W&L MEN'S BASKETBALL DOWNED BY GUILFORD, 89-71

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Guilford closed out the first half on a 13-3 run to take a 49-31 halftime lead en route to an 89-71 win over Washington and Lee in ODAC men’s basketball action on Tuesday night in Greensboro, N.C.

The Quakers (14-11, 9-9) led 24-19 with 8:54 remaining in the first half and then used an 8-0 run to extend to a 32-19 advantage. The Generals pulled to within eight points at 36-28 with 3:30 left, but then Guilford went on the aforementioned 13-3 spurt to held into halftime with an 18-point advantage. The Quakers would maintain their double-digit lead for the remainder of the game.

W&L was 24-for-56 (.429) from the field and 19-for-24 (.792) from the free throw line, but committed 23 turnovers. Guilford shot 37-for-75 (.493) from the floor and 9-for-12 (.750) from the charity stripe.

The Generals were led by freshman forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham), who scored a team-high 16 points and grabbed five rebounds. Sophomore guard Chris Halkitis (New Port Richey, Fla./Ridgewood) tallied 14 points and a team-high four assists, while sophomore guard Chris Davis (Birmingham, Ala./Altamont School) notched a career-high 10 points. Freshman center Mason Herman (Martinsburg, W.Va./St. Maria Goretti) pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds.

Guilford received a game-high 19 points from junior forward Genaro Lawhorn, while sophomore guard Jordan Snipes chipped in 14 points.

W&L finishes the season with a 2-23 overall record and an 0-18 mark in the ODAC.

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W&L MEN'S BASKETBALL FALLS TO EASTERN MENNONITE, 90-76

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Sophomore guard Jason Sager scored a game-high 23 points and pulled down a team-high nine rebounds to help lead Eastern Mennonite to a 90-76 victory over Washington and Lee in ODAC men’s basketball action on Saturday night in Harrisonburg, Va.

The Generals (2-22, 0-17) led 10-9 with 15:30 remaining in the first half, but the Royals (12-11, 8-9) went on a 25-10 run to take a 34-20 lead with 4:40 left in the opening half. EMU would go into halftime with a 38-28 advantage and maintain its double-digit lead throughout the second half.

W&L was 29-for-64 (.453) from the field, but committed 16 turnovers. The Royals were 28-of-58 (.483) from the floor and outscored the Generals 27-15 at the free throw line.

The Generals were led by freshman forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham), who scored a team-high 21 points and grabbed six rebounds. Freshman forward Femi Kusimo (Charleston, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) scored a career-high 18 points and snatched a team-high eight rebounds. Sophomore guard Chris Halkitis (New Port Richey, Fla./Ridgewood) chipped in 13 points and dished out a team-high four assists.

Sager was complemented by freshman guard Brad Parkes, who tallied 17 points and five rebounds. Freshman guard Korey Whiting added 15 points and six rebounds.

W&L finishes the regular season at Guilford on Tuesday evening. The game starts at 7:00 pm.

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W&L MEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS TO EMORY & HENRY, 87-78

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee committed 35 turnovers and shot just 56.8 percent (21-of-37) from the foul line in falling to Emory & Henry, 87-78, in ODAC men’s basketball action on Wednesday evening at the Warner Center.

The Generals (2-21, 0-16) trailed by as many as 13 points (35-22) in the first half, but used a 20-0 run over both halves to assume a 56-45 lead with 14:40 remaining in the game. From there, the Wasps slowly chipped away the W&L advantage until taking the lead for good at 71-70 on a jumper by sophomore guard Korey Townsend (South Boston, Va./Halifax County) with 5:59 remaining in the game.

Three players from each team fouled out as a total of 56 fouls were whistled on the two teams.

W&L was led by senior guard Mike Stuart (Warrenton, Va./Fauquier), who tallied 17 points, five rebounds and four assists. Junior forward David Will (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax) notched 13 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, while freshman forward Femi Kusimo (Charleston, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) posted 13 points and four steals. Sophomore guard Chris Halkitis (New Port Richey, Fa./Ridgewood) chipped in with 12 points.

Emory & Henry (9-14, 6-10) was paced by Townsend, who scored 24 points and was 11-of-14 from the charity stripe. Freshman guard Mike Koury (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) added 13 points.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it travels to Eastern Mennonite for a 7:00 pm game.

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W&L MEN’S BASKETBALL DEFEATED BY LYNCHBURG, 81-72

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Lynchburg College hit 35-of-44 free throws in defeating Washington and Lee, 81-72, in ODAC men’s basketball action on Sunday afternoon at the Warner Center.

