December 30, 2009

W&L Men's Hoops Handles Ferrum, 76-62

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Senior forward Zac White (Baltimore, Md./Park School) scored a game-high 20 points and junior guard Jason Cimino (Branchburg, N.J./Immaculata) added a career-high 13 points to lead the Washington and Lee men’s basketball team to a 76-62 win over Ferrum on Wednesday afternoon at the Warner Center.

W&L (6-2) used a 15-4 run over the final 7:14 of the first half to turn a 22-17 lead into a 37-21 cushion at the break. Six different Generals scored during the run and the Panthers (5-5) shot just 1-for-6 while turning the ball over four times.

In the second half, Ferrum cut the Generals’ lead to single digits at 50-41 when senior guard Jerrell Wade (Ferrum, Va./Franklin County) hit a layup at the 11:03 mark. W&L, which never trailed in the contest, quickly pushed the margin up to 14 points (57-43) on a layup by senior forward Andrew Payne (Charleston, W. Va./George Washington) with 7:43 to play.

The Generals connected on 10-of-13 free throws in the last five minutes to secure the victory and halt Ferrum’s winning streak at four games.

White hit on 6-of-9 shots from the field as well as 7-of-7 charity tosses in reaching the 20-point plateau for the second time this season. He also added a pair of blocks and two steals. Cimino was 3-of-5 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line in posting a new career-best in scoring. He also had a team-high five assists. Sophomore guard Jon Guest (West Hartford, Conn./Kingswood-Oxford) added 11 points and four assists, while Payne finished with eight points and a game-high nine boards and senior forward Ben Goetsch (Timonium, Md./Gilman) had nine points and eight rebounds.

As a team, W&L was 17-of-22 from the free-throw line, compared to just 6-of-9 for Ferrum. The Generals also outrebounded the Panthers, 38-29, and forced Ferrum into 15 turnovers.

The Panthers were led by sophomore guard Daryl Hart’s (Staunton, Va./Robert E. Lee) team-high 17 points. Wade added 15 points, while sophomore forward Nick English (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg) and junior forward Garry Brandt (Forest, Va./Jefferson Forest) chipped in 13 and 12 points, respectively.

The Generals return to action on Saturday on day one of the W&L Invitational when they host Swarthmore at 2:00 pm.