GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Washington and Lee men's basketball team recovered from a 19-point first-half deficit to produce an 82-76 victory over Greensboro College in non-conference action on Monday evening at Hanes Gymnasium.
The Generals (13-8) hit just one of their first 10 shots from the field, while the Pride (11-10) hit seven of their first eight and used an 18-0 run to produce a 20-2 lead just 4:51 into the game. The lead grew to 23-4 at the 11:57 mark, but first-year guard Kevin Gill (Richmond, Va./Benedictine) canned a three-pointer just 20 seconds later and sophomore guard Jeremy Adkins (Huntington, W.Va./Spring Valley) hit three triples in a span of 48 seconds for a 14-2 run that pulled W&L to within seven points (25-18) at the 9:13 mark. The Generals cut it to six points on two occasions in the final 7:02 of the first half, but could get no closer as Greensboro carried a 10-point lead (44-34) into the halftime break.
After shooting just 11-of-31 (.355) from the floor in the opening 20 minutes, the Generals found a rhythm in the second stanza and slowly chipped away at the Greensboro lead and eventually knotted the game at 64-64 with 6:00 remaining on a layup by first-year forward Larry Whitaker (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett). The Pride took the lead back just 15 seconds later on a layup by sophomore guard Chakiris Moss, but Whitaker split a pair of free throws and Adkins hit a layup at the 4:48 mark to give the Generals their first lead (67-66) of the game.
Leading 69-68 with 4:00 left, W&L proceeded to go on a 9-0 run, keyed by four points from junior guard Kyle Bond (Boxborough, Mass./Brimmer and May) and four more from Adkins, to go up 78-68 with 46 seconds remaining in producing the come-from-behind win. It was W&L's first win when trailing by double-digits in the second half since a February 2009 game against Emory & Henry.
The Generals shot 63.6 percent (14-22) in the second half and finished 25-of-53 (.472) for the game. They also hit 27-of-34 (.794) free throws and held a 39-28 advantage on the glass.
Adkins led the way with a career-high 25 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including 4-of-5 from three-point range. First-year forward Jonathan Rice (Fayetteville, N.C./Terry Sanford) tallied a career-high 15 points and tied a career-best with eight rebounds, while Bond (7-of-8 on free throws) and Gill notched 11 points each.
Greensboro was led by junior forward Alex Moore, who posted 18 points and 12 rebounds. Senior forward Daren Dexter notched 16 points and five assists, while first-year guard Damian Dixon chipped in 14 points and five rebounds. Moss added 10 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the floor.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Wednesday as it travels to Guilford College for a 7:00 pm contest.