VIRGINIA WESLEYAN DOWNS W&L MEN’S HOOPS, 82-48, IN ODAC QUARTERFINALS

SALEM, Va. -- Top-seeded and second-ranked Virginia Wesleyan used 25-4 second-half run to cruise to an 82-48 victory over the Washington and Lee men’s basketball team in the quarterfinals of the 2007 Old Dominion Athletic Conference Tournament at the Salem Civic Center on Thursday afternoon.

In the loss, junior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) notched 16 points and in the process became the first General since Cam Dyer ‘96 to score 1,000 career points (1,014).

Virginia Wesleyan, the 2006 National Champions, opened the game with seven unanswered points and pushed the lead to 12 points (22-10) with 11:20 to play in the first half. The Generals cut the lead to seven points (24-17) with 5:47 remaining before the break, but the Marlins pulled away and held a 15-point (39-25) advantage at halftime. The Marlins used the aforementioned run to take a 64-28 lead with 11:17 remaining in the contest en route to the 36-point victory.

VWC shot 56.7 percent (34-60) from the floor and 58.8 percent from downtown (10-17). The Marlins also held the edge on the boards, out-rebounding the Generals, 40-26.

W&L was paced by Bienemann’s 16 points and 13 rebounds. Sophomore forward Ben Heller (Houston, Texas/Lamar) added seven points and three steals.

The Marlins were led by Brandon Adair and Ton Ton Balenga, who each notched 15 points. Adair shot 7-of-9 from the floor, while Balenga hit 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. D’Juan Tucker and Stephen Fields also tallied double-figures for VWC, registering 10 markers apiece.

Washington and Lee concludes its season with an 11-14 overall mark, the best record since 1990-91 when the Generals went 12-14. Virginia Wesleyan improves to 23-3 on the season and will take on the winner of the Hampden-Sydney/Emory & Henry quarterfinal on Saturday at 1:00 pm.

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BRIDGEWATER ESCAPES WITH A 48-46 WIN AT W&L (2/17)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Bridgewater junior guard Andrew Cathlin (Virginia Beach, Va./Shenandoah Valley) scored on a break-away layup as time expired to lift the Eagles to a 48-46 win over Washington and Lee in ODAC men’s basketball action on Saturday evening at the Warner Center.

BC freshman guard D.J. Billups (Logan, N.J./Kingsway Regional) tied the game at 46-46 with 25 seconds remaining as he hit the front end of a one-and-one. Billups missed the second free throw, which the Generals rebounded and called a time out to set up a play for the win. Following the timeout, sophomore guard Chris McHugh (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) drove the lane, but could not find the hoop with his shot. Junior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) rebounded the miss, but the ball was poked away and into Billups’ hands, who led Cathlin for the winning layup.

The game featured six ties and 10 lead changes and neither team led by more than seven points at any time during the contest. The Eagles (9-16, 6-12) carried a 21-19 lead into halftime, but the Generals (11-13, 6-12) took the lead for much of the second half and stretched to a 36-31 advantage with 7:05 remaining. However, the Generals could not pull away and Bridgewater assumed a 38-36 lead with 4:45 left in the game. Neither team would lead by more than two points the rest of the way.

W&L was paced by Bienemann, who tallied 18 points and 10 rebounds and is now just two points away from 1,000 for his career. Junior forward Femi Kusimo (Cross Lanes, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) added six points and six rebounds.

Billups led Bridgewater with 16 points and four assists. Sophomore forward Michael Oblitey (Chantilly, Va./Westfield) chipped in nine points.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Thursday as it competes in the ODAC Tournament held in Salem, Va. The Generals will be the eighth seed and will face top-seeded and second-ranked Virginia Wesleyan at 1:00 pm.

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GUILFORD DOWNS W&L MEN’S BASKETBALL, 95-77

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Guilford’s Jordan Snipes racked up 32 points, 10 rebounds and five assists as the 17th-ranked Quakers handed the Washington and Lee men’s basketball team a 95-77 loss on Wednesday evening at the Ragan-Brown Field House.

The Quakers (20-3, 14-3) had a slim 26-25 lead with 11:41 remaining in the first half, but used a 13-0 run to extend their advantage to 39-25 with 6:08 to play in the opening stanza and owned a 50-37 edge at the break. In the second half, Guilford led 70-54 with 12:28 remaining, but the Generals cut the lead to eight points (70-62) with 10:39 left. However, W&L could get no closer down the stretch and GC held on to pick up its sixth-straight win.

Guilford shot 57.9 percent from the floor (33-57), 57.1 percent from long range (12-21) and 81.0 percent from the charity stripe (17-21).

The Generals (11-12, 6-11) shot 14-of-29 (0.483) from beyond the arc en route to setting a new program record for made three’s in a contest. The previous mark (13) was set in 1990 against Emory (Ga.).

Sophomore forward Kirk Jones (Maple Glenn, Pa./Germantown Academy) led W&L with a career-high 20 points, 18 of which were tallied in the second half. Jones also connected on 6-of-8 of his three-point attempts. Senior guard Chris Halkitis (New Port Richey, Fla./Ridgewood) registered a season-high 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while junior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) tallied 10 points and six rebounds.

Snipes paced Guilford’s hot shooting evening as he made good on 10-of-14 from the field and 10-of-12 from the foul line. Ben Strong recorded 18 points, seven rebounds and three blocks.

