LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men’s basketball team connected on a season-high 11 three-pointers and junior guard Jason Cimino (Branchburg, N.J./Immaculata) led three Generals in double figures with a career-high 17 points as W&L defeated Emory, 76-65, in the championship game of the Washington and Lee Tournament on Sunday evening at the Warner Center.
Cimino was a perfect 4-4 from beyond arc in notching a new personal best, and, as a team the Generals (8-2) hit on 11-22 tries from distance. W&L’s previous season-high in three’s made was six back on Dec. 2.
Trailing 13-10 at the 12:41 mark of the first half, a dunk from first-year forward J.D. Ey (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) triggered a 17-2 run that gave the Generals a 27-15 lead with 7:21 left in the opening period.
However, the Eagles (7-4) went on a 17-2 run of their own that gave them a 32-29 lead with 1:23 remaining. Cimino pulled W&L to within two points (32-30) when he split a pair of free throws with 55 seconds left and his three-pointer with two seconds remaining gave the Generals a 33-32 edge at the break.
Emory took a 41-40 lead at the 13:42 mark of the second half on a jumper by senior forward Anthony Fernandez (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit), but on the ensuing possession, W&L first-year guard Doug Poetzsch (West Islip, N.Y./St. Anthony’s) hit his third three-pointer of the game to put W&L back on top at 43-41 and the Generals did not trail the rest of the game as they pulled away for the win.
Cimino shot 5-6 from the field and 3-4 from the line while adding five assists and was named to the all-tournament team for his efforts. Senior forward Zac White (Baltimore, Md./Park School) joined him on the all-tournament team and was named the tournament’s MVP. White followed up Saturday’s double-double with 14 points to go with three rebounds and three blocked shots. Ey added 11 points and eight rebounds, while senior forward Ben Goetsch (Timonium, Md./Gilman) pulled down a career-high 18 rebounds to go with seven points.
The Eagles were led by first-year guard Alex Greven (Winston-Salem, N.C./RJ Reynolds), who notched 21 points on 5-9 shooting. Junior guard Julien Williams (Potomac, Md./Georgetown Prep) and senior forward Chad Hixon (Snellville, Ga./Berkmar) added nine points apiece and Hixon led Emory with six boards.
In the consolation game, Swarthmore first-year forward Will Gates (Willseyville, N.Y./Candor Central) notched a game-high 29 points as the Garnet defeated Drew University by a final score of 76-69.
Will Gates - Swarthmore
Terrell Brown - Drew
Alex Greven - Emory
Jason Cimino - Washington and Lee
Zac White (MVP) - Washington and Lee
The Generals return to action on Wednesday when they host Eastern Mennonite at 7:00 pm.