LEXINGTON, Va. – Seventh-ranked Virginia Wesleyan used a late 12-4 scoring run to edge the Washington and Lee men's basketball team, 89-78, on Saturday afternoon at the Warner Center.
Trailing 59-57 with 10:03 to play, W&L (12-6, 5-5) junior guard Jon Guest (West Hartford, Conn./Kingswood-Oxford) hit the front end of a one-and-one, but failed to pull the Generals even, misfiring on the second attempt. Following the miss, VWC (18-1, 9-1) scored 12 of the game's next 16 points to grab a 71-62 lead on a three pointer from sophomore guard Tre' Ford (Falls Church, Va./J.E.B. Stuart) with 5:54 left to play.
W&L inched back to within four points (77-74) following a triple from sophomore forward Jeremy Adkins (Huntington, W. Va./Spring Valley) with 2:28 showing on the clock, but VWC first-year guard DJ Woodmore (Virginia Beach, Va./Landstown) answered with a three of his own to push the Marlin advantage back to seven points (81-74) at the 2:10 mark.
Ford then ended the contest hitting on 6-of-6 from the free-throw line and a late steal and layup by sophomore forward Chris Teasley (Newport News, Va./Menchville) sealed the contest.
In the first half, W&L held a slim 21-20 lead with 8:14 left play in the opening 20 minutes following a layup from first-year guard Kevin Gill (Richmond, Va./Benedictine).
However, a jumper from junior forward Donald Vaughn (Woodbridge, Va./Dumfries Potomac) sparked a 17-6 Marlins' run over the next 4:45 as VWC assumed a 10-point lead (37-27) with 3:29 remaining in the first stanza. Junior forward Jason Burns (Clinton, Md./Frederick Douglass) scored seven points during the run.
The Generals then used a modest 8-3 burst, including a dunk by sophomore forward J.D. Ey (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) on a missed layup, to close to within five points (40-35) at the break.
For the game, Virginia Wesleyan hit on 45.8 percent of its attempts from the field (27-59) including 9-of-16 from beyond the arc. The Marlins also hit 26-for-32 attempts from the charity stripe. W&L shot 48.2 percent (27-56) from the field and held a 37-31 advantage on the glass, but the Generals turned the ball over 16 times to just eight miscues for the Marlins.
Adkins led W&L with 15 points and he tied a season-high with six rebounds. First-year forward Jonathan Rice (Fayetteville, N.C./Terry Sanford) and Gill each tallied 11 points and Ey notched nine points and a team-high 10 rebounds.
Ford led VWC with 22 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field. Woodmore added 18 points, Vaughn chipped in 13 markers and Teasley contributed 12 points. Vaughn also grabbed nine boards and Ford recorded five steals.
The Generals return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Randolph College for a 7:00 pm contest.