February 2, 2013

No. 19 H-SC Outlasts W&L, 77-67, in Men's Hoops

LEXINGTON, Va. — Despite shooting 49.0 percent from the field, the Washington and Lee men's basketball team lost to 19th-ranked Hampden-Sydney, 77-67, at the Warner Center on Saturday. Junior center Khobi Williamson (Norfolk, Va./Maury) and senior forward Harrison George (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) combined for 58 points and 20 rebounds to pace the Tigers.

In a game with 10 lead changes and nine ties, W&L (10-11, 5-7 ODAC) trailed, 58-57, with 8:11 left in the second half. First-year forward Andrew Franz (Charlotte, N.C./Ravenscroft) connected on a jumper from the baseline, which pushed the Blue and White ahead, 59-58. On the ensuing possession, senior forward Fletcher Lumpkin (Richmond, Va./Mills Godwin) converted an old-fashion three-point play to put the Tigers (19-2, 11-1 ODAC) up two (61-59) with 7:41 remaining.

H-SC stretched the lead to four on a basket by George, but a jumper by sophomore forward Jim Etling (Loveland, Colo./Loveland) cut the deficit back to two, 63-61, at the 5:52 mark. Williamson made two free throws and a bucket by George extended the lead to six with 4:15 on the clock.

Off an offensive rebound by senior forward J.D. Ey (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park), sophomore guard Javon McDonald (Schaumburg, Ill./Schaumburg) drained a triple to trim the lead in half, 67-64, with 3:47 left in the game. The Tigers responded with six straight points and ended the contest on a 10-3 run to reach the final margin.

Williamson went 13-of-15 from the field with 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead all players. George added 24 points on 11-of-18 shooting and totaled eight boards and five assists. The duo combined for 70.1 percent of H-SC's points and 52.6 percent of the team's rebounds.

McDonald led the Generals with 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including four three-pointers. Ey recorded 11 points and notched six rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block. Franz led the team in assists with seven and had seven points and four rebounds.

The Tigers held a 34-28 advantage with four minutes remaining in the first half, but W&L scored the final 10 points of the period to go into the break up 38-34. During the run, Ey made two layups, junior Kevin Gill (Richmond, Va./Benedictine) nailed a triple, Franz connected on a jumper and McDonald canned a free throw.

For the game, W&L went 25-of-51 (49.0 percent) from the floor, 10-of-25 (40.0 percent) from three and 7-of-13 (53.8 percent) from the foul line. Hampden-Sydney finished at 53.4 percent (31-58) from the field, 20.0 percent (3-15) from long distance and 70.6 percent (12-17) from the charity stripe.

H-SC held a 38 to 18 advantage on the glass. The Generals totaled 17 assists, while the Tigers notched 22.

The Blue and White play another home game on Wednesday when it hosts Emory & Henry at 7:00 pm for Pack the Stands night.

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