W&L Men's Basketball Stymied by Guilford, 64-52

LEXINGTON, Va. — The Washington and Lee men's basketball team shot 33.3 percent (15-45) from the field and turned the ball over 17 times in a 64-52 loss to Guilford on Saturday in the Warner Center.

The Quakers (16-5, 10-2 ODAC) opened the game on a 14-3 run, including seven points by first-year forward Alston Furr (King, N.C./West Stokes), in the first 6:52 of the contest.

Guilford held at least an eight-point lead over the next five minutes until a layup by senior center Drew Kimberly (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) cut the deficit to six, 18-12, with 8:20 left in the half. The Quakers pushed the lead back out to nine, but the Generals (6-15, 3-9 ODAC) eventually worked the margin to five, 20-25, heading into halftime. 

Kimberly notched the first bucket of the second half to bring W&L within three (25-22), but Guilford scored the next five points to push the advantage to eight, 30-22, with 17:44 left in the contest.

The Quakers remained in control over the next 12 minutes and held a 56-43 lead with 5:46 on the clock. Neither team scored over the next four minutes, but Kimberly started a run for the Blue and White by netting a triple, the first of his career, to cut the advantage to 10 (56-46) with 1:48 left.

Following a turnover by Guilford, sophomore forward Andrew Franz (Charlotte, N.C./Ravenscroft) netted two free throws. A steal by junior forward Patrick O'Connor (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) led to first-year guard Andy Kleinlein (Chesterfield, Mo./Chaminade College Prep) splitting a pair of free throws to close the gap to seven, 56-49, with 56 seconds on the clock.

Guilford scored eight of the final 11 points to hold off W&L and seal the 64-52 victory. The Quakers also shot poorly at 39.1 percent (25-64), but took 19 more shots, 64-45, than the Generals due to grabbing 16 offensive rebounds. Guilford out-rebounded W&L for the game, 47-26.

Kimberly led the Blue and White with 19 points and eight rebounds. He finished two boards shy of his third consecutive double-double. Despite struggling from the field, Franz was the only other General in double figures. He finished with 10 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Furr led the Quakers with 20 points on 7-of-17 shooting. He also notched four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Senior forward Jake Hopkins (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) added a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

The Generals travel to Lynchburg on Wednesday for a 7:00 pm contest.

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