LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men's basketball team used a game-ending 11-4 run and received double-doubles from junior forward J.D. Ey (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) and sophomore forward Larry Whitaker (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) en route to a 73-66 victory over Roanoke College on Wednesday evening at the Warner Center.
After a pair of free throws by Roanoke (1-4, 0-1 ODAC) junior guard Kwasi Amponsah (Woodbridge, Va./Garfield) with 4:04 to play tied the contest (62-62) for the eighth time Ey and Whitaker made a combined 3-of-4 free throws to give W&L (5-2, 1-0 ODAC) a 65-62 advantage at the 2:40 mark as W&L began its game-clinching run.
A lay up by RC senior forward Logan Singleton (Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley) pulled the Maroons back to within a point at 67-66 with 1:23 remaining, but four consecutive free throws by first-year guard Javon McDonald (Schaumburg, Ill./Schaumburg) and two more by Whitaker kept the Maroons at bay down the stretch.
The first half ended much the same way as the second half, as W&L used an 11-4 over the final 4:40 to turn a 27-26 deficit into a 37-31 lead at the break. Sophomore guard Devin Dillard (Hartford, Conn./Kingswood-Oxford) drilled a pair of triples during the run and the Generals limited Roanoke to just 2-of-10 shooting with four turnovers during the run.
The Maroons opened the second period outscoring the Generals 11-4 to erase their six-point deficit and pull ahead, 42-41, on back-to-back triples by Singleton at the 16:20 mark. W&L found itself facing its largest deficit of the contest, five points (54-49) following a lay up by RC junior forward Zach Barrett (Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley). However, a quick 6-0 spurt by W&L pulled the Generals even at 54-54 with 11:20 to play and set up the game's thrilling finish.
Whitaker paced the Generals with 16 points and 10 boards three steals and two blocks, while Ey added 12 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Junior forward Jeremy Adkins (Huntington, W. Va./Spring Valley) added 13 points and six boards and McDonald finished with 15 points.
Amponsah, and Singleton scored 22 and 20 points, respectively, to pace the Maroons. Sophomore forward Jack Hamilton (Arlington, Va./St. Stephen's St. Agnes) added 12 boards.
The Generals return to action on Saturday when they travel to Randolph for a 2:00 pm contest.