Down 13 in the first half, 6 at halftime, 15 during the second half, Randolph-Macon went to a tried and true formula to claw their way back into contention in Salem Friday night in their ODAC Tournament Quarterfinal against Guilford.
Playing a relentless defense which kept Guilford from making a field goal in the game's final 13 minutes, the Jackets pulled off the comeback victory over the Quakers, 57-56, to advance to the semis.
Connor Sullivan led the Jackets with 12 points, followed by Andre Simon with 11, but it was Marcus Badger who had the shot of the game, hitting a jumper with 35 seconds left to give Randolph-Macon their first and only lead of the night.
Badger then turned on the defense, blocking a three-point attempt by Guilford's Josh Pittman to help preserve the win.
Randolph-Macon, now 17-9, face their arch-rival, and this season's nemesis, Hampden-Sydney, in Saturday night's 8pm semifinal. The Tigers defeated the Jackets twice in the regular season, 70-60 in Farmville January 16th and 66-47 in Ashland on February 6th.
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