W&L MEN'S BASKETBALL EDGED BY GUILFORD, 75-74

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Junior guard Jordan Snipes went 1-of-2 from the free throw line with five seconds left to lift Guilford to a 75-74 win over Washington and Lee in ODAC men’s basketball action on Tuesday evening in Greensboro, N.C.

The Generals trailed 74-67 with 2:22 remaining, but went on a 7-0 run to tie the game at 74-74 with 15 seconds left on a layup by sophomore forward Femi Kusimo (Charleston, W.Va./Charleston Catholic), setting up Snipes game-winning free throw.

The Quakers (12-13, 10-8) led 37-29 at halftime and pushed their lead to nine points (40-31) with 18:53 remaining in the game, but W&L went on a 10-0 spurt to take a 41-40 advantage at the 13:18 mark. Guilford retook the lead at 48-46 with 10:16 left and held the lead until Kusimo’s game-tying layup.

W&L shot 44.4 percent (28-of-63) for the game, including 52.9 percent (18-of-34) in the second half. The Quakers shot 47.4 percent (27-of-57) from the field.

The Generals were led by freshman guard Isaiah Goodman (Richfield, Minn./Holy Angels), who scored a career-high 17 points, grabbed six rebounds and collected four steals. Sophomore guard John Mumper (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) tallied 16 points, five boards and three assists, while Kusimo finished with 14 points and a team-high nine rebounds.

Snipes paced Guilford with a game-high 21 points, while sophomore center Ben Strong notched 11 points and nine rebounds.

Washington and Lee concludes the season with a 4-19 overall record and a 4-14 mark in the ODAC.

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W&L MEN’S BASKETBALL DEFEATS EASTERN MENNONITE, 91-68

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee shot a season-high 58.9 percent from the field in posting a 91-68 win over Eastern Mennonite in ODAC men’s basketball action on Saturday evening at the Warner Center.

The Generals (4-18, 4-13) took the lead for good at 7-5 with 17:59 remaining in the first half and shot 60.7 percent in the half en route to a 46-35 lead at the break. EMU sliced the lead to two points (63-61) with 8:29 remaining in the game, but W&L went on a 17-0 run to assume a commanding 80-61 lead with 4:18 left in the contest.

Junior guard Chris Halkitis (New Port Richey, Fla./Ridgewood) paced four Generals in double figures with a season-high 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor. Freshman guard Isaiah Goodman (Richfield, Minn./Holy Angels) notched 15 points and dished five assists, while sophomore forward John Mumper (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) registered 15 points and four assists. Junior forward Alex White (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) chipped in a career-high 12 points on 6-of-6 shooting from the floor.

Eastern Mennonite (11-13, 6-11) was led by senior forward E.J. Arrington’s (Staunton, Va./Stuarts Draft) 16 points. Junior center Jason Lentz (Diana, W.Va./Webster County) and sophomore guard Korey Whiting (Stafford, Va./Colonial Forge) added 12 points each.

Washington and Lee will conclude its season on Tuesday as it travels to Guilford for a 7:00 pm contest.

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W&L MEN'S BASKETBALL DOWNED BY EMORY & HENRY, 122-97

EMORY, Va. -- Emory & Henry shot a season-high 38.5 percent (20-of-52) from three-point range en route to a 122-97 victory over Washington and Lee in ODAC men’s basketball action on Wednesday evening in Emory, Va.

The Wasps (12-11, 8-8) led 24-11 with 12:22 left in the first half, but the Generals (3-18, 3-13) went on an 11-0 run to slice the deficit to two points (24-22) at the 9:55 mark. E&H responded with a 13-2 spurt to go up 37-24 with 6:41 left and never surrended its double-digit lead for the rest of the game.

The Wasps scored 38 points off 30 W&L turnovers and shot 47.2 percent (42-of-89) from the field. The Generals ripped the nets at a 48.6 percent (36-of-74) clip, including 6-for-15 from long range.

W&L was led by sophomore guard John Mumper (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman), who tied his career-high with 20 points. Freshman guard Isaiah Goodman (Richfield, Minn./Holy Angels) notched a career-high 16 points with five rebounds and four steals, while sophomore forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) recorded 14 points and nine rebounds. Junior forward Alex White (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) added a career-high tying 11 points and six boards and freshman guard Chris McHugh (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) tied his career-high with 10 points.

