LEXINGTON, Va. — The Washington and Lee men's basketball team outrebounded Clarks Summit, 58-26, en route to a 105-78 victory on Friday on day one of the W&L Holiday Tournament at the Warner Center. The 58 rebounds marked the most for the Blue and White since at least the year 2000.
The Generals (7-3) never trailed in the contest and had a double-digit lead (15-5) by the 16:15 mark. Over the next nine minutes of game action, W&L scored 27 of 35 points to build a 29-point advantage (42-13) with seven minutes remaining in the half. Senior forward Clayton Murtha (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) notched 10 points and six rebounds during the run to pace the Blue and White.
The Defenders (1-8) did not get any closer than 25 points the rest of the game, as the Generals coasted to the 27-point (105-78) victory. Out of the 58 boards for W&L, 25 came on the offensive glass, which led to 32 second-chance points. Each team shot roughly 47 percent from the floor, but due to the rebounding disparity, the Blue and White took 14 more shots from the field and 17 more attempts from the foul line.
The Generals had eight players tally at least eight points. First-year William Brueggeman (Houston, Texas/Strake Jesuit College Prep) totaled 16 points off the bench to lead the team in scoring. Murtha notched a double-double with 15 points and 15 rebounds. The 15 rebounds tied a career-high. Junior forward Roy McMillan (Raleigh, N.C./Broughton) registered 13 points and four rebounds.
Sophomore guard Preston Huckaby led the Defenders with 21 points on 7-of-12 from the field. Sophomore guard John McCloskey added 14 points and six rebounds.
The 105 points are the most for the Generals since the team scored 115 points in a 115-106 victory at Emory & Henry on January 23, 2008.
The Blue and White has now won eight consecutive home games, dating back to February 11, 2017. It is the longest home winning streak for the program since the team won 17 straight home contests from February 6, 1987 until November 18, 1989.
W&L takes on 25th-ranked York (Pa.) in the championship game of the W&L Holiday Tournament on Saturday at 4:00 pm. The Spartans defeated second-ranked Middlebury, 90-87, in overtime on Friday in the second game of the tournament.
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