The Hornets (10-12, 7-8) closed the first half on a 10-2 run to assume a nine-point lead (34-25) at the break. W&L chipped away at the lead, cutting the deficit to just three points (56-53) with 8:32 remaining, but the Hornets again pulled away, going on a 12-2 run to post a 68-55 lead with just 3:23 remaining. LC shot 30 of its 44 foul shots in the second half.

The Generals (2-20, 0-15) shot 26-of-58 (.448) from the floor, but could not overcome a 35-16 point differential at the foul line.

W&L was led by freshman forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham), who tallied 15 points and five rebounds. Senior guard Mike Stuart (Warrenton, Va./Fauquier), sophomore guard Chris Halkitis (New Port Richey, Fla./Ridgewood) and freshman forward Femi Kusimo (Charleston, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) each notched 14 points.

Lynchburg was paced by senior forward Ryan Pehanik (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle), who totaled 22 points and hit 11-of-12 foul shots. Junior forward David Schaeffer (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle) added 12 points and seven boards.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Wednesday as it hosts Emory & Henry for a 7:00 pm contest.

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W&L MEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS TO HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, 81-75

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee posted a 46-37 halftime lead, but could not hold on as Hampden-Sydney defeated the Generals, 81-75, in ODAC men’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at the Warner Center.

W&L shot 62.1 percent (18-of-29) from the field in the opening half and extended its lead to 11 points as freshman forward Femi Kusimo (Charleston, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) made a jumper to begin the second stanza. However, the Tigers outscored the Generals 14-2 over the next 3:22 to take a 51-50 lead.

Hampden-Sydney pushed out to a 62-56 lead with 10:10 remaining, but W&L fought back to tie the game at 64-64 with 7:02 remaining in the game. From there, H-SC went on a 9-2 run to assume a 73-66 lead with 5:14 remaining and would hold on for the win.

The Tigers (14-7, 9-5) outscored W&L 25-11 at the foul line and held a 31-23 edge on the boards. The Generals shot just 38.5 percent in the second half, while the Tigers hit 58.3 percent of their shots in the second stanza and 55.6 percent for the game.

The Generals (2-19, 0-14) were led by sophomore guard Chris Halkitis (New Port Richey, Fla./Ridgewood), who tallied 19 points. Freshman forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) totaled 15 points, while Kusimo notched 14 points and five steals. Senior guard Mike Stuart (Warrenton, Va./Fauquier) added 11 points and three assists.

Hampden-Sydney was paced by freshman guard Drew Prehmus (Atlanta, Ga./Wesleyan), who totaled 18 points and four assists. Freshman guard A.J. Dowell (Roanoke, Va./Salem) registered 17 points, while freshman forward Troy Kaase (Roanoke, Va./Cave Spring) chipped in 13 points.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Sunday as it hosts Lynchburg for a 2:00 pm contest.

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W&L MEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS TO ROANOKE, 64-60

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Freshman forward Josh LaPorte (Staunton, Va./Riverheads) notched career-highs in points (14), rebounds (16) and steals (5) to lift Roanoke to a 64-60 win over Washington and Lee in ODAC men’s basketball action on Saturday evening at the Warner Center.

The Maroons (11-8, 5-7) held a slim 31-29 lead at the break, but the Generals hit each of their first seven shots from the field in the second half to open a 44-40 lead with 13:56 left to play. The two teams traded the lead back-and-forth until Roanoke took the lead for good at 58-57 on a layup by senior center Kevinn Hunter (Dale City, Va./Gar-Field) with 3:45 remaining.

W&L sliced the lead to 61-60 on a three-pointer by sophomore guard Chris Halkitis (New Port Richey, Fa./Ridgewood) with 2:49 left and RC freshman guard Ben Shrader (Tazewell, Va./Mercer Christian) made it 62-60 with a free throw at the 2:00 mark. The Generals had a chance to tie with four seconds remaining, but freshman guard John Mumper’s (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) layup attempt was short and LaPorte snatched the rebound and was fouled. He hit both free throws to clinch the victory.

W&L (2-18, 0-13) was paced by senior guard Mike Stuart (Warrenton, Va./Fauquier), who scored 11 points. Halkitis and junior forward David Will (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax) both tallied 10 points and five rebounds.

Hunter notched 19 points and eight rebounds for Roanoke. He and LaPorte were joined in double-figures by Shrader, who tallied 13 points.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it hosts Hampden-Sydney for a 2:00 pm contest.

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W&L MEN'S BASKETBALL DEFEATED BY EMORY & HENRY, 71-56

EMORY, Va. -- Sophomore guard Korey Townsend scored a game-high 18 points to help lead Emory & Henry to a 71-56 win over Washington and Lee in ODAC men’s basketball action on Wednesday night in Emory, Va.

