W&L Men's Basketball Defeats Shenandoah, 83-78

W&L Men's Basketball Defeats Shenandoah, 83-78

WINCHESTER, Va. — The Washington and Lee men's basketball team used a 16-0 run midway through the second half to earn an 83-78 victory at Shenandoah on Wednesday at the Wilkins Center.

The Generals (14-8, 9-4 ODAC) held a 41-34 lead at halftime, but a 7-3 run by the Hornets (8-14, 3-10 ODAC) in the opening three minutes of the second trimmed the deficit to 44-41 by the 17-minute mark. Both teams struggled to score over the next few possessions, but then a triple by first-year guard Avery White with 14:25 left in the game tied the score, 44-44.

Junior guard Devin Kearns (Cibolo, Texas/Samuel Clemens) registered a layup on W&L's next trip down, but sophomore forward Christopher Chaney made a layup with 14 minutes remaining in the contest to knot the game at 46-46.

Kearns then drained a triple off an assist from junior forward Roy McMillan (Raleigh, N.C./Broughton) to give the Blue and White a 49-46 advantage. Following two free throws by McMIllan and two by senior forward Clayton Murtha (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park), the Generals held a 53-46 lead with 12:44 on the clock.

Kearns kept the run going with two baskets sandwiched around a three-pointer by senior guard Michael Hegar (Cary, N.C./GRACE Christian) to stretch the margin to 14 (60-46) by the 10:11 mark. McMillan then capped the W&L 16-0 spurt on a layup with 9:47 remaining in the game.  

The Generals maintained at least a nine-point lead until the last two minutes, when Shenandoah started intentionally fouling to send W&L to the line. The Blue and White went just 7-of-15 from the charity stripe during the final stretch, as the Hornets trimmed the gap to five, 83-78, by the final horn.

Murtha led the team with 19 points and nine rebounds, and McMillan stuffed the stat sheet with 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Kearns totaled 12 points, all of which came in the second half.

The Generals shot 44.1 percent (30-of-68) from the floor and just 27.6 percent (8-of-29) from long range. W&L continued to struggle at the foul line, connecting on 15-of-26 attempts (57.7 percent).

McMillan netted a three-pointer in the game's opening minutes, which pushed the Generals' total this year to 198. The 198 triples set a new program single-season record for the Blue and White, breaking the mark of 197 set by last year's squad. With the eight three-pointers in the contest, the team has made 205 on the season.

Chaney came off the bench to tally a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Hornets. Senior guard Dominic Steward led the starters with 13 points. Shenandoah shot 42.0 percent (29-of-69) from the field and 42.3 percent (11-of-26) from downtown. SU finished 9-of-11 (81.8 percent) from the foul line.

The Generals next travel to Roanoke on Saturday for a 2:00 pm contest.

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