Hot Shooting Hornets Down W&L Men's Hoops, 91-76

Hot Shooting Hornets Down W&L Men's Hoops, 91-76

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Lynchburg College shot 60.8 percent (31-51) from the field in posting a 91-76 victory over Washington and Lee in ODAC men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Turner Gym. 

The two teams were tied at 34-34 with 3:52 remaining in the first half, but the Hornets used a 36-9 run across both halves to assume a 27-point lead (70-43) with 11:28 left in the second half.  The Generals (10-10, 3-8) shot just 2-of-14 (.143) from the field during the stretch, while the Hornets (16-5, 9-3) made 14-of-19 (.737) from the floor.

W&L then found the shooting stroke, as junior guard Andy Kleinlein (Chesterfield, Mo. / Chaminade College Prep) knocked down a triple the next time down, igniting a 38-10 run for the Generals that cut it to a single-digit affair (80-71) with 3:45 remaining.  Kleinlein made three triples during the stretch, and sophomore guard Nicholas George (Charleston, W. Va. / Charleston Catholic) added seven points as well.  However, LC made 9-for-10 from the foul line the rest of the way and the Generals could get no closer than the nine-point deficit.

Lynchburg opened the game with an 8-0 lead in the opening 2:09 of the contest on the strength of a three-point play and a shot from beyond the arc by first-year guard Devante' Young. 

The Hornets maintained a 20-14 lead following a triple by senior forward Austin Arnold at the 12:28 mark, but W&L went on an 11-1 run over the next 2:29 to assume a 25-21 lead at the 9:59 mark.  Back-to-back three-pointers from junior guard Jalen Twine (Missouri City, Texas / St. Thomas' Episcopal) and first-year guard Alex Starr (Upper Saddle River, N.J. / Northern Highlands Regional) began the run, while sophomore forward Clayton Murtha (Dallas, Texas / Highland Park) scored the final five points to complete the rally. 

The Hornets pushed back to a five-point lead (34-29) after a layup by Zack Burnett at 6:19, but the Generals fought back to tie it at 34-34 following a pair of free throws by Starr at the 3:52 mark.  LC then closed the half with an 8-2 run and began the second stanza with a 28-7 surge to assume control.

W&L shot 24-of-55 (.436) from the floor and drilled 11-of-23 (.478) shots from beyond the arc.  George tallied a career-high 19 points on 5-of-8 shooting from distance, while Murtha also totaled 19 points.  Kleinlein added 17 points, hitting 4-of-5 from beyond the arc.

Arnold scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead five Hornets in double figures. Junior guard Lyndon White had 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting, Young had 14 points, junior guard Zack Burnett totaled 13 points and senior forward Alex Graves tallied 11 markers.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Monday when it hosts Randolph-Macon for a 7:30 pm contest. 

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