LEXINGTON, Va. -- The third-ranked Marlins of Virginia Wesleyan shot 54.7 percent from the floor, including 52.5 percent from beyond the arc, as it outlasted Washington and Lee, 92-76, in men's basketball action at the Warner Center on Monday evening.
Virginia Wesleyan (17-2, 9-1 ODAC) hit on 29-of-53 shots from the field and 11-of-21 attempts from beyond the arc, while the Generals (11-8, 4-6 ODAC) made good on just 42.1 percent (24-57) from the floor and 46.7 percent (7-15) from deep as VWC recorded its 22nd straight win over W&L.
The Marlins scored the first five points of the contest and held a nine-point lead (20-11) following a three pointer by senior guard Art Crew (Williamsburg, Va./Lafayette) at the 11:59 mark of the opening period. VWC opened up its largest lead of the first half, 11 points (24-13), at the 9:21 mark on a lay-in by senior forward Donald Vaughn (Woodbridge, Va./Dumfries Potomac).
The Generals then pulled to within six points (29-23) on a triple from first-year guard Javon McDonald (Schaumburg, Ill./Schaumburg) with 6:11 to play. Following a technical foul on Washington and Lee Head Coach Adam Hutchinson, junior guard Chris Teasley (Newport News, Va./Menchville) knocked down a pair of free throws that put the No. 3 Marlins back up eight points (31-23).
The Generals then came to life, hitting five of their next seven shots from the field and outscoring the Marlins, 13-2, to take a 36-33 lead on another McDonald trey with 2:20 left in the opening half. Junior forward Jeremy Adkins (Huntington, W. Va./Spring Valley) knocked down a pair of triples and scored eight points during the run.
Teasley tied the contest at 36-36 with a three of his own on the Marlins' next possession and VWC knocked down two more three pointers in the last 1:10 to take a 44-39 lead into the break.
Virginia Wesleyan quickly pushed back out to a nine-point lead (50-41) in the second half, but was unable to put the Generals away. W&L used a 17-9 scoring run to pull to within a point (59-58) at the 10:44 mark on a free throw by sophomore forward Larry Whitaker (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett). The Blue and White then tied the contest for the fifth time at 66-66 on a McDonald lay up with 7:22 left to play before VWC began to pull away.
The Marlins hit six of their next seven shots, including a pair of jumpers by sophomore guard D.J. Woodmore (Virginia Beach, Va./Landstown) to go up 10 points (84-74) at the 2:46 mark.
A three by junior forward Chris Astorga (Suffolk, Va./Cape Henry Collegiate) and five free throws down the stretch sealed the win for Virginia Wesleyan.
McDonald led all scorers with a career-high 28 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field (5-7 3FG) and 9-of-11 shooting from the line. He also had a career-best five assists. Whitaker notched his second double-double in as many games, and fifth of the season, with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Adkins added 12 points, all in the first half, and junior forward J.D. Ey (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) totaled seven points, seven rebounds and four steals.
Woodmore led five Marlins in double figures with 18 points, 12 in the final 20 minutes. Teasley added 16 points, Astorga had 15, Vaughn 12 and Crew chipped in 13 off the bench. Both Astorga and Woodmore grabbed nine rebounds to lead VWC.
The Generals return to action on Wednesday when they host Randolph at 7:00 pm.