Marlins rout Randolph; Macedo gets 300th win

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by Va. Wesleyan Athletics

WVEC.com

Posted on January 12, 2014 at 1:23 AM

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.

The 15th-ranked Marlins produced an intense effort on the both ends of the court in the first half to establish dominance in what turned out to be a 75-46 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) victory over the WildCats of Randolph College at the Jane P. Batten Student Center on Saturday.

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.

It was actually Virginia Wesleyan's best defensive showing since 2009, as far lowest point totals by opponents are concerned. The Marlins defeated Randolph 51-35 that season. While the Marlins held the 'Cats to their lowest point total of the current season, they also tied the highest point total allowed by Randolph. William Peace University dropped a 79-75 decision to the WildCats on Dec. 14.
Virginia Wesleyan hit 51.4% from the field in the first half, which included a torrid 60% from three point range. Seven Marlins hit at least one triple in the game, but it was junior Cameron Owens who found the range consistently. He attempted seven triples and hit a career-high five en route to scoring a career-high 19 points to lead all scoring. Rookie Khory Moore also had a hot hand, nailing 4-of-7 triples as he scored 14 points, marking his second highest output of the season.

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.

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