LYNCHBURG, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men's basketball team shot just 35.8 percent (19-53) from the field in falling, 88-63, to Lynchburg at Turner Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
The Generals need nearly 9:00 to score its first field goal of the contest, a jumper by sophomore guard Kevin Gill (Richmond, Va./Benedictine), that put the score at 24-4 in favor of the Hornets (10-6, 5-3). LC made good on nine of its first 14 shots from the floor, including hitting four triples in racing out to the 20-point lead at the 11:36 mark.
W&L began chipping away at the Hornet lead, pulling to within 13 points (29-16) with 5:27 to play on a layup by sophomore center Drew Kimberly (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe), but the Hornets used a 14-6 run to go up 43-22 and then took a 45-26 lead into the break.
A jump shot by junior forward J.D. Ey (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) pulled to W&L to within 17 points (56-39) with 15:52 to play in the contest, however a three-pointer by Manny Hernandez on LC's ensuing possession put Lynchburg back up 20 points (59-39) and the Hornet lead stretched out to as many as 31 points late in the contest.
In addition to the 35.8 percent shooting mark, W&L turned the ball over 19 times and was out-rebounded 39-34.
Ey led the Generals with 12 points, six rebounds and four assists. Gill added nine points and sophomore forward Larry Whitaker (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) chipped in eight points and six boards.
LC, which shot 50.8 percent from the field (32-63), including 13-of-27 (.481) from beyond the arc, was led by Austin Chillemi and Brandon Connor, who netted 16 points apiece. Nate Campbell tossed in 15 points and Hernandez finished with 10 points off the bench. Chillemi also grabbed seven boards and Xavier Parham handed out 11 assists to go with four points and four rebounds.
The Generals return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Hampden-Sydney for a 7:00 pm contest.