Freshman guard Cain Landreth’s 16 points led the Wasps. Freshman guards Robert Hudson and Andrew Hart each chipped in with 15 points.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Eastern Mennonite at 7:00 pm.

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W&L MEN’S BASKETBALL DOWNS LYNCHBURG, 78-71, IN OVERTIME

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Lynchburg sophomore guard Kwame Safo (Vienna, Va./Marshall) forced overtime by hitting a jumper with six seconds remaining, but Washington and Lee scored eight of the first nine points in the extra frame as the Generals defeated the Hornets, 78-71, in ODAC men’s basketball action on Sunday afternoon at the Warner Center.

Lynchburg (3-19, 3-12) led 31-30 at the half, but the Generals assumed the lead early in the second half and extended to a 47-40 advantage with 12:58 remaining in the game. The Hornets clawed back to regain the lead at 50-47 with 8:01 remaining in regulation on a three-pointer by senior guard Matthew Sweeney (Hollywood, Md./Leonardtown), but W&L took the lead back (63-61) with 1:30 left in regulation on a layup by sophomore forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham), setting up Safo’s game-tying shot.

In the extra frame, the Generals (3-17, 3-12) took the lead on a jumper by junior guard Chris Halkitis (New Port Richey, Fla./Ridgewood) just 31 seconds into overtime and never trailed again, leading by as many as 10 points (78-68).

W&L was led by Bienemann, who scored 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Sophomore forward John Mumper (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) also tallied 17 points and six boards, while Halkitis notched 15 points, five rebounds and five assists. Freshman guard Isaiah Goodman (Richfield, Minn./Holy Angels) added 12 points.

Lynchburg was paced by Sweeney’s 21 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Senior guard Andy Albright (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) chipped in 11 points.

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

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W&L MEN'S BASKETBALL FALLS TO HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, 84-63

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. -- Hampden-Sydney had four players score in double figures in posting an 84-63 victory over Washington and Lee in ODAC men’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon in Hampden-Sydney, Va.

The Generals (2-17, 2-12) led 21-19 with 7:51 left in the first half, but the Tigers (14-6, 8-6) took a 33-30 lead with 2:48 remaining. H-SC then closed out the half on a 7-0 run to take a 40-30 advantage into the break.

The Tigers maintained their double-digit edge throughout the entire second half and lead by as many as 26 points on four different occasions.

H-SC shot 52 percent (27-of-52) from the field and was 22-of-32 from the free throw line. The Generals shot 41 percent (23-of-56) from the floor and held a 35-33 rebounding advantage.

W&L was led by sophomore forward Femi Kusimo (Charleston, W.Va./Charleston Catholic), who scored a team-high 13 points and had a game-high three blocks. Junior forward Alex White (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) tied his career-highs with 11 points and nine rebounds, while sophomore guard John Mumper (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) chipped in with nine points.

Junior guard Mike Edwards and sophomore guard Drew Prehmus each scored 15 points to lead the Tigers. Senior center Aaron Lewek added 11 points, while sophomore forward Troy Kaase chipped in with 10 points.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Sunday when it hosts Lynchburg at 4:30 pm.

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W&L MEN'S BASKETBALL FALLS TO ROANOKE, 62-46

SALEM, Va. -- Sophomore forward Josh LaPorte notched 13 points and eight rebounds to lead Roanoke to a 62-46 victory over Washington and Lee in ODAC men’s basketball action on Saturday evening in Salem, Va.

The Generals (2-16, 2-11) jumped out to an 8-2 lead with 18:07 remaining in the first half, but scored just 11 points in the rest of the half to trail 30-19 at the break.

Following halftime, the Maroons (11-8, 5-7) pushed their lead to as many as 29 points (54-25) with 7:55 left en route to the 16-point victory.

Roanoke shot 46.3 percent (25-of-54) from the field and forced 26 W&L turnovers, while the Generals shot just 35.7 percent (15-of-42) from the floor.

W&L was led by sophomore guard John Mumper (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman), who scored a team-high nine points. Freshman forward Ben Heller (Houston, Texas/Lamar) talled seven points and four rebounds, while sophomore forward Femi Kusimo (Charleston, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) also notched seven points.

LaPorte was aided by sophomore guard Ben Shrader, who scored nine points.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Sat., Feb. 4 when it travels to Hampden-Sydney for a 2:00 pm contest.

