W&L Men's Hoops Falls to No. 3 VWC, 71-61

W&L Men's Hoops Falls to No. 3 VWC, 71-61

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Washington and Lee men's basketball team saw its five-game winning streak snapped with a 71-61 loss to third-ranked Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon at the Batten Center.

The Generals (10-3, 3-2) grabbed the early advantage on a three-pointer by sophomore guard Jeremy Adkins (Huntington, W.Va./Spring Valley) just 37 seconds into the game and held the lead until the Marlins (14-0, 5-0) wrestled it away on a layup by junior forward Donald Vaughn with 8:48 left in the first half.  VWC held the lead until sophomore guard Hans Harris (Lansing, Mich./Waverly) tied it at 25-25 with 46 seconds left in the first half, but the Marlins carried a 28-25 lead into the break following a three-pointer by sophomore forward Chris Teasley with 12 seconds left in the half.

Virginia Wesleyan started the second stanza with a 14-7 run to post its largest lead of the game at 42-32 with 14:31 left to play, but a quick 6-0 burst keyed by a three-point play from first-year forward Jonathan Rice (Fayetteville, N.C./Terry Sanford) and a triple from Harris cut it back to four points (42-38) just 1:19 later.  However, the Marlins pushed back out to a nine-point advantage (47-38) shortly thereafter and continued to hold a two-possession lead until a layup by senior guard Jason Cimino (Branchburg, N.J./Immaculata) sliced it to a 57-54 game with 4:00 remaining.  The Generals remained within striking distance, trailing just 65-61 with 49 seconds remaining, but the Marlins drilled four foul shots and added a late layup for the final margin.

Washington and Lee committed only nine turnovers in the contest, but shot just 38.5 percent (25-65) from the floor and was out-rebounded by the Marlins, 45-34.

The Generals were paced by first-year forward Larry Whitaker (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett), who tied a career-high with 13 points and grabbed five rebounds.  Junior guard Jon Guest (West Hartford, Conn./Kingswood-Oxford) totaled 12 points, while sophomore forward J.D. Ey (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) chipped in eight points and a team-best 10 rebounds.

Virginia Wesleyan, which is now off to the best start in program history, was led by Teasley, who notched 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting.  Sophomore forward Chris Astorga tallied 16 points and nine boards, while Vaughn totaled 12 points and 10 rebounds.  First-year guard D.J. Woodmore added 12 points and six rebounds.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Roanoke College for a 7:00 pm contest.