February 5, 2014

W&L Men's Basketball Falls to Shenandoah, 73-64

LEXINGTON, Va. — Shenandoah went on a 14-7 run in the final 5:02 en route to a 73-64 victory over the Washington and Lee men's basketball team on Wednesday at the Warner Center.

The Generals (6-14, 3-8 ODAC) trailed at halftime, 35-31, but scored six of the first seven points of the second half to take their only lead of the game, 37-36, with 17:52 left in the contest.

Following a timeout, the Hornets (12-8, 4-7 ODAC) responded by outscoring W&L, 18-2, over the next four minutes to take a 54-39 advantage with 13:06 on the clock. During the run, senior guard Avery Green (Fredericksburg, Va./Courtland) scored 10 points and dished out an assist.

The Blue and White answered with a 16-3 spurt to cut the lead to two (57-55) with 6:45 left. Junior guard Clay McLean (Charlotte, N.C./Davidson Day) led the barrage with five points, four assists, two rebounds and a steal during the seven-minute window.

Shenandoah stretched the lead back to four, 59-57, but a dunk by senior center Drew Kimberly (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) brought W&L within two with 5:02 on the clock. The Hornets scored the next three points, but a layup by Kimberly cut the deficit to three (62-59) with 3:45 left in the game.The Hornets notched the next six points to push the margin to nine with 1:13 left and held on for the victory.

Kimberly recorded his seventh double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Generals. Sophomore forward Andrew Franz (Charlotte, N.C./Ravenscroft) just missed his first career double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds.

McLean ended the night with five points, four rebounds, seven assists and three steals. The seven assists marked a new career-high and the four rebounds and three steals tied his previous career bests.

Green led all players with 21 points. He also had five steals and four assists. Junior guard Jared Carithers (Bowie, Md./Bowie) added 13 points and junior guard Dante Seraile (Takoma Park, Md./MCC) totaled 12.

The Generals finished the game at 37.1 percent (23-62) from the field and 22.2 percent (4-18) from beyond the arc. W&L also shot 82.4 percent (14-17) at the line. Shenandoah hit 25-of-56 (44.6 percent) from the floor, 5-of-18 (27.8 percent) from downtown and 18-of-26 (69.2 percent) from the charity stripe.

W&L returns to the court on Saturday when it hosts Guilford at 2:00 pm.

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