LEXINGTON, Va. -- Senior forward Ben Goetsch (Timonium, Md./Gilman) scored a career-high 29 points to lead the Washington and Lee men’s basketball team to a 67-55 win over Greensboro on Sunday afternoon at the Warner Center.
In the season-opener for both teams, W&L (1-0) opened up a 14-8 advantage in the first half following a made free throw from Goetsch at the 14:40 mark. However, a 10-0 run by the Pride (0-1) over the next 6:08 gave Greensboro a 18-14 advantage with 8:32 to play in the opening half. Greensboro would stretch its lead to as many as five (25-20) before the Generals closed the first half on a 6-0 run, capped by a Goetsch three-pointer, to take a 26-25 lead into the break.
The Generals extended their lead to seven points (34-27) following a layup by Goetsch at the 18:16 mark of the second half. The Pride responded with a 12-4 run to grab a 39-38 lead with 12:22 remaining in the game.
First-year guard Hans Harris (Lansing, Mich./Waverly) then knocked down back-to-back three pointers to put W&L back on top, 44-39, with 10:29 to go and the Generals never trailed again as they steadily pulled away for the 11-point win.
Goetsch was 11-for-18 from the floor and 6-for 10 from the line and his 29 points were the most scored by a W&L player since Greg Bienemann ‘08 scored 37 against Emory & Henry on Feb. 17, 2008. He also added seven rebounds and three assists.
On the game, the Generals forced Greensboro into 17 turnovers while committing just 12 themselves. They also out-rebounded the Pride (38-37) and had 15 assists to Greensboro’s seven.
Sophomore guard Jon Guest (West Hartford, Conn./Kingswood-Oxford) added 12 points, five rebounds, four steals and a pair of assists for W&L and senior forward Zac White (Baltimore, Md./Park School) chipped in 10 points, six rebounds, three steals and two blocks.
Greensboro was led by junior center Lewis Owenby (Black Mountain, N.C./Owen), who notched a team-high 14 points and added eight rebounds. Sophomore guard Andre Porter (Hope Mills, N.C./Southview) chipped in 10 points and three steals.
W&L returns to action on Friday when it travels to Cleveland to take on Case Western Reserve University on day one of the Stephanie Tubbs-Jones Memorial Tournament. Game time is set for 8:00 pm.