The Wasps (6-11, 3-7) took a 29-24 lead into halftime and then opened up the second half on an 18-6 run to extend their advantage to 47-30 with 14:48 remaining. The Generals (2-17, 0-12) responded with a 13-0 spurt to slice the deficit to four points at 47-43 with 8:21 left in the game. However, E&H methodically pushed the lead back out to double digits en route to the 15-point win.

W&L was 21-for-51 (.412) from the floor, but committed 19 turnovers. The Wasps were 21-for-56 (.375) from the field, including 7-for-16 (.438) from three-point range, and only had 12 turnovers.

The Generals were led by freshman forward Colton Braud (Houston, Texas/James Taylor), who tied a career-high with 11 points, on 5-for-6 shooting and grabbed six rebounds. Sophomore guard Chris Halkitis (New Port Richey, Fla./Ridgewood) notched 10 points and handed out a game-high six assists, while freshman forward Femi Kusimo (Charleston, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) chipped in with 10 points.

Townsend was helped out by sophomore guard Lance Reasbeck, who tallied 10 points and five rebounds.

W&L returns to the court on Saturday when it hosts Roanoke. The game begins at 7:00 pm.

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W&L MEN'S BASKETBALL FALLS TO RANDOLPH-MACON, 74-42

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Randolph-Macon shot 50.8 percent (30-for-59) from the field in defeating Washington and Lee, 74-42, in ODAC men’s basketball action on Sunday afternoon at the Warner Center.

The Yellow Jackets (10-7, 8-3) led from the opening tip to the final buzzer and led by as many as 19 points (31-12) with 2:12 remaining in the first half. They went into halftime with a 35-20 lead.

The Generals (2-16, 0-11) pulled to within 12 points at 39-27 with 16:04 left in the second half, but R-MC went on a 17-5 run over the next 7:43 to take a 56-32 advantage with 8:21 remaining.

W&L shot just 27.8 percent (15-for-54) from the field and was outrebounded 43-30.

The Generals were led by junior forward David Will (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax), who scored a team-high nine points and pulled down a team-best six rebounds. Freshman forward Femi Kusimo (Charleston, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) and freshman guard Andrew Franklin (Katy, Texas/Katy) each chipped in with eight points.

Junior forward Justin Wansley (Ricmond, Va./Henrico) registered game-highs of 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Yellow Jackets, while sophomore forward Philip Hawley (Weirton, W.Va./Tristate Christian) notched 12 points and nine rebounds.

W&L returns to the court on Wednesday at Emory & Henry. The game begins at 7:00 pm.

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W&L MEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS TO VIRGINIA WESLEYAN, 63-53

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Sophomore forward Brandon Adair (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) tallied 23 points and eight rebounds to lift Virginia Wesleyan to a 63-53 win over Washington and Lee in ODAC men’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at the Warner Center.

The Marlins (13-4, 7-4) led 36-24 at the break, but saw the Generals slice the advantage to just five points (39-34) with 14 minutes remaining in the game. VWC responded with a 9-0 spurt over the next 3:52 to go up 48-34 with 10:08 left. W&L slowly chipped away at the lead, cutting it to 55-50 at the 1:53 mark, but the Marlins sealed the game at the foul line in the final minute.

Virginia Wesleyan held a 40-22 advantage in rebounding, including grabbing 15 offensive rebounds.

W&L (2-15, 0-10) placed four players in double figures led by freshman forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham), who totaled 15 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the field. Sophomore guard Chris Halkitis (New Port Richey, Fla./Ridgewood) notched 14 points, five rebounds and four assists, while senior guard Mike Stuart (Warrenton, Va./Fauquier) and freshman guard John Mumper (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) added 10 points each.

For Virginia Wesleyan, sophomore forward Marcus Riley (Olney, Va./Nandua) supplemented Adair’s effort with 10 points. Junior guard Thomas Sumpter (Hampton, Va./Bethel) chipped in with eight points, six rebounds and five assists.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Sunday as it hosts Randolph-Macon for a 2:00 pm contest.

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W&L MEN'S BASKETBALL DEFEATED BY BRIDGEWATER, 77-56

BRIDGEWATER, Va. -- Bridgewater College went on an 18-0 run midway through the second half en route to a 77-56 victory over Washington and Lee in ODAC men’s basketball action on Wednesday night in Bridgewater, Va.

