W&L Men's Hoops Drops Heartbreaker to Roanoke, 60-59

W&L Men's Hoops Drops Heartbreaker to Roanoke, 60-59

SALEM, Va. – Junior guard Parrish Walker hit 1-of-2 free throws with just over five seconds remaining to lift Roanoke College to a 60-59 victory over Washington and Lee in ODAC men’s basketball action on Saturday evening at the Bast Center.

The Generals (9-5, 2-4) knotted the game at 59-59 when junior guard Jason Cimino (Branchburg, N.J./Immaculata) drilled a three-pointer with 16 seconds remaining. Senior forward Zac White (Baltimore, Md./Park School) then tried to draw a charge on Walker well away from the basket in the final seconds, but was called for the blocking foul, which set up Walker’s game-winning charity toss. W&L was unable to get off a shot on the final possession as Roanoke won for just the second time in its last nine games.

W&L committed 20 turnovers and shot just 39.7 percent (23-58) from the field, including 3-of-14 (.214) from the three-point arc.

Neither team led by more than five points in the opening stanza and Roanoke (6-9, 3-3) carried a 26-23 lead at the break. The Maroons used an 11-2 run midway through the second half to stretch out to an 11-point lead (47-36) with 8:45 remaining in the game. Roanoke maintained a seven-point lead (58-51) with 1:59 left in the contest, but the Generals cut it to a 58-56 game just 53 seconds later on a dunk by first-year forward J.D. Ey (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) and a three-pointer by White. After RC first-year guard Kwasi Amponsah hit 1-of-2 free throws and sophomore forward Michael McGeough missed the front end of a one-and-one, Cimino sunk the three-pointer than set up the game’s ending moments.

Senior forward Ben Goetsch (Timonium, Md./Gilman) led W&L with 16 points and eight rebounds, while White had 12 points and six boards. Senior forward Andrew Payne (Charleston, W.Va./George Washington) chipped in nine points and six rebounds.

Walker and junior guard Matt Crizer led Roanoke with 11 points each.

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