LEXINGTON, Va. -- Senior forward Ben Goetsch (Timonium, Md./Gilman) scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Washington and Lee men’s basketball team to a 64-52 win over Catholic on Monday night at the Warner Center.
Goetsch was one of three Generals to score in double figures and W&L limited CUA to just 35.6 percent (21-59) shooting for the game in improving to 4-1 on the season. Catholic slips to 3-3 with the loss.
The Generals held a two-point advantage (12-10) with 9:30 remaining in the first half and proceeded to outscore the Cardinals 18-5 over the next 7:50 to assume a 30-15 lead with 1:40 left in the opening half. However, CUA reeled off eight quick points and cut W&L’s lead to just eight (30-22) at the break.
Catholic’s scoring run continued as the Cardinals outscored W&L, 10-1, to start the second half and assume their first lead of the game (32-31) with 16:41 to play. CUA’s largest lead of the game came at 40-36 with 11:38 left, but W&L posted a 19-4 scoring run of its own, with Goetsch and senior forward Zac White (Baltmore, Md./Park School) scoring six points apiece during the run, to take a 55-44 lead with 4:57 remaining en route to the 12-point victory.
Goetsch connected on 9-of-13 shot attempts in scoring at least 20 points for the third time this season. He also added eight rebounds. White totaled 16 points and six rebounds, first-year forward J.D. Ey (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) posted 13 points and first-year center Taylor Gilfillan (Raleigh, N.C./Enloe) grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds in 14 minutes of play.
For the game, W&L forced CUA into 15 turnovers and connected on 14-of-23 free throws, while the Cardinals made just 6-of-7 charity tosses.
Senior forward Jason Banzhaf (Livingston, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) posted a team-high 19 points and grabbed five rebounds for Catholic. Senior forward Matt Fazzini (Wayne, Pa./Conestoga) chipped in nine points and four boards.
W&L returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Bridgewater at 7:00 pm.