The Eagles (13-4, 8-2) took a 33-22 lead into halftime and opened up the second half on 10-0 run to take a 21-point lead (43-22) with 15:33 left. The Generals (2-14, 0-9) responded with 20-6 run to cut the deficit to 49-42 with 8:56 remaining in the game. However, Bridgewater then went on the aforementioned 18-0 spurt to take a 67-42 advantage with 5:33 remaining and wouldn’t be challenged again.

W&L was just 18-for-56 (.321) from the field, while the Eagles shot 24-for-52 (.462), including 9-for-12 (.750) from three-point range.

W&L was led by freshman guard John Mumper (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman), who scored a career-high 20 points, including 4-for-6 from behind the arc. Senior guard Mike Stuart (Warrenton, Va./Fauquier) notched 10 points, while freshman forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) tallied seven points and pulled down a team-high nine rebounds.

Bridgewater received a game-high 21 points from senior guard Ricky Easterling, while junior forward Clay Michael notched 18 points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.

W&L returns to the court on Saturday when it hosts Virginia Wesleyan. Tip-off is set for 2:00 pm.

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W&L MEN'S BASKETBALL DOWNED BY HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, 85-54

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. -- Hampden-Sydney went 30-for-49 (.612) from the field, including 13-for-16 (.812) from beyond the arc, in defeating Washington and Lee, 85-54, in ODAC men’s basketball action on Sunday afternoon in Hampden-Sydney, Va.

The Tigers (8-7, 3-5) stormed out to a 10-0 lead just 3:02 into the game and went into halftime with a 40-27 advantage.

The Generals (2-13, 0-8) pulled to within eight points at 42-34 with 17:21 remaining in the second half, but Hampden-Sydney went on an 18-1 run over the next 6:03 to take a 25-point lead at 60-35 and it would hold at least a 20-point lead for the remainder of the game.

W&L was led by freshman guard John Mumper (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman), who scored a team-high 13 points and grabbed four rebounds. Freshman forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) tallied 10 points and four rebounds, while sophomore guard Chris Halkitis (New Port Richey, Fla./Ridgewood) had eight points, six rebounds, and five assists.

The Tigers had three players in double figures. Sophomore guard Kevin Forrester led the way with 16 points, including 4-for-5 from long range, while junior guard Matt Guill and freshman guard Drew Prehmus chipped in with 10 points apiece. Junior forward Aaron Lewek had seven points and a game-high eight rebounds.

W&L returns to the court on Wednesday at 7:00 pm when it plays at Bridgewater.

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W&L MEN'S BASKETBALL FALLS TO LYNCHBURG, 71-48

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Lynchburg College opened up a 42-22 halftime lead and cruised to a 71-48 victory over Washington and Lee in ODAC men’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon in Lynchburg, Va.

With the game tied at 5-5 with 17:01 left in the first half, the Hornets (8-7, 5-3) went on a 16-0 run over the next 4:31 to take a 21-5 lead, which they wouldn’t relinquish for the remainder of the game.

The Generals (2-12, 0-7) were 17-for-50 (.340) from the field, including just 8-for-29 (.276) in the second half. Lynchburg was 27-for-63 (.429) from the floor and held a 45-34 advantage in rebounds.

W&L was led by freshman forward Femi Kusimo (Charleston, W.Va./Charleston Catholic), who scored a team-high 14 points on 6-for-7 shooting. Freshman guard John Mumper (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) tallied a career-high 13 points, while junior forward Matt Lawless (Williamsburg, Va./Bishop O’Connell) notched seven points and four rebounds.

Lynchburg received 14 points and five rebounds from senior forward Ryan Pehanick and got 11 points from sophomore guard Pete Manos.

W&L returns to the court on Sunday at 2:00 pm when it plays at Hampden-Sydney.

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W&L MEN’S BASKETBALL SUFFERS 69-61 LOSS TO EASTERN MENNONITE

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Freshman forward Brad Parkes (Winchester, Va./James Wood) scored a game-high 26 points to lead Eastern Mennonite to a 69-61 win over Washington and Lee in ODAC men’s basketball action on Wednesday evening at the Warner Center.

The Generals (2-11, 0-6) jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the opening 5:08 of the game as EMU missed each of its first 12 shots from the field. However, the Royals rebounded to take a 12-11 lead with 8:15 remaining in the half and held a 30-25 advantage at the break.

EMU (8-4, 5-2) extended to a double-digit lead several times in the opening nine minutes of the second stanza, but a 16-5 W&L run midway through the half knotted the game at 51-51 with 8:10 remaining in the game. From there, the two teams went back-and-forth until the Royals added to a 57-56 lead by closing out the game on a 13-5 run in the final 3:35.

