January 3, 2011

W&L Men's Basketball Powers Past SUNY Oneonta, 75-62

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men's basketball team shot an even 50.0 percent from the floor (29-58) and outrebounded SUNY Oneonta, 35-20, to capture a 75-62 win and the championship of the annual W&L Tournament on Monday evening at the Warner Center.

Oneonta (2-7) opened the game hitting on six of its first 11 shots from the field to open up its largest lead of the game (5 points) at 16-11 with 9:10 left to play in the opening stanza following a jumper from senior guard Shane Gillette (Hurley, N.Y./Kingston).

On the Generals' (9-2) next possession, sophomore center Taylor Gilfillan (Raleigh, N.C./Enloe) converted a layup to key a 19-5 W&L run heading into the break. The Generals limited the Red Dragons to just 2-of-13 shooting during the run, while hitting on eight of their final 14 shots to take a 30-21 lead into halftime.
 
Trailing 39-27 with 17:34 remaining, Oneonta used a 9-0 scoring run over the game's next 2:56 to pull to within three points (39-36) with 14:40 left to play. However, W&L first-year guard Jackson Coursey (Nashville, Tenn./Father Ryan) answered with a three-pointer and W&L pushed out to an 11-point lead (48-37) following a putback by sophomore forward JD Ey (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) and the Generals cruised to their fourth-consecutive win.
 
This marked the fourth game in a row that the Generals shot 50.0 percent or better from the floor and the 20 rebounds surrendered to the Red Dragons marked a season low. W&L also forced 16 turnovers and limited Oneonta senior guard Troy Talbot (Brooklyn, N.Y./The School for Legal Studies) and senior center Derek Hahn (Youngsville, N.Y./Sullivan West), who had combined for 43 points the day before, to just 15 combined points on 5-of-11 shooting.
 
Sophomore forward Jeremy Adkins (Huntington, W. Va./Spring Valley) led the Generals with 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting and Gilfillan posted a career-high 16 points to go with a season-high eight boards. For their efforts, both were named to the All-Tournament team with Gilfillan taking home MVP honors.
 
Also for the Generals, Ey finished with eight points and four rebounds, all in the second half, and first-year forward Larry Whitaker (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) notched seven points and four rebounds, all in the first half.
 
Senior guard Brian Hooks (Cohoes, N.Y./Shaker) led the Red Dragons with 16 points and Gillette added 11 markers, three assists and three steals. Hahn finished with six points, a team-high six rebounds and a pair of blocked shots and was named to the All-Tournament Team.
 
The Generals return to action on Wednesday when they host ninth-ranked Eastern Mennonite at 7:00 pm.

All-Tournament Team
Tayor Gilfillan, W&L (MVP)
Jeremy Adkins, W&L
Derek Hahn, SUNY Oneonta
Mark Jernigan, Methodist
Dave Foltz, Wells
 

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