W&L Men's Basketball Tops Bridgewater, 75-66

LEXINGTON, Va. — The Washington and Lee men's basketball team held Bridgewater to just two points in the first seven minutes of the second half en route to a 75-66 win at the Warner Center on Saturday.

The two teams traded baskets for much of the opening half, but the Generals (6-13, 3-7 ODAC) took a three-point advantage, 13-10, on a three-pointer by junior guard Clay McLean (Charlotte, N.C./Davidson Day) at the 11:37 mark. Following a layup by senior forward David Larson (Oak Hill, Va./Oakton) to cut the lead to one (13-12), W&L went on a 13-3 run capped on back-to-back layups by McLean to take a 26-15 lead with 4:19 on the clock.  

The Eagles (9-9, 4-6 ODAC) responded with seven straight to trim the gap to four, 26-22, but a three-pointer by senior guard Kevin Gill (Richmond, Va./Benedictine) ended the spurt (29-22) with 2:21 left in the half. The squads traded baskets in the final two minutes, and the Blue and White held a 31-26 lead at the break.

The Generals opened the second half in a zone, and scored 12 of the first 14 points to take a 43-28 advantage with 13:29 left in the game. During the span, W&L forced the Eagles to shoot 0-for-12 from the floor and 0-for-9 from beyond the arc. Sophomore forward Andrew Franz (Charlotte, N.C./Ravenscroft) led W&L over the course of the run with six points.

The Blue and White eventually stretched the lead to 18 (51-33) on an old-fashioned three-point play by senior center Drew Kimberly (Fairfield, Conn.Fairfield Ludlowe) with 10:43 left in the game. Bridgewater made one final push, which included three triples by junior forward Aaron Adams (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial), to cut the deficit to seven, 60-53, with 5:10 remaining.

A layup by Franz and two free throws from junior forward Jim Etling (Loveland, Colo./Loveland) pushed the margin back to 11, and the Generals made their free throws down the stretch to hold on for the 75-66 victory.

Kimberly notched his sixth double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds. McLean did not miss a shot on Saturday as he went 5-of-5 from the field, including 3-of-3 from downtown, and 6-of-6 from the charity stripe on his way to a game-high 19 points. It marked the second straight game he registered at least 19 points off the bench.

Adams scored 18 points for the Eagles on 6-of-8 shooting, and sophomore guard Zach Hunter (Newport News, Va./Woodside) finished with 16 points and four assists.

The Generals shot 21-of-56 (45.7 percent) from the floor, 8-of-16 (50.0 percent) from the three-point line and 25-of-31 (80.6 percent) from the charity stripe. Bridgewater finished at 35.8 percent (24-67) from the field, 27.8 percent (10-36) from three-point range and 72.7 percent (8-11) from the foul line.

The win ended a five-game losing streak for W&L. The team continues its three-game homestand on Wednesday against Shenandoah at 7:00 pm.

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