January 23, 2013

W&L Men's Hoops Falters at Randolph-Macon, 74-39

ASHLAND, Va. – The Washington and Lee men's basketball team saw its three-game winning streak halted with a 74-39 road loss to Randolph-Macon at Crenshaw Gymnasium on Wednesday evening.

The Generals (9-9, 4-5) led 12-11 with 12:12 left in the first half following a layup by senior forward J.D. Ey (Charlotte, N.C. / Myers Park).  However, W&L missed its next 10 shots from the field as Randolph-Macon (10-8, 5-4) hit seven of its next 10 from the floor to produce a 16-0 run en route to a 27-12 lead with 5:48 left before the break.

Senior guard Jeremy Adkins (Huntington, W. Va. / Spring Valley) broke the scoring drought of just better than seven minutes with a layup at the 5:11 mark, but the Generals would get just two more baskets the rest of the half, both by first-year guard Darren Douglas (Elmsford, N.Y. / Rye Country Day), as Randolph-Macon claimed a 36-18 lead at halftime.

The R-MC lead remained 18 points (43-25) following a three-pointer by sophomore guard Javon McDonald (Schaumburg, Ill. / Schaumburg) at the 15:38 mark of the second half, but W&L scored just 14 points the rest of the way as the Yellow Jackets cruised to the 35-point victory.

The Generals shot just 30.2 percent (16-53) from the floor, including 3-for-13 (.231) from beyond the arc.  Douglas was the lone W&L player to score in double-digits, totaling 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting.  Ey contributed eight points, 10 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal, while McDonald had seven points.

Randolph-Macon hit 31-of-67 (.463) from the field and held a 43-34 advantage on the glass.  The Yellow Jackets were led by sophomore guard Connor Sullivan, who tallied a game-high 13 points.  Junior forward Andre Simon, and sophomore forwards Akeem Holmes and Chris Hamilton notched nine points each, with Simon also collecting 10 rebounds.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it hosts league-leading Virginia Wesleyan for a 2:00 pm contest.

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