Big Second Half Carries W&L Men's Hoops Past Roanoke, 75-56

SALEM, Va. – Washington and Lee shot 62.5 percent (15-24) from the floor in the second half, out-scoring Roanoke 50-28 in the final 20 minutes en route to a 75-56 win over the Maroons on Wednesday evening at the Bast Center.

Roanoke (9-15, 2-13) jumped out to an 11-2 lead and led by as many as 10 points (23-13) in the opening stanza en route to carrying a 28-25 lead into the locker room at the half.

The two teams battled back-and-forth until the Generals (12-12, 7-8) grabbed the lead for good (37-35) on a three-pointer by sophomore forward Patrick O'Connor (Richmond, Va. / Douglas Freeman) with 14:28 left. 

Roanoke remained within two possessions of the lead, trailing 52-48 with 7:31 remaining following a layup by senior guard Kwasi Amponsah.  However, W&L out-scored the Maroons 25-8 the rest of the way, paced by 11 points from sophomore guard Javon McDonald (Schaumburg, Ill. / Schaumburg) and five points each from sophomore guard Darren Douglas (Elmsford, N.Y. / Rye Country Day) and first-year forward Andrew Franz (Charlotte, N.C. / Ravenscroft), to claim its fourth straight win over Roanoke.

The Generals finished 25-of-55 (.455) from the floor in the game and hit 17-of-22 (.773) free throws.  W&L also held a 42-28 advantage on the glass and committed just 11 turnovers.

Franz finished with a game-high 18 points, 17 of which were second in the second half, and eight rebounds.  McDonald tallied 16 points and junior guard Kevin Gill (Richmond, Va. / Benedictine) notched 10 points.  Senior forward J.D. Ey (Charlotte, N.C. / Myers Park) added 10 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks.  He is now just 11 points shy of 1,000 for his career.

Sophomore forward Daniel Eacho scored a team-best 14 points to lead Roanoke.  Senior guard Jordan Thacker chipped in 10 points for the Maroons, who shot just 36.8 percent (21-57) from the floor.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Shenandoah for a 2:00 pm contest.

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