W&L Men's Hoops Shoots Past Roanoke, 79-57
SALEM, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men's basketball team shot 50.9 percent from the floor (29-57) and the Generals recorded their first regular-season sweep of Roanoke since the 1988-89 season with a 79-57 win over the Maroons on Wednesday evening at the Bast Center.
Following a jumper by junior guard Kwasi Amponsah at the 10:58 mark that gave RC (4-9, 0-4 ODAC) a 12-11 lead, the Generals (9-5, 3-3 ODAC) limited the Maroons to just 3-of-15 shooting (.200) the rest of the half in outscoring Roanoke, 23-8, to take a commanding 34-20 lead into the break.
Sophomore guard Kevin Gill (Richmond, Va./Benedictine) started the run with a jump shot and W&L made 8-of-16 (.500) of its field goal attempts. Junior forwards Matt Gaeta (Plantation, Fla./Thomas Aquinas) and Jeremy Adkins (Huntington, W. Va./Spring Valley) each scored five points during the run.
In the second period W&L continued its hot shooting, connecting on 62.5 percent (15-24) of its attempts as the Blue and White stretched out their lead to as many as 23 points with 12:46 to play.
W&L's bench outscored Roanoke's bench 42-19, led by 11 points from Adkins, nine points from Gill, and eight points from first-year guard Clay McLean (Charlotte, N.C./The Gunnery). Junior forward J.D. Ey (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) had 10 points and six rebounds and sophomore forward Larry Whitaker (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) chipped in 10 points and five boards.
Amponsah and senior forward Logan Singleton each netted 13 points to lead Roanoke, which shot just 32.2 percent (19-59) from the floor and was out-rebounded 43-35.
The Generals return to action on Saturday when they travel to Lynchburg to take on the Hornets beginning at 3:00 pm.