EMORY, Va. — The Washington and Lee men's basketball team forced Emory & Henry to miss three game-tying three-pointers in the final eight seconds to defeat the Wasps, 58-55, in Emory, Va., on Saturday.
Junior forward Patrick O'Connor (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) led the Generals (5-8, 2-2 ODAC) with 14 points and 11 rebounds to tally his first collegiate double-double. He shot 6-of-9 from the field and the 11 rebounds were a career high. The victory also marked the 150th in the coaching career of W&L head coach Adam Hutchinson.
The Wasps (2-11, 0-4 ODAC) led by two, 55-53, with 2:59 left on the clock, but following turnovers by each team, sophomore guard Darren Douglas (Elmsford, N.Y./Rye Country Day) drained a triple from the corner to give W&L a 56-55 edge with 1:51 left. E&H missed a three on its next possession, but the Generals failed to extend the lead on the ensuing play.
A foul by junior forward Jim Etling (Loveland, Colo./Loveland) sent first-year forward Stevan Urosevic to the line for a one-and-one, but he missed the first. Senior forward Cameron Coles secured the offensive rebound and was fouled in the process. He went to the line for one-and-one at the 1:10 mark, but also missed the first.
The Blue and White grabbed the rebound, but Douglas missed his shot with 39 seconds remaining. Following an E&H timeout, Urosevic was called for an offensive foul with 18 ticks on the clock. The Wasps were forced to foul Etling, who came into the game with the ODAC's top free throw percentage. Etling sank both to extend the margin to three, 58-55, with 16 seconds left.
The Wasps came down the court and first-year forward Alex Jones missed a three with eight seconds on the clock. Senior forward Charles Smith grabbed the offensive rebound, but his three-point attempt from the corner sailed long, and the ball went out of bounds off W&L with 0.4 left in the game. First-year guard Ryan Gravely got one final heave off from the top of the key, but it came up short to reach the final margin.
Senior center Drew Kimberly (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) ended the game with 10 points and four rebounds, and Etling totaled 10 points, three rebounds and two assists off the bench. Senior guard Stephen Brown led E&H with 10 points, while senior guard Malcolm Green added eight points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
W&L shot 39.2 percent (20-52) from the floor, but connected on 15-of-18 (83.3 percent) free throws. The Wasps ended the game 20-of-53 (37.7 percent) from the field and 9-of-13 (69.2 percent) from the line.
The 150th win for Hutchinson comes in his 15th season as a head coach, including the last 11 at W&L. In his time with the Generals, he has 117 wins, which is the second-most in program history.
W&L returns to the court on Wednesday when they host Randolph at 8:00 pm.
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