Men's Basketball vs. Roanoke

SALEM, Va. – Fourth-seeded Roanoke College shot 50.8 percent from the floor en route to a 76-66 victory over fifth-seeded Washington and Lee in the first round of the 2008 Old Dominion Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament on Friday afternoon at the Salem Civic Center.

Roanoke (18-8) built an eight-point lead (20-12) with 13:03 left in the opening stanza, but W&L countered with a 10-2 run over the following 2:43 to tie the game at 22-22 at the 10:20 mark. However, the Maroons out-scored the Generals, 17-10, to close out the half en route to a 39-32 lead at the break.

RC extended its lead to nine points (43-34) at 18:41, but W&L responded with a 9-0 surge to knot the contest at 43-43 at 14:29. W&L took its first lead of the contest (51-49) on an old fashioned three-point play by senior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) at the 11:29 mark, but Roanoke senior guard A.J. Dowell scored a three-pointer to give the Maroons the lead for good (56-54) at 9:29 and they connected on 9-of-12 foul shots down the stretch to secure the win.

W&L was paced by Bienemann, who notched a game-high 17 points, seven rebounds and four blocks. He finishes his career with 1,573 points, good for sixth all-time at Washington and Lee. Junior guard Chris McHugh (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) posted a career-high 17 markers on 5-of-9 shooting from three-point range, while junior guard Isaiah Goodman (Richfield, Minn./Holy Angels) registered 11 points. Sophomore forward Zac White (Baltimore, Md./Park School) added 10 points and senior forward Femi Kusimo (Cross Lanes, Va./Charleston Catholic) posted four points and a game-high 13 rebounds in his final contest.

Dowell and junior forward Curtis Peery led the Maroons with 16 points each. Junior guard Zach Milton chipped in 14 points. The loss ended Washington and Lee’s season at 15-11 overall, while Roanoke advances to the semifinals where it will face top-seeded Guilford on Saturday at 6:00 pm.

Men's Basketball at Bridgewater

BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Senior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.C./Chatham) totaled 28 points and seven rebounds to lead Washington and Lee to an 80-56 win over Bridgewater in ODAC men’s basketball action on Saturday evening at Nininger Hall.

The Generals (15-10, 11-7) shot 56.5 percent (13-23) from the floor in the first half and assumed the lead for good at 17-16 on a three-pointer by freshman guard Jason Cimino (Branchburg, N.J./Immaculata) at the 6:35 mark. W&L stretched its lead to 34-26 at halftime and used a 13-2 run to start the second stanza in pushing out to a 47-28 lead just 2:15 into the second half.

W&L shot 52.2 percent (24-46) for the game and drilled 24-of-36 (.667) free throws en route to leading by as many as 26 points (79-53) in the second half.

Bienemann finished the game 8-for-8 from the floor and 12-of-15 from the free throw line. Junior guard Isaiah Goodman (Richfield, Minn./Holy Angels) contributed 13 points on 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc, while junior forward Kirk Jones (Maple Glen, Pa./Germantown Academy) chipped in 11 points.

Senior guard Andrew Cathlin paced the Eagles (13-12, 7-11) with 16 points and five rebounds. Junior forward Michael Oblitey and sophomore guard Dominick Trawick added eight points each.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Friday in the opening round of the ODAC Tournament held at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Va. The Generals will play Roanoke at 3:00 pm in the 4-5 game.

Men's Basketball vs. Guilford

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Senior center Ben Strong (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead 13th-ranked Guilford to a 65-52 victory over Washington and Lee in ODAC men’s basketball on Wednesday evening at the Warner Center.

The Generals (14-10, 10-7) opened up a six-point lead (20-14) with 7:32 left in the first half, but went cold from the floor over the next 20 minutes, making just five field goal attempts as the Quakers pushed out to a 46-30 lead at the 7:18 mark of the second half.

W&L closed the gap to 54-48 on a layup by junior guard Chris McHugh (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) with 1:06 left in the game, but Guilford (20-4, 15-2) went 11-for-12 from the foul line the rest of the way to hold on for the 13-point win and clinch the top seed in next week’s ODAC Tournament.

The Generals shot just 33.3 percent (20-60) from the field, including hitting just 3-of-23 (.130) three-pointers. Guilford also held a 42-33 advantage on the boards.

Senior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) paced W&L with 17 points and eight rebounds. In the process, he moved into seventh place on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,528 career points. McHugh tied his career-high with 15 points, while junior guard Isaiah Goodman (Richfield, Minn./Holy Angels) notched 10 points. Senior forward Femi Kusimo (Cross Lanes, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) chipped in four points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

Strong’s effort was supplemented by 12 points from senior forward Eric Belkoski (Rockingham, N.C./Richmond Senior) and six points and 11 rebounds from sophomore forward Tyler Sanborn (Elkin, N.C./Elkin).

Washington and Lee concludes the regular season on Saturday as it travels to Bridgewater for a 7:00 pm contest.