Washington and Lee closes out the regular season on Saturday when it hosts Bridgewater at 7:00 pm at the Warner Center.

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W&L MEN’S BASKETBALL CRUISES BY LYNCHBURG, 74-56 (2/11)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men’s basketball team ended a six-game losing streak with a 74-56 win over Lynchburg College on Sunday evening at the Warner Center.

The win improves W&L to 11-11 overall and 6-10 in the ODAC. The 11 victories are the most since the 1990-91 team went 12-14 overall.

The Generals shot 55.6 percent (15-27) from the floor in the first half en route to claiming a 39-30 lead at the break. The Hornets (6-17, 3-13) closed to within nine points (43-34) with 18:11 left in the game, but W&L pushed back to a double-digit advantage on the next possession and never led by less than 10 points the rest of the way.

W&L, which shot 52.9 percent (27-51) for the game and held a 39-28 advantage on the boards, was led by senior guard Chris Halkitis’s (New Port Richey, Fla./Ridgewood) 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor. Junior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) tallied 12 points, five rebounds and three assists, while junior forward Femi Kusimo (Cross Lanes, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) and sophomore guard Chris McHugh (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) each chipped in nine points.

Lynchburg was paced by freshman guard Steven Echols (Martinsville, Va./Carlisle), who totaled 11 points, three assists and three steals. Junior guard Evan Fancourt (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) added 10 points.

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

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HAMPDEN-SYDNEY DOWNS W&L MEN’S BASKETBALL, 71-60 (2/10)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Hampden-Sydney shot 62.5 percent from the field in the first half and 56.5 percent for the game in handing Washington and Lee its sixth-straight loss with a 71-60 victory in ODAC men’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at the Warner Center.

The Generals (10-11, 5-10) led 26-21 wth 5:45 remaining in the first half, but the Tigers caught fire and closed the half with a 15-1 run to take a nine-point (36-27) halftime advantage.

Hampden-Sydney (13-9, 8-7) extended to a 14-point lead (44-30) early in the second stanza and the Generals could get no closer than seven points (63-56) with 1:23 left in the game.

Washington and Lee, which shot just 37.5 percent from the floor, was paced by junior forward Femi Kusimo’s (Cross Lanes, W.Va./Charleston Cathlolic) game-high 16 points. Junior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) added 14 points and five rebounds.

Senior guard Mike Edwards (Richmond, Va./Steward School) led five Tigers in double-digits with 15 points. Freshman forward Lane Medlin (West Point, Va./Fork Union) totaled 13 points, freshman guard Turner King (Roanoke, Va./Roanoke Catholic) posted 12 points, junior forward Tyler Murray (Atlanta, Ga./Harrison) notched 11 points and junior forward Prew Prehmus (Atlanta, Ga./Wesleyan School) chipped in 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Sunday as it hosts Lynchburg College for a 4:30 pm contest.

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WASPS WITHSTAND GENERALS COMEBACK AND WIN 100-95 (2/7)

EMORY, Va. -- Washington and Lee shot 80.0 percent from the floor in the second half and a school-record 72.9 percent from the field in contest, but it wasn’t enough as Emory & Henry pulled out a 100-95 win in ODAC men’s basketball action on Wednesday evening at the King Center.

The Generals (10-10, 5-9) had six players post double-figures in points for the first time since a February 16, 1994 meeting with Eastern Mennonite.

W&L held a slim lead (28-27) with 6:31 to play in the first half, but the Wasps closed out the period with an 18-5 run to take a 45-33 advantage into the break.

In the second half, E&H (13-8, 9-6) built its lead to 20 points (75-55) with 10:46 remaining, however the Generals used a 14-1 run to cut the lead to seven points (76-69) with 7:36 to go. Emory & Henry hit two-straight three-pointers to up its lead to 82-69, but W&L countered with a 13-4 run to make it a four-point game (86-82) with 4:17 to play in the contest. Washington and Lee got as close as two points (95-93) with 37 seconds left, yet the Wasps hit 5-of-6 from the charity stripe to secure the 100-95 win.

W&L shot 43-of-59 from the field (.729), shattering the previous school record set in 1981 (68.0% against Shenandoah). The Generals also out-rebounded E&H, 40-29, but were hurt by 9-of-19 (.474) shooting from the foul line. The Wasps connected on 26-of-36 (.722) from the free throw line.

Junior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) paced the six Generals in double-figures with his 18-point, 12-board performance. Junior forward Femi Kusimo (Cross Lanes, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) notched 19 points, while senior forward Alex White (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) tied a career-high with 12 markers. Sophomore guards Isaiah Goodman (Richfield, Minn./Holy Angels) and Chris McHugh (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) each dropped in 11 points and sophomore forward Ben Heller (Houston, Texas/Lamar) matched a season-high with 10 points.

The Wasps were led by Lance Reasbeck’s 19 points and Robert Hudson, who added 18 points. Camillo Weinz racked up 17 markers, while Andrew Hart scored 11 points.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it hosts Hampden-Syndey at 2:00 pm at the Warner Center.

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W&L MEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS TO NO. 8 VIRGINIA WESLEYAN, 61-49 (2/4)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Senior forward Brandon Adair (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) totaled 29 points on 13-of-17 shooting from the field to lead eighth-ranked Virginia Wesleyan to a 61-49 victory over Washington and Lee in ODAC men’s basketball action on Sunday afternoon at the Warner Center.

