LEXINGTON, Va. -- Eastern Mennonite junior forward D.J. Hinson (Newport News, Va./Menchville) erupted for 34 points and the 24th-ranked Royals built a 19-point halftime lead in defeating Washington and Lee, 83-48, in men’s basketball action at the Warner Center on Wednesday evening.
Hinson connected on 12-15 shots from the field, including 7-9 from beyond the arc, and added five rebounds as EMU improved to 10-1 on the season and 4-0 in the ODAC. The loss snapped a modest four-game winning streak for W&L and put the Generals at 8-3, 1-2 on the season.
The Royals held a 25-19 lead at the 8:50 mark of the first half before outscoring the Generals 19-6 the remainder of the first period to take a 44-25 lead at the break. EMU’s scoring run continued into the second half as it outscored W&L 31-10 over the first 12:26 of the second half to take a 75-35 lead with 7:34 to play.
The Generals shot just 32.7 percent (17-52) from the floor and turned the ball over 23 times, while EMU shot 54.5 percent (30-55) from the field and outrebounded W&L 37-32.
Senior forward Zac White (Baltimore, Md./Park School) led W&L with nine points and added three rebounds. Senior forward Ben Goetsch (Timonium, Md./Gilman) added seven point and four rebounds.
Junior guard Todd Phillips (Waynesboro, Va./Waynesboro) added 15 points and three steals for Eastern Mennonite and senior guard Austin Twine (Dublin, Va./Pulaski County) chipped in eight points and five boards.
The Generals return to action on Saturday when they host No. 12 Virginia Wesleyan at 2:00 pm.