W&L held a 53-43 advantage on the boards, but could not overcome a 29-of-38 performance from the foul line by Eastern Mennonite.

W&L was led by freshman forwards Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) and Femi Kusimo (Charleston, W.Va./Charleston Catholic). Bienemann notched 19 points and eight rebounds, while Kusimo totaled 15 points, six rebounds and five steals. Junior forward David Will (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax) added seven points and a career-high tying 12 rebounds.

Parkes’ effort was supplimented by a 19-point, 10-rebound performance by sophomore forward Jason Sager (Edinburg, Va./Central) and a 12-point, seven-rebound, four-steal outing by freshman guard Korey Whiting (Stafford, Va./Colonial Forge).

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it travels to Lynchburg College for a 3:00 pm contest.

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W&L MEN'S BASKETBALL FALLS TO ROANOKE, 71-59

SALEM, Va. -- Roanoke College went on a 24-7 run over the final 8:32 to defeat Washington and Lee, 71-59, in ODAC men’s basketball action on Saturday night in Salem, Va.

The Generals (2-10, 0-5) trailed 24-23 with 4:42 remaining in the first half, but went on a 12-2 run to head into halftime with a 35-26 lead. W&L led throughout most of the second stanza and were up 52-47 with 8:32 remaining but with 7:21 left, Roanoke (7-5, 1-4) retook the lead in the midst of its 24-7 game-ending spurt.

W&L was 19-for-54 (.352) from the field, including just 6-for-25 (.240) in the second half, and committed 17 turnovers. The Maroons ripped the nets at a 51 percent clip (25-for-49) and were 7-for-14 from three-point range, including 5-for-8 in the second half.

The Generals were led by sophomore guard Chris Halkitis (New Port Richey, Fla./Ridgewood), who finished with a team-high 14 points and five rebounds. Freshman forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) chipped in 13 points and grabbed five boards.

Roanoke received 17 points each from senior center Kevinn Hunter, junior guard Jared Butler, and freshman guard Ben Shrader.

The Generals return to action on Wednesday when they host Eastern Mennonite. The game begins at 7:00 pm.

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GENERALS WIN W&L MEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Sophomore guard Chris Halkitis (New Port Richey, Fla./Ridgewood) scored a career-high 27 points to lead Washington and Lee to a 79-74 win over Washington College in the championship game of the W&L Tournament on Monday evening at the Warner Center.

Halkitis took home tournament MVP honors after hitting 9-of-18 shots from the field and nailing six straight foul shots in the final 2:34 to clinch the win.

The Generals (2-9) trailed by as many as seven points (24-17) with 6:23 remaining in the first half, but ended the half on a 15-8 run to assume a 37-36 lead at the break. W&L then used a 17-6 run midway through the second stanza to post a 56-45 lead with 12:26 remaining.

The Shoremen (4-5) battled back to tie the game at 61-61 with 5:34 left in the game, but Halkitis scored eight points down the stretch to lift the Generals to the win.

Senior guard Mike Stuart (Warrenton, Va./Fauquier) scored a season-high 18 points on 4-of-6 shooting from three-point range, while freshman forward Femi Kusimo (Charleston, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) was named to the all-tournament team after totaling 12 points, nine rebounds, four steals and two assists.

Washington was led by junior forward Jonathan Webb (Milford, Del./Milford), who tallied 20 points. Junior guard Kyle Stem (Lincoln University, Pa./Salesianum) scored 18 points, while senior guard John Alexander (Mt. Airy, Md./Linganore) notched 12 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore forward Joe Breslin (Hagerstown, Md./St. Maria Goretti) was named to the all-tournament team after posting 14 points and eight boards.

In the consolation game, Piedmont defeated Marymount, 84-70. The Lions opened the game on a 36-13 run and never looked back in improving to 5-6 on the season.

Junior guard David Adcock (Flowery Branch, Ga./Rabun County) registered a game-high 24 points, while freshman forward Jake Baldwin (Cumming, Ga./South Forsyth) scored 11 points and was named to the all-tournament team.

For Marymount (6-5), senior forward Ed Carrai (Newville, Pa./Big Spring) led the way with 17 points and nine rebounds, and junior guard Rick Palmer (Gaithersburg, Md./Magruder) added 15 points and four assists. Carrai was also named to the all-tournament team.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it travels to Roanoke College for a 7:00 pm contest.

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W&L MEN’S BASKETBALL DEFEATS PIEDMONT, 79-65, IN W&L TOURNAMENT

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men’s basketball team earned its first win of the season with a 79-65 victory over Piedmont in the opening round of the W&L Tournament on Sunday evening at the Warner Center. In the opening game, Washington College defeated Marymount, 81-79, in overtime.

