CLEVELAND, Ohio – Senior forward Ben Goetsch (Timonium, Md./Gilman) scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Washington and Lee men’s basketball team to a 68-65 victory over Otterbein in the consolation game of the Stephanie Tubbs-Jones Tournament hosted by Case Western Reserve on Saturday evening.
The Generals (2-1), behind six points from Goetsch, ended the first half on a 10-5 run to assume a 32-27 lead at halftime. W&L pushed its lead out to nine points (42-33) early in the second stanza, but an immediate 10-0 run by the Cardinals gave them a 43-42 lead with 10:40 left in the game.
The game remained tight the rest of the way as neither team led by more than five points. A Goetsch free throw with 4:54 remaining gave the Generals a 54-53 lead they would not relinquish. Sophomore guard Kyle Bond (Boxborough, Mass./Brimmer and May) hit a clutch three-pointer with 51 seconds left and senior forward Zac White (Baltimore, Md./Park School) drilled all four of his free throws in the final 14 seconds to secure the win.
Goetsch was 8-of-11 from the floor and he grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. He was joined in double figures by White, who scored 18 points, and first-year forward J.D. Ey (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park), who notched 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting. The Generals held a 34-25 edge on the boards and committed just eight turnovers in the contest.
Otterbein (0-2) was paced by Cory Ratai, who notched 19 points on 7-of-7 shooting from the floor. Brian Pollock chipped in 14 points for the Cardinals.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Emory & Henry for a 2:00 pm contest.
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