MIAMI, Fla. — Carthage opened the second half on a 19-8 run en route to an 85-67 victory over the Washington and Lee men's basketball team on Monday at Barry University as part of the Hoop MIA D3 Holiday Shootout.
The Generals (5-3) held a 37-35 lead at intermission, but a three-pointer by junior guard Jordan Thomas on the first play of the second half put the Red Men (6-4) in front (38-37) at the 19:43 mark. Junior guard Devin Kearns (Cibolo, Texas/Samuel Clemens) responded with a layup to give the Blue and White a one-point advantage. From there, Carthage tallied 12 of the next 18 points over three minutes of game action to assume a 50-43 edge.
A jumper by senior forward Clayton Murtha (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) trimmed the deficit to five, 50-45, with 16:27 on the clock, but then back-to-back layups by Thomas and senior guard Derek Mason gave the Red Men a 54-45 advantage.
The lead was still nine (68-59) following a three-pointer by first-year forward Curtis Mitchell (Chevy Chase, Md./Georgetown Prep) at the 9:21 mark, but Carthage closed the contest on a 17-8 spurt to reach the final margin.
The Red Men blocked 15 shots in the contest, with first-year forward Sean Johnson coming off the bench with six. Thomas notched a game-high 23 points, while senior forward Brad Kruse totaled 20 points, five rebounds and five blocks.
Carthage shot 53.1 percent (34-of-64) from the field and 38.5 percent (10-of-26) from long range, while the Generals made just 26-of-72 (36.1 percent) from the floor and 6-of-19 (31.6 percent) from downtown.
Murtha led the Blue and White with 21 points on 9-of-20 from the field. He also had 12 rebounds. Kearns added seven points, nine assists and five rebounds. Senior forward Nicholas George (Charleston, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) chipped in 10 points.
The loss ended W&L's five-game winning streak. The Generals play their final game at the shootout on Wednesday, when they take on SUNY Cortland at 2:00 pm.
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