LEXINGTON, Va. — After sinking two free throws, senior forward J.D. Ey (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) stole the inbounds pass and made a quick layup with 14 seconds left in the game to give the Washington and Lee men's basketball team a 61-60 victory over Shenandoah on Saturday at the Warner Center.
In a game where Ey scored the 1,000th point of his career, he led all scorers with 23 points and 11 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the year. He scored 19 of his 23 in the second half, and finished 8-of-16 from the field and 7-of-9 from the free throw line.
The Generals (13-13, 8-8 ODAC) trailed, 58-50, with 2:09 left in the game after a three-pointer by first-year guard Sharif Almulla (Orlando, Fla./Timber Creek). Ey split a pair of free throws on the ensuing possession to cut the lead to seven, 58-51, with 1:52 remaining. The Hornets (3-22, 0-16) immediately turned the ball over and first-year forward Jok Asiyo (Stoudsburg, Pa./Pocono Mountain East) drilled two free throws to trim the deficit to five (58-53) at the 1:35 mark.
First-year forward Shaquille Rodney (Elmont, N.Y./Tabb) made one of two free throws to push the lead back to six, 59-53. After an empty possession for both teams, Ey dropped in a layup (59-55) with 52 ticks on the clock. SU missed the front end of a one-and-one, and Ey scored again to bring W&L within two, 59-57, with 37 seconds remaining.
Rodney split another pair of free throws, and after an offensive rebound on a missed three-pointer, Ey was fouled and went to the line with the team down three (60-57). After making both and scoring off the steal, the Generals defense did not allow the Hornets to get off a potential game-winning shot.
Ey now has 1,012 points in his career, and became the 22nd player in program history to achieve the historic mark. He moved to 20th on the W&L all-time scoring list.
First-year Andrew Franz (Charlotte, N.C./Ravenscroft) joined Ey in double figures with 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting. He also notched eight boards, three assists and three steals. Sophomore forward Jim Etling (Loveland, Colo./Loveland) came off the bench for eight points and two rebounds.
W&L shot 38.2 percent (21-55) from the field, 15.0 percent (3-20) from long distance and 84.2 percent (16-19) from the charity stripe. SU went 20-of-48 (41.7 percent) overall, 12-of-28 (42.9 percent) from behind the arc and 8-of-15 (53.3 percent) from the foul line.
The Generals led by as many as 10 in the first half, before the Hornets cut the lead to seven, 33-26, by intermission. Shenandoah scored 11 of the first 13 points of the second half to erase the deficit and gain a two-point advantage by the 16:48 mark. SU eventually extended its lead to eight before W&L's late game heroics.
Sophomore guard Jared Carithers (Bowie, Md./Bowie) led the Hornets with 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting. Sophomore guard Eli McEathron (Front Royal, Va./Skyline) added nine points and two steals.
It marked the final game of the regular season for the Generals and was Senior Day for forward Jeremy Adkins (Huntington, W.Va./Spring Valley), guard Kelton Buchanan (Powder Springs, Ga./Hillgrove), Ey and forward Matt Gaeta (Plantation, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas).
The Generals are the eighth seed in the ODAC Tournament and will host Eastern Mennonite on Tuesday at 7:00 pm in the first round.
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