LEXINGTON, Va. — Down one with eight seconds left in overtime, sophomore guard Javon McDonald (Schaumburg, Ill./Schaumburg) came free off a screen for an open look, but his shot hit the front of the rim and Mary Washington's Bradley Riester (Richmond, Va./Monacan) grabbed the rebound.
After a W&L foul, Riester missed both free throws, but a J.D. Ey (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) last-second heave came up short in a 72-71 home loss for the Washington and Lee men's basketball team on Thursday in the final game of the W&L Invitational.
The Generals (6-5) trailed by six (72-66) with 44 seconds left in the extra period. McDonald was fouled taking a three and netted the first two free throws. He missed the third, but the ball went off an Eagle (6-6) to give possession back to W&L.
Junior guard Kevin Gill (Richmond, Va./Benedictine) made a three off the inbounds play to cut the lead to one, 72-71. Following a W&L foul, first-year forward Sean Armstrong (Richmond, Va./Monocan) missed both of his free throws with 28 seconds remaining to lead to the final possessions.
W&L trailed by as many as 12 in the first half as Mary Washington hit four three-pointers, with two from Riester and two from sophomore guard Taylor Johnson (Ashburgn, Va./Broad Run), in the opening period. First-year guard Darren Douglas (Elmsford, N.Y./Rye Country Day) came off the bench to notch 11 points in the first for the Generals to keep the squad within seven, 36-29, at the break.
After intermission, the Eagles pushed the advantage to eight (46-34) with 11:27 left in the second. The Generals went on a 12-1 run over the next four minutes to take a 50-47 lead.
Sophomore forward Jim Etling (Loveland, Colo./Loveland) started the stretch with a three. After a free throw by UMW's Jamie Richardson (Centreville, VA./Westfield), McDonald knocked down two of his own, and junior forward Larry Whitaker (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) netted back-to-back fast-break layups. McDonald then drained a three to give the Generals their first lead since the game's opening basket.
The two squads traded buckets for the next five minutes with W&L holding a one-point lead, 58-57, with 2:12 on the clock. Whitaker dropped in a layup off a feed from McDonald to push the advantage to 60-57. The Eagles' Dylan Farinet (Westmoreland, Va./Colonial Beach) made two free throws to cut the deficit to one (60-59) on the ensuing possession.
After a missed three by the Generals, Reister drew a foul on McDonald, but only tied the game, 60-60, after splitting a pair with 35 seconds left in the second. W&L then turned the ball over with three seconds remaining in regulation, but the Eagles' three at the buzzer fell short to send the game to overtime.
McDonald, a member of the All-Tournament Team, led the Generals with 18 points and a career-high eight assists. His previous high was five. Whitaker added 16 points and two rebounds. Douglas set a career-high for the second straight game with 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting in 29 minutes. Ey grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds and recorded five assists, four steals, three blocks and four points.
The Generals missed opportunities at the free throw line, finishing 18-of-33 for 54.5 percent. W&L shot 44.2 percent (23-52) from the field and 28.0 percent (7-25) from behind the arc.
The Eagles shot 46.3 percent (25-54) from the floor, 35.3 percent (6-17) from the three-point line and 61.5 percent (16-26) at the foul line. UMW out-rebounded the Generals, 37-34.
Armstrong and Riester each had 16 points to lead Mary Washington. Johnson earned Tournament MVP honors with his 12 points and seven rebounds. He notched 19 points and six rebounds in Wednesday's victory over Emory & Henry. Joining Johnson on the all-tournament team was first-year forward Lamont Fields (Dinwiddie, Va./Dinwiddie).
W&L returns to the court on Saturday, January 5, when it hosts Lynchburg for an ODAC contest at 2:00 pm at the Warner Center.
Taylor Johnson (MVP) - Mary Washington
Lamont Fields - Mary Washington
Javon McDonald - Washington and Lee
Julian Pavlin - Kenyon
Myles Turner - Emory & Henry
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