Virginia Wesleyan (19-3, 14-1) led just 15-14 with 9:50 left in the first half, but used an 11-1 run over the next 3:30 to take a 26-15 lead with 6:20 remaining before the break. The Generals cut it back to five points (28-23) at the 3:13 mark, but the Marlins again stretched their lead to 10 points (34-24) at the intermission.

The Generals (10-9, 5-8) remained within striking distance for much of the second half, but could get no closer down the stretch than nine points (58-49) with 2:46 left in the game.

Freshman forward Zac White (Baltimore, Md./Park School) led the Generals with a career-high 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor. Junior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) added 14 points and nine rebounds.

Adair was joined in double figures for VWC by junior forward Tyler Fantin (Virginia Beach, Va./Floyd E. Kellam) and junior guard Ton Ton Belenga (Newport News, Va./Warwick), who posted 10 points each.

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 DROPS ANOTHER HEARTBREAKER, 64-63, TO RANDOLPH-MACON (2/3)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men’s basketball team dropped its second-straight one-point game in falling to Randolph-Macon, 64-63, on Saturday afternoon at the Warner Center.

The Yellow Jackets (12-8, 7-6) led 35-31 at the half and extended to a 13-point lead (56-43) with 10:17 left in the game. However, the Generals (10-8, 5-7) went on a 16-3 run over the next 6:56 to tie the game at 59-59 with 3:21 remaining.

R-MC took a three-point advantage (64-61) on a jumper by sophomore guard Justin Short (Chesterfield, Va./Manchester) with 1:05 left, but a pair of free throws by W&L senior forward Alex White (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) sliced it to a 64-63 game with 43 seconds left. W&L sophomore guard Isaiah Goodman (Richfield, Minn./Holy Angels) drew a charge on Short with 11 seconds remaining to give the Generals a chance to win on the final possession. W&L missed a pair of contested layups in the final four seconds and the Yellow Jackets walked away with their 43rd-straight victory over the Generals.

Washington and Lee was led by junior forward Femi Kusimo (Cross Lanes, W.Va./Charleston Catholic), who totaled 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the floor. Sophomore guard Chris McHugh (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) tied his season-high with 12 points, while senior guard Chris Halkitis (New Port Richey, Fla./Ridgewood) also chipped in 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from three-point range.

Randolph-Macon was paced by senior forward Phil Hawley’s (Weirton, W.Va./Tri-State Christian) 18 points. Sophomore guard David Carlson (Woodbridge, Va./Flint Hill) notched 13 points and seven rebounds, while sophomore forward Boris Varela (Santiago, Chile/Liceo Pedro Poveda) registered 11 points.

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

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W&L MEN’S BASKETBALL DROPS 62-61 DECISION TO NO. 24 GUILFORD (1/31)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee erased a 16-point second-half deficit to take a three-point lead (60-57) with just 46 seconds remaining, but could not hang on in falling to 24th-ranked Guilford, 62-61, in ODAC men’s basketball action on Wednesday evening at the Warner Center.

W&L had a chance to win the game with 0.3 seconds remaining as junior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) was fouled on a layup attempt. However, Bienemann missed both free throws and the Quakers (15-3, 9-3) escaped with the one-point victory.

W&L (10-7, 5-6) shot just 25.9 percent (7-27) in the first half and trailed the Quakers 33-15 at the break. Guilford still held a 16-point lead (47-31) with 12:21 left in the game, but the Generals used a 16-2 run over the next 5:12 to cut it to a two-point game (49-47) with 7:09 left. Guilford held the lead until W&L tied it at 54-54 with 3:30 left on a three-pointer by sophomore forward Kirk Jones (Maple Glenn, Pa./Germantown Academy).

A pair of free throws by Guilford junior center Ben Strong (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) at the 3:17 mark gave the Quakers a 56-54 lead, but another Jones’ three-pointer just 27 seconds later gave W&L its first lead (57-56) since the score was 8-6.

W&L pushed out to a 60-57 advantage with 46 seconds left on a layup by senior forward Alex White (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh), but a layup by Strong cut it back to a one-point game (60-59) just three seconds later. A foul sent W&L sophomore guard Isaiah Goodman (Richfield, Minn./Holy Angels) to the stripe with 31 seconds left and he made 1-of-2 charity tosses for a 61-59 lead. After a Guilford turnover, W&L sophomore guard Chris McHugh (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) was fouled went to the foul line for two shots with 26 seconds left. McHugh missed both free throws and Guilford junior forward Eric Belkowski (Rockingham, N.C./Richmond Senior) drilled a three-pointer with 12 seconds left setting up the Generals’ final possession that ended with Bienemann’s missed free throws.

W&L recovered from its cold first-half shooting to nail 54.5 percent (18-33) in the second half, but the Generals shot just 4-of-15 from the foul line, including 4-of-14 in the second half. Guilford shot just 8-for-21 (.381) in the second stanza, but hit 19-of-23 free throws for the game.

The Generals were led by Jones’ 14 points and seven rebounds. Freshman forward Zac White (Baltimore, Md./Park School) totaled 11 points, while brother Alex White notched 10 points. Bienemann registered eight points and eight rebounds.

Guilford was paced by Strong, who tallied 23 points and 12 rebounds. Belkowski posted 18 points and seven boards.

