W&L Stifled by Roanoke, 73-59, in Men's Basketball

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Roanoke College limited Washington and Lee to a season-low 59 points and led wire-to-wire in posting a 73-59 victory over the Generals in men's basketball action on Wednesday evening at the Warner Center.

The Maroons (7-6, 3-2 ODAC) hit their first six shots from the field, including five three pointers, in opening up a 17-8 lead at the 15:08 mark of the opening half.

RC extended its lead to as many as 14 points in the first half (26-12), before the Generals used a 7-0 spurt, capped by a jump shot from sophomore forward Jeremy Adkins (Huntington, W. Va./Spring Valley), to pull to within 26-21 with 5:15 left to play. However, the Maroons ended the half on an 8-4 run and went into the break leading, 34-25.
Roanoke finished the first half shooting 54.2 percent (13-24), including 70.0 percent (7-10) from beyond the arc, while the Generals (10-3, 3-3 ODAC) connected on just 38.5 percent (10-26) of its field goal attempts in the opening stanza.
RC's hot shooting continued in the second half as the Maroons opened the second period hitting on 4-of-8 shots to push out to a 47-31 lead by the 14:10 mark. From there, Roanoke methodically extended its lead to as many as 26 points (71-45) before W&L closed  the game on a 14-2 run, highlighted by seven points from junior forward Will Smith (Lothian, Md./Severn), to account for the final margin.
Roanoke finished the contest with a 50.9 percent shooting percentage (27-53), and the Maroons held a slim, 36-34, advantage on the glass. W&L shot just 40.7 percent (25-59) from the floor, including just 3-of-14 (.214) from beyond the arc in tying a season-low with 59 points.
Adkins led the Generals with 13 points. Junior guard Jon Guest (West Hartford, Conn./Kingswood-Oxford) added 11 points and three steals and first-year forward Jonathan Rice (Fayetteville, N.C./Terry Sanford) chipped in 10 points. First-year forward Larry Whitaker (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) grabbed a career-high nine boards.
Senior guard Melvin Felix (Cagus, Puerto Rico/Salem) led all-scorers with 22 points, including a 5-for-10 showing from three-point range. Sophomore guard Kwasi Amponsah (Woodbridge, Va./Garfield) totaled 16 points and five rebounds and senior guard Matt Crizer (Covington, Va./Allegheny) registered 11 points and eight rebounds.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Sunday when it hosts Lynchburg at 4:00 pm.