LEXINGTON, Va. — The Washington and Lee men's basketball team made a school-record 18 three-pointers en route to a 100-73 victory over William Peace on Wednesday at the Warner Center.
The Generals (5-3) scored the nine of the first 12 points of the game to grab a 9-3 advantage by the 17-minute mark. W&L continued its onslaught with another 9-3 run over the next three minutes, capped on a three-pointer by first-year forward Curtis Mitchell (Chevy Chase, Md./Georgetown Prep), to take an 18-6 lead with 14:21 on the clock.
The margin hovered around 10 points over the next five minutes of game action with the Blue and White leading 26-15 with 9:15 remaining in the half. From there, the Generals went on a 15-7 surge, highlighted by six points by first-year guard William Brueggeman (Houston, Texas/Strake Jesuit College Prep) and five points by junior guard Alex Starr (Upper Saddle River, N.J./Northern Highlands Regional), to assume a 41-22 advantage at the 4:41 mark.
The Pacers (1-5) closed the half on a 14-4 spurt to trim the W&L lead to nine (45-36) at the break. The Generals made 10-of-20 triples in the first half, while WPU connected on 8-of-18 of its attempts from downtown.
The two teams went back and forth over the first six minutes of the second half with the Blue and White leading 57-48 with 14:22 left in the game. On the Generals' next possession, sophomore guard Kevin Dennin (Severna Park, Md./Severn School) drilled a three-pointer, and then following a miss by the Pacers, junior forward Roy McMillan (Raleigh, N.C./Broughton) rained down another triple from the top of the key to push the lead to 63-48 at the 13:27 mark.
After a free throw by Mitchell, the Generals tied the school three-point record with their 15th of the contest, as Dennin splashed one from behind the arc to stretch the margin to 19 (67-48) with 11:20 remaining in the game. The Pacers answered with a triple by first-year guard Christian Farrell, but at the 10:15 mark, Dennin connected on W&L's 16th and record-breaking three-pointer to extend the advantage to 18, 70-52.
WPU cut the gap to 15 (73-58) with 9:14 left in the game, but the Generals answered with an 8-0 run, including a triple by senior forward Clayton Murtha (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) to put the game away. Senior forward Nicholas George (Charleston, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) tallied the team's 18th three-pointer with 2:20 left in the contest to cement the new school record.
The Generals made 18-of-40 (45.0 percent) shots from beyond the arc to set the new mark. The previous made triples record was 15 set on February 6, 2013. W&L also set a new three-point attempts record, breaking the previous standard of 36 set on February 5, 1992.
The Blue and White had six players in double figures, which is the first time that has happened since 2007. Murtha led the way with 18 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. McMillan totaled 16 points and eight rebounds, and Dennin came off the bench for 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting from long range.
Starr recorded 12 points and five assists. Junior guard Devin Kearns (Cibolo, Texas/Samuel Clemens) added 10 points and four assists, and George tallied 11 points. W&L also had a season-high 21 assists.
The Generals totaled 100 points for this first time since a 100-92 victory over Southern Virginia on November 16, 2013. Wednesday's victory also extended W&L's winning streak to five and pushed its home winning streak to seven games.
Sophomore forward Tyson Sellers led the Pacers with 15 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore guard Camden Ferguson contributed 13 points. WPU made 13-of-38 (34.2 percent) three-pointers in the contest, but shot just 34.8 percent (24-of-69) from the field.
The Generals will break for finals and return to action on December 18 against Carthage at the Miami Holiday Slam Classic at 7:00 pm.
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