Article Written By Alexa Doiron
Photo Courtesy of Roanoke College
On Nov. 22, the Roanoke Men’s Basketball team fell to Bridgewater College with a score of 75-45 in the ODAC opening tournament. The team started the game ahead by nineteen points, lead by sophomore, Josh Freund, and eleven points made by sophomore, C.J. Miles. The overall shots in the game resulted in making 16-of-45 shots for the night and resulted in seventeen turnovers.
The Maroons found themselves in the lead against BC at the end of the first half with a score of 25-14. The lead was solidified by freshman Joe Mikalauskas with 4:17 minutes left on the board as he scored a 7-1 run for the team.
The second half of the game did not go as well for the Maroons. Bridgewater College scored the final 11 points of the game, despite a tough battle fought by RC, and secured their win. The final score was 74-55.
On Nov. 26 the men traveled to Rocky Mt, NC to play the North Carolina Wesleyan Bishop’s, and left NC with a loss of 76-69. The game began with a lead from junior, Joey Miller, who scored a game-high of twenty points and took eight rebounds as well. Freund added sixteen points to the board and Miles contributed another fifteen.
Miller scored a three-point shot which would have kept RC in the lead at the end of the first half but an 11-0 run by NCWC put the school in the lead with a score of 26-16. Pushing back, RC scored another ten points to turn the score to 26-26 with five minutes left in the play. The Battling Bishops took the half though at 42-33.
At 15:19 in the second half, the Maroons fought back against NCWC by leading with a score of 49-46, but the bishops went on an 11-4 run and returned to the lead with 60-50 with ten minutes left in the play.
With only three minutes left, Freund represented RC by changing the score to 68-65. The lead didn’t last though as NCWC made 5-of-7 shots and secured the final score 76-69, creating a loss for the Maroons.
On Tuesday, RC saw a suspended game in Greensboro with 14:34 in the second half due to slippery court conditions. The Maroons were leading before the suspension, though, with a score of 57-53. Unfortunately for RC, the suspension means that these stats do not count in the season.
The Maroons will be hosting their next game this Sunday at noon as they play Virginia Wesleyan. The dedication of the new court in Cregger will happen at halftime in honor of Roanoke College Hall of Fame player Charlie Moir.