W&L Men's Basketball Downs Methodist, 102-73
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Washington and Lee men's basketball team hit triple digits for the first time in five seasons in posting a 102-73 victory over Methodist on Tuesday evening at the March F. Riddle Center.
The Generals (2-1) shot 52.6 percent from the floor (40-76), including 61.9 percent from beyond the arc (13-21). They also held a 45-28 advantage on the boards and recorded 22 assists to just eight turnovers.
W&L held a 20-19 lead with 9:30 left in the first half, but went on a 13-0 run over the next 3:11 to assume a 33-19 lead at the 6:19 mark. First-year forward Andrew Franz (Charlotte, N.C. / Ravenscroft) tallied five points during the run.
The Generals maintained a 43-28 lead with 2:05 left in the half, but the Monarchs (0-2) closed the opening 20 minutes with six straight points to make it a nine-point game (43-34) at the break.
Methodist chipped away at the W&L lead, cutting it to seven points (50-43) following a jumper by junior guard James Whitehead at the 15:13 mark, and the Monarchs trailed just 59-50 with 13:03 left in the game. However, the Generals went on a 17-0 run over the next 1:54 to assume a 76-50 lead with 9:29 remaining. Franz ignited the run with five straight points and eight points total during the decisive stretch. All told, the Generals scored 43 points in the final 12:23 to run away with the win.
Four players scored in double figures for W&L led by sophomore guard Javon McDonald (Schaumburg, Ill. / Schaumburg), who notched a season-high 19 points and five assists. Junior guard Kevin Gill (Richmond, Va. / Benedictine) tied a career-high with 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting, including 4-of-5 from distance, while Franz scored a career-best 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor. Junior forward Jonathan Rice (Fayetteville, N.C. / Terry Sanford) posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and senior guard Kelton Buchanon (Powder Springs, Ga. / Hillgrove) scored a career-high nine points, to go along with five assists and three rebounds.
Whitehead paced Methodist with a game-high 24 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field. Junior forward Bryan Hockaday added 14 points, eight rebounds and three blocks.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Shenandoah for a 2:00 pm contest.