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W&L MEN’S BASKETBALL DEFEATED BY EMORY & HENRY, 94-75

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Emory & Henry jumped out to a 12-0 lead and never trailed in claiming a 94-75 win over Washington and Lee in ODAC men’s basketball action on Wednesday evening at the Warner Center.

The Generals (2-15, 2-10), facing E&H’s pressure defense, turned the ball over on their opening seven possessions of the game before regrouping to slice the Wasps’ lead to just one point (31-30) with 5:50 remaining in the first half. Emory & Henry pushed back out to a 42-38 lead at the break and the Generals remained within striking distance until a 12-4 run gave the Wasps a 13-point lead (71-58) with 9:42 to play. A later 10-0 run by E&H stretched their lead to as many as 21 points in the final six minutes of play.

Washington and Lee, which committed 36 turnovers, was led by freshman forward Kirk Jones (Maple Glenn, Pa./Germantown Academy), who tallied career-highs in points (15) and rebounds (13). Sophomore forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) posted 16 points and seven rebounds, while freshman forward Ryan Owens (Floral Park, N.Y./Chaminade) tied his career-highs in points (10) and rebounds (7).

Emory & Henry (8-9, 4-6), which hit 17-of-57 three-point attempts, was led by junior guard Korey Townsend’s (South Boston, Va./Halifax County) 17 points. Sophomore guard Shavar Bland (Newport News, Va./Warwick) and freshman guard Camillo Weinz (Radford, Va./Radford) added 12 points each.

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

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W&L MEN'S BASKETBALL EDGED BY NO. 17 RANDOLPH-MACON, 71-67, IN OVERTIME

ASHLAND, Va. -- Freshman guard David Carlson hit a layup with 2:32 left in overtime to give No. 17 Randolph-Macon a 65-63 lead that it wouldn’t relinquish en route to a 71-67 win over Washington and Lee in ODAC men’s basketball action on Sunday afternoon in Ashland, Va.

The Yellow Jackets (15-3, 10-1) led 59-56 with 33 seconds left in the second half, but Generals’ junior guard Chris Halkitis (New Port Richey, Fla./Ridgewood) hit a three-pointer with 23 seconds remaining to send the game into the extra period. In the overtime period, R-MC scored the first four points to take a 63-59 lead, but W&L tied the game at 63-63 on a layup by freshman guard Isiah Goodman (Richfield, Minn./Holy Angels) with 2:52 remaining, which set up Carlson’s go-ahead basket.

The Generals (2-14, 2-9) held an 11-point lead (29-18) with 4:33 left in the first half, but the Yellow Jackets responded with a 12-0 run to take a 30-29 advantage at the 2:09 mark. However, W&L went into halftime with a 33-31 edge.

In the second half, W&L led by as many as six points at 43-37 at the 11:11 mark, but R-MC went on a 15-8 spurt to take 52-51 lead with 3:26 left and held the advantage until Halkitis’ game-tying three-pointer.

Goodman finished with a team-high 12 points and Halkitis added 10 points. Sophomore forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) chipped in with 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds, while freshman guard Chris McHugh (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) scored a career-high 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting.

The Yellow Jackets were led by junior guard Stephen Sutherland’s game-high 22 points. Junior forward Phil Hawley added 15 points, five rebounds and a game-high five blocks.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Emory & Henry at 7:00 pm.

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W&L MEN'S BASKETBALL FALLS TO VIRGINIA WESLEYAN, 68-53

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Junior forward Brandon Adair scored a game-high 23 points to lift Virginia Wesleyan to a 68-53 victory over Washington and Lee in ODAC men’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon in Virginia Beach, Va.

The Marlins (15-3, 10-1) jumped out to a 22-10 lead at the 10:00 mark and went into halftime with a 33-24 edge.

In the second half, the Generals (2-13, 2-8) slowly chipped away at the deficit and pulled to within five points at 55-50 with 6:19 left, but Virginia Wesleyan closed the game on a 13-3 run in posting the 15-point victory.

W&L was led by freshman guard Isiah Goodman (Richfield, Minn./Holy Angels), who scored a team-high nine points. Junior guard Chris Halkitis (New Port Richey, Fla./Ridgewood) notched eight points, while sophomore forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) tallied eight points and 10 rebounds.

