LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee men's basketball team held Guilford to 32.8 percent (21-64) shooting from the floor and weathered 34 points, 23 coming in the second half, from GC sophomore guard Josh Pittman (Archdale, N.C./Trinity) in posting a 71-67 win over the Quakers at the Warner Center on Wednesday evening.
After a sluggish start that saw both teams combine to connect on just four of their first 22 shots from the floor, W&L (6-2, 2-1 ODAC) opened up a 10-point lead (26-16) 4:50 to play in the opening half on a three pointer from sophomore forward Hans Harris (Lansing, Mich./Waverly).
Guilford (5-3, 1-1) managed to pull to within six points by the halftime break (27-21) as Pittman knocked down one of his seven triples with 39 seconds remaining in the opening period.
The Quakers started quickly in the second half, knotting the score at 29-29 just under two minutes into the period on a layup from senior guard T.C. Anderson (Cary, N.C./Green Hope), forcing the Generals to call a timeout.
Following the stoppage, the Generals scored the next 10 points of the contest; bookended by triples from sophomore forward Jeremy Adkins (Huntington, W. Va./Spring Valley) and junior guard Kyle Bond (Boxborough, Mass./Brimmer and May) to assume a 39-29 lead with 14:43 showing on the clock.
The Generals' lead remained a comfortable 12 points (57-45) with 6:32 left to play, but Pittman scored 15 of Guilford's next 17 points and the Quakers pulled even at 62-62 with 2:11 left.
On the ensuing possession, first-year forward Jonathan Rice (Fayetteville, N.C./Terry Sanford) snared an offensive rebounded and converted a layup to give W&L a 64-62 lead and Adkins drilled another triple following a GC missed shot to give Washington and Lee a 67-62 lead en route to the four-point win.
Adkins led W&L with 17 points and added four rebounds. Rice totaled 11 points and eight rebounds, sophomore forward JD Ey (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) nearly had a double-double with nine points and nine boards and first-year guard Kevin Gill (Richmond, Va./Benedictine) chipped in nine points as well.
For Guilford, Pittman added four rebounds to his 34-point effort, which included a perfect 9-for-9 showing at the charity stripe. Anderson added eight points, five steals and three assists, and junior forward Tobi Akinsola (Cary, N.C./Word of God) grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.
The Generals will now break for exams and the holidays before returning to action on Dec. 30, when they will travel to Atlanta, Ga., to take on No. 24 Emory at 4:00 pm.