LEXINGTON, Va. -- Guilford College shot 60.0 percent (39-65) from the field and had six players score in double figures as the Quakers ran away with a 96-67 win over the Washington and Lee men's basketball team on Wednesday evening at the Warner Center.
Trailing 9-5 early in the game, W&L (5-4, 1-2 ODAC) received back-to-back three-pointers by first-year guard Javon McDonald (Schaumburg, Ill./Schaumburg) and sophomore guard Kevin Gill (Richmond, Va./Benedictine) sandwiched around a jumper by Quaker sophomore Carson Sullivan (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) tied the game at 11-11 at the 14:48 mark of the first half and prompted the Quakers (6-2, 1-1 ODAC) to call timeout.
Following the timeout, GC scored 17 of the game's next 19 points in assuming a 15-point lead (28-13) at the 10:41 mark of the opening period. During the run, the Quakers were a perfect 7-of-7 from the field and forced the Generals into 0-of-5 shooting and three turnovers.
Twice, W&L cut its deficit to 10 points, with the last coming on a jumper by sophomore forward Drew Kimberly (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) that made it a 32-22 Quaker lead at the 7:52 mark. The Quakers then responded with a 16-6 half-ending run to take a 48-28 lead into the break.
In the second half, Guilford made good on 19-of-29 (.655) shots from the field and extended to its lead to as many as 36 points as W&L was never able to recover from the early deficit.
Senior guard Gabriel Lowder (Yadkinville, N.C./North Forsyth) led the Quakers with a team-high 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting. First-year Matt McCarthy (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) added 13 points, first-year forward Will Freeman (Fort Wayne, Ind./Richmond Senior) chipped in 12, junior guard Travis Tracy (Spartanburg, S.C./Spartanburg Day School) totaled 11 markers, and junior forward James Robbins (Thomasville, N.C./Wesleyan) and Sullivan added 10 points apiece.
Sullivan also added five boards and had five of the Quakers' 22 assists.
McDonald led the Generals with a career-high 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field. As a team, the Generals shot just 36.2 percent (21-58) from the field. Kimberly was the only other General in double figures with 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting. Kimberly also grabbed a team-best six boards, as did junior forward J.D. Ey (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park).
The Generals are now off for the holidays, returning to action at 2:00 pm on Dec. 29, when they take on Methodist on day one of the W&L Invitational.