Men's Basketball at Hampden-Sydney

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. – Hampden-Sydney shot 58 percent from the field (28-48) and held a 37-18 advantage on the boards in posting a 73-48 victory over Washington and Lee in ODAC men’s basketball action on Monday evening at Fleet Gymnasium.

The Generals (14-9, 10-6) held a 17-16 lead with 10:08 left in the first half, but the Tigers used a 12-0 run over the next 4:37 to assume a 28-17 advantage with 5:31 left in the half. W&L pulled to within seven points (28-21) at the 4:01 mark, but H-SC pushed out to a 37-24 halftime lead and was never challenged in the second stanza in claiming the win.

Washington and Lee, which shot just 35.4 percent (17-48) from the floor, was led by senior forward Femi Kusimo’s (Cross Lanes, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) 16 points, 14 of which were scored in the second half. Junior guard Isaiah Goodman (Richfield, Minn./Holy Angels) totaled 12 points, all in the first half, while senior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) was limited to just nine points.

Hampden-Sydney (13-10, 7-9) was paced by senior forward Drew Prehmus, who tallied a game-high 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Turner King posted 18 points and six rebounds, while senior forward Troy Kaase notched 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the floor.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Wednesday as it hosts Guilford for a 7:00 pm contest.

Men's Basketball vs. Lynchburg

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men’s basketball team assured itself of its first winning season in 18 years as it defeated Lynchburg College, 83-52, in ODAC action on Sunday afternoon at the Warner Center.

The Generals, now 14-8 overall and 10-5 in league play, last posted a winning record in 1989-90 when they went 15-12 overall. The 10 ODAC victories are also the most conference wins since going 10-2 in the league in 1988-89.

W&L never trailed in the contest, shooting 61.9 percent (13-21) from the floor in the opening stanza en route to a 43-25 lead at the break. The Generals shot 56.3 percent (27-48) for the game and continued to pull away in the second half in posting their fifth-straight win over the Hornets (3-19, 1-14).

Junior guard Isaiah Goodman (Richfield, Minn./Holy Angels) paced four Generals in double figures with 16 points on 3-of-4 shooting from the floor and 8-for-8 from the foul line. Senior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) totaled 11 points and five rebounds in just 18 minutes of action, while junior guard Chris McHugh (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) and junior forward Ben Heller (Houston, Texas/Lamar) added 10 points each. Heller’s point total was a season-high.

Lynchburg was led by sophomore forward Mason Wooldridge (New Canton, Va./Fork Union), who registered 11 points and eight rebounds.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Monday as it travels to Hampden-Sydney for a 7:00 pm contest.

Men's Basketball vs. Emory & Henry

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Senior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) led five Generals in double figures with a career-high 37 points in leading Washington and Lee to a 98-81 win over Emory & Henry in ODAC men’s basketball action on Wednesday evening at the Warner Center.

The win improved the Generals to 13-8 overall and 9-5 in the ODAC, clinching W&L’s first non-losing season since the 1989-90 campaign (15-12).

Emory & Henry (6-16, 2-13) jumped out to a 22-12 lead at the 11:38 mark of the first half, but the Generals closed the first half on a 31-12 run to produce a 43-34 lead at the break.

The Wasps pulled to within five points (45-40) early in the second stanza, but the Generals quickly pushed back out to a double-digit lead and maintained their double-figure margin for the final nine minutes of the game.

As a team, the Generals shot 65.1 percent (41-63) from the floor, held a 43-21 rebounding advantage and logged 30 assists to just 19 turnovers.

Bienemann tallied his career-high point total on 17-of-19 shooting from the floor. He also grabbed eight rebounds. Junior guard Chris McHugh (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) posted 13 points and tied a career-high with eight assists, while sophomore forward Ben Goetsch (Timonium, Md./Gilman) notched career-highs in points (12) and rebounds (9). Senior forward Femi Kusimo (Cross Lanes, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) registered 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists and junior forward Kirk Jones (Maple Glen, Pa./Germantown Academy) chipped in 10 points, five rebounds and four assists.

Emory & Henry was led by junior guard Robert Hudson (Nashville, Tenn./Hillsboro), who recorded 20 points. Sophomore guard J.D. Dyson (Yorktown, Va./Tabb) notched 16 points and junior guard Jarell Christian (New Kent, Va./New Kent) added 14 markers.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Sunday as it hosts Lynchburg College for a 2:00 pm contest.

Men's Basketball vs. Virginia Wesleyan

Senior guard Tonton Balenga led four Marlins in double figures with 15 points in cruising to a 70-44 victory over Washington and Lee in ODAC men’s basketball action Sunday afternoon at the Batton gymnasium.

In the opening minutes of the game, the Generals scored six unanswered points, but never led again as the Marlins gained control and pushed out a 14-point (37-23) lead at the half. Virginia Wesleyan used a 13-0 run to take a 60-35 lead with 7:49 left in the contest en route to the 26-point victory.

VWC (17-5, 11-4) shot 52.9 percent (9-17) from behind the arc and held an edge on the boards, out-rebounding the Generals, 36-28.

