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90-foot miracle gives Guilford win

By Guilford Athletics
Posted Tuesday, February 1, 2005

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Snipes' heave stuns Randolph-Macon

Ashland, VA - Sophomore guard Jordan Snipes made a 90-foot shot as time expired to give visiting Guilford a stunning 91-89 Old Dominion Athletic Conference(ODAC) men's basketball win over league-leading Randolph-Macon Monday night.

The win ends Guilford's (11-9, 6-7 ODAC) 12-game losing streak in the Yellow Jackets' (12-8, 10-4 ODAC) Crenshaw Gymnasium that dated to Feb. 15, 1992. The victory also gives the Quakers a sweep of the season series with Randolph-Macon for the first time since 1991-92.

Randolph-Macon's Adam Krovic, who entered the game as the ODAC's leading free-throw shooter (87%), made the first of two free throws with six-tenths of a second left in overtime, but missed the second.

Snipes corralled the miss and threw a baseball pass the length of the floor into the Quakers' basket for his sixth three-pointer of the game and an improbable Guilford victory.

Snipes scored a career- and game-high 34 points on nine-of-12 shooting from the floor, including six-of-seven from three-point range. His 34 points are the most by a Guilford player since Jon Evans scored 35 against Roanoke Feb. 15, 1999. Snipes scored 18 points in the first half, which helped the visitors to a 47-35 halftime lead.

The Yellow Jackets rallied behind junior forward Justin Wansley, who scored all 20 of his points in the second half. Senior Justin Moyer netted eight of his 14 points during a 17-5 Randolph-Macon run that gave the hosts a 76-72 lead with 4:24 left.

The Yellow Jackets' edge grew to seven points with 2:44 left on two Philip Hawley free throws before the Quakers scored nine of the final 11 points in regulation and tied the game. Snipes started the comeback with a four-point play with 2:36 left. Freshman Caleb Kimbrough scored a lay-up with 1:43 left and made a three-pointer with 1:12 remaining that gave Guilford an 83-81 edge.

Krovic forced the extra period with two free throws with five seconds left in regulation.

The lead changed hands three times in overtime. Guilford rookie Kerry Atkinson tied the game at 88-88 with 1:49 left, but missed two free throws with eight seconds left in overtime that would have given the Quakers the lead. His foul on Krovic at the other end of the floor set up the game's final drama.

Atkinson finished with 13 points and nine boards off the bench for the Quakers, who ended a three-game losing skid. Junior Genaro Lawhorn scored 16 points for Guilford.

Randolph-Macon freshman Jeremy Dixon notched his first college double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Classmate Andrew Baker contributed four points and a game-high 12rebounds. Hawley and Moyer each finished with 14 points.

Guilford returns to action Saturday (2/5) at 2:00 p.m. against visiting Bridgewater, who shares first place atop the ODAC standings with Randolph-Macon and Virginia Wesleyan. Randolph-Macon hosts Virginia Wesleyan Saturday (2/5) at 2:00 p.m.

 
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