W&L Men's Hoops Improves to 5-0 Win a 75-63 win at Roanoke

W&L Men's Hoops Improves to 5-0 Win a 75-63 win at Roanoke

SALEM, Va. – Washington and Lee closed the game with a 13-2 run to post a 75-62 victory over Roanoke in ODAC men's basketball action on Wednesday evening at the Bast Center.

The game featured five ties and nine lead changes, the last of which came on a three-pointer by sophomore guard Jeremy Adkins (Huntington, W.Va./Spring Valley) with 5:57 to play for a 58-57 W&L lead.

The Generals (5-0, 1-0) held a slim 62-60 lead with 3:15 remaining, but received a pair of layups by sophomore center Taylor Gilfillan (Raleigh, N.C./Enloe) and W&L made good on 9-of-10 free throws the rest of the way to improve to 5-0 for the first time since the 1987-88 season.

Roanoke (3-2, 0-1) led by as many as seven points twice in the opening 20 minutes, but the Generals chipped away and eventually took the lead on a three-point play by first-year forward Jonathan Rice (Fayetteville, N.C./Terry Sanford) with 20 seconds remaining for a 32-29 lead at the break.

Sophomore forward J.D. Ey (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) opened the second half with a pair of layups to give W&L a seven-point lead (36-29) at the 18:01 mark, but the Generals could not pull away as the Maroons wrestled the lead away (41-40) at the 11:32 mark on a layup by senior guard Matt Crizer.

Washington and Lee shot 53.8 percent (14-26) from the floor in the second half and forced 21 Roanoke turnovers in the contest.  Gilfillan led the Generals with a career-high 13 points, while Rice tied a career-high with 11 points and grabbed a career-high eight rebounds.  Adkins notched 11 points as did Ey, who added a game-high 10 rebounds.  Junior guard Kyle Bond (Boxborough, Mass./Brimmer and May) chipped in eight points on 8-of-10 shooting from the foul line, including 7-for-8 in the final 4:02 of the game.

Senior guard Melvin Felix led Roanoke with a game-high 21 points, while Crizer chipped in 12 markers.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it hosts Randolph College for a 2:00 pm contest.