LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee men's basketball team jumped out to a 10-0 lead and never looked back in winning its fourth straight contest with an 82-58 victory over Ferrum on Saturday evening at the Warner Center.
Senior forward Clayton Murtha (Dallas, Texas / Highland Park) and junior guard Devin Kearns (Cibolo, Texas / Samuel Clemens) each scored four points in the opening run for W&L, which spotted the Generals (4-2) a double-digit lead just 2:40 into the contest.
Ferrum (1-4) cut its deficit to just a single point (19-18) at the 9:13 mark following back-to-back three-pointers by first-year guard Nick Helton and junior guard Marcus Huff. However, the Generals responded with a 17-2 run over the next 5:46 to assume a 16-point advantage (36-20) with 3:27 left in the half. The run featured four made shots from beyond the arc, including back-to-back triples from senior guard Nicholas George (Charleston, W. Va. / Charleston Catholic).
W&L held a 36-21 lead at the break and began the second stanza with a 7-0 spurt to push the lead to 22 points (43-21) with 16:40 left to play. From there, the Panthers would get no closer than 15 points and the Generals led by as many as 28 points (72-44) in cruising to the 24-point win.
The Blue & White shot 58.6 percent (34-58) from the field and hit 9-of-18 (.500) from beyond the arc. The Generals received 21 points from the bench and out-scored the Panthers by a count of 44-24 in the paint.
Murtha and Kearns each tallied 18 points to lead the Generals in the contest. Murtha finished 7-of-8 from the field and Kearns added six assists. Junior forward Roy McMillan (Raleigh, N.C. / Broughton) totaled 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds. Junior guard Alex Starr (Upper Saddle River, N.J. / Northern Highlands Regional) posted a career-high eight assists and first-year forward Curtis Mitchell (Chevy Chase, Md. / Georgetown Prep) chipped in seven points and seven rebounds.
Ferrum was paced by senior guard Josh Dudley's 18 points and 11 rebounds. Huff scored 12 points and grabbed seven boards as well.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts William Peace for a 7:00 pm contest.