ASHLAND, Va. — The Washington and Lee men's basketball team forced Randolph-Macon to shoot 33.9 percent from the floor, but the Yellow Jackets held a 16-0 advantage in second-chance points to secure a 66-56 victory in Ashland on Wednesday.
The two squads went back and forth early in the first half, but an Andrew Franz (Charlotte, N.C./Ravenscroft) layup at the 8:14 mark gave the Generals (2-4, 1-2 ODAC) an 18-17 lead. After a couple of free throws for R-MC (3-3, 1-1 ODAC), first-year guard Andy Kleinlein (Chesterfield, Mo./Chaminade College Prep) banked in a runner to regain a one-point advantage (20-19).
The Yellow Jackets scored the next eight points and finished the half on a 14-7 run to take a 33-27 lead into intermission. Randolph-Macon was the aggressor to start the second and stretched the lead to 41-31 on a layup by junior guard Connor Sullivan with 15:55 remaining.
The Generals cut the lead to seven, 53-46, at the 5:17 mark, but R-MC scored four straight to bounce the lead back to double digits (57-46) with 4:02 left. The Blue and White made one final push, and a Kleinlein triple with 1:26 left closed the gap to five, 59-54. W&L went into foul mode to extend the game, but the Yellow Jackets made 7-fo-10 free throws in the final 1:08 to reach the final margin, 66-56.
Franz led the Generals with 12 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Senior forward Drew Kimberly (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) added nine points and five rebounds, and junior guard Clay McLean (Charlotte, N.C./Davidson Day) totaled nine points, three steals and two rebounds.
Junior guard Marcus Badger and Sullivan led R-MC with 12 points and junior forward Joe Hassell contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds. Sullivan also added four steals.
The Generals shot 20-of-53 (37.7 percent) from the field, 2-of-14 (14.3 percent) from behind the arc and 14-of-18 (77.8 percent) from the charity stripe. R-MC shot 33.9 percent (20-59) from the floor, 29.4 percent (5-17) from long range and 67.7 percent (21-of-31) from the foul line.
W&L will take a break for finals and won't play its next game until December 16 against Muhlenberg at the PNC Bank Royal Rumble.
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