DANVILLE, Va. — The Averett men's basketball team scored 15 of the final 22 points to secure a 70-62 home victory over Washington and Lee on Tuesday evening.
First-year guard Andy Kleinlein (Chesterfield, Mo./Charminade College Prep) nailed a three-pointer with 2:56 left in the game to tie the score at 55-55. The Cougars (1-2) answered by notching the next nine points, highlighted by four points from first-year guard Charles Bryant, to take a 64-55 advantage with 1:04 remaining.
Sophomore forward Andrew Franz (Charlotte, N.C./Ravenscroft) drained a triple to cut the lead to six, 64-58, with 47 ticks on the clock, but Averett made six of eight free throws down the stretch to reach the final margin of 70-62.
The Generals (1-3) shot 34.8 percent (23-66) from the floor, 27.6 percent (8-29) from long range and 57.1 percent (8-14) from the foul line. The Cougars finished the game 24-of-63 (38.1 percent) from the field, 0-of-17 from behind the arc and 22-of-33 (66.7 percent) from the charity stripe.
W&L turned the ball over 18 times, compared to 15 for AU, and the Cougars out-rebounded the Generals, 52-41.
Franz led W&L with 13 points. He also had four assists, three rebounds and two steals. Junior forward Patrick O'Connor (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) did a little bit of everything with 10 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals. Senior guard Kevin Gill (Richmond, Va./Benedictine) tallied 11 points.
Sophomore center Carter Jones led the Cougars with a double-double. He registered 17 points on 8-of-9 from the field and grabbed 10 rebounds. Senior center Paul Porter added 13 points and seven rebounds and sophomore guard Bradley Robinson had 12 points and seven boards.
In the opening half, Averett jumped out to a 24-10 lead in the first 14 minutes. The Blue and White answered with 13-2 run in the final 5:28 to close to within three, 26-23, at the break. During the run, the Generals netted three triples with one each from Franz, sophomore guard Darren Douglas (Elmsford, N.Y./Rye Country Day) and junior forward Jim Etling (Loveland, Colo./Loveland).
Washington and Lee returns home on Saturday when it hosts Roanoke at 7:00 pm.
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