Adair was aided by sophomore forward Tyler Fantin’s 20 points. Sophomore guard Ton Ton Balenga chipped in with 15 points.

Washington and Lee returns to the court on Sunday when it travels to No. 17 Randolph-Macon for a 3:00 pm contest.

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W&L MEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS TO BRIDGEWATER 70-47

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Bridgewater College limited Washington and Lee to just 27.7 percent shooting from the floor en route to a 70-47 win over the Generals in ODAC men’s basketball action on Wednesday evening at the Warner Center.

The Eagles (6-10, 3-7) led from the opening tip and extended their advantage to as many as 29 points (64-35) in the second half. BC shot 52.9 percent from the floor while its defense recorded 13 steals and blocked eight shots.

Washington and Lee (2-12, 2-7) was paced by freshman guard Isaiah Goodman (Richfield, Minn./Holy Angels) and freshman forward Kirk Jones (Maple Glenn, Pa./Germantown Academy), who scored eight points each.

Bridgewater was led by senior forward Clay Michael (Inwood, W.Va./Musselman), who tallied 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Sophomore forward Josh Fox (Staunton, Va./Riverheads) also notched 11 points, while freshman forward Michael Oblitey (Chantilly, Va./Westfield) and junior forward Josh Maupin (Stuarts Draft, Va./Stuarts Draft) chipped in 10 points apiece.

Washington and Lee will return to action on Saturday as it travels to Virginia Wesleyan for a 4:30 pm contest.

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W&L MEN’S BASKETBALL DROPS A HEARTBEAKER TO HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, 58-57

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Sophomore forward Troy Kaase (Roanoke, Va./Cave Spring) rebounded a miss by sophomore forward Drew Prehmus (Atlanta, Ga./Wesleyan School) and layed the ball in with 4.3 seconds remaining to give 11th-ranked Hampden-Sydney a 58-57 win over Washington and Lee in ODAC men’s basketball action on Sunday afternoon at the Warner Center.

The Generals (2-11, 2-6) trailed just three times in the second half and led by seven points (47-40) with 9:15 remaining in the game. From there, a 9-2 Tiger run knotted the game at 49-49 with 4:41 remaining. The game would be tied on three other occasions in the final minutes and a three-pointer by Tiger junior guard Mike Edwards (Richmond, Va./Steward School) with 1:40 remaining gave H-SC a 56-55 lead. However, W&L assumed a 57-56 lead with 1:19 remaining on a pair of free throws by junior guard Chris Halkitis (New Port Richey, Fla./Ridgewood) and neither team could find the bucket until Kaase’s game-winner.

W&L was led by sophomore forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham), who tallied 15 points and five rebounds. Junior forward Alex White (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) tied a career-high with 11 points, while Halkitis totaled 10 points and five assists.

Hampden-Sydney (12-2, 6-2) was paced by Kaase’s 17 points and four rebounds. Edwards finished with 13 points, while Prehmus registered nine points and a game-high eight rebounds.

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 LYNCHBURG, 62-60

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Sophomore guard Kwame Safo knocked down a jumper with 1.3 seconds left to lift Lynchburg to a 62-60 victory over Washington and Lee in ODAC men’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon in Lynchburg, Va.

The Hornets (2-13, 2-6) last lead of the game was at the 12:51 mark of the first half when they held a 13-12 advantage. The Generals (2-10, 2-5) went ahead 14-13 on a layup by sophomore forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) and went into halftime with a 10-point edge at 34-24.

In the second half, W&L extended its advantage to 14 points at 40-26 with 17:50 remaining, but Lynchburg slowly chipped away at the deficit and knotted the game at 57-57 at the 4:40 mark. The Generals recaptured the lead at 60-57 with 3:37 left on a three-pointer by junior guard Chris Halkitis (New Port Richey, Fla./Ridgewood).

The Hornets then tied the game at 60-60 on a free throw by senior guard Andy Albright with 42 seconds remaining. Albright then stole the ball with 15 seconds left, which set up Safo’s game-winning shot.

Bienemann led the Generals with 20 points and 15 rebounds, while Halkitis finished with 12 points. Sophomore guard John Mumper (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) added 11 points and five boards.

Lynchburg was led by senior guard Matthew Sweeney’s 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting. Albright tallied 15 points and seven rebounds.

Washington and Lee returns to the court on Sunday when it hosts No. 11 Hampden-Sydney. The game begins at 2:00 pm.