The Generals used a 13-0 run early in the game to assume a commanding 40-25 lead at the break. The lead grew to as many as 22 points (51-29) with 15:04 remaining in the game as the Generals won going away.

W&L (1-9) shot a season-high 53.4 percent from the floor and held a 44-28 advantage on the boards. Freshman forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) led the way with a career-high 27 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the floor. He also grabbed seven rebounds and dished off three assists. Freshman forward Femi Kusimo (Charleston, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) posted 11 points and seven rebounds, while sophomore guard Chris Halkitis (New Port Richey, Fla./Ridgewood) chipped in 11 points, seven rebounds, five steals and three assists.

Piedmont (4-6) shot just 36.8 percent from the field, including 16.0 percent (4-of-25) from three-point range. The Lions were led by freshman forwards Jake Baldwin (Cumming, Ga./South Forsyth) and Trey Hightower (McDonough, Ga./Clayton State), who notched 13 points each.

In the opener, Washington recovered from an eight-point halftime deficit to record the win. The Shoremen used several small spurts to go up by as many as seven points (63-56) with 6:05 remaining, but the Saints climbed back on top until WAC sophomore forward Joe Breslin (Hagerstown, Md./Saint Maria Goretti) hit 1-of-2 free throws with two second left to send the game into overtime. The Shoremen then claimed control in the extra session for the win.

Washington (4-4) was led by Breslin, who tallied 18 points and 12 rebounds. Senior guard John Alexander (Mt. Airy, Md./Linganore) and junior guard Dustin Abbate (Oyster Bay, N.Y./Oyster Bay) added 13 points each.

Marymount (6-4) was paced by senior forward Ed Carrai (Newville, Pa./Big Spring) with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Junior guard Rick Palmer (Gaithersburg, Md./Magruder) scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Marymount and Piedmont will meet in Monday’s consolation game at 6:00 pm, while the Generals and Shoremen will meet in the championship game at 8:00 pm.

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W&L MEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS TO GUILFORD, 89-78

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Guilford College took the lead with 11:38 remaining and never looked back in defeating Washington and Lee, 89-78, in ODAC men’s basketball action on Wednesday evening at the Warner Center.

The game featured 12 ties and 16 lead changes until the Quakers (3-3, 1-2) assumed the control on a three-pointer by freshman forward Kerry Atkinson (Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield) at the 11:38 mark. The game remained within reach for W&L until Guilford hit 17-of-19 free throw attempts in the final 5:05 of the game to pull away. Guilford shot 60.0 percent (15-for-25) in the second half and hit 26-of-39 free throws for the game.

Washington and Lee (0-9, 0-4) placed five players in double-figures led by freshman forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham), who scored a career-high 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Freshman forward Femi Kusimo (Charleston, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) tallied 15 points and seven boards, while sophomore guard Chris Halkitis (New Port Richey, Fla./Ridgewood) posted 13 points and a game-high six assists. Freshmen Colton Braud (Houston, Texas/James Taylor) and John Mumper (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) both notched 11 points.

Guilford was paced by sophomore guard Jordan Snipes (Siler City, N.C./Jordan-Matthews) and junior forward Genaro Lawhorn (Greensboro, N.C./Oak Ridge Military), who tallied 15 points apiece.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Sun., Jan. 2 when it hosts the W&L Tournament. Washington College will meet Marymount at 6:00 pm, while W&L plays Piedmont at 8:00 pm.

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W&L MEN’S BASKETBALL DEFEATED BY VIRGINIA WESLEYAN, 98-61

NORFOLK, Va. -- Virginia Wesleyan shot 68.8 percent (22-32) in the first half en route to a 57-23 halftime advantage in defeating Washington and Lee, 98-61, in ODAC men’s basketball action on Sunday afternoon.

The Marlins (7-0, 3-0) shot 52.9 percent for the game, including hitting 10-of-15 three-point attempts. VWC also forced 25 W&L turnovers in handing the Generals their eighth-straight loss.

W&L (0-8, 0-3) was led by freshman forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham), who totaled 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor. Freshman forward Femi Kusimo (Charleston, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) notched 11 points, while freshman center Mason Herman (Martinsburg, W.Va./St. Maria Goretti) registered a career-high 10 points.

Virginia Wesleyan was paced by junior guard Marques Fitch’s 15 points. Sophomore guard Rodney Young added 14 points, while sophomore forward Brandon Adair posted 14 points.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Wednesday as it hosts Guilford for a 7:00 pm contest.

