VIRGINIA BEACH, VA-Dave Macedo's 300th victory as the head men's basketball coach at Virginia Wesleyan College was also one of the most impressive in his long list of wins.
Randolph (8-4, 2-2) entered the game as Division III's top-ranked defensive team, allowing just 55.7 points per game, but could not get a handle on Virginia Wesleyan's balanced offense. The Marlins (10-3, 3-1) hit 12 three-point shots in the first half en route to scoring 49 points by halftime.
That effort was complemented by a stiffling defensive game by the Marlins, who held the 'Cats to four points in the first 10 minutes of the half and a total of 15 at the break. VWC's pressure forced some errant shots, particularly from three-point range, as Randolph hit just one of 10 attempts in the half and only two of 14 overall. The 'Cats averaged 7.8 triples per game entering the contest.
Consecutive baskets by rookie Kaelin Poe, Owens, and senior Trent Batson helped Virginia Wesleyan to its largest lead of the game at 61-24 with 13:45 remaining. Scoring by Spencer Matthews, Josh Martin, and Corey Brown helped Randolph to cut the lead to 67-43 at 4:59 remaining, but the WildCats did not get closer the rest of the way.
Seth Wimbish and Brown led Randolph in scoring with eight points each. Dylan Shiflett and Martin followed with six points each. Brown also pulled down a team-high seven rebounds for the 'Cats, while Poe led the Marlins with eight. VWC edged the WildCats 38-37 on the boards. Randolph's fared well at the free throw lines, hitting 16-of-26, led by a 6-of-6 showing by Wimbish. Virginia Wesleyan hit just 4-of-10 overall.