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W&L MEN'S BASKETBALL FALLS TO EASTERN MENNONITE, 98-86

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Eastern Mennonite had five players reach double figures in scoring in posting a 98-86 victory over Washington and Lee in ODAC men’s basketball action on Wednesday evening in Harrisonburg, Va.

The Royals (7-6, 3-4) led 51-40 at halftime and increased their lead to as many as 19 points at 74-55 with 8:41 remaining in the second half. The Generals (2-9, 2-4) chipped away at the deficit and pulled to within 94-86 with 1:04 left, but could get no closer.

In a physical game, the teams were whistled for a total of 65 fouls. Eastern Mennonite was 32-of-42 (.762) from the free throw line and 31-of-62 (.500) from the field. W&L shot 28-of-39 (.718) from the charity stripe and 27-of-54 (.500) from the floor.

W&L was led by sophomore forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham), who notched 18 points, a career-high 15 rebounds, three assists and three blocks. Junior guard Chris Halkitis (New Port Richey, Fla./Ridgewood) also scored 18 points, while sophomore guard John Mumper (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) added 17 points and five assists.

Eastern Mennonite was led by sophomore guard Brad Parkes’ 21 points and six rebounds, while senior forward EJ Arrington scored 18 points. Sophomore guard Korey Whiting tallied 17 points and eight assists.

Washington and Lee returns to the court on Saturday at Lynchburg. The game begins at 4:00 pm.

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W&L MEN’S BASKETBALL STUNS ROANOKE, 76-70

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men’s basketball team, returning from a month-long holiday break, won its second game in a row with a 76-70 victory over Roanoke on Saturday evening at the Warner Center.

The Generals (2-8, 2-3) trailed 9-8 with 15:10 remaining in the first half, but grabbed the lead with a 6-0 run and didn’t trail again until the Maroons took a 61-59 advantage on a three-pointer by sophomore guard Ben Shrader (Tazewell, Va./Mercer Christian) with 3:00 remaining in the game. However, five straight points by W&L sophomore forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) gave the Generals the lead back and they would hit all 10 of their free throws in the final 1:58 to walk away with the victory.

W&L shot 50.0 percent from the floor, including 65.0 percent (13-20) in the second half. The Generals also hit 27-of-34 free throws (.794) for the game. Bienemann led the way with 16 points and eight rebounds. Freshman guard Isaiah Goodman (Richfield, Minn./Holy Angels) tallied 14 points, while sophomore forward John Mumper (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) and junior guard Chris Halkitis (New Port Richey, Fla./Ridgewood) added 13 and 11 points, respectively.

Roanoke (8-4, 2-3) was led by senior guard Jared Butler’s (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) 16 points on 4-of-6 shooting from behind the three-point arc. Shrader tallied 15 points for the Maroons, who shot just 35.0 percent for the game.

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

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W&L MEN’S HOOPS DEFEATS GUILFORD, 98-92

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee garnered its first win of the 2005-06 season with a 98-92 victory over Guilford in ODAC men’s basketball action on Wednesday evening at the Warner Center.

The Generals (1-8, 1-3) shot 52.0 percent from the floor in the first half en route to a 42-27 halftime advantage. W&L pushed its lead out to as many as 27 points (67-40) on a three-point play by sophomore forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) with 12:24 remaining in the game.

Guilford (4-3, 2-1) slowly chipped away at the lead, cutting the Generals’ lead to just one point (84-83) on a three-point play by junior guard Jordan Snipes (Siler City, N.C./Jordan-Mathews) with 2:45 remaining in the game. However, the Quakers would not take the lead down the stretch as W&L nailed 10-of-12 free throws in the final 2:07 of the game to claim the victory.

W&L shot 58.5 percent from the field in the game, including 64.3 percent (18-28) in the second half. The Generals also drilled 34-of-41 (.829) free throws in scoring their most points in a game since a 100-79 win over Eastern Mennonite in 1995.

Bienemann paced five Generals in double figures with a career-high 33 points on 12-of-16 shooting from the floor. Freshman forward Ben Heller (Houston, Texas/Lamar) also set a career-high with 15 points and eight rebounds, while sophomore guard John Mumper (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) tallied 12 points. Sophomore forward Femi Kusimo (Charleston, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) had a double-double with 11 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, and freshman guard Isaiah Goodman (Richfield, Minn./Holy Angels) chipped in 11 points as well.