The Blue and White (12-7,8-5) were led by senior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham), who notched 16 points. Junior guard Chris McHugh (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) and junior forward Ben Heller (Houston, Texas/Lamer) registered seven points apiece.

Balenga also grabbed five boards to go along with his 15 points, while senior forward Tyler Fantin registered 13 points and seven rebounds. Junior guard Terrell Dixon tallied 12 points and junior forward Norman Hassel chipped in 11 points.

W&L returns to ODAC action on Wednesday as it hosts Emory & Henry for a 7:00 pm contest.

Men's Basketball at Randolph-Macon

Randolph-Macon shot 66.7 percent from behind the arc in the first half en route to posting a 78-66 victory over Washington and Lee in ODAC men’s basketball Saturday afternoon.

The Yellow Jackets (16-4, 10-3) sunk eight three-pointers and led by as many as 10 points (32-22) with 6:41 remaining in the first half. The Generals then chipped away at R-MC’s lead, making it to a two-point game (32-30) at 3:51, but Randolph-Macon closed the half on a 9-2 run for a 41-32 lead at the break.

R-MC held a double-digit edge much of the second half and led by as many as 19 markers (60-41) at 12:02. The Generals cut it to a nine-point game, 70-61, at 4:09, but got no closer as the Yellow Jackets cruised to the 12-point victory.

The Generals (12-6, 8-4) were led by senior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham), who tallied 22 points and five rebounds. Senior forward Femi Kusimo (Cross Lanes, W. Va./Charleston Catholic) notched 14 points and grabbed eight boards, while junior guard Chris McHugh (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) chipped in eight points.

Junior guard Justin Short led three Yellow Jackets in double-figures with 22 points. Junior guard David Carlson recorded 16 points, while senior forward Jeremy Dixon notched 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Wednesday as it hosts Emory & Henry for a 7:00 pm contest.  The men will be supporting the "Think Pink" initiative and fans are encouraged to come dressed in pink.

Men's Basketball at Guilford

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Washington and Lee men’s basketball team rallied from a 16-point second-half deficit to take the lead in the final minutes but fell short against No. 16 Guilford, falling to the Quakers, 64-60, in ODAC action on Wednesday evening at the Ragan Brown Field House. The loss snapped W&L’s six-game winning streak.

The Generals (12-6, 8-3) shot just 33.3 percent (7-21) and committed 11 turnovers in the first half and Guilford entered the break with a 30-20 lead.

The Quakers (15-4, 10-2) started the second half on a 6-0 run to stretch to a 16-point lead (36-20) with 18:12 left in the game, but W&L chipped away and eventually assumed a 58-56 advantage on the three-pointer by junior forward Kirk Jones (Maple Glen, Pa./Germantown Academy) with 2:43 remaining in the game. However, Guilford senior center Ben Strong took over down the stretch to lead the Quakers to their seventh-straight win. Strong tied the game at 58-58 on a jumper with 2:23 left, hit four free throws in the final 57 seconds and blocked a pair of W&L three-point attempts that could have tied the game in the final 10 seconds to preserve the win.

Jones led W&L with a season-high 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting from three-point range. Junior guard Chris McHugh (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) tallied 14 points, while senior forward Femi Kusimo (Cross Lanes, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) notched 11 points and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds for the second-straight game. Senior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) was shackled with foul trouble, scoring a season-low eight points before fouling out with 5:47 left in the game.

Strong, the 2007 Division III Player of the Year, paced the Quakers with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Senior forward Eric Belkoski posted 12 points and eight rebounds, while sophomore guard Clay Henson added 10 points.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it travels to Randolph-Macon for a 2:00 pm contest.

Men's Basketball at Roanoke

SALEM, Va. – The Washington and Lee men’s basketball team claimed its sixth-straight victory and its first win in the Bast Center in 19 years with a 67-59 overtime win at Roanoke College on Saturday evening.

The Generals (12-5, 8-2) shot a season-low 35.5 percent (22-62) from the field, but hit 16-of-21 free throws (.762) and held a 45-37 advantage on the boards.

The first half featured six ties and eight lead changes before W&L closed the half on an 8-0 run for a 30-24 lead at the break. However, the Generals missed each of their first 14 shots of the second half and Roanoke went on a 12-0 run to assume a 36-30 lead with 13:52 left.

W&L answered at the 11:00 mark when senior forward Femi Kusimo (Cross Lanes, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) converted an old-fashion three-point play to make it 36-33. Kusimo’s basket ignited a 12-2 Generals’ run that gave W&L a 44-38 lead with 6:35 left. The rest of regulation remained tight and the Maroons (14-4, 8-3) tied the score at 53-53 as guard Keith Carter hit 1-of-2 free throws with seven seconds remaining to send the game into an extra session.

Junior guard Chris McHugh (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) gave W&L the lead on a jumper just 17 seconds into overtime and the Generals hit 10-of-12 free throws the rest of the way to pull away for the win.

