January 4, 2014

W&L Men's Basketball Falls at University of Chicago, 86-74

CHICAGO — The University of Chicago scored 13 of the final 17 points in an 86-74 victory over the Washington and Lee men's basketball team on Saturday in Chicago.

Junior forward Jim Etling (Loveland, Colo./Loveland) scored a career-high 15 points off the bench for the Generals to lead three double-digit scorers. The Maroons (7-4) had six players with at least eight points led by junior guard Royce Muskeyvalley's 22 and senior forward Charlie Hughes' 17.

In the first half, Chicago took a 16-9 lead with 12:04 before intermission. W&L went on a 7-0 spurt to tie the game (16-16) off of four points by Etling and a three-pointer by sophomore guard Darren Douglas (Elmsford, N.Y./Rye Country Day).

For the final 10 minutes of the half, the two teams went back and forth with the Generals taking a 42-41 lead into the break off a three-pointer by sophomore forward Jok Asiyo (Stroudsburg, Pa./Pocono Mountain East).

The squads were still even through most of the second half, as the score was tied 63-63 with 10:39 remaining, after a triple by first-year guard Austin Piatt (Vandalia, Ohio/Chaminade Julienne) and a three from Hughes.

The Maroons took a 72-65 lead with 6:55 on the clock, but a 5-2 W&L run in the next minute to cut the deficit to three, 73-70. Over the final six minutes, Chicago outscored the Generals, 13-4, to reach the final margin.

Chicago hit 11 triples in the game on 30 attempts (36.7 percent) with Hughes knocking down 5-of-8. The team shot 47.6 percent (30-63) from the field and outrebounded the Generals, 33-29.

W&L shot 54.9 percent (28-51) from the floor and 58.3 percent (7-12) from behind the three-point line. Etling finished 4-of-7 from the field and was a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe.

Senior center Drew Kimberly (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield) led the team on the glass with six rebounds along with 12 points, and sophomore forward Andrew Franz (Charlotte, N.C./Ravenscroft) and first-year guard Andy Kleinlein (Chesterfield, Mo./Chaminade College Prep) tied for the team lead in assists with four.

The Generals return home on Wednesday when they host Ferrum at 7:30 pm.

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