January 27, 2010

W&L Men's Hoops Downs 9th-Ranked Randolph-Macon, 65-57

ASHLAND, Va. – The Washington and Lee men’s basketball team recorded its first win at Randolph-Macon since the 1958-59 season as the Generals knocked off the ninth-ranked Yellow Jackets, 65-57, on Wednesday evening at Crenshaw Gymnasium.

The win was just second by W&L against Randolph-Macon since 1977 and was W&L’s first win over a ranked opponent this season.

The Generals (11-6, 3-5) shot 66.7 percent (16-24) from the field in the first half and a three-pointer by senior forward Zac White (Baltimore, Md./Park School) with six seconds left in the first period gave W&L an 11-point lead (41-30) at the break.

The Yellow Jackets (15-3, 6-3) held W&L to just one field goal and six points in the first 11:53 of the second half, going on a 17-6 run to tie the game at 47-47. The score was tied again at 49-49 with 6:43 left in the game, but the Generals went on a 7-0 run, keyed by a three-pointer and layup by senior forward Ben Goetsch (Timonium, Md./Gilman), to assume a 56-49 lead with 5:30 to play.

Randolph-Macon, which shot 1-of-23 (.043) from three-point range, would get no closer than six points the rest of the way as W&L recorded its first win over a Top 10 team since a 44-42 win over fifth-ranked Hampden-Sydney on Dec. 3, 1997.

W&L shot just 21.7 percent (5-23) from the floor in the second half, but knocked down 13-of-17 (.765) free throws in the final 20 minutes and committed just 12 turnovers for the game. Goetsch led the Generals with 17 points and six rebounds, while first-year guard Jeremy Adkins (Huntington, W.Va./Spring Valley) tallied a career-high 14 points. White added 10 points, four rebounds, three blocks and three steals.

Junior forward Jordan Brown paced R-MC with 17 points and seven boards, while junior forward Danny Jones contributed 14 points and six rebounds. Sophomore guard Calvin Croskey chipped in 11 points and hit the Yellow Jackets’ only three-pointer (1-6).

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it travels to Randolph for a 1:30 pm contest.

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