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W&L MEN’S BASKETBALL DROPS 63-58 DECISION TO RANDOLPH-MACON

ASHLAND, Va. -- Washington and Lee held an eight-point second half lead but could not hold on, as the Generals dropped a 63-58 decision at Randolph-Macon in ODAC men’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon.

The Generals (0-7, 0-2) led by as many as 10 points (24-14) in the first half and claimed a 36-32 halftime edge. The lead pushed back to eight points at 43-35 with 16:46 remaining, but the Yellow Jackets chipped away until claiming the lead for good with at 55-53 with 7:33 remaining in the game.

W&L shot just 8-for-26 (.308) from the floor in the second half, while R-MC shot 12-of-23 (.522) in the second stanza.

W&L was paced by senior guard Mike Stuart (Warrenton, Va./Fauquier) and sophomore guard Chris Halkitis (New Port Richey, Fla./Ridgewood), who scored 16 points each. Freshman forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) notched 10 points, and freshman forward Colton Braud (Houston, Texas/James Taylor) added seven points, five rebounds and five assists.

Randolph-Macon (2-2, 2-0) was led by junior forward Justin Wansley’s 24-point, 15-rebound effort. Sophomore forward Philip Hawley added 12 points.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Sunday as it travels to Virginia Wesleyan for a 2:00 pm contest.

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W&L MEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS TO BRIDGEWATER, 53-43

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Bridgewater College broke a 22-22 halftime tie with an 18-4 run over the first 8:15 of the second half in defeating Washington and Lee, 53-43, in ODAC men’s basketball action on Wednesday evening at the Warner Center.

The Generals (0-6, 0-1) shot just 33.3 percent from the floor and 10.5 percent from three-point range, while also committing 20 turnovers.

W&L was led by freshman forward Femi Kusimo (Charleston, W.Va./Charleston Catholic), who totaled 10 points, six rebounds and three blocks. Junior forward David Will (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax) also notched 10 points and six boards.

Bridgewater (4-1, 1-0) was paced by senior guard Ricky Easterling (Baltimore, Md./Dundalk), who scored 15 points. Junior forward Clay Michael (Inwood, W.Va./Musselman) added nine points and a game-high eight rebounds.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it travels to Randolph-Macon for a 2:00 pm contest.

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W&L MEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS TO NO. 8 TRINITY, 70-58

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Eighth-ranked Trinity College (Conn.) used a 17-8 run midway through the second half to defeat Washington and Lee, 70-58, in men’s basketball action on Sunday afternoon at the Warner Center.

The Generals (0-5) trailed just 44-40 with 14:49 remaining in the second period, but the Bantams’ run pushed them out to a 13-point lead (61-48) with 8:14 left in the game and the Generals would not challenge again.

Washington and Lee shot just 30.0 percent and committed 10 turnovers in the decisive second half.

The Generals were led by junior forward David Will (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax), who tallied his first double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Senior guard Mike Stuart (Warrenton, Va./Fauquier) totaled 12 points, while freshman forward Femi Kusimo (Charleston, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) contributed 12 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Trinity (5-0) was paced by junior forward Tyler Rhoten (Ridgewood, Conn./Ridgewood), who totaled 20 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. Senior center Craig Coupe (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna) added 14 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Wednesday as it hosts Bridgewater for a 7:00 pm contest.

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W&L MEN'S BASKETBALL DOWNED BY EMORY UNIVERSITY, 90-77

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Emory senior center Chase Fawsett (Orlando, Fla./Trinity Prep) tallied 35 points and 12 rebounds in leading the Eagles to a 90-77 win over Washington and Lee at the Warner Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Eagles (3-0) carried a 37-32 lead into the halftime break, but extended their advantage to 12 points (49-37) with 16:30 remaining as junior forward Jeff Hall (Rockville, Md./Walter Johnson) scored 11 of the team’s first 12 points in the second half.

The Generals (0-4) sliced the Emory lead to just five points twice in the second half, but could get no closer as Fawsett and Hall scored nine of the Eagles’ final 11 points in the 13-point victory.

Washington and Lee shot 53.3 percent from the floor and placed five players in double-figures led by junior forward David Will (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax), who scored a season-high 16 points. Senior guard Mike Stuart (Warrenton, Va./Fauquier) and sophomore guard Chris Halkitis (New Port Richey, Fla./Ridgewood) notched 13 points each, while freshman forwards Femi Kusimo (Charleston, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) and Colton Braud (Houston, Texas/James Taylor) added 10 points apiece. Kusimo snatched a team-high seven boards.

Hall finished with 17 points for the Eagles on 4-of-5 shooting from three-point range. Freshman guard Spiros Ferderigos (Oldsmar, Fla./Berkeley Prep) added 16 points, all scored in the first half. EU shot .525 from the field, including a sizzling .630 in the second half.