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

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W&L MEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS TO ROANOKE, 70-64 (1/27)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Junior forward Josh LaPorte (Staunton, Va./Riverheads) tallied 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead Roanoke to a 70-64 victory over Washington and Lee in ODAC men’s basketball action on Saturday evening at the Warner Center.

The game was tight throughout, with neither team leading by more than eight points for the entire contest. The Maroons (10-8, 6-5) held a slim 34-33 lead at halftime, and the Generals only lead of the second half came on the opening basket of the final 20 minutes for a 35-34 advantage.

Roanoke stretched out to a 59-51 lead with 7:20 remaining in the game, but W&L fought back to slice it to a 65-64 game with 1:01 remaining. However, the Maroons used nearly the entire shot clock on the next possession before sophomore guard Zach Milton (Christiansburg, Va./Eastern Montgomery) hit a layup with 31 seconds remaining for a 67-64 lead.

W&L (10-6, 5-5) missed a layup with 16 seconds remaining and Milton sunk 1-of-2 free throws to stretch the Maroons lead to 68-64. W&L sophomore guard Chris McHugh (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) missed a three-pointer with six seconds left and the Maroons added a breakaway layup with one second left for the final margin.

Washington and Lee was led by sophomore forward Kirk Jones (Maple Glenn, Pa./Germantown Academy), who scored 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting from three-point range. McHugh and sophomore guard Isaiah Goodman (Richfield, Minn./Holy Angels) chipped in 11 points each, while junior forward Femi Kusimo (Cross Lanes, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) added nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Junior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) was held to single digits for the first time all season, scoring nine points.

LaPorte’s effort was supported by 12 points from junior guard A.J. Dowell (Salem, Va./Salem), 11 points from junior guard Ben Shrader (Tazewell, Va./Mercer Christian) and 10 points from sophomore center Curtis Peery (Salem, Va./Salem).

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

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GENERALS CRUISE PAST EASTERN MENNONITE, 86-62 (1/24)

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men’s basketball team shot 60.3 percent from the floor en route to winning its 10th game in a season for the first time since 1997-98 with a 86-62 ODAC-victory over Eastern Mennonite on Wednesday evening.

The Generals (10-5, 5-4) led from the start and connected on 19-of-30 (.633) of their shots in the first half to take a 45-25 lead into the break and EMU never challenged in the second half as W&L pulled away for the 24-point win.

The Blue and White hit 35-of-58 (.603) of their shots from the field and out-rebounded the Royals, 37-26.

Washington and Lee was paced by junior forward Femi Kusimo (Cross Lanes, W.Va./Charleston Catholic), who tallied a career-high 23 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore guard Kirk Jones (Maple Glenn, Pa./Germantown Academy) tied a season-high with 14 points, while junior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) added 13 points in just 17 minutes, as he fouled out in the second half. Senior guard Chris Halkitis (New Port Richey, Fla./Ridgewood) and sophomore guard Chris McHugh (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) both registered career-highs in assists. Halkitis notched 11 assists to go with five points and five boards, while McHugh racked up eight assists and nine points.

EMU was led by Jason Sager’s 18 points and Austin Twine, who accounted for 15 markers.

The Generals return to action on Saturday when they host Roanoke at 7 pm in the Warner Center.

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HOT-SHOOTING GENERALS DOWN LYNCHBURG, 84-67 (1/21)

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men’s basketball team connected on 56.0 percent of its shots from the floor en route to an 84-67 victory over the Lynchburg Hornets on Sunday afternoon.

W&L (9-5, 4-4) hit 60.0 percent (15-of-25) of its field goals in the first stanza and took a 42-31 lead into halftime. The Generals held a 53-43 advantage with 12:43 remaining in the contest and never let their advantage slip below double-figures for the duration of the game.

Washington and Lee shot 76.7 percent (23-of-30) from the foul line, compared to the Hornets, who hit 8-of-13. The Generals also out-rebounded LC, 43-27.

The Blue and White were led by junior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham), who tied a career-high with 33 points. Senior forward Alex White (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) and sophomore guard Kirk Jones (Maple Glenn, Pa./Germantown Academy) each tallied 10 markers, while senior guard Chris Halkitis (New Port Richey, Fla./Ridgewood) added seven points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

The Hornets (6-10, 3-6) were paced by freshman guard Steven Echols, who racked up 22 points and seven steals.

The Generals return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Harrisonburg, Va., to take on Eastern Mennonite at 7 pm.

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HAMPDEN-SYDNEY DOWNS W&L MEN’S BASKETBALL, 66-58 (1/20)

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. -- Hampden-Sydney used a hot-shooting first half to hold of the Washington and Lee men’s basketball team and emerge with a 66-58 victory over the Generals on Saturday afternoon at the S. Douglas Fleet Gymnasium.

The contest was tight in the opening minutes and W&L led 18-17 with 7:40 to play in the half, but the Tigers used a 16-2 run to take a 33-20 advantage at 3:04 and led 33-26 at the break. H-SC hit 15-of-22 (.556) of its shots in the first half, while the Generals connected on 11-of-21 (.524).

Hampden-Sydney held W&L to just four points in the first 10:56 of the second half and owned an 18-point lead (48-30) with 9:21 remaining in the game. The Blue and White rallied late, cutting the lead to five points (62-57) with 47 seconds remaining, but could not get any closer down the stretch.

