W&L Men's Hoops Falls to EMU, 83-62

W&L Men's Hoops Falls to EMU, 83-62

HARRISONBURG, Va. – Eastern Mennonite used a 21-7 run in the first half to pull away for an 83-62 win over Washington and Lee in ODAC men’s basketball action on Saturday evening at Yoder Arena.

The Generals (16-9, 8-8) trailed just 14-11 with 10:27 left in the first half following a dunk by first-year forward J.D. Ey (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park). However, the Royals used their decisive run to produce a 35-18 lead with 3:45 left in the first half en route to carrying a 42-28 lead into the halftime break.

W&L scored the first two baskets of the second half to pull within 10 points (42-32) with 18:35 left in the contest, but the Royals (21-3, 14-2) pushed back out to a 15-point lead (47-32) following a three-pointer by junior guard D.J. Hinson at the 17:48 mark. EMU carried a double-digit lead throughout the second half in posting the 21-point victory.

Eastern Mennonite shot 50.0 percent (32-64) from the floor and hit 10 three-pointers (10-28) in the contest. W&L shot just 31.8 percent (21-66) from the field and was successful on just 1-of-11 (.091) attempts from beyond the arc.

The Generals were led by senior forward Ben Goetsch (Timonium, Md./Gilman), who totaled a game-high 21 points and six rebounds. First-year guard Jeremy Adkins (Huntington, W.Va./Spring Valley) posted 12 points and nine boards, while senior forward Andrew Payne (Charleston, W.Va./George Washington) chipped in 12 points and four boards.

The Royals were paced by junior forward Orie Pancione’s 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the floor. Junior guard George Johnson notched 14 points, six rebounds and five assists, while Hinson logged 12 points, six rebounds and five assists. Junior guard Todd Phillips added 11 points, seven assists and five rebounds.

Washington and Lee will be the No. 6 seed for the ODAC Tournament and will host 11th-seeded Emory & Henry for a first round game on Tuesday at 7:00 pm in the Warner Center.