SCRANTON, Pa. – The Washington and Lee men's basketball team shot 56.7 percent (34-60) from the floor and held a 40-28 advantage on the boards in posting an 82-58 win over Rosemont in the consolation game of the PNC Bank Royal Rumble hosted by the University of Scranton on Tuesday.
The Generals (3-5) hit 11 of their first 18 shots from the floor in jumping out to a 10-point lead (22-12) with 8:50 left in the opening half. Sophomore forward Andrew Franz (Charlotte, N.C. / Ravenscroft) did much of the damage for W&L, hitting 7-of-8 from the floor in scoring 14 of the Generals' opening 22 points.
Rosemont (4-6) countered with a quick 5-0 burst that cut it to a five-point (22-17) game at the 6:30 mark, but an immediate 11-0 run, keyed by six points from senior center Drew Kimberly (Fairfield, Conn. / Fairfield Ludlowe), pushed W&L's lead back out to 16 points (33-17) en route to carrying a 37-26 lead into the break.
Three W&L triples in the opening 4:53 of the second half pushed the Generals' lead out to 20 points (50-30) at the 15:07 mark and the Ravens got no closer than 18 points the rest of the way as W&L pulled away for the win.
The Blue & White produced a season-high 26 assists on 34 made baskets and turned the ball over just 13 times. Franz finished with a game-high 21 points, nine rebounds, four assists and a career-high four steals, hitting 10-of-15 shots from the floor. Junior forward Patrick O'Connor (Richmond, Va. / Douglas Freeman) tallied 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting and tied a career-high with five assists, and Kimberly notched 12 points, 11 rebounds, a career-best five assists and two blocks.
Rosemont was paced by junior forward Dom Scafidi's 11 points and four rebounds. Senior guard Kiwan Murray and junior guard Nadir Stukes added seven points each. The Ravens shot just 37.0 percent (20-54) from the floor and 52.0 percent (13-25) from the foul line.
Washington and Lee will now break for the holidays before returning to the court on December 29-30 when it hosts the W&L Tournament. The Generals open with Cairn on Sunday at 2:00 pm. Monday's consolation will be at 2:00 pm and the championship will be at 4:00 pm. The other first round matchup will feature Washington College and fifth-ranked Williams.