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Panther Men Hang on for Home ODAC Win Over Randolph

Rashad Reed led the Panthers with 18 points, including a pair of three-point baskets.
Rashad Reed led the Panthers with 18 points, including a pair of three-point baskets.

 

FERRUM, Va. -- Ferrum College's men's basketball team twice led by 10 points, then held on for a 74-72 Old Dominion Athletic Conference win over Randolph College tonight at Swartz Gym.

RECORDS
Ferrum (3-12, 2-4 ODAC)
Randolph (6-9, 1-5 ODAC)

THE BASICS
The Panthers led by 10 points at halftime and again with just under six minutes left in regulation, then withstood a furious rally by Randolph to earn the ODAC win.

Marcus Plair's layup at 5:46 of the second half put the Panthers out in front 66-56. Randolph then used a 14-5 spurt, capped by Sammy Hooper's three-pointer with 1:06 left to play, to get the WildCats to within a point at 71-70.

A pair of Nick Helton free throws and one by Rashad Reed sealed the league win, Ferrum's second this season.

KEY STATS
Ferrum: Reed 18 pts, 5 reb, 4 asst; Steven Gilbert 13 pts; Helton 12 pts, 7 reb
Randolph: Hooper 22 pts, 4 3FG; Justin Dula 17 pts

BEHIND THE WHISTLE
"Great gutty team win tonight. We built a lead going into the half and were able to sustain it through the second half. We were able to make some game winning plays down the stretch. I'm proud of the guys and excited that they were finally able to piece two halves together and get that experience. Looking forward to getting back to work tomorrow." --Head Coach Tyler Sanborn

NEXT GAME
Coach Tyler Sanborn's team will be back in action Saturday, Jan. 12, at home against Shenandoah University. The ODAC game is scheduled for a 2:00 p.m. tip-off at Swartz Gym.