Guilford men’s basketball wins ODAC Tournament and will host NCAA Tournament opening rounds

Guilford College men’s basketball poses after winning the ODAC Tournament Championship 70-59 over Randolph-Macon College.

Last updated: 6:31 p.m. Feb. 25,2019

Guilford College will host the opening weekend of the NCAA Division III Tournament. Guilford will play Sewanee in the first round at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Emory and Wittenberg face-off in the other match up at Guilford at 5:30 p.m. The winners will play on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.For  more  information see the press release from Guilford Athletics.

To see the full bracket visit the NCAA website.



Guilford College men’s basketball upset fifth-ranked Randolph-Macon College, 70-59, in the ODAC Tournament Championship game.

Junior guard Jaylen Gore scored a career- and game-high 22 points. He added four rebounds, four assists and two steals in the victory. He made seven-of-eight free-throws including four in the final minute to seal the victory.

“I like the big stage,” said Gore. “I like the big moments and just coming into this game we knew we beat them before. I really had confidence today and the ball was going in.”

The Quakers earn the Old Dominion Athletic Conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Junior forward Kyler Gregory added a double-double, 12 point and 11 points. Senior forward Carson Long, 11 points, and senior forward Marcus Curry, 10 points, were the final two Quakers in double-digits.

Guilford led at half 28-26 as Gore put in 11 points on four-of-six from the field.

With 10:53 remaining in the game, the Quakers had their largest lead at 47-34. The Yellow Jackets got within five with 1:37 left after a three-pointer from sophomore guard Buzz Anthony.

Gore was 7-of-12 from the field for the contest. First-year forward Liam Ward had nine points and 11 rebounds off the bench.

Guilford shot 40 percent on the game and was 16-of-18 from the free-throw line. Randolph-Macon shot 35.5 percent from the field.

The Quakers shot 35 percent in the first half and 46 percent in the second half.  Guilford shot four-of-nine form beyond the arc in the second half.

Guilford forced 10 turnovers from the Yellow Jackets and scored 12 points off of those turnovers. Guilford committed 12 turnovers..

Long, Gore and Gregory were named to the All-Tournament team. Gregory also received the Most Outstanding Player award.

It’s the fourth time Guilford has won the ODAC Tournament, most recently in 2017. In 2017, the Quakers beat Thomas More College, 74-54, in the first round before falling to Marietta College.

Guilford head coach Tom Palombo has not lost a ODAC Tournament Championship game in his four appearances as Guilford head coach.

“Coming into college you want one (ODAC Championship), two is just icing on the cake,” said Long. “You had to work just as hard if not harder for this one as we did for the first one.”

Guilford will make its sixth appearance in the NCAA Division II playoffs, which begins on Friday, March 1.

Guilford will learn their opponent in the NCAA DIII playoffs on Monday, Feb. 25 at 12:30 p.m. during the live selection show.