MORRISTOWN, N.J. — Senior guard Devin Kearns (Cibolo, Texas/Samuel Clemens) had 19 points and six assists to lead the Washington and Lee men's basketball team to an 82-72 win over Dickinson at the Rose City Classic on Friday at the College of Saint Elizabeth.
The two teams were tied, 15-15, through 10 minutes of the opening half, but back-to-back triples by first-year guard Tevin Panchal (Belmont, Calif./Spire Academy) and Kearns gave the Generals (2-0) a 21-15 advantage with 9:01 remaining in the first.
Following a missed jumper by the Red Devils (0-2), senior forward Roy McMillan (Raleigh, N.C./Broughton) made a layup, and then a jumper by senior guard Alex Starr (Upper Saddle River, N.J./Northern Highlands Regional) stretched the W&L lead to double digits (25-15) with 7:40 on the clock. Dickinson trimmed the margin to three, 32-29, with 2:39