W&L Men's Basketball Hangs on for a 59-53 Win Over Methodist

W&L Men's Basketball Hangs on for a 59-53 Win Over Methodist

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Washington and Lee recorded just one field goal in the final 11:17 of the game, but still held on for a 59-53 victory over Methodist University on Wednesday evening at the Riddle Center.

W&L (10-5) led by seven points (23-16) at the break, but opened the second stanza with an 11-1 run to push out to a 34-17 lead with 14:52 remaining. The Generals scored their last field goal on a dunk by senior forward Zac White (Baltimore, Md./Park School) with 11:17 left in the game and pushed out to an 18-point lead (48-30) on a pair of free throws by senior forward Andrew Payne (Charleston, W.Va./George Washington) with 9:48 left in the game.

Methodist (0-15) began chipping away at the W&L advantage and used an 11-2 run to slice it to a four-point contest (52-48) on a three-pointer by sophomore forward Tanner Carnes with 1:21 left in the game. From there, the Generals sunk 8-of-9 shots from the foul line to hold on for the six-point win.

Washington and Lee scored its final 15 points from the foul line and finished the game 24-of-37 from the charity stripe. The Generals shot just 34.1 percent (15-44) from the field and committed 22 turnovers. Methodist shot just 35.2 percent (19-54) from the floor and was out-rebounded 41-32 on the evening.

White paced W&L with 13 points, five rebounds, three blocks and three steals. Senior forward Ben Goetsch (Timonium, Md./Gilman) notched 11 points and nine boards, while Payne contributed 10 points.

First-year guard Steven Kerr and sophomore guard Mark Jernigan led the Monarchs with 13 points each. Carnes chipped in 10 points and seven boards.

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