Men's basketball holds off WildCats' comeback

Austin Wrighten plays defense on a Randolph player.

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.

 

THE RUNDOWN

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. 

 

LOOKING AHEAD

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.

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