Guilford, who shot 58.3 percent from the floor in the second half en route to 65 points after the break, was led by junior guard L.T. Lockett’s (Fairburn, Ga./Sandy Creek) 20 points and five steals. Sophomore center Ben Strong (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) notched 18 points and six rebounds, while Snipes contributed 12 points. Sophomore guard Caleb Kimbrough (Carrboro, N.C./Chapel Hill) added 11 points and four assists.

Washington and Lee will return to action on Sat., Jan. 7 as it hosts Roanoke for a 7:00 pm contest.

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W&L MEN’S HOOPS FALLS TO NO. 23 VA. WESLEYAN, 72-50

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Sophomore forward Tyler Fantin (Virginia Beach, Va./Kellem) posted game-highs of 18 points and nine rebounds in leading 23rd-ranked Virginia Wesleyan to a 72-50 win over Washington and Lee in ODAC men’s basketball action on Sunday evening at the Warner Center.

The Marlins (4-3, 2-1) used a 14-4 run to take a 21-11 lead with 11:54 remaining in the first half and never looked back in posting the victory.

Virginia Wesleyan shot 50.8 percent from the floor led by Fantin, who hit seven of his 11 shots for the game. Sophomore guard Ton Ton Belenga (Newport News, Va./Warwick) notched 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting, while junior guard Thomas Sumpter (Hampton, Va./Bethel) chipped in 11 points and five assists.

Washington and Lee (0-8, 0-3) was paced by sophomore forward Femi Kusimo (Charleston, W.Va./Charleston Catholic), who registered 15 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals. Freshman guard Isaiah Goodman (Richfield, Minn./Holy Angels) added 12 points and four boards.

W&L returns to the court on Wednesday as it hosts Guilford for a 7:00 pm contest.

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W&L MEN’S BASKETBALL DEFEATED BY RANDOLPH-MACON, 71-42

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Randolph-Macon shot 57.4 percent (27-of-47) from the floor in defeating Washington and Lee, 71-42, in ODAC men’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at the Warner Center.

The 11th-ranked Yellow Jackets (4-1, 2-0) jumped out to an 18-4 lead and never looked back in posting the 29-point victory. W&L managed just 34.7 percent (17-of-49) shooting in the game.

Washington and Lee (0-7, 0-2) was led by sophomore forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham), who scored 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor. Classmate Femi Kusimo (Charleston, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) added eight points in the losing effort.

Randolph-Macon was paced by senior forward Justin Wansley’s (Richmond, Va./Henrico) 16 points and five assists. Junior guard Stephen Sutherland (Morgantown, W.Va./Fairmont) notched 10 points, while freshman guard Justin Short (Chesterfield, Va./Manchester) chipped in nine points.

Washington and Lee returns to the court on Sunday as it hosts Virginia Wesleyan. Opening tip is slated for 4:30 pm.

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W&L MEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS TO BRIDGEWATER, 64-56

BRIDGEWATER, Va. -- Bridgewater College held a 46-27 rebounding advantage and hit 29 free throws en route to a 64-56 win over Washington and Lee in ODAC men’s basketball action on Wednesday evening.

The Eagles (3-2, 1-0) led by as many as 14 points (24-10) in the first half, but an 11-0 W&L run over the final 4:06 of the first half and initial 1:38 of the second half gave the Generals a 29-28 lead with 18:22 left to play. The game remained nip-and-tuck for the next 11 minutes until the Eagles pushed out to a 10-point lead on four occasions in the final 5:28 of the game.

Bridgewater shot just 30.0 percent (15-50) from the floor in the game, but outscored the Generals (0-6, 0-1) 29-6 at the foul line.

W&L was led by sophomore forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham), who scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed five rebounds. Junior guard Chris Halkitis (New Port Richey, Fla./Ridgewood) added 13 points.

Bridgewater was paced by forward Clay Michael’s 16 points and nine rebounds. Guards Josh Maupin and Jay Strotman chipped in with 10 points each.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it hosts Randolph-Macon for a 4:30 pm contest.

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W&L MEN'S BASKETBALL DEFEATED
BY EASTERN CONNECTICUT, 72-66

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Senior guard Michael Stallings scored a game-high 26 points, including 10-of-13 from the free throw line, to lift Eastern Connecticut State to a 72-66 win over Washington and Lee in the consolation game of the Rochester Tournament on Sunday afternoon in Rochester, N.Y.

