a career-high 18 points and 15 rebounds. Wrighten made a large contribution as well as he finished with a game-and-career-high 23 points to go along with six rebounds.
Senior guard Ryan Fields led the WildCats in scoring, dropping in 18 points while adding six rebounds and five assists.
Final: Lynchburg 73, Randolph 70
Records: Lynchburg (10-10, 4-7 ODAC), Randolph (4-16, 1-10 ODAC)
Venue: RAD Center, Randolph College, Lynchburg, Va.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Lynchburg College jumped out to a fast start in the first period by gaining a 12-point lead in the first 5:00.
The LC defense held the WildCats to an 18.2-percent shooting percentage in the first half, and Randolph scored only 27 points thanks to a 6-for-33 performance from the field.
Fifteen of Austin Wrighten's 23 total points came in the second half, including clutch free throws to put Lynchburg up by one.
The final 6:30 of the game featured four ties and eight different lead changes. The Hornets ended the game scoring the last four points to lock up the win 73-70.
The Hornets will be back in Turner Gymnasium to celebrate Alumni Day and take on Emory & Henry Saturday, Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. Lynchburg will dedicate Wayne Proffitt Court prior to tip-off and will honor all LC basketball alumni who are present at halftime ceremonies.