LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee men's basketball team recovered from a 12-point deficit with 7:10 left in regulation to force overtime, but could not complete the comeback, falling 91-84 to Eastern Mennonite on Wednesday evening at Yoder Arena.
Eastern Mennonite (10-4, 3-2) shot 50.0 percent (16-32) from the floor in the opening half to post a 40-27 halftime lead. The Royals held a 59-47 lead with 7:10 left, but the Generals (6-7, 1-3) used a 7-0 run capped by a three-pointer from first-year forward Andrew Franz (Charlotte, N.C. / Ravenscroft) to cut the lead to 59-54 with 5:47 remaining in regulation.
EMU pushed its lead back to seven points (67-60) at the 3:13 mark, but the Generals used a 5-0 run over the next 45 seconds to make it a 67-65 game with 2:28 left in the second half. Junior forward Drew Kimberly (Fairfield, Conn. / Fairfield Ludlowe) hit knocked home a free throw and following a Royal turnover on the next possession, first-year guard Darren Douglas (Elmsford, N.Y. / Rye Country Day) was fouled on a three-point attempt. Douglas made just one of three foul shots, but the Generals got the offensive rebound and Franz canned a three-pointer to make it a two-point game.
Eastern Mennonite went back up by five points on two occasions, but the Generals hung around and EMU senior forward Owen Longacre made just 1-of-2 from the foul line with 14 seconds left to open the door for W&L, down 75-72. Senior guard Kelton Buchanan (Powder Springs, Ga. / Hillgrove) drilled a three-pointer with eight seconds left to send the game into an extra session.
In overtime, EMU grabbed control by starting with an 8-2 run capped by a dunk by senior forward Andrew Thorne and the Generals got no closer than four points the rest of the way.
Kimberly led W&L with a career-high 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor and 6-of-8 from the foul line. Junior guard Kevin Gill (Richmond, Va. / Benedictine) notched 14 points on 3-of-3 from the field and 6-of-7 from the foul line, while Franz tallied 11 points, six rebounds and three assists. Buchanan chipped in eight points, five rebounds and five assists, and senior forward J.D. Ey (Charlotte, N.C. / Myers Park) added eight points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks.
EMU, which shot just 37.5 percent (12-32) in the second half, was paced by Longacre's 20 points and 10 rebounds. Junior guard R.J. Sims totaled 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting, while Thorne finished with 16 points and eight boards.
Washington and Lee will return to the court on Saturday when it travels to Hampden-Sydney for a 2:00 pm contest.