Senior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) led four Generals in double-figures with 17 points and seven rebounds. Junior guard Isaiah Goodman (Richfield, Minn./Holy Angels) tallied 15 points, four rebounds and four steals, while Kusimo notched 13 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. McHugh chipped in 10 points and four assists.

Roanoke was led by forward Josh LaPorte, who tallied 14 points and nine rebounds. Guard A.J. Dowell registered 13 points, while guard Ben Shrader added 11 points.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Wednesday as it travels to Guilford for a 7:00 pm contest.

Men's Basketball vs. Eastern Mennonite

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Senior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) tied his career-high with 36 points to lead Washington and Lee to a 72-60 win over Eastern Mennonite in ODAC men’s basketball action on Wednesday evening at the Warner Center.

The win improved W&L to 11-5 overall and 7-2 in the ODAC and extended the Generals’ winning streak to five-straight games, the program’s longest such streak since winning nine in a row during the 1988-89 season.

Eastern Mennonite (4-12, 1-9) held a 7-6 lead just 4:18 into the game, but W&L used an 11-0 run over the next 2:55 to assume a 17-7 lead with 12:47 left in the opening stanza en route to a 35-27 lead at the half.

The Generals stretched out to a 14-point lead on several occasions during the final 20 minutes and EMU could get no closer than eight points as W&L won its fifth-straight in the series with the Royals.

Bienemann scored 18 points in each half and shot 14-of-21 (.667) from the floor. He also grabbed seven rebounds. Junior guard Chris McHugh (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) chipped in 10 points, while sophomore forward Zac White (Baltimore, Md./Park School) posted eight points and five rebounds.

EMU was paced by senior forward Brad Parkes (Winchester, Va./James Wood), who totaled 16 points and six rebounds. Freshman guard Todd Phillips (Waynesboro, Va./Waynesboro) notched 13 points, while senior center Corey Bailey (Centreville, Va./Brentsville) snared a game-high 16 rebounds and scored six points.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it travels to Roanoke College for a 7:00 pm contest.

Men's Basketball vs. Hampden-Sydney

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee jumped out to an 18-8 lead in the opening 12:15 of the game and never trailed again in posting a 66-51 win over Hampden-Sydney in ODAC men’s basketball action on Sunday afternoon at the Warner Center.

The Generals (10-5, 6-2) led by 15 points (32-17) at the break and extended their advantage to as many as 19 points (44-25) with 15:24 left in the game. The Tigers chipped away at the W&L lead, eventually cutting it to a five-point contest (54-49) with 5:13 remaining, but the Generals closed on a 12-2 run to claim their fourth-straight win and their first win over Hampden-Sydney since the 1997-98 season (20 games).

Washington and Lee shot 56.0 percent (14-25) in the second half and 51.9 percent (27-52) for the game and was led by senior forward Greg Bienemann’s (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the floor. Senior forward Femi Kusimo (Cross Lanes, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) chipped in 12 points and seven rebounds.

Hampden-Sydney (9-7, 3-6) was led by sophomore guard Turner King (Roanoke, Va./Roanoke Catholic), who registered 15 points and seven boards. Senior forward Troy Kaase (Roanoke, Va./Cave Spring) added 12 points.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Wednesday as it hosts Eastern Mennonite for a 7:00 pm contest.

Men's Basketball at Lynchburg

LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Washington and Lee men’s basketball team shot 54.7 percent (29-53) from the floor and hit all 13 of its free throw attempts in defeating Lynchburg College, 77-62, in ODAC action on Saturday evening at Turner Gymnasium.

The Generals (9-5, 5-2) trailed 13-11 with 13:54 remaining in the opening stanza, but closed the half on a 26-9 run to assume a 37-22 lead at the break.

Lynchburg (3-11, 1-7) began the second half with a 23-11 run to cut it to a three-point game (48-45) with 13:43 left, but a quick 10-0 run by W&L over the next 3:03 gave the Generals a 58-45 lead at the 8:56 mark in cruising to the 15-point victory.

W&L racked up 22 assists to just 16 turnovers and held a 36-21 advantage on the boards in winning for the seventh time in the last eight games.

Senior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) led the Generals with 24 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks, while senior forward Femi Kusimo (Cross Lanes, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) notched 14 points and five boards. Sophomore forward Zac White (Baltimore, Md./Park School) added 11 points in just 15 minutes of action.

The Hornets were paced by sophomore guard Steven Echols, who totaled 19 points, six steals and four assists. Sophomore forward Mason Wooldridge chipped in 17 points and five boards.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Sunday as it hosts Hampden-Sydney for a 4:00 pm contest.

Men's Basketball at Emory & Henry

EMORY, Va. – Washington and Lee senior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) and sophomore forward Zac White (Baltimore, Md./Park School) both tallied career-high point totals as the Generals defeated Emory & Henry 115-106 in ODAC men’s basketball action on Wednesday evening at the King Center.