The Generals (8-5, 3-4) were led by junior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham), who notched a game-high 17 points. Freshman forward Zac White (Baltimore, Md./Park School) totaled a career-high 14 points, while sophomore guard Isaiah Goodman (Richfield, Minn./Holy Angels) added 12 points.

The Tigers (10-5, 5-3) were paced by Tyler Murray’s 15 points on 7-of-7 shooting. Mike Edwards, Matt Green and Turner King each contributed 10 points.

The Generals return to action on Sunday when they travel to Lynchburg for 3 pm contest.

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W&L MEN’S BASKETBALL STINGS EMORY & HENRY, 98-96 (1/17)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee sophomore forward Kirk Jones (Maple Glenn, Pa./Germantown Academy) rebounded a miss and hit the ensuing layup with 2.2 seconds remaining to lift the Generals to a 98-96 victory over Emory & Henry on Wednesday evening at the Warner Center.

The Generals (8-4, 3-3) built a nine-point (56-47) lead at halftime and extended their advantage to as many as 15 points at 74-59 with 12:03 left in the game. However, the Wasps immediately surged on a 19-4 run to tie the game at 78-78 with 7:47 left in the game. The game remained tight from that point on and E&H assumed its first lead of the second half at 91-90 with 2:02 left. The Generals regained the lead on a layup by junior forward Femi Kusimo (Cross Lanes, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) just 20 seconds later and held the lead until Wasps’ junior guard Shavar Bland (Newport News, Va./Warwick) tied the game at 96-96 on a three-pointer with 41 seconds remaining.

W&L senior guard Chris Halkitis (New Port Richey, Fla./Ridgewood) missed a three-pointer with 11 seconds remaining, but junior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) was there for the offensive rebound. Bienemann missed a layup with five seconds remaining and Kusimo missed a tip with three seconds left. However, Jones made good on the Generals’ fourth scoring opportunity for the 98-96 lead. The Wasps did not get a shot off in the final 2.2 seconds as W&L escaped with its fifth victory in the last six games.

The Generals shot a season-best 67.7 percent (42-62) from the floor led by Bienemann, who tallied a season-high 30 points on 15-of-22 shooting from the floor and grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds. Kusimo notched 16 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the field and grabbed nine boards, while Jones posted a season-best 14 points, six rebounds and six assists.

Emory & Henry (7-6, 3-4) was paced by sophomore guard Camillo Weinz (Radford, Va./Radford), who recorded 16 points on 4-of-8 shooting from three-point range. Sophomore guard Andrew Hart (Pulaski, Va./Pulaski County) registered 12 points, sophomore guard Cain Landreth (Brevard, N.C./Brevard) notched 11 points and senior guard Lance Reasbeck (Satellite Beach, Fla./Satellite Beach) added 10 points for the Wasps.

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

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W&L BASKETBALL USES SHARP-SHOOTING TO WIN AT BRIDGEWATER, 81-74 (1/13)

BRIDGEWATER, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men’s basketball team connected on 65.9 percent (27-of-41) of its shots from the field to end a 21-game ODAC road losing streak with a 81-74 victory over Bridgewater on Saturday evening at the Nininger Hall.

The Generals, who had not won a conference game on the road since Feb. 14, 2004 (76-69 W at EMU), opened the game with an 11-point lead (15-4) in the first 8:32 of the game and never trailed for the duration of the contest, owning a 30-23 advantage at the break. The Eagles cut the lead to four points several times during the second half, but could never get any closer and W&L hit 9-of-12 from the foul line in the final 1:51 to preserve the win.

The Blue and White (7-4, 2-3) were led by junior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham), who notched a game-high 26 points and a team-high six rebounds. Junior forward Femi Kusimo (Charleston, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) racked up a career-high 21 points on 9-of-10 shooting from the floor. Senior guard Chris Halkitis (New Port Richey, Fla./Ridgewood) added eight points and five assists.

Bridgewater (4-7, 1-4) was also led by a pair of 20-point performances. Forward Jay Strotman tallied 21 points, while forward Josh Fox scored 20 markers. Guard Robert Rice rounded out the double-digit scorers with 11 points.

The Generals return to action on Wednesday when they host Emory & Henry at 7 pm.

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MAROONS TOP W&L MEN'S BASKETBALL, 68-64 (1/6)

SALEM, Va. -- Roanoke’s Curtis Peery notched a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds as the Maroons edged out the Washington and Lee men’s basketball team, 68-64, in ODAC action on Saturday evening at the Bast Center.

The Generals (6-4, 1-3) led by as many as 10 points (29-19) with 4:08 to play in the first half, but the Maroons stormed back using a 14-2 run to take a 33-31 lead into the break.

The second half was back-and-forth, but W&L assumed a five-point lead (53-48) with 4:53 to play in the contest. However, the Generals could never pull away and RC went up 60-56 with 1:30 to go and hit 8-of-12 of its free throw attempts down the stretch to secure the victory.

Roanoke (5-7, 1-4) connected on 26-of-39 of its foul shots on the evening, compared to W&L, who shot just 8-of-17 from the charity stripe.

The Generals were led by junior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham), who scored a team-high 14 points and added nine boards. Sophomore guard Chris McHugh (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) notched a career-high 12 points, while sophomore forward Ben Heller (Houston, Texas/Lamar) tied a season-high with nine points.

Peery paced the Maroons with his double-double, while Keith Carter registered 12 points and A.J. Dowell added nine markers.

