W&L Men's Hoops Fends off Dickinson, 74-72

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men's basketball team hit on 17-of-28 field goal attempts in the second half and junior forward Will Smith (Lothian, Md./Severn) drew a key charge in the game's closing seconds as the Generals held on to beat Dickinson College, 74-72, on Monday night at the Warner Center.

After first-year forward Larry Whitaker (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) split a pair of free throws to give W&L (1-0) a slim 74-72 lead with 10 seconds remaining, Dickinson (0-1) sophomore guard Chris Barsanti (Hummelstown, Pa./Tilton School) appeared to have a lane to the basket for the game-tying layup, but Smith slid over to draw the charge and give possession back to the Generals with :00.3 remaining and seal the victory.
 
After an even played first half which saw neither team lead by more than six points and ended in a 30-30 deadlock, W&L opened the second half on a 16-7 run to take a 46-37 lead at the 14:27 mark on a jump shot from sophomore forward Hans Harris (Lansing, Mich./Waverly).
 
The Red Devils quickly cut W&L's lead back to three points (46-43) following a layup from senior forward Matt Dolan (Chalfont, Pa./St. Joe's Prep) with 12:55 to play.
 
W&L managed to push its advantage back to as many as eight points on several occasions, but found themselves up just one point (73-72) following a layup from DC first-year guard Brian Gerney (Hughesville, Pa./Hughesville) with 50 seconds to play.
 
Following a missed three-pointer from sophomore forward Jeremy Adkins (Huntington, W. Va./Spring Valley), Whitaker grabbed his third offensive rebound of the contest and was fouled with 10 seconds to play. He split the aforementioned free throws to set up the game's frantic finish.
 
Adkins led all scorers with 20 points and he also added six rebounds. First-year forward John Rice (Fayetteville, N.C./Terry Sanford) added 11 points before fouling out and junior guard Jon Guest (West Hartford, Conn./Kingswood-Oxford) chipped in 10 points.
 
Sophomore forward J.D. Ey (Charlotte, N.C./Myer's Park) added eight points, six rebounds, four assists, four blocks and three steals, while Whitaker finished with six points and six rebounds.
 
Dolan led four Red Devils in double figures with 15 points and he also grabbed 10 boards. Barsanti and junior guard Chris Heine (Spring Lake, N.J./St. Rose) each scored 12 points and first-year guard Tucker Landy (Durham, Conn./Xavier) chipped in 11 markers.
 
Gerney had six points and six assists for DC and Heine added seven boards.
 
The Generals return to action on Friday when they travel to Haverford for an 8:00 pm contest.
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