Reading, Pa. - Midnight
came for Clark University's Cinderella run.
Randolph-Macon used a game-sealing 14-4 run that turned a two-point
deficit into an 11-point advantage helping the Yellow Jackets end
Clark's magical run with a 70-60 win over the Cougars in the second
round of the 2010 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament on
Saturday evening at Albright College's George C. Bollman
The Cougars' season ends at 17-13, following an improbable run to
the NCAA Tournament that began with a three wins in the NEWMAC
Tournament that led to the conference tournament title and the
automatic bid into the field of 61.
Clark played 39 minutes without four-time all-conference performer
Alexander (Providence, R.I.), who left the game less
than a minute into the game with an injury and didn't return.
Despite playing without Alexander, Clark had the lead with less
than ten minutes left in the game but the Cougars went scoreless
for five minutes in the second half when the Yellow Jackets went on
their game-altering run.
Clark wouldn't go away however, as the Cougars started dropping in
triples to close within six, but Clark couldn't get any closer.
Randolph-Macon (24-6), meanwhile, advances to the Sweet Sixteen
under first-year head coach Nathan Davis to face DeSales University
next Friday night.
Trailing 31-25 at the half, the Cougars opened the half on an 8-1
run to take a 33-32 lead with all eight coming from senior
Minister (Manchester, England).
After committing just an average of 8.6 turnovers in the last three
games, Clark coughed up the ball 17 times in the loss to the Yellow
Minister paced the Cougars with a game-high 18 points, while
Vayda (Sturbridge, Mass.) followed up his 28-point,
10-rebound effort with a 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Lyell (Portsmouth, R.I.) chipped in with 11 points and
Randolph-Macon, whose leading scorer on the season is reserve Danny
Jones, placed four players in double figures led by Jones and
Calvin Croskey with 15 each. Eric Pugh, who scored nine of his 11
from the free throw line, joined them in double digits as well as
freshman Adam Desgain (14 points).
Clark, who won four games in NEWMAC regular season games, won four
in the 2010 postseason. Despite the loss, the Cougars' future looks
bright with the return of first-team all-conference performer in
Vayda and classmate Mitch
Renshaw (Rutland, Mass.) and the emergence of freshman
Esborn (Branford, Conn.)