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

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W&L DOWNS EMORY, 69-57, TO WIN W&L TOURNAMENT (12/29)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Junior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) scored a game-high 28 points on 11-of-14 shooting from the floor in leading Washington and Lee to a 69-57 win over Emory University in the championship game of the W&L Men’s Basketball Tournament on Saturday evening at the Warner Center. Hood College defeated King’s Point, 92-82, in the consolation contest.

In the championship game, W&L (6-3) ended a tight first half with a 28-24 lead and scored the first six points in the second stanza to assume a 34-24 lead with 19:06 remaining. Emory (6-4) responded with its own 6-0 run to cut it to a 34-30 game with 15:21 left in the contest, but the Generals extended back to a double-digit lead shortly thereafter and the Eagles could get no closer than six points the rest of the way.

Bienemann was named the tournament MVP, while junior forward Femi Kusimo (Cross Lanes, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) also garnered all-tournament honors after scoring 12 points and grabbing seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Chris McHugh (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) chipped in a career-high 11 points on 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc.

Emory was led by junior guard Dan Smith’s (Weston, Fla./Cypress Bay) 15 points. Senior guard Adrian Sosa (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Cooper City) added 13 points and was named to the all-tournament team.

In the consolation contest, sophomore guard Ryan Junghans (Derwood, Md./Magruder) posted 38 points on 8-of-14 shooting from three-point range to lead Hood to a 92-82 victory over King’s Point.

The Blazers (8-3) jumped out to a 13-3 lead in the opening 4:52 of the game and never looked back in posting the 10-point victory.

Junghans, who was named to the all-tournament team, was joined in double-figures by sophomore guard Anthony Bennett (Chester, Md./St. Mary’s), who totaled 17 points. Senior guard Darnell Edmonds (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) added eight points, 10 assists and eight rebounds.

King’s Point (5-4) was led by all-tournament team member Brian Kelly (Belle Harbour, N.Y./Archbishop Malloy), who posted 28 points. Sophomore forward Alex Loepker (Lafayette, Ind./Central Catholic) registered 27 points and 13 rebounds in the losing effort.

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 AND EMORY ADVANCE TO CHAMPIONSHIP GAME OF THE W&L TOURNAMENT (12/29)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee and Emory University men’s basketball teams both advanced to the championship game of the W&L Tournament with wins on Friday evening at the Warner Center. The Generals knocked off King’s Point, 75-53, in the opener, while Emory defeated Hood, 62-59, in the nightcap.

In the opening game, W&L jumped out to a 22-4 lead in the opening 6:29 of the game and never looked back in claiming the 22-point victory. The Generals shot 54.8 percent in the first half en route to a 46-23 lead at the break and led by as many as 30 points late in the second stanza.

W&L (5-3) was paced by junior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham), who totaled 14 points and six rebounds. Sophomore forward Kirk Jones (Maple Glenn, Pa./Germantown Academy) tallied a season-best 10 points, five assists and four rebounds, while senior guard Chris Halkitis (New Port Richey, Fla./Ridgewood) and sophomore guard Chris McHugh (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) chipped in nine points each.

King’s Point (5-3) was led by senior guard Brian Kelly (Belle Harbour, N.Y./Archbishop Malloy), who registered 18 points and five rebounds.

In the nightcap, Emory (6-3) ended the first half on a 14-5 run to assume a 32-27 lead at the break and never trailed again in posting the win. The Eagles stretched their lead to as many as nine points (42-33) with 14:38 left in the game, but the Blazers (7-3) used a 12-3 run to knot the game at 45-45 with 9:39 left. The game was tied on two other occasions in the final nine minutes, but a layup by EU senior guard Shawn Bailey (Irvine, Calif./Northwood) with 49 seconds remaining gave the Eagles the lead for good at 59-57. Hood had one shot to send the game into overtime, but freshman guard Nick Scott’s (Leesburg, Va./Heritage) half-court shot at the buzzer hit off the back rim.

Senior guard Adrian Sosa (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Cooper City) posted 20 points, five rebounds and five assists to lead Emory. Senior forward Eric Barvin (Houston, Texas/AWTY International) added 11 points and seven rebounds.

Hood was led by junior center Jesse Gutekunst’s (Hagerstown, Md./South Hagerstown) 21 points and 10 rebounds. Senior forward Sean Robine (Mount Airy, Md./Linganore) tallied 13 points and seven boards.

King’s Point and Hood will meet in Saturday’s consolation game at 6:00 pm, while W&L and Emory will square off in the championship game at 8:00 pm.

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W&L MEN’S BASKETBALL OUTLASTS EASTERN MENNONITE, 81-77 (12/6)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee used a 10-2 run to take a 30-20 lead with 5:13 left in the first half and never trailed again in defeating Eastern Mennonite, 81-77, on Wednesday evening at the Warner Center.

W&L (4-3, 1-2) took a 40-31 lead into halftime and upped its advantage to as many as 12 points (72-60) with 3:31 remaining in the game. However, the Royals methodically chipped away at the lead, cutting it to just two points (72-70) with 29 seconds remaining in the game. With the Generals leading 80-75 and just seven seconds remaining, EMU junior guard Jared Lyons (Takoma Park, Md./St. Johns at Prospect Hall) was fouled on a three-point attempt. Lyons made the first two foul shots and missed the third, but the Royals claimed the offensive rebound with five seconds remaining and called a timeout to set up a play for the potential tying three-pointer. However, sophomore guard LeRoger Parrish (Danville, Va./Tunstall) turned the ball over on the inbound pass and W&L senior guard Chris Halkitis (New Port Richey, Fla./Ridgewood) hit 1-of-2 free throws with four seconds left to clinch the win.

