HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. -- Hampden-Sydney used an 18-3 run over a 7:03 stretch in the first half to turn a two-point lead into a 17-point advantage in defeating the Washington and Lee men's basketball team, 78-56, on Wednesday evening at Fleet Gymnasium.
After sophomore forward Larry Whitaker (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) made a layup at the 10:38 mark that made the score 10-8 in favor of the Tigers (13-3, 7-1), W&L went cold from the field as the Generals received only a jumper by junior forward Jeremy Adkins (Huntington, W. Va./Spring Valley) and a free throw from Whitaker as H-SC assumed a 28-11 lead with 3:25 to play in the opening half.
A layup by junior forward J.D. Ey (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) trimmed the W&L deficit back down to 12 points (30-18) with 1:38 remaining in the first half, but the Tigers used a half-ending 8-1 run, capped by a layup from first-year forward Cam Anderson, to take a 38-19 lead into the break.
W&L (9-7, 3-5) shot just 25.8 percent (8-31) in the opening half, compared to a 57.1 percent (16-28) for H-SC. The Tigers also out-rebounded the Generals 24-16 in the opening 20 minutes.
The Generals shooting struggles continued into the second period, as the Blue and White made good on just 12-of-32 (.375) shot attempts to finish the contest at 31.7 percent. H-SC cooled off to 48.3 percent (14-29) in the second period, but still finished the contest north of 50.0 percent (30-57).
Washington and Lee was led by Ey, who tallied his sixth double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Adkins scored a team-high 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting.
The Tigers were led by sophomore center Khobi Williamson, who had 12 points and eight rebounds. Anderson and senior guard Ben Jessee each tallied 11 points as 13 different H-SC players dented the scoring column.
The Generals return to action on Saturday when they host Ferrum in a non-league contest at 4:00 pm.