January 15, 2014

W&L Men's Basketball Suffers 56-52 Loss to Randolph

LEXINGTON, Va. — The Washington and Lee men's basketball team was outscored 23-13 in the final 14 minutes on Wednesday in a 56-52 loss to Randolph at the Warner Center.

The Generals (5-9, 2-3 ODAC) opened the second half down, 30-25, but ripped off the first eight points on a three by sophomore guard Darren Douglas (Elmsford, N.Y./Rye Country Day), a triple by senior guard Kevin Gill (Richmond, Va./Benedictine) and a jumper by junior forward Patrick O'Connor (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) to take a 33-30 lead with 16:23 left.

The WildCats' (9-5, 3-2) Dylan Shiflett (Virginia Beach, Va./Cape Henry) made a layup, but another three by Douglas stretched the advantage to four (36-32). W&L eventually pushed the margin to six, 39-33 on an old fashioned three-point play by Douglas at the 13:44 mark.

Randolph tallied nine straight points over the next three minutes to take a 42-39 lead with 10:40 remaining. Neither team scored in the next two minutes, but senior center Drew Kimberly (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) cut the lead to one on a layup with 8:37 on the clock.

The WildCats pushed out to a 47-43 advantage with 5:59 left on a triple by first-year guard Jake Simmons (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons) and a layup by sophomore center Lucas Smith (Cloverdale, Va./Lord Botetourt). The Generals cut the lead to three (50-47) on a layup by Gill at the 1:48 mark.

Each team failed to convert on its next possession, but a foul by Gill with 46 seconds left sent sophomore guard Evan Horn (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) to the line. Horn split a pair of free throws (51-47), but the Blue and White turned the ball over the next trip down.

After another W&L foul, the Wildcats missed the front end of a one-and-one and O'Connor cut the lead to two, 51-49, on a layup with 21 ticks on the clock. The Generals fouled again, and sophomore guard Corey Brown (Williamsburg, Va./Walsingham) split a pair of freebies, which gave W&L a chance to tie the game with 17 seconds remaining.

Following a couple of screens, Gill came free at the top of the key from five feet beyond the arc, but his three-point attempt with seven seconds left sailed long. W&L went into full on foul mode, but did not come any closer than two before reaching the final margin, 56-52.

Brown of Randolph led all scorers with 15 points on 11 shots. Simmons notched 12 points and grabbed four rebounds.

Kimberly recorded his fifth double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds to go with three blocks and three assists. Douglas set a season-high with 12 points and O'Connor added 13 points and eight rebounds.

The Wildcats made 10 triples in the contest, including seven in the first half. W&L dominated in points in the paint, 34-14, but Randolph held a 16-4 edge in points off turnovers.

The Generals return to the court on Saturday when they host Lynchburg at 2:00 pm.

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