Murtha Propels W&L Men's Basketball to 79-55 Win over Marlins

Murtha Propels W&L Men's Basketball to 79-55 Win over Marlins

LEXINGTON, Va. — Senior forward Clayton Murtha (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) totaled 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Washington and Lee men's basketball team to a 79-55 victory over Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday at the Warner Center.

The Generals (13-8, 8-4 ODAC) jumped out to a 13-6 lead in the opening six minutes of the contest. The Marlins (13-8, 7-5 ODAC) chipped away at the margin over the next three minutes and trailed, 18-12, with 11:34 remaining in the half.

The Blue and White then scored the next 10 points, with senior forward Nicholas George (Charleston, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) canning back-to-back triples during the run, to push the W&L lead to 16 (28-12) with 9:43 on the clock. Both teams struggled to score over the final 10 minutes of the half, as the Generals took a 44-26 advantage into the break.

VWU recorded the first four points of the second half, including a fast-break dunk by sophomore forward Percy Burt, but two taunting technicals were assessed to the Marlins following the play. Junior forward Roy McMillan (Raleigh, N.C./Broughton) sunk three of the four free throws to regain a 17-point spread, 47-30, for W&L.

On the Generals' next possession, junior guard Devin Kearns (Cibolo, Texas/Samuel Clemens) drained a pull-up three-pointer to extend the lead to 20 (50-30) with 18:33 remaining in the contest. Virginia Wesleyan eventually whittled the deficit to 12, 57-45, with 11:13 to go in the game on a layup by first-year forward Tim Fisher.

The Blue and White answered with a 7-0 spurt, capped on a fast-break dunk by McMillan to push the lead to 64-45 at the 6:58 mark. The Generals maintained at least a 16-point advantage the rest of the period, as they coasted to the 24-point win.

Murtha was 9-of-13 from the field to total his 25 points. Kearns registered 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting and four assists, and McMillan had nine points and nine rebounds.

The Generals held the Marlins to just 19-of-65 (29.2 percent) from the floor and 4-of-21 (19.0 percent) from downtown. The Blue and White also held a 50-40 rebounding advantage.

W&L shot 49.1 percent (28-of-57) from the field, but just 26.9 percent (7-of-26) from long range and 51.6 percent (16-of-31) from the foul line.

Junior point guard Keijon Honore led VWU with 12 points and three assists, and Fisher came off the bench to tally 11 points, five rebounds and three assists.

The Generals return to action on Wednesday, when they play at Shenandoah at 7:00 pm.

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