Washington and Lee moves by R-MC
Generals hold No. 21 Randolph-Macon to 29.6 percent shooting
LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee had five players score in double figures and the Generals turned in a dominant performance on the boards in defeating No. 21 Randolph-Macon 78-56 on Saturday afternoon at the Warner Center.
W&L (12-9, 5-7) turned in one of its most complete games of the year in halting the Yellow Jackets' (17-4, 10-3) 11-game win streak. The Generals limited R-MC to 29.6 percent (16 of 54) shooting, while shooting better than 50.0 percent (.506, 27 of 53) on its end. W&L also out-rebounded R-MC 43-25 and never trailed in posting a win against a ranked opponent for the fourth season in a row.
The Blue and White opened the contest scoring six of the first eight points to lead by four at the 16:13 mark. A 3-pointer by R-MC senior guard Zach Desgain pulled the Yellow Jackets to within a point but was answered by a 13-6 W&L scoring run that gave the Generals a 19-11 lead at the 9:00 mark. Junior forward Jeremy Adkins scored seven points for the Generals during the run.
After Randolph-Macon made the score 21-14 just over a minute later, W&L answered with a 10-0 spurt to take a 17-point lead by the 3:28 mark. Junior forward J.D. Ey scored six points to fuel the second W&L scoring outburst.
The Generals lead by as many as 20 points late in the first half before four consecutive points from the Yellow Jackets in the final minute of the opening period made it a 37-21 game at the break.
R-MC shot just 19.2 percent (5 of 26) in the first half and Ey recorded more rebounds himself (14) than the Yellow Jackets did as a team (12) in the opening stanza.
The two teams traded baskets over the first three minutes of the second half before R-MC used a 12-3 scoring run during a 4:15 span to get its deficit to 47-38, the first time under double figures since midway through the first half.
Washington and Lee had another answer however, using a 16-6 run to push its lead back out to 19 points by the 7:25 mark and essentially put the game away. Dunks by Ey and sophomore forward Larry Whitaker highlighted the spurt in which W&L made 6 of 8 shots from the floor and all four of its free throws.
The Generals held at least a 14-point lead the remainder of the contest in snapping what had been a two-game skid.
Freshman guard Javon McDonald led all scorers with 16 points. Ey recorded his league-leading seventh double double of the season with 14 points and 17 rebounds. Adkins also finished with 14 points, Whitaker chipped in 11 and sophomore guard Kevin Gill contributed 10 markers off the bench.
Whitaker also grabbed seven boards for the Generals and Ey notched four assists, three blocks and a pair of steals.
Freshman guard Marcus Badger led the Yellow Jackets with 14 points, including 6 of 6 shooting from the line. Sophomore forward Andre Simon added 12 points off the bench and Desgain had 10 points.