LEXINGTON, Va. — Guilford finished the first half on a 15-6 run en route to an 81-70 victory over the Washington and Lee men's basketball team on Saturday at the Warner Center.
The Generals (12-7, 7-3 ODAC) hit seven three pointers in the opening 10 minutes of the game, but the Quakers (11-8, 7-3 ODAC) kept pace, as the teams were tied, 23-23, by the 8:42 mark. Guilford then registered nine straight points, capped on a layup by sophomore forward Kyler Gregory to assume a 32-23 advantage with 4:16 remaining in the half.
Both team went scoreless over the next two minutes of play until a free throw by senior forward Clayton Murtha (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) with 1:57 on the clock brought the Blue and White to within eight (32-24). On the Quakers' next possession, junior forward Carson Long drained a three-pointer to stretch the lead to 35-24.
A layup by Murtha and then a triple by junior guard Devin Kearns (Cibolo, Texas/Samuel Clemens) cut the margin to six with 45 seconds to play in the half, but a three-pointer by first-year guard Joah Logan on Guilford's last possession of the period gave the Quakers a 38-29 lead at the break.
W&L opened the second on a 9-5 spurt, highlighted by five points from senior forward Nicholas George (Charleston, W.Va./Charleston Catholic), to trim the deficit to five (43-38) at the 16:17 mark.
The Generals then missed their next four shots, and Guilford took advantage, scoring nine consecutive points to stretch the lead to 14 (52-38) with 12:45 remaining in the contest. W&L never threatened the rest of the way, as the Quakers held on for the 11-point victory.
Guilford shot 48.4 percent (30-of-62) from the floor, 44.4 percent (8-of-18) from long range and 76.5 percent (13-of-17) from the charity stripe. The Blue and White struggled from the field, making 23-of-60 attempts (38.3 percent). The Generals made 12-of-29 (41.4 percent) three-pointers, but connected on just 12-of-21 shots from the foul line.
Junior forward Roy McMillan (Raleigh, N.C./Broughton) and George led W&L with 17 points each. McMillan also added six rebounds. Murtha totaled 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists. He was 4-of-7 from the floor, but just 7-of-14 from the foul line.
The Quakers had six players in double figures. Long notched a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, and junior forward Marcus Curry led the team with 17 points. Guilford also controlled the glass, holding a 43-31 advantage.
W&L has now lost two straight at home for the first time all season. The Generals next play at Bridgewater on Wednesday at 7:00 pm.
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