LEXINGTON, Va. – Senior forward Todd Phillips led five Royals in double-digits with 22 points and eight rebounds as 14th-ranked Eastern Mennonite defeated Washington and Lee, 94-82, in ODAC men's basketball on Wednesday evening at Yoder Arena.
The first half featured eight lead changes and five ties before the Royals wrestled the lead away with 7:55 left on a Phillips' three-pointer. The basket jump-started an 11-2 run that gave EMU (20-4, 11-4) a 33-24 lead with 6:00 remaining before the half. However, the Generals would not allow the Royals to pull away and a stick back bucket by first-year forward Larry Whitaker (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) with 12 seconds left made it a three-point game (42-39) at the intermission.
The Generals (13-12, 5-11) grabbed the lead back (43-42) just 1:15 into the second half on a layup by sophomore forward J.D. Ey (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park), but senior center Orie Pancione hit a layup of his own on the next possession to give the Royals the lead for good.
The lead slowly grew to 10 points (65-55) following a three-point play by Phillips at the 10:45 mark, but a 4-0 burst cut it to a six-point game (65-59) just 39 seconds later. However, that would be as close as the Generals would get the rest of the way as they dropped their fourth-straight game.
Washington and Lee shot 52.2 percent (36-69) from the floor and held a slight 37-35 advantage on the boards. However, the Generals were just 1-of-7 (.143) from beyond the arc and they shot 9-of-15 (.600) from the foul line. Conversely, Eastern Mennonite was 11-of-26 (.423) from three-point range and 25-of-31 (.806) from the free throw line.
Ey led the Generals with a career-high 26 points on 12-of-15 shooting from the field. He also grabbed 10 rebounds, dished four assists and blocked four shots. Whitaker posted a career-best 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds, while junior guard Kyle Bond (Boxborough, Mass./Brimmer and May) also reached a career-high with 13 markers. First-year forward Jonathan Rice (Fayetteville, N.C./Terry Sanford) chipped in 11 points and five boards.
Phillips was 7-of-10 from the floor and 5-of-8 from three-point range in scoring his team-high 22 points. Senior forward Eli Crawford posted 19 points and eight boards, while senior forward D.J. Hinson registered 14 points. Pancione and senior guard George Johnson both added 13 points,
Washington and Lee returns to action on Tuesday in the first round of the ODAC Tournament. The Generals will travel to an opponent that has yet to be determined.
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