The Generals (8-5, 4-2) shot 69.9 percent (51-73) from the floor in claiming their first win at Emory & Henry in 10 years and improving to 8-2 in their last 10 games this season.

The first half featured five ties and four lead changes with the Wasps (4-10, 0-7) opening up the biggest advantage for either team when they led 25-17 with 11:30 left. However, W&L chipped away at the E&H advantage for the remainder of the half and cut it to a 54-52 Wasp lead at the break.

The Generals opened the second stanza with an 8-0 run to assume a 60-54 lead with 18:54 remaining and never trailed again in the contest. W&L did not lead by more than 10 points in the final 20 minutes, but hit 7-of-8 from the foul line in the final 4:50 to hang on for the win.

Bienemann led the Generals with a career-high 36 points on 16-of-23 shooting from the field. He also grabbed nine rebounds. White notched a career-best 26 points on 12-of-13 shooting from the floor, while senior forward Femi Kusimo (Cross Lanes, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) posted 22 points on 10-of-11 shooting. He also totaled seven rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals.

Emory & Henry wad led by guard Andrew Hart’s 23 points. Guard Camillo Weinz registered 19 points, while forward Kyle Huckins added 12 points.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it travels to Lynchburg College for a 5:30 pm contest.

Men's Basketball vs. Bridgewater

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men’s basketball team shot a season-best 59.6 percent from the floor en route to posting a 73-67 victory over Bridgewater in ODAC men’s basketball action on Saturday evening at the Warner Center.

The two teams played nearly even through the opening 20 minutes and W&L carried a 33-30 lead into the halftime break. The Generals (7-5, 3-2) opened the second half with a 14-4 run over the opening 6:05 for a 47-34 lead with 13:32 remaining in the game. The Eagles then used a 13-2 run midway through the second half to cut it to a three-point game (56-53) with 7:05 left, but could never take the lead as the Generals shot 60.0 percent from the floor in the second half.

W&L hit 28-of-47 shots from the floor for the game and held a 28-23 advantage on the boards in winning for the seventh time in its last nine games.

Washington and Lee was paced by senior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham), who notched 16 points and 11 rebounds. Senior forward Femi Kusimo (Cross Lanes, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) registered 14 points, while sophomore forward Zac White (Baltimore, Md./Park School) added nine points.

Bridgewater (8-3, 3-2) was led by junior forward Michael Oblitey (Chantilly, Va./Westfield) and sophomore guard Dominic Trawick (Manassas, Va./Osbourn Park), who totaled 18 points each. Senior forward Josh Fox (Staunton, Va./Riverheads) chipped in 14 points.

The Generals return to action on Wednesday as they travel to Emory & Henry for a 7:00 pm contest.

Men's Basketball vs. Roanoke

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Roanoke College recovered from a 12-1 deficit to start the game in posting a 71-64 victory over Washington and Lee in ODAC men’s basketball action on Sunday evening at the Warner Center.

The Maroons (9-2, 3-1) missed each of their first seven shots from the field and trailed by 11 points with 14:17 left in the first half. However, Roanoke chipped away at the Generals’ lead and the teams went into the half tied at 34-34.

Roanoke then began the second half on an 11-4 run to assume a 45-38 lead with 11:09 left in the game and never relinquished the lead. W&L (6-5, 2-2) cut it to a two-point game (63-61) on a three-pointer by junior guard Chris McHugh (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) with 36 seconds remaining, but Roanoke hit all eight of its free throws from that point on to post the seven-point win.

The Generals were led by senior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham), who totaled a game-high 28 points and 13 rebounds. McHugh tallied a career-high 15 points on 4-of-6 shooting from three-point range, while senior forward Femi Kusimo (Cross Lanes, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) added 10 points and five rebounds.

Roanoke was paced by senior guard A.J. Dowell (Salem, Va./Salem), who notched 23 points and four rebounds. Senior forward Josh LaPorte (Staunton, Va./Riverheads) chipped in 17 points and eight boards.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it hosts Bridgewater for a 7:00 pm contest.

Men's Basketball at Eastern Mennonite

LEXINGTON, Va. – Senior forwards Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) and Femi Kusimo (Cross Lanes, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) combined to shoot 22-30 (.733) from the floor and scored a combined 45 points in leading Washington and Lee to a 79-65 win at Eastern Mennonite in ODAC men’s basketball action on Wednesday evening.

The win was W&L’s fourth in a row, giving the Generals their first four-game winning streak since the 1989-90 season. As a team, W&L shot 57.6 percent (34-59) from the floor and held a 40-28 advantage on the boards.

W&L (6-4, 2-1) never trailed in the contest and led by as many as 11 points in the first half en route to a 42-35 lead at the break.

The Generals opened the second stanza on a 15-6 run to assume a 16-point lead (57-41) at the 14:42 mark, but the Royals (3-5, 0-2) used a quick 9-0 spurt to cut it to a seven-point game at 57-50 with 9:44 left in the game. However, W&L would again take control of the contest with a 13-0 run that included a combined 10 points from Bienemann and Kusimo to take a commanding 20-point lead (70-50) at the 6:11 mark in cruising to the win.

