LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men’s basketball team opened the game with a 14-0 run and first-year guard Jeremy Adkins (Huntington, W. Va./Spring Valley) scored a career-high 23 points as the Generals defeated Roanoke College, 75-53, on Wednesday evening at the Warner Center.
W&L (16-8, 8-7 ODAC) held the Maroons scoreless for the game’s first 6:59 in opening up a 14-0 lead following a lay up from senior forward Ben Goetsch (Timonium, Md./Gilman). RC (6-18, 3-12) scored it first basket at the 13:01 mark to make it a 14-2 contest and W&L promptly scored eight of the game’s next nine points to assume its largest lead of the first half (19) at 22-3 with 10:08 left en route to a 34-22 lead at the break.
W&L kept Roanoke at bay in the second half, letting its lead slip below double digits just twice, the last time coming on a layup from sophomore forward Michael McGeough (Danville, Va./George Washington) with 14:53 to play that put the score at 41-32 in favor of the Generals. One the ensuing possession, junior guard Jason Cimino (Branchburg, N.J./Immaculata) answered with a three-pointer to put the Generals back up by 12 points and W&L never looked back in winning by 20 or more points for the first time this season.
The two teams shot a nearly identical percentage from the field, 40.4 percent (21-52) for Roanoke and 40.6 percent (26-64) for W&L, but the Generals out-rebounded the Maroons, 43-29, including 15-5 on the offensive end.
Adkins connected on 5-of-7 three-pointers and 9-of-15 shot attempts overall in posting a new career-high in points. He also added five rebounds. Goetsch notched his seventh double-double of the season with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Senior forward Zac White (Baltimore, Md./Park School) chipped in nine points, five boards two blocks and two steals, while Cimino totaled eight points and five assists.
Roanoke was led by sophomore forward Logan Singleton (Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley), who registered 15 points and seven rebounds. Junior guard Matt Crizer (Covington, Va./Alleghany) added points 10 points, five rebounds and four steals.
The Generals will wrap up regular-season play on Saturday when they travel to Eastern Mennonite for a 7:00 pm contest. A W&L win combined with a loss by Hampden-Sydney would give the Generals the No. 5 seed and a first-round bye in the upcoming conference tournament. Should W&L fall to the Royals, the Generals become the No. 6 seed and would host a first-round game on Tuesday at 7:00 pm against Emory & Henry.