Washington and Lee will be in action again on Sunday as it hosts eighth-ranked Trinity College of Connecticut at 2:00 pm.

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W&L MEN'S BASKETBALL DROPS A 73-62 DECISION TO DIVISION I THE CITADEL

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Citadel went on a 10-2 run to close out the game to defeat Washington and Lee, 73-62, in men’s basketball action on Tuesday night in Charleston, S.C.

The Generals (0-3) led 49-47 with 8:41 remaining in the game but the Bulldogs (2-0) went on a 10-2 spurt to take a 10 point lead at 61-51 with 3:52 left. Washington and Lee pulled to within three at 63-60 with 1:53 remaining but The Citadel went on the aforementioned 10-2 spurt to win 73-62.

Washington and Lee hit 45% (13-for-29) of its shots from the field in the second half to stay close to the Bulldogs, but The Citadel went 16-for-25 from the free throw line in the second half while the Generals were just 2-for-2.

Washington and Lee was led by sophomore guard Chris Halkitis (New Port Richey, Fla./Ridgewood), who scored a team-high 13 points while junior forward David Will (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax) had 12 points and nine rebounds. Freshman forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) finished the game with 12 points and four rebounds.

The Bulldogs got 13 points and seven rebounds from Warren McLendon while Matt Davis recorded 10 points, nine rebounds, and five assists.

The Generals return to the court on Saturday when they open their home schedule against Emory University. Tip-off is set for 2:00 pm.

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W&L MEN'S BASKETBALL FALLS TO SUNY NEW PALTZ, 86-73

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The Washington and Lee men’s basketball team had four players score in double figures but it wasn’t enough as they lost 86-73 to SUNY New Paltz in the consolation game of the NYU Tip-Off Tournament on Sunday afternoon in New York, N.Y.

The Hawks (1-1) jumped out to a 7-0 lead just over three minutes into the contest and they never let the Generals get into the game as they led from start to finish.

Washington and Lee (0-2) got to within 9-6 at 13:41 on a layup by freshman forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) but New Paltz responded with an 8-0 spurt to take their first double digit lead at 17-6.

The Generals trailed 32-20 with 5:20 remaining in the first half but went on an 21-11 surge to close within two points at 43-41 at the 16:44 mark of the second half but they weren’t able to get any closer.

Senior guard Mike Stuart (Warrenton, Va./Fauquier) led the Generals with 17 points on 8-of-14 shooting and Bienemann, who was named to the all-tournament team, finished with 14 points and six rebounds. Sophomore guard Chris Halkitis (New Port Richey, Fla./Ridgewood) and freshman forward Colton Braud (Houston, Texas/James Taylor), who went 6-for-6 from the free throw line, rounded out the double digit scorers with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

New Paltz’s Keith Crichlow scored a game-high 20 points and pulled down seven rebounds while Amseshem Foluke-Henderson notched 14 points and nine rebounds.

The Generals will travel to South Carolina to play The Citadel on Tuesday evening at 7:15 pm.

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W&L MEN’S BASKETBALL DOWNED BY NAZARETH, 85-61

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The Washington and Lee men’s basketball team opened up its 2004-05 season with an 85-61 loss to Nazareth in the opening round of the NYU Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday afternoon in New York, N.Y.

The Generals (0-1) jumped out to a 6-2 lead with 2:58 gone-by on a three-point play by sophomore forward Alex White (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) and a three-pointer by sophomore guard Chris Halkitis (New Port Richey, Fla./Ridgewood). The Golden Flyers (1-0) responded with a 10-4 run to take a 12-10 advantage at the 13:40 mark and they wouldn’t relinquish the lead for the rest of the game.

Nazareth freshman Ryan McAdam scored 21 points in the first half as the Golden Flyers went into halftime with a 45-24 advantage.

W&L was just 10-for-30 (.333) from the field in the first half while Nazareth shot 54 % (15-for-28) in the first stanza.

The Golden Flyers continued their hot shooting in the second half as they made 13 of 22 shots and they didn’t allow the Generals to get within 19 points in the second stanza.

Freshman forwards Femi Kusimo (Charleston, W.Va./Charlestown Catholic) and Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) both scored in double figures for the Generals. Kusimo finished with 16 points on 8-of-13 shooting and a game-high nine rebounds while Bienemann notched 13 points.

McAdam finished with a game-high 29 points and eight rebounds while senior Ryan Shipley had 21 points and six rebounds for Nazareth.

The Generals return to the court to play SUNY-New Paltz in the consolation game on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 pm.

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