Each team led by as many as four points in the first half and the Warriors (3-2) went into halftime with a 29-25 lead.

In the second stanza, the Generals (0-5) regained the lead at 34-32 with 16:51 left on a jumper by junior guard Chris Davis (Birmingham, Ala./Altamont School) and pushed their advantage to 13 points (47-34) on a layup by sophomore forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) with 12:24 remaining.

Eastern Connecticut slowly chipped away at the deficit and recaptured the lead at 53-51 on a layup by Stallings with 6:47 left in the second half. W&L tied the score at 53-53 on a layup by sophomore forward Femi Kusimo (Charleston, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) at the 6:09 mark, but the Warriors took the lead for good on a three-pointer by junior guard Geoffrey Richardson with 5:45 remaining.

W&L shot 52 percent (24-of-46) from the floor, including 65 percent (17-of-26) in the second half. Eastern Connecticut shot 50 percent (22-of-44) for the game.

The Generals were led by junior guard Chris Halkitis’ (New Port Richey, Fla./Ridgewood) 16 points. Bienemann, who was named to the all-tournament team, finished with 13 points, seven rebounds, and a team-high five assists. Kusimo chipped in with 13 points and five boards.

For the Warriors, Richardson finished with 13 points and a game-high four steals, while junior forward Leon Martin added 11 points and six rebounds.

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

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W&L MEN'S BASKETBALL FALLS TO JOHN CARROLL, 86-56

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The John Carroll University men’s basketball team shot 45 free throws and forced 31 turnovers by Washington and Lee in an 86-56 win over the Generals in the opening round of the Rochester Tournament on Saturday night in Rochester, N.Y.

W&L (0-4) jumped out to a 7-2 lead with 16:29 remaining in the first half, but the Blue Streaks (3-0) went on a 22-2 run over the next 6:51 to take a 24-9 lead and would maintain a double-digit advantage for the rest of the game.

The Generals shot 39 percent from the field (20-of-51) and grabbed 42 rebounds, while John Carroll shot 50 percent (29-of-58) and pulled down 33 boards.

W&L was led by sophomore forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham), who scored a team-high 13 points, grabbed five rebounds, and collected three steals. Freshman forward Ryan Owens (Floral Park, N.Y./Chaminade) tallied 10 points, seven boards, and three blocks.

For John Carroll, sophomore guards Tony DiMichele and John Curran each netted 13 points.

Washington and Lee returns to the court on Sunday afternoon against either Eastern Connecticut or Rochester in the consolation game at 1:00 pm.

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W&L MEN'S BASKETBALL DEFEATED BY EMORY, 76-71

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Emory University outscored Washington and Lee, 13-7, in the final 3:38 en route to a 76-71 win over the Generals in men’s basketball action on Tuesday night in Atlanta, Ga.

W&L (0-3) led 14-7 with 16:04 left the first half, but the Eagles (2-2) went on a 15-2 run over the next 5:10 to take a 22-16 advantage. The Generals responded with their own 15-2 spurt to take a seven point lead at 31-24 with 4:12 remaining and headed into halftime with a 37-32 edge.

In the second half, W&L maintained the lead until a three-pointer by senior forward Jeff Hall at the 11:09 mark gave Emory a 52-51 advantage. The teams would exchange the lead over the next several minutes and a pair of free throws by junior guard Chris Halkitis (New Port Richey, Fla./Ridgewood) gave W&L a 64-63 advantage with 3:38 remaining. It would be the Generals’ last lead in the game as the Eagles went on the aforementioned 13-7 run to close out the contest.

Halkitis finished with a team-high 19 points, while sophomore forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) notched a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore forward Femi Kusimo (Charleston, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) chipped in with 11 points and six boards.

Emory was led by Hall, who tallied a game-high 25 points. Sophomore guard Spiros Ferderigos added 17 points, four rebounds, and three steals.

Washington and Lee returns to the court on Saturday afternoon against John Carroll in the opening round of the Rochester Tournament in Rochester, N.Y. The game begins at 6:00 pm.

