LEXINGTON, Va. — Junior forward Roy McMillan (Raleigh, N.C./Broughton) recorded 22 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, a career-high four blocks and two steals to propel the Washington and Lee men's basketball team to a 101-89 victory over Bridgewater on Sunday in the Warner Center.
The two teams traded runs over much of the first half, with the Generals (9-4, 4-0 ODAC) holding a 44-41 advantage with 1:53 remaining. Over the final two minutes of the period, the Blue and White scored seven straight points, capped on a jumper by junior guard Devin Kearns (Cibolo, Texas/Samuel Clemens) with two seconds on the clock, to take a 51-43 lead over the Eagles (8-5, 2-2 ODAC) at intermission.
Bridgewater tallied four of the first six points to start the second half, but then the Generals went on a 13-5 spurt over the next three minutes to assume a 16-point margin (68-52) at the 16:33 mark.
With 11 minutes left in the game, W&L held a 19-point lead, 73-64, but the Eagles answered by scoring 12 of the next 13 points to trim the deficit to eight (84-76) with 8:41 to play. The teams went back and forth over the ensuing four minutes, and following a layup by sophomore forward Davrion Grier, the Blue and White's lead was down to six, 92-86, with five minutes on the clock.
The two teams turned up the defensive intensity on the next few possessions, as neither team could secure a basket until a layup by junior guard Alex Starr (Upper Saddle River, N.J./Northern Highlands Regional) extended the Generals' lead to 94-86 with 3:06 left in the contest.
Starr's layup opened the floodgates for W&L and started a 9-0 run for the home team. After Starr's bucket, McMillan made two free throws, and then netted a fast-break layup to push the lead to 98-86 at the 2:26 mark.
Senior forward Clayton Murtha (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) then converted an old-fashioned three-point play (101-86) with 1:42 left on the clock to put the game away. Bridgewater made a three-pointer with 18 seconds left in the game to reach the final margin.
The Generals shot 52.9 percent (37-of-70) from the floor, while the Eagles made just 31-of-72 (43.1 percent) from the field. Bridgewater netted 15-of-31 attempts (48.4 percent) from downtown, while W&L shot 42.3 percent (11-of-26) from beyond the arc. This marked the fifth-straight game the Blue and White have made at least 10 three-pointers.
W&L controlled the glass, 50-32, which led to three Generals registering double-doubles. Along with McMillan's, Murtha had 16 points and 13 boards, while first-year forward Curtis Mitchell (Chevy Chase, Md./Georgetown Prep) totaled a career-best 13 points and 11 rebounds.
The Blue and White had three other players in double figures. Senior forward Nicholas George (Charleston, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) had 18 points, and Kearns registered 13 points, seven assists, five rebounds and three steals. Starr finished the game with 10 points.
Senior guard AJ Horde led the Eagles with 25 points, eight assists and five rebounds, but W&L held him to just 8-of-23 from the field. First-year guard Josh Cammon added 18 points and five rebounds, and first-year guard Dimetri Chambers had 15 points.
The win for the Blue and White ended Bridgewater's six-game winning streak. This was also the fourth straight home game W&L has scored at least 100 points.
The Generals return to action on Wednesday, when they host Eastern Mennonite at 7:00 pm.
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