February 14, 2011

W&L Men's Hoops Falls to Hampden-Sydney, 79-64

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. – The Washington and Lee men's basketball team dropped its sixth contest in the last seven games as it fell to Hampden-Sydney, 79-64, on Monday evening at Fleet Gymnasium.

Junior guard Ben Jessee had eight points and sophomore forward Harrison George posted seven markers in the opening 6:57 of the game as the Tigers (15-8, 7-7) jumped out to a 20-4 lead at the 13:03 mark of the first half. 

The H-SC lead grew to 15 points (29-14) on Jessee's third triple of the first half with 9:35 on the clock, but the Generals used a 10-2 run over the next 4:34 to cut it to a 31-24 game with 5:01 left before the break.  First-year guard Sasha Obradovic hit a three-pointer on the next Tigers possession and H-SC maintained a 38-27 lead at the half.

W&L (13-11, 5-10) opened the second staza with a 14-5 spurt keyed by seven points from first-year forward Jonathan Rice (Fayetteville, N.C./Terry Sanford) and five points from first-year guard Kevin Gill (Richmond, Va./Benedictine) to make it a two point (43-41) game at the 11:47 mark, but the Tigers used a 13-5 run over the next 6:09 to push back out to a 56-46 lead with 5:36 to play.

The Generals cut the deficit to four points (56-52) on a layup by sophomore forward J.D. Ey (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) with 4:09 remaining, but another H-SC run, this time a 9-0 surge capped by a three-pointer by Jessee, gave the Tigers a 68-54 lead with 1:29 remaining as they claimed their fifth-straight win and third-straight over W&L.

Ey paced three Generals in double figures with 19 points on 9-of-14 shooting.  He also grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds.  Rice and Gill both chipped in 10 points, while first-year forward Larry Whitaker (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) posted six points and six rebounds.

George led the Tigers with 22 points and nine rebounds, while Jessee notched 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including 5-of-6 from beyond the arc.  Junior guard Ru White contributed 12 points, six rebounds and five assists.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Wednesday as it travels to Eastern Mennonite for a 7:00 pm contest.

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