February 15, 2014

W&L Men's Hoops Drops a 69-57 Decision to Hampden-Sydney

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. – Washington and Lee jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the opening 2:48 of the game, but could not take advantage in falling to Hampden-Sydney by a score of 69-57 in men's basketball action on Saturday at Fleet Gymnasium.

W&L's quick lead came courtesy of a layup from first-year guard Andy Kleinlein (Chesterfield, Mo. / Chaminade College Prep), a triple by junior forward Jim Etling (Loveland, Colo. / Loveland) and an old-fashioned three-point play by sophomore forward Andrew Franz (Charlotte, N.C. / Ravenscroft).

The Generals' (6-16, 3-10) lead was short-lived, however, as the Tigers (13-10, 7-7) immediately responded with an 11-0 run over the next 2:00 to take an 11-8 lead at the 15:12 mark.  First-year guard Javonte Reddick canned a pair of three-pointers during the run, while junior guard Greg Lewis also hit from distance.

Sophomore guard Darren Douglas (Elmsford, N.Y. / Rye Country Day) temporarily stopped the surge with a jumper at 14:07, but five straight points from junior guard Alex Smith gave H-SC a 16-10 lead with 12:38 left in the first half.

W&L took the lead back (18-16) with another 8-0 run that featured a three-pointer by junior guard Clay McLean (Charlotte, N.C. / Davidson Day) and a three-point play from Franz.  Hampden-Sydney took the lead back with 8:52 left, but the Generals remained within two possessions of even on the scoreboard until the Tigers closed the half with a 7-0 run for a 36-26 lead at the break.

H-SC's lead swelled to as many as 17 points (47-30) just 4:12 into the second half, but the Generals closed the gap to single digits on a three-pointer by senior guard Kevin Gill (Richmond, Va. / Benedictine) with 9:40 left in the game.  However, that was as close as the Generals would get the rest of the way as they dropped their third straight contest.

For the game, W&L shot just 37.5 percent (18-48) from the floor and 19.0 percent (4-21) from distance.  The Generals were also out-rebounded, 43-20.  Franz was the lone player in double-figures, scoring 20 points.  McLean added nine points on 6-of-8 shooting from the foul line.

Sophomore guard Mike Murray led the Tigers with 13 points.  Senior center Khobi Williamson tallied 11 points and seven rebounds, while Reddick notched 10 points and six boards.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Monday when it travels to Lynchburg for a 7:00 pm contest.

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