W&L Men's Basketball Stumbles at Roanoke, 84-66

W&L Men's Basketball Stumbles at Roanoke, 84-66

SALEM, Va. — Roanoke shot 50.0 percent (25-of-50) from the field and 50.0 percent (8-of-16) from long range en route to an 84-66 victory over the Washington and Lee men's basketball team on Saturday at the Cregger Center.

Senior forward Clayton Murtha (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) and junior guard Devin Kearns (Cibolo, Texas/Samuel Clemens) combined for 43 points on 14-of-21 (66.7 percent) shooting from the floor, but it was not nearly enough, as the rest of the Generals (14-9, 9-5 ODAC) connected on just 8-of-31 (25.8 percent) of their attempts from the field.

W&L held a 7-5 lead at the 16-minute mark of the first half, but the Maroons (16-7, 9-5 ODAC) went on a 20-4 run over the next six minutes to grab a 25-11 advantage with 9:01 remaining in the half. The spread hovered around 14 points for the final nine minutes of the half, with Roanoke holding a 47-34 lead at the break.

Junior forward Roy McMillan (Raleigh, N.C./Broughton) started the second half with a triple to trim the deficit to 10 (47-37) at the 18:34 mark, but first-year guard Jorden Davis answered with a three-pointer to push the margin to 50-37. Kearns and junior forward Josh Freund exchanged layups and then another bucket by Kearns brought the Generals to within 11 (52-41) with 16:18 to go in the contest.

The Maroons put the game away over the ensuing six minutes. During that stretch, Roanoke scored 16 of the next 19 points to extend its lead to 24, 68-44, with 9:48 left in the game. Freund was the catalyst of the offense during the spurt, registering seven of the 16 points. The spread remained at least 18 the rest of the contest, as the Maroons secured the win.

Murtha finished the game 9-of-10 from the floor to total a game-high 24 points. He also added six rebounds. Kearns registered 19 points, nine rebounds and three assists. No other General had more than six points, as Murtha and Kearns accounted for 65.2 percent of the team's points.

The Blue and White finished the game shooting 42.3 percent (22-of-52) from the field and 23.1 percent (6-of-26) from long range.

Davis led Roanoke with 19 points. Junior guard C.J. Miles contributed 18 points, and Freund notched 15 points, nine rebounds and four assists.

W&L committed 15 turnovers compared to just seven for the Maroons. The Blue and White also shot 64.0 percent (16-of-25) from the charity stripe, while Roanoke was 26-of-30 (86.7 percent).

The Generals return to action on Wednesday, when they play at Emory & Henry at 7:00 pm.

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