RC win over Goucher makes Moir ODAC’s All-Time winningest coach

SALEM – Page Moir is now the all-time winningest basketball coach in Old Dominion Athletic Conference history. Moir passed the late coach Bob Johnson, who was a legend at Emory & Henry, for the most career wins by an ODAC coach when the Maroons beat Goucher College in Salem last Sunday, 90-86.

With the win Moir now has 370 career wins as an ODAC coach, all with Roanoke College. It was the first win of the season for the Maroons, who opened with three straight defeats, as Adam Kessler hit a pair of three-point baskets in overtime to highlight the RC victory.

RC Coach Page Moir with guard Kwasi Amponsah
RC Coach Page Moir with guard Kwasi Amponsah

Both teams entered the contest looking for their first victory of the season. The game was even through the first four minutes, where the teams were tied, 11-11.  Over the next three minutes, the Maroons fired off an 8-0 run, including six points from Kwasi Amponsah, that gave them a 19-11 lead at the 13:25 mark. The Gophers did not back down at that point as they came back with a 10-3 run of their own to tie the game at 21-21.

With seven minutes remaining in the first half Goucher started to pull away but Kessler and Jack Hamilton hit a pair of baskets to pull the Maroons close. Hamilton, the Maroon’s leader in field goal percentage at 49.5 percent, knocked down two more baskets befor a Goucher time out to give the Maroons a 36-33 lead with four minutes until halftime.

The Maroons entered the locker room with a 43-37 lead after a Clay Lacy put-back as time expired.  Lacy and Amposah led Roanoke after the first half with 11 points while  Logan Singleton led with seven rebounds to go with six points.

Both teams caught fire late in the second half, hitting 11 consecutive baskets between the two teams over a two minute period.  Kessler hit the final basket of the run to tie the game at 69-69.  The two teams were scoreless for the next two minutes until Hamilton knocked down a three to end that run and earn a 72-69 lead.  Goucher answered when Marcus Cotton drained a jumper for a tie at 75-75. With 26.5 seconds left the Maroons held the ball for the final shot of the game, but lost the ball and the game headed to overtime.

Kessler opened the overtime period knocking down a three-pointer.  Hamilton extended the lead to five with a put-back off a Maroon miss, pushing the score to 82-77.  Kessler drained another three at 2:46 to extend the lead to eight.  Goucher rallied to cut the lead to two at 88-86 with six tenths of a second remaining, but Singleton hit both free throws and put the game out of reach as the Maroons won, 90-86.

Five Maroons finished in double figures, with Amponsah leading the charge with a career-high 24 points.  He also tied his career-high in assists with six.

Singleton followed with 20 points, Hamilton had 16, Lacy 14, and Kessler had career-highs with 14 points and six field goals made.  Hamilton also ended the game with a team-high 11 rebounds, earning his second consecutive double-double after a 20 point, 16 rebound effort at Bluefield State.

At 1-3 the Maroons were scheduled to return to action on Wednesday at Washington & Lee. On Saturday Roanoke will host Lynchburg College at 1 pm at the C. Homer Bast Center in Salem, and that will be followed by a game between the RC women and Emory & Henry.