LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men's basketball team connected on a season-high 11 three pointers and committed just four turnovers in posting an 87-78 win over Averett University on Saturday afternoon at the Warner Center.
Junior guard Jon Guest (West Hartford, Conn./Kingswood-Oxford) began the three-point barrage with a triple at the 18:14 mark that gave W&L a 7-2 lead. The Generals would then connect on treys on 4-of-5 possessions, capped by sophomore forward Hans Harris' (Lansing, Mich./Waverly) third made triple of the first half at the 12:38 mark that gave the Generals a 23-15 lead.
Averett (1-4) then reeled off a 15-5 scoring run, capped by a triple from junior guard Victor Cortes (Hernando, Fla./Lecanto) that gave the Cougars a 30-28 lead with 6:12 left in the opening half.
However, back-to-back threes from Harris and first-year guard Kevin Gill (Richmond, Va./Benedictine) pushed W&L back in front, 34-30, and the Generals would maintain that four-point advantage at the break, 45-41.
W&L opened the second half on a 13-6 scoring run to assume a 58-47 lead on a Harris layup with 15:46 to play, but AU cut into the Generals' lead and pulled to within four points (63-59) on a pair of free throws from junior forward Kenny Hart (Suffolk, Va./Nansemond River).
First-year forward Jonathan Rice (Fayetteville, N.C./Terry Sanford) responded with a three-point play to put the Generals back up seven points (66-59) and W&L never led by less than seven the rest of the way.
W&L shot 47.7 percent (31-65) from the floor and 58.3 percent (58.3) from the foul line, while also posting 19 assists to just four turnovers. The Generals first turnover of the game did not come until the 12:26 mark of the second half.
Harris led the Generals with a career-high 20 points on 6-of-8 shooting from three-point range. Guest added a career-high 14 points and sophomore center Taylor Gilfillan (Raleigh, N.C./Enloe) chipped in a career-high 11 points. Sophomore forward J.D. Ey (Charlotte, N.C./Myer's Park) grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds to go with eight points, six assists and two blocks.
Cortes led Averett with 20 points as the Cougars shot an even 50.0 percent (30-60) from the field. Sophomore center Nick Ford (Jarratt, Va./Sussex) had 14 points, Hart added 13 and sophomore guard Steven Terry (Danville, Va./Tunstall) registered 12 markers. Cortes, Hart, Ford, and first-year center Paul Porter (Roanoke, Va./Patrick Henry) all had six rebounds as the Cougars outrebounded the Generals 42-29.
The Generals return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Roanoke College for a 7:30 pm contest.