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MANHATTANVILLE CLAIMS W&L TIPOFF TOURNAMENT TITLE

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Manhattanville College men’s basketball team claimed the championship of the W&L Tip-off Tournament on Saturday evening with a 78-74 victory over Mary Washington. In the consolation game, the host Generals fell to Southwestern, 59-44.

In the championship game, the Valiants (2-0) led by as many as 16 points in the first half only to see Mary Washington cut it to a two-point (41-39) game at the half. The second half saw the lead change hands four times and neither team held a lead larger than six points. Manhattanville took the lead for good at 73-72 with 1:30 remaining on a free throw by sophomore guard Brian Fink (Queens, N.Y./St. Francis Prep).

Senior forward Mike Benzinger (Sonoma, Calif./Sonoma Valley) paced five MC players in double-digits with 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting. Junior guard Cody Moffett (Brooklyn, N.Y./Edgemont) added 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting off the bench. Fink added 11 points and eight boards.

Mary Washington (1-1) was led by sophomore guard Justin Baker (Springfield, Va./West Springfield), who totaled 26 points and nine rebounds. Junior guard A.J. Fitzgerald (Alexandria, Va./Hayfield) posted 21 points, four assists and three steals.

In the consolation game, Southwestern forced 21 W&L turnovers and held a 32-19 rebounding advantage en route to a 59-44 victory. The Pirates closed the first half on a 13-2 run to post a 31-19 halftime lead. The Generals began the second half on an 8-0 run to close to 31-27 with 15:28 remaining, but SU pushed back out to a double-digit lead and cruised to the victory.

Junior guard Chris Halkitis (New Port Richey, Fla./Ridgewood) led the Generals (0-2) with 14 points, while sophomore forward John Mumper (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) added 12 points.

Southwestern (1-1) was led by sophomore guard Matt Caplan’s (Sugar Land, Texas/Kansas) 13 points. Senior forward Robert Cates (Houston, Texas/Cy-Springs) also contributed 12 points and four steals.

Benzinger, Baker, Fitzgerald, Halkitis and Caplan were all named to the all-tournament team, with Baker taking home tournament MVP honors.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Tuesday as it travels to Emory University for a 7:00 pm contest.

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W&L MEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS TO MANHATTANVILLE IN OVERTIME, 73-68

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men’s basketball team opened the 2005-06 season by hosting the W&L Tip-Off Tournament on Friday evening at the Warner Center. In the first contest, Mary Washington defeated Southwestern (Texas) by a score of 64-50. In the nightcap, the Generals fell to Manhattanville, 73-68, in overtime.

W&L (0-1) trailed by eight points (33-25) with 3:12 remaining in the first half, but closed on an 8-2 run to slice its deficit to two points (35-33) at the half. Manhattanville pushed out to a nine point advantage several times in the first six minutes of the second half, but the Generals used a 10-2 run midway through the period to take a 51-50 lead with 8:51 remaining. The lead changed hands several times in the closing minutes and a layup by W&L junior forward Alex White (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) tied the game at 66-66 with 51 seconds left and sent the game into overtime.

In the extra frame, the Valiants (1-0) outscored W&L 7-2 as the Generals went 0-for-6 from the floor and 2-for-6 from the free throw line in the extra session.

The Generals were led by sophomore forward Femi Kusimo (Charleston, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) who scored 16 points and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds. Freshman guard Isaiah Goodman (Richfield, Minn./Holy Angels) tallied 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting, and junior guard Chris Halkitis (New Port Richey, Fla./Ridgewood) added 10 points and three assists.

Manhattanville was paced by junior guard John DiBetta’s (Valhalla, N.Y./Valhalla) 17 points, nine rebounds and four assists.

In the opening contest, Mary Washington used a 13-2 run midway through the second half to post a 64-50 win over Southwestern. The Eagles shot 57.9 percent (11-of-19) from the floor in the second half, while the Pirates shot just 28.6 percent (8-of-28).

Sophomore guard Justin Baker (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) led UMW with 22 points and 10 rebounds, while junior guard A.J. Fitzgerald (Alexandria, Va./Hayfield) tallied 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Southwestern was paced by senior guard Aaron Bowser (Arlington, Texas/Sam Houston) and junior forward Casey Gorder (San Antonio, Texas/Texas Military), who totaled 12 and 11 points, respectively.

W&L will now face Southwestern in the consolation game at 6:00 pm. Mary Washington and Manhattanville will meet in the championship game at 8:00 pm.

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