LEXINGTON, Va. – Virginia Wesleyan used a late 16-4 run to claim a 69-64 win over Washington and Lee in ODAC men’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at the Warner Center.
In a rematch of last year’s ODAC title contest, the Generals (8-4, 1-3) held a 35-28 lead at the break and maintained a five-point lead (52-47) with 9:39 remaining in the game.
However, the 12th-ranked Marlins (13-1, 4-1) held the Generals to just one field goal over the next 8:56 in posting a 16-4 run that gave them a 63-56 lead with just 43 seconds remaining in the game. From there, VWC hit 6-of-8 from the charity stripe to post the five-point win, its 17th-straight victory over W&L.
Senior forward Ben Goetsch (Timonium, Md./Gilman) led the Generals with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Senior forward Zac White (Baltimore, Md./Park School) tallied five points and 10 boards, while first-year forward Taylor Gilfillan (Raleigh, N.C./Enloe) chipped in a career-high eight points and three rebounds.
Senior guard Stephen Fields (Hampton, Va./Hampton) posted a game-high 27 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field and 10-of-11 shooting from the free throw line to lead the Marlins. Sophomore forward Donald Vaughn (Woodbridge, Va./Dumfries) logged 16 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks, while sophomore forward Jamie Richardson (Chantilly, Va./Westfield) added six points, eight rebounds and three assists.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Wednesday as it hosts Lynchburg College for a 7:00 pm contest.