The two teams were called for 57 total fouls and combined to shoot 70 free throws in the contest. The Generals were led by junior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham), who tallied 25 points and six rebounds before fouling out with 3:34 remaining in the game. Halkitis totaled a season-high 18 points, four assists and three steals, while junior forward Femi Kusimo (Cross Lanes, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) notched 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the floor.

Eastern Mennonite (4-3, 0-1) was paced by senior forward Jason Sager (Edinburg, Va./Central), who posted 25 points and seven rebounds. Lyons recorded 21 points, while junior forward Brad Parkes (Winchester, Va./James Wood) chipped in 10 points and seven boards.

Washington and Lee, which has already matched its win total from all of last season, will return to action on Dec. 29-30 as it hosts the W&L Tournament. The Generals will begin the tournament on Dec. 29 at 6:00 pm against the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Other teams in the tournament include Emory University and Hood College.

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VIRGINIA WESLEYAN TOPS W&L MEN’S BASKETBALL, 74-50

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Defending national champion and top-ranked Virginia Wesleyan shot 52.8 percent from the floor and out-rebound the Washington and Lee men’s basketball team, 43-17, en route to a 74-50 win on Sunday afternoon at the Jane P. Batten Student Center.

Despite owning a seven-point lead, 22-15, with 9:13 to play in the first half, the Generals only scored one field goal in that remaining time and trailed the Marlins 35-24 at the break. W&L cut the lead to as little as nine, 35-26, on its first possession of the second half, but couldn’t get any closer down the stretch as VWC pulled away for the ODAC victory.

The Generals (3-3, 0-2 ODAC) were led by junior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham), who tallied a team-high 19 points and four rebounds.

Virginia Wesleyan was paced by Rodney Young, who shot 7-of-9 from the floor, scoring 19 points and also grabbing six rebounds. All-American Brandon Adair shot 7-of-8 from the field, chipping in 15 points and a game-high seven rebounds.

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

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W&L MEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS TO RANDOLPH-MACON, 63-58 (12/2)

ASHLAND, Va. – Randolph-Macon shot 57.1 percent (24-42) from the floor in posting a 63-58 victory over Washington and Lee in ODAC men’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon.

The 12th-ranked Yellow Jackets (3-1, 1-0) led 32-26 at the half, but W&L climbed back to within two points (41-39) with 13:16 left to play. R-MC then went on a 12-0 run over the next 4:53 to assume a 53-39 lead with 8:23 remaining. However, the Generals again clawed their way back into the game with a 17-6 run over the next 5:21 to pull within three points (59-56) with 3:02 left to play, but could get no closer.

The Generals (3-2, 0-1) shot just 35.8 percent (24-67) from the floor, but forced 22 Randolph-Macon turnovers to stay within reach. Junior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) led W&L with 22 points and six rebounds. Junior forward Femi Kusimo (Cross Lanes, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) totaled 17 points and six boards in just 22 minutes, while senior guard Chris Halkitis (New Port Richey, Fla./Ridgewood) added 10 points and six boards as well.

Randolph-Macon was led by David Carlson’s 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor. Justin Short chipped in 10 points.

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

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W&L MEN’S BASKETBALL DEFEATS OBERLIN, 65-52 (11/25)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men’s basketball team improved to 3-1 for the first time since the 2002-03 season with a 65-52 victory over Oberlin College on Saturday afternoon at the Warner Center.

The Generals jumped out to an early 12-point lead at 15-3 with 11:21 left in the first half only to see the Yeomen go on a 13-4 run to slice the score to 19-16 with 5:37 left in the half. However, W&L would stretch back to an eight-point lead (28-20) at the break.

W&L opened the second half on a 13-5 run to assume a 41-25 lead with 14:45 left in the game, but a 19-2 run by Oberlin over the next 5:10 gave the Yeomen a 44-43 lead with 9:35 left to play. The game remained tight until 5:09 remained when the Generals went on a 14-0 run to take a commanding 65-48 advantage with just over a minute remaining.

The Generals were led by junior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham), who tallied a game-high 25 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore guard Isaiah Goodman (Richfield, Minn./Holy Angels) posted nine points, while sophomore forward Ben Heller (Houston, Texas/Lamar) added eight points and four boards.

Oberlin (0-4) was paced by junior guard Jordan Beard’s (Oberlin, Ohio/Oberlin) 16 points in 18 minutes of action. Sophomore forward Mike Loll (Davison, Mich./Davison) and sophomore guard Quinton Spencer (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice) chipped in 13 points apiece.

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 DEFEATS DICKINSON, 78-65 (11/21)

CARLISLE, Pa. – Junior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) tallied a game-high 28 points, including 20 in the second half, to lead the Washington and Lee men’s basketball team to a 78-65 victory over Dickinson on Tuesday evening.

The Generals (2-1) shot 51.9 percent from the floor, including 61.5 percent in the second half, and out-rebounded DC by a 39-24 margin.

W&L trailed just once in the first half (2-0) and stretch its lead to as many as nine points (15-6) with 10:16 left before the break.  The Red Devils closed to within one point (22-21) with 5:35 left in the half, but the Generals pushed back out to an eight-point lead (35-27) at the intermission.

