LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men's basketball team shot just 37.3 percent from the floor in falling, 77-65, to Hampden-Sydney on Sunday afternoon at the Warner Center.
The Generals (7-5, 1-3 ODAC) made good on just 22-of-59 shot attempts, including just 4-of-14 from beyond the arc, while Hampden-Sydney (9-2, 3-0 ODAC) connected on 56.3 percent (27-48) of its field goal attempts in securing its fourth straight win over W&L.
After sluggish starts by both teams, the Tigers took a 21-11 lead at the 6:19 mark of the first period before the Generals received back-to-back buckets from junior forward Jeremy Adkins (Huntington, W. Va./Spring Valley) and rattled off a 13-4 scoring run to pull to within a point (25-24) with 2:42 on the clock. However, the Tigers closed the first half on a 10-0 spurt, capped by a triple from senior guard Ben Jessee (Midlothian, Va./Cosby), to assume a 34-24 lead at the break.
In the second half, H-SC extended its lead to as many as 15 points (39-24) with 18:25 to play before the Generals managed to climb to within six points (57-51) with 6:45 remaining. Once again however, the Tigers pulled away, hitting their next six shots in succession to push back out to a 12-point advantage (72-60) with 1:53 to play.
Junior forward J.D. Ey (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) led the Generals with his fourth double-double of the season. He finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore guard Kevin Gill (Richmond, Va./Benedictine) added 14 points, 12 in the second half, on 5-of-8 shooting, including 3-of-4 from long range. Sophomore forward Larry Whitaker (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) and first-year guard Javon McDonald (Schaumburg, Ill./Schaumburg) each netted eight points.
Junior forward Harrison George (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville) led the Tigers with a game-high 19 points and five rebounds. Jessee finished with 17 points and sophomore center Khobi Williamson (Norfolk, Va./Maury) added 14 points and five boards.
The Generals return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Eastern Mennonite for a 7:00 pm contest.