LEXINGTON, Va. — First-year guard Andy Kleinlein's (Chesterfield, Mo./Chaminade College Prep) jumper as time expired was blocked and the Washington and Lee men's basketball team fell to fifth-ranked Williams, 60-58, in the championship of the W&L Holiday Tournament on Monday.
The Ephs (9-1) led 59-55 with 26 seconds left in the game, but junior forward Jim Etling (Loveland, Colo./Loveland) drained a triple from the top of the key to cut the lead to one, 59-58, with 17 seconds on the clock. On the ensuing play, the Generals (4-6) forced a jump ball with 10 second remaining, but the possession arrow favored Williams.
Following a timeout by the Ephs, W&L fouled and sent senior guard Matt McCreary (Joplin, Mo./Joplin) to the line. McCreary split a pair of free throws with seven seconds left, and Kleinlein brought the ball up the court. He crossed from the far side of the court to the near as he drove to the lane. From four feet out on the near post, Kleinlein's shot was blocked by senior center Michael Mayer (Durham, N.C./Riverside) as time expired to reach the final margin.
Senior center Drew Kimberly (Fairfield, Conn.Fairfield Ludlowe) led the Generals with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting. He also grabbed five rebounds and had one block. Kleinlein scored a career-high 11 points and added two assists. Sophomore forward Andrew Franz (Charlotte, N.C./Ravenscroft) led the team with a career-best 12 rebounds.
The Ephs had four players in double figures led by junior guard Hayden Rooke-Ley (Eugene, Oregon/South Eugene) with 13. Mayer added 12 points and eight rebounds and senior forward Taylor Epley (Louisville, Ky./Trinity) and first-year forward Duncan Robinson (New Castle, N.H./Philips Exeter Academy) each notched 11 points. Robinson also grabbed nine rebounds and blocked four shots.
Williams opened the game on an 8-0 run in the first three minutes and stretched the advantage to 13-2 with 15:18 left in the half. The Generals responded with a 12-0 spurt over the next four minutes to take a 14-13 lead, highlighted by five points by sophomore guard Darren Douglas (Elmsford, N.Y./Rye Country Day). The Blue and White extended the lead to four by the end of the half, 26-22.
W&L stretched the margin to six with the first basket of the second period. The team led most of the half, but the Ephs retook the lead, 45-44, with 5:41 remaining in the game. Williams extended the advantage to six, 57-51, with 43 ticks on the clock, but four points by Kleinlein in 14 seconds closed the gap and set up the end of the game drama.
The Generals shot 36.5 percent (23-63) from the floor and 25.0 percent (5-20) from long range. The team dished out 10 assists, while committing a season-low five turnovers. The Ephs held the advantage on the glass, 41-35. Williams finished 19-of-48 (39.6 percent) from the field and 8-of-27 (29.6 percent) from downtown.
Kimberly earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team for his two-day performance. Rooke-Ley was named the Tournament MVP.
W&L next plays at the University of Chicago on Saturday at 4:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.
Rueben Lacy (Cairn)
Tony Hawkins (Washington College)
Drew Kimberly (W&L)
Duncan Robinson (Williams)
Hayden Rooke-Ley (Williams) (MVP)
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