LEXINGTON, Va. — The Washington and Lee men's basketball team won its third straight game and ended the nine-game winning streak of 22nd-ranked Guilford in the process, claiming a 62-58 victory over the Quakers on Saturday at the Warner Center.
Sophomore guard Javon McDonald (Schaumburg, Ill./Schaumburg) nailed seven three-pointers (7-of-9) to lead the Generals (9-8, 4-4 ODAC) with 21 points. The seven triples tied a W&L record for three-pointers made in a game (done six times), with Mike Stuart '05 achieving it most recently at Lynchburg in 2004.
W&L never trailed in the contest, and led for the final 15:13 of the second half. Guilford (14-3, 6-2, ODAC) cut the Generals lead to two, 57-55, with 2:32 remaining in the game on a layup by senior guard Josh Pittman (Archdale, N.C./Trinity). After a turnover by the Blue and White, GC missed a jumper that would have tied the game.
On the ensuring possession, junior guard Kevin Gill (Richmond, Va./Benedictine) hit a three from the top of the key to push the advantage to 60-55 with 52 seconds left. Pittman responded with a layup, 60-57, and the Quakers immediately fouled to send Gill to the line for a 1-and-1. He missed the first, but sophomore guard Matt McCarthy (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) sailed a pass out of bounds to give the ball back to W&L with 13 ticks on the clock.
First-year forward Andrew Franz (Charlotte, N.C./Ravenscroft) sealed the game, nailing two shots from the charity stripe to extend the lead to five (62-57). Junior guard Jarred Hinton (Wilson, N.C./Greenfield School) split a pair of free throws with 0.3 seconds left to reach the 62-58 final.
W&L had a season-low six turnovers and shot 37.9 percent (22-58) from the floor. The team made 12 three-pointers on 38.7 percent (12-31) shooting, but struggled from the foul line at 54.5 percent (6-11).
The Generals led 36-33 at the half, after making 8-of-17 three-pointers in the opening 20 minutes. W&L led by as many as 11, 26-15, at the 8:24 mark, but Guilford finished the half on a 21-7 run to get back into the contest.
McDonald drained six of his seven three-pointers in the first half and also finished the game with three rebounds, two assists and one steal. Franz netted 10 points, while grabbing five boards and dishing out three assists. Senior forward J.D. Ey (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) just missed a double-double with nine points and 12 rebounds. He also added three blocks, two steals and two assists.
Guilford ended the game at 39.3 percent (22-56) from the field, and connected on only 7-of-21 (33.3 percent) threes. The Quakers turned the ball over 11 times, but held a 38-34 advantage on the glass.
McCarthy led GC with 20 points on 7-of-16 shooting. He also totaled six rebounds, one steal and one assist. Pittman tallied 17 points and four assists, and junior forward Jake Hopkins (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
The Generals look to extend their winning streak on Wednesday when they play at Randolph-Macon for a 7:00 pm game.
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