Dickinson chipped away at the W&L lead and eventually took a one-point advantage (48-47) with 10:51 left, but the Generals again stretched the lead to eight points at 58-50 with 6:56 remaining.  The Red Devils made one last run to tie the game at 60-60 with 3:50 remaining, but the Generals would outscore Dickinson 18-5 the rest of the way for the road victory.

Bienemann shot 10-for-13 from the floor and 8-of-12 from the foul line and added six rebounds.  Junior forward Femi Kusimo (Cross Lanes, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) chipped in 14 points and nine rebounds.

Dickinson (1-2) was led by forward Mike Geosits and center Tom Leszczynski, who tallied 20 and 18 points, respectively.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it hosts Oberlin College for a 2:00 pm contest.

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AVERETT DOWNS W&L TO WIN W&L MEN’S BASKETBALL TIP-OFF TOURNEY (11/18)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Averett men’s basketball team shot 73.1 percent from the floor in the first half en route to a 23-point halftime lead in cruising to a 79-56 victory over Washington and Lee in the championship game of the W&L Tip-off Tournament on Saturday evening at the Warner Center. In the consolation game, Denison knocked off Oneonta State by a score of 77-62.

The Cougars (2-0) were 15-of-17 (.882) from inside the three-point arc in the first half and didn’t miss their first 2-point shot until 1:07 remained in the first stanza. Averett cooled to shoot 48.3 percent in the second half, but W&L (1-1) could get no closer than a 16-point (59-43) deficit in the second period.

Junior guard Cory McDaniel (Midlothian, Va./Clover Hill) led the Cougars with 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting en route to being named to the all-tournament team. Senior forward Andrew Boor (Lovingston, Va./Nelson County) was named the Tournament MVP after tallying 14 points and seven rebounds.

For the Generals, sophomore guard Isaiah Goodman (Richfield, Minn./Holy Angels) recorded a game-high 16 points, while junior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) notched 14 points and eight rebounds en route to garnering all-tournament team honors.

In the consolation game, Oneonta (0-2) jumped out to a 14-2 lead in the opening 5:57 of the game, but saw Denison go on a 24-2 run over the next 10:23 en route to the Big Red (1-1) holding a 33-21 lead at the break. The Denison lead swelled to as many as 19 points (60-41) midway through the second half and the Red Dragons were unable to cut their deficit to single digits the rest of the way.

Denison was paced by senior forward Dan Hodgkinson (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest), who scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds in earning all-tournament team accolades. Sophomore forward Shea McMahon (Circleville, Ohio/Circleville) chipped in 21 points and seven boards.

Senior forward William Heslin (Schaghticoke, N.Y./Hoosic Valley) garnered all-tournament recognition for Oneonta State after totaling 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the floor. Senior guard Eric Bratt (Roslyn, N.Y./Roslyn) added 17 points for the Red Dragons.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Tuesday as it travels to Dickinson for a 6:00 pm contest.

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W&L AND AVERETT ADVANCE TO CHAMPIONSHIP GAME OF W&L TIP-OFF TOURNEY (11/17)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee and Averett men’s basketball teams both advanced to the championship game of the W&L Tip-off Tournament with wins on Friday evening at the Warner Center. The home-standing Generals defeated Denison in the nightcap, 82-71, while Averett knocked off Oneonta State in the opening game by a score of 71-55.

W&L and Denison played through a tight first half where the two teams exchanged the lead 11 times and were tied on six occasions. The Big Red opened a nine-point lead (58-49) with 11:49 remaining in the game, but the Generals responded with a 21-5 run over the next 8:11 to assume a 70-63 lead with 3:38 remaining in the game. Denison climbed to within three points (70-67) with 2:54 left in the game, but could get no closer as the Generals pulled away for the 11-point victory, their first season-opening win since 2002-03.

Senior guard Chris Halkitis (New Port Richey, Fla./Ridgewood) led the Generals with 15 points and five rebounds, while junior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) tallied 13 points and eight rebounds in just 19 minutes due to foul trouble. Junior forward Femi Kusimo (Cross Lanes, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) added 11 points and five boards.

Denison was paced by senior forward Dan Hodgkinson (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest), who notched a game-high 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting. Sophomore forward Shea McMahon (Circleville, Ohio/Circleville) chipped in 13 points and five boards.

In the opener, Averett used a 19-0 run over a nine-minute stretch of the first half to assume a 35-14 lead with 3:44 remaining in the half and held a double-digit lead the rest of the way in cruising to the 16-point victory.

The Cougars placed five players in double-figures, led by sophomore center Damien Brown (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook) and sophomore guard Ryan Frazier (New Castle, Va./Northside), who scored 14 points each. Senior forward Andrew Boor (Lovingston, Va./Nelson County) recorded 11 points and junior guards Cory McDaniel (Midlothian, Va./Clover Hill) and Shaun Hagwood (Bassett, Va./Basset) added 10 points each.

Oneonta State was led by senior guard Eric Bratt’s (Roslyn, N.Y./Roslyn) 18 points and six rebounds. Senior forward William Heslin (Schaghticoke, N.Y./Hoosic Valley) contributed 14 points and six boards.

Oneonta and Denison will meet in Saturday’s consolation game at 6:00 pm, while W&L and Averett will play the championship game at 8:00 pm.

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