GREENSBORO, N.C. – Washington and Lee shot just 38.3 percent (23-60) from the floor and was out-rebounded 46-29 in falling to Guilford by a score of 76-65 in ODAC men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Ragan-Brown Field House.
W&L (1-2, 0-1) trailed just 12-9 with 15:11 remaining in the first half following a three-pointer by first-year forward Blake Cranor (Mooresville, N.C. / Lake Norman). However, the Generals missed each of their next five shots from the floor leading to a 13-0 Quaker run that gave them a 25-9 lead at the 11:15 mark.
W&L went on an immediate 7-0 run sparked by a triple from senior guard Kevin Gill (Richmond, Va. / Benedictine), but an 11-2 surge capped by four straight points from sophomore center Zeb Richardson gave GC a 36-18 lead with 4:09 left as the Quakers carried a 41-25 lead into the break.
The Generals could not mount a charge early in the second half and Guilford pushed out to a 20-point lead (54-34) on a dunk by Richardson with 14:09 remaining.
Gill again sparked a run for W&L when he canned a triple with 10:53 left in the game. It was the first points in a 13-4 run that cut it to a 60-53 game with 6:33 remaining. Junior forward Patrick O'Connor (Richmond, Va. / Douglas Freeman) followed Gill's basket with four straight points and sophomore forward Andrew Franz (Charlotte, N.C. / Ravenscroft) added five points of his own during the surge.
However, that would be as close as the Generals would get as the Quakers improved to 5-0 overall and 1-0 in the ODAC.
Gill led the Generals with 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting from behind the arc and 6-of-12 overall. Franz finished with 15 points and five rebounds, while O'Connor tallied a career-high 14 points, five boards, four assists and three blocks.
Senior forward Jake Hopkins notched 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Quakers. First-year forward Trever Hyatt totaled 15 markers as well, while Richardson posted 13 points and nine rebounds. Junior guard Matt McCarthy added 11 points and six assists.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Tuesday when it travels to Averett for a 6:00 pm contest.