Bienemann led W&L in scoring with 24 points on 12-of-19 shooting from the floor. He also grabbed seven rebounds, dished four assists and blocked two shots. Kusimo tallied a season-best 21 points on 10-of-11 shooting, grabbed nine rebounds, had three assists and two steals. Junior forward Kirk Jones (Maple Glenn, Pa./Germantown Academy) chipped in 11 points and five boards.

Senior forward Brad Parkes paced EMU with 18 points and six rebounds. Freshman guard George Johnson added 14 points on 4-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Sunday as it hosts Roanoke for a 4:00 pm contest.

Men's Basketball at Goucher

 BALTIMORE, Md.-- Senior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) led three W&L players in double-figures with 22 points to lift the Generals to a 71-47 victory over Goucher on Thursday evening.

The Generals (5-4) jumped out to a 19-7 lead with 8:17 remaining in the first half en route to a nine-point lead (33-24) at the break. W&L used a 13-0 run over the first 3:34 of the second stanza and led by double figures the rest of the way in cruising to the 71-47 victory.

Bienemann also notched six rebounds and six assists for the Generals, while sophomore forward Zac White (Baltimore, Md./Park School) notched 12 points and three rebounds. Senior forward Femi Kusimo (Cross Lanes, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) also tallied 11 points and grabbed seven boards.

Goucher (3-3) was led by Cameron Brown’s eight points and Nick DeSouza, who tallied seven points. Washington and Lee returns to action on Wednesday as it travels to Eastern Mennonite for a 7:00 pm contest.

Men's Basketball vs. Ferrum

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee claimed the championship game of the W&L Men’s Basketball Tournament with a 71-67 victory over Ferrum at the Warner Center on Monday afternoon. Thomas More won the consolation contest, downing Rhodes by a score of 76-65.

In the championship game, W&L (4-4) shot 50.8 percent from the floor and racked up 22 assists and just 12 turnovers. Neither team led by more than five points in the first half and the Generals carried a 35-31 lead into the break. The Panthers regained the lead early in the second half (40-37), but W&L used a 13-2 run midway through the stanza to assume a 50-42 advantage with 11:52 to play.

W&L extended to a 14-point lead at 64-50 with 6:03 left in the game, but Ferrum went on a 17-5 run over the next 5:40 to slice it to a 69-67 game with 23 seconds remaining. The Panthers had a shot to tie the game with nine seconds remaining, but freshman guard Marcus Mayo’s (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County) three-pointer would not fall and W&L hung on for the four-point win.

Senior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) recorded 25 points and nine rebounds en route to earning Tournament MVP honors. Senior forward Femi Kusimo (Cross Lanes, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) notched a season-high 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting in garnering all-tournament honors as well. Junior guard Isaiah Goodman (Richfield, Minn./Holy Angels) added nine points, a career-high seven rebounds and four assists.

Ferrum (5-5) was led by Mayo and senior forward Jon Godsey (Gladys, Va./William Campbell), who totaled 16 points each. Godsey was named to the all-tournament team.

In the consolation, Thomas More (6-5) claimed a 76-65 victory behind 24 points and 11 rebounds from junior forward Mark Tinklenberg (Dublin, Ohio/Coffman), who was named to the all-tournament team. The Saints held a 46-30 advantage on the boards and hit 9-of-22 three-point attempts.

Junior guard Cory Smith (Bartlett, Tenn./Bartlett) led Rhodes (5-5) with 21 points and six rebounds in posting all-tournament accolades. Sophomore guard Jared Hoskins (Rossville, Ga./NGCS) added 15 points for the Lynx.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Thursday as it travels to Goucher College for a 7:30 pm contest.

Men's Basketball vs. Thomas More

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee and Ferrum both advanced to the championship game of the W&L Men’s Basketball Tournament held at the Warner Center on Sunday afternoon. The Generals downed Thomas More in the opener by a score of 77-54, while the Panthers held off Rhodes in the nightcap, 75-55.

In the opener, the Generals (3-4) used a balanced scoring effort and jumped out to a 19-7 lead in the opening 8:59 en route to the 23-point win. Sophomore forward Zac White (Baltimore, Md./Park School) paced four Generals in double figures as he tied a career-high with 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor. Senior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) tallied a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while junior guard Chris McHugh (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) totaled a career-high 14 points. Senior forward Femi Kusimo (Cross Lanes, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) added 11 points and junior guard Isaiah Goodman (Richfield, Minn./Holy Angels) chipped in nine points and five boards.

Thomas More (5-5) was led by junior guard Matty Owens’ (Mason, Ohio/Mason) nine points and five rebounds. Junior forward Matt Tierney (Louisville, Ky./Trinity) contributed eight points and five boards as well.

In the second game, Ferrum (5-4) held Rhodes (5-4) to just 29.5 percent shooting (18-61) from the floor en route to a 75-55 victory. The Panthers closed the first half on a 22-11 run over the final 9:40 to assume a 41-24 lead at the break. Rhodes used a 17-4 run over the first 8:56 of the second half to slice it to a seven-point game (48-41) with 11:04 left, but the Panthers quickly stretched their lead back to double-digits in claiming the 20-point win.

Senior forward Jon Godsey (Gladys, Va./William Campbell) led the way for Ferrum with 15 points, while freshman forward Derek Mitchell (Newport News, Va./Heritage) posted 11 points and 14 rebounds. Sophomore guard Keith Crump (Richmond, Va./Varina) added 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the floor.

Rhodes was paced by junior guard Cory Smith’s (Bartlett, Tenn./Bartlett) 14 points and six rebounds. Sophomore forward Reid Hamilton (Birmingham, Ala./Mountain Brook) notched 11 points and six boards, while senior forward Justin Long (Little Rock, Ark./Pulaski Academy) chipped in seven points and 12 rebounds.

W&L and Ferrum will meet in Monday’s championship game at 4:00 pm, while Thomas More and Rhodes will square off in the consolation contest at 2:00 pm.

Men's Basketball vs. Virginia Wesleyan

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Virginia Wesleyan senior forward Tyler Fantin (Virginia Beach, Va./Floyd E. Kellam) totaled 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the fifth-ranked Marlins to a 68-53 victory over Washington and Lee in ODAC men’s basketball action on Sunday afternoon at the Warner Center.

Virginia Wesleyan (4-1, 1-1) used an early 13-2 run to open an 11-point lead (19-8) with 12:07 left in the first half and never looked back in claiming the 15-point win.

Fantin was joined in double figures by sophomore guard Stephen Fields (Hampton, Va./Hampton), senior guard Ton Ton Balenga (Newport News, Va./Warwick) and freshman forward Julius Carlton (Hampton, Va./Woodside). Field tallied 15 points, five rebounds and six assists, while Balenga and Carlton added 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Washington and Lee (2-4, 1-1) was paced by junior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) and junior guard Isaiah Goodman (Richfield, Minn./Holy Angels), who each totaled 17 points. Bienemann also snared a team-high eight rebounds, while Goodman’s point total tied his career high.

Washington and Lee will now break for the holidays before returning to action on Dec. 30-31 when it hosts the W&L Tournament. The Generals will open the tournament on Dec. 30 against Thomas More at 2:00 pm.

Men's Basketball vs. Randolph-Macon

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men’s basketball team ended a string of 43-consecutive losses to Randolph-Macon by downing the Yellow Jackets, 77-75, in overtime on Saturday afternoon at the Warner Center.

The Generals’ losing streak to Randolph-Macon dated back to a 75-73 W&L win on Feb. 9, 1977.

W&L senior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) broke a 75-75 tie when he rebounded a miss by junior guard Chris McHugh (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) and hit the go-ahead layup with two seconds remaining in overtime.

The Generals (2-3, 1-0) forced 16 first-half turnovers by the Yellow Jackets (1-2, 0-1) en route to a 40-28 lead at the break. W&L extended to a 17-point lead (54-37) with 14:53 remaining in regulation, but R-MC used a 23-5 run over the next 10:05 to assume a 60-59 lead with 4:48 left in the second half. The lead changed hands five times from that point until Macon junior guard Justin Short (Chesterfield, Va./Manchester) tied the game on a jumper with 1:06 left in regulation. The Yellow Jackets had two layup opportunities to win the game in the final five seconds of regulation, but both came up short.

Randolph-Macon opened a four-point lead (73-69) with 2:41 left in overtime, but the Generals knotted the game at 75-75 on a pair of free throws by McHugh with 1:23 remaining and Bienemann capped the scoring with his game-winner.

Bienemann tied his career-high with 33 points on 12-of-18 shooting from the floor and 9-of-10 shooting from the foul line. He also tallied a season-high 11 rebounds. Junior forward Kirk Jones (Maple Glenn, Pa./Germantown Academy) added a season-high 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting from behind the arc.

Short paced the Yellow Jackets with 26 points. Freshman guard Jordan Brown (Chesterfield, Va./L.C. Byrd) notched 13 points, all scored in the second half. Junior guard David Carlson (Woodbridge, Va./Flint Hill) chipped in four points and 11 rebounds.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Sunday as it hosts fifth-ranked Virginia Wesleyan for a 2:00 pm contest.

Men's Basketball vs. Dickinson

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men’s basketball team jumped out to a 22-6 lead in the opening 9:31 of the game and cruised to a 70-52 victory over Dickinson on Saturday afternoon at the Warner Center.

The Generals (1-3) began the game by hitting 12 of their first 15 shots from the floor and finished the opening 20 minutes with a 35-15 lead. Dickinson (3-1) chipped away at W&L’s lead early in the second stanza, cutting it to a 12-point game (49-37) with 11:36 left, but the Generals pushed their advantage back to as many as 24 points (70-46) in claiming their first victory of the season.

W&L was led by senior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham), who tallied a season-high 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field. Junior guard Isaiah Goodman (Richfield, Minn./Holy Angels) totaled 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting, while junior forward Kirk Jones (Maple Glenn, Pa./Germantown Academy) added 10 points.

Junior forward Tom Leszczynski (West Babylon, N.Y./St. Anthony’s) led Dickinson with 18 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore forward Cory Kenny (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South) and junior guard Kizmahr Grell (Laurelton, N.Y./The Gunnery) chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it plays host to Randolph-Macon for a 2:00 pm contest.

Men's Basketball at Emory

ATLANTA, Ga.-- Emory senior guard Dan Smith hit all eight of his free throw attempts in the final 3:59 of the game, helping the Eagles to a 76-72 victory over Washington and Lee men’s basketball on Tuesday evening.

The contest featured 14 ties and 16 lead changes and neither team led by more than six points at any point during the game. The Generals (0-3) and the Eagles were tied 38-38 at halftime, but W&L took a six-point lead, 67-61, with 5:04 left in the contest. But, after that point Smith began his streak from the foul line, hitting eight-straight, and giving Emory the lead for good with 2:26 to play as the Eagles held on for a 76-72 win.

Senior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) paced the Generals with 21 points and eight rebounds, while junior guard Chris McHugh (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) scored a career-high 13 points. Junior guard Isaiah Goodman (Richfield, Minn./Holy Angels) chipped in nine points.

Emory (1-2) shot a blistering 91.7 percent (22-24) from the charity stripe. Smith and junior guard John Kresse led the Eagles with 14 points apiece. Senior guard Spiros Ferderigo added 11 points and junior guard Brian Giometti totaled 10 markers.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Sunday as it hosts Dickinson in its home-opening contest at 2:00 pm.

Men's Basketball vs. Ursinus

MADISON, N.J. – Ursinus senior guard Nick Shattuck tallied a game-high 23 points to lift the Bears to a 79-74 victory over Washington and Lee in the consolation game of the Drew University Rose City Men’s Basketball Classic on Saturday afternoon.

The Generals (0-2) led 38-34 at halftime and surged to a 49-43 advantage with 11:52 remaining in the game. Ursinus used an 8-0 run take a 51-49 lead with 8:58 left, but the Generals fought back to tie the game at 57-57 with 6:10 remaining. However, the Bears used a 10-0 run over the next 2:39 to assume a 67-57 lead with 3:31 to play. W&L cut it to a five-point game on several occasions in the final minutes, but could get no closer as Ursinus improved to 1-1 on the season.

Senior forward Femi Kusimo (Cross Lanes, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) paced four Generals in double-figures with 17 points and nine rebounds, while senior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) scored 15 points and grabbed four boards. Junior guard Isaiah Goodman (Richfield, Minn./Holy Angels) and junior forward Kirk Jones (Maple Glenn, Pa./Germantown Academy) chipped in 10 points apiece and junior guard Chris McHugh (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) added nine points.

Sophomore guard Matt Hilton supplemented Shattuck’s effort with 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. Junior guard John Noonan tallied 17 points, including 15 in the decisive second half, while sophomore guard Remy Cousart posted 11 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Tuesday as it travels to Atlanta, Ga., for a 7:00 pm game at Emory University.

Men's Basketball at Drew

MADISON, N.J. – Freshman guard Mike Mays nailed a pair of free throws with 33.8 seconds left in overtime to lift host Drew University to a 57-55 victory over Washington and Lee in the opening round of the Rose City Classic.

The Generals (0-1) opened a 47-42 lead with 3:32 left in the second half, but saw the Rangers (1-0) score eight-straight points to take a 50-47 lead with 30 seconds remaining. However, W&L sophomore forward Ben Goetsch (Timonium, Md./Gilman) drilled a three-pointer with 20 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 50-50 and send the contest into overtime.

The extra session saw each team hold a lead, but the Generals surged ahead 55-54 with 56 seconds left on a free throw by junior guard Isaiah Goodman (Richfield, Minn./Holy Angels). Goodman’s second free throw was off the mark and Mays gave the Rangers the lead for good at 56-55 with his two charity tosses.

The Generals had an opportunity to take a last shot for the win, but turned the ball over in the final seconds and Drew senior guard Chris Lopez hit 1-of-2 free throws with 1.8 seconds left to provide the final margin.

Drew led 24-21 at halftime, but the Generals battled back to lead by as many as five points (47-42) in the second half. Senior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) led W&L with 17 points and seven rebounds, while junior forward Kirk Jones (Maple Glenn, Pa./Germantown Academy) added nine points and five boards.

Lopez paced the Rangers with 20 points, 10 rebounds and six steals. Mays chipped in 17 points, three rebounds and three steals.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it takes on Ursinus in the consolation game of the Rose City Classic at 3:00 pm. The Bears fell to 15th-ranked Williams, 88-73, in the opening game of the tournament.