EMORY, Va. – Washington and Lee shot 54.3 percent (19-35) from the floor in the second half to end a four-game losing streak with a 78-65 win over Emory & Henry on Monday evening at the King Center.
The Generals (7-8, 2-4) led 33-30 at the break, but hit seven of their first 11 shots from the field in the second half to build a 13-point lead (50-37) with 14:30 left in the game. Three of the baskets came from distance, including a pair from first-year guard Darren Douglas (Elmsford, N.Y. / Rye Country Day), who scored eight points during the run.
Emory & Henry (3-10, 1-5) responded with five straight points to make it an eight-point game (50-42) at the 12:52 mark, but W&L used a 9-0 run over the next 2:43, keyed by four points from junior forward Larry Whitaker (Bartlett, Ill. / Bartlett), to push out to a 59-42 lead with 10:09 to play. The Generals continued their hot shooting for the remainder of the game, leading by as many as 20 points in cruising to their 10th win over the Wasps in the last 11 meetings.
W&L shot 32-for-63 (.508) for the game and committed just 10 turnovers in the contest. Douglas led the way with a career-high 19 points that came on 8-of-12 shooting, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. First-year forward Andrew Franz (Charlotte, N.C. / Ravenscroft) also tallied a career-high with 18 points, while Whitaker had 12 points and six boards. Senior forward J.D. Ey (Charlotte, N.C. / Myers Park) once again stuffed the stat sheet with eight points, six rebounds, five blocks, four assists and one steal.
E&H shot 44.4 percent (24-54) from the floor and was led by senior forward Armando Burrell's 17 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the field. Junior forward Tyler Mullins scored 12 points, while junior guard Stephen Brown and sophomore guard Tyler Driver added 10 points each.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Roanoke College for a 7:00 pm contest.