Hot-Shooting Carries W&L Men's Hoops Past Emory, 86-75

Hot-Shooting Carries W&L Men's Hoops Past Emory, 86-75

ATLANTA, Ga. – Washington and Lee shot 63.8 percent (30-47) from the floor en route to posting an 86-75 victory over Emory University in men's basketball action on Thursday evening at the Woodruff PE Center.

The Generals (7-2) shot 58.3 percent (17-29) from the floor in the first half and closed the first stanza with a 15-4 run over the final 7:55 for a 43-25 lead at the break.

W&L's lead swelled to as many as 21 points (48-28) just 2:38 into the second half on a layup by first-year forward Larry Whitaker (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett), but Emory (7-2) began to slowly creep back into the game and eventually cut it to a one-point contest at 65-64 on a layup by junior guard Justin Resnick with 6:22 left in the game. 

The Generals responded with a layup by sophomore forward JD Ey (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) the next trip down the court and a three-pointer by sophomore guard Hans Harris (Lansing, Mich./Waverly) a few possessions later gave W&L a 70-64 lead with 5:13 to play.  Sophomore center Taylor Gilfillan (Raleigh, N.C./Enloe) hit 1-of-2 free throws at 4:28 for a seven-point lead and another Whitaker layup capped an 8-0 run that gave W&L a 75-66 at the 2:59 mark. 

The Eagles could come no closer than seven-points the rest of the way as the Generals hit 9-of-10 free throws in the final 1:35 to post the victory.

Sophomore guard Jeremy Adkins (Huntington, W.Va./Spring Valley) led Washington and Lee with 15 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field and 6-of-6 from the foul line.  Whitaker posted career-highs in both points (13) and rebounds (8), while Gilfillan and first-year guard Kevin Gill (Richmond, Va./Benedictine) scored 11 points each.  Senior guard Jason Cimino (Branchburg, N.J./Immaculata) added eight points and six assists.

Junior guard Austin Claunch led the Eagles with a game-high 16 points, while sophomore guard Alex Gleven totaled 14 points.  First-year forward Jake Davis chipped in 11 points and seven boards.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Sunday as it hosts the W&L Invitational on Sunday and Monday.  The Generals take on Methodist at 4:00 pm, while Wells and Oneonta will square off at 6:00 pm.