LEXINGTON, Va. — Behind a team-record 15 three-pointers, and a career-high 27 points from first-year forward Andrew Franz (Charlotte, N.C./Ravenscroft), the Washington and Lee men's basketball team cruised to a 74-44 victory over Emory & Henry on Wednesday at the Warner Center.
The Generals (11-11, 6-7 ODAC) connected on 15-of-27 (51.7 percent) triples, including 11 in the second half. The previous record was 14 done twice (at Guilford in 2007 and at home against Methodist in 2011).
W&L took control of the game in the first eight minutes, out-scoring the Wasps (4-17, 2-11 ODAC), 15-2, by the 12:30 mark. Franz netted six of the 15 with senior forward J.D. Ey (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park), sophomore forward Jim Etling (Loveland, Colo./Loveland), junior guard Kevin Gill (Richmond, Va./Benedictine) and sophomore guard Javon McDonald (Schaumburg, Ill./Schaumburg) each scoring a bucket.
E&H cut the deficit to eight, 20-12, on a free throw by junior forward Tyler Mullins (Hazard, Ky./Perry County Central) with 5:59 left in the first. But the Generals responded with a 13-7 spurt to end the half with a 33-19 advantage.
The Wasps senior forward Armando Murrell (Brooklyn, N.Y./Globe Institute of Technology) scored the first four points of the second to cut the lead to 10 (33-23) with 18:54 remaining in the game. The Blue and White put the game away with an 18-4 run, which included four triples, to take a 51-27 advantage with 11:03 left.
The Generals set the record on their final shot of the game when senior forward Matt Gaeta (Plantation, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) drained a three from the top of the key with 47 ticks on the clock.
Franz scored 17 of his 27 points in the first half, and ended the game shooting 11-of-16 with four three's. He also grabbed seven rebounds. Gill tallied 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting with five three-pointers. McDonald had 12 points (four triples) and three assists. Ey totaled a game-high 13 rebounds and a team-high four assists.
The Generals shot 53.7 percent (29-54) from the field and connected on their only free throw of the game. W&L notched 21 assists compared to 13 turnovers, and out-rebounded Emory & Henry, 37-26. W&L had five players make a triple and three with at least four makes. The Generals bench totaled 38 points, with E&H only recording nine.
Murrell led the Wasps with 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting. First-year guard Myles Turner (Richmond, Va./Thomas Dale) added nine points, six rebounds and three assists. E&H shot 30.8 percent (16-52) from the floor, 21.4 percent (3-14) from three and 52.9 percent (9-17) from the charity stripe.
It marked the first 30-point victory for the Generals since they defeated the Wasps, 92-60, on February 23, 2010.
W&L heads out on the road on Saturday, February 9, when it takes on Randolph at 4:30 pm.
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