DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Washington and Lee men's basketball team jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the opening 3:42 of the game and never looked back in claiming a 70-57 win over Marymount University in the Daytona Beach Shootout on Friday afternoon.
Senior forward J.D. Ey (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) scored six points during the game-opening run as the Generals evened their record in the tournament at 1-1. Sophomore guard Javon McDonald (Schaumburg, Ill./Schaumburg) also nailed a trio of free throws during the stretch, then drilled a three-pointer at 14:08 that expanded the Generals' lead to double-digits (12-2).
The W&L (5-4) lead grew to 24-8 following a steal and layup by junior forward Larry Whitaker (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) with 6:57 left in the half as the Generals carried a 31-17 lead into the break.
Marymount (3-7) started the second half with a 7-1 run over the first 2:03 to cut it to an eight-point game (32-24) at the 17:57 mark, but W&L responded with a 26-10 run that pushed its lead out to 24 points (58-34) with 6:54 left in the game. Sophomore guard Clay McLean (Charlotte, N.C./Davidson Day) scored seven straight points at one point as the Generals cruised through the second half.
As a team, the Generals held a 33-23 rebounding advantage and forced 15 turnovers, 10 of which came during the first half of play. McDonald led W&L in scoring with 18 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the foul line. Ey tallied 17 points on 7-of-7 shooting from the floor, and he also grabbed nine rebounds and blocked two shots. McLean finished with 10 points, while Whitaker had six points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block.
Marymount was paced by junior forward Reed Scott's 17 points. Sophomore guard Brenden Cuyler and sophomore guard Jesse Konadu chipped in nine points each.
Washington and Lee will now break for the holidays before returning to action on January 2-3 when it hosts the W&L Invitational. The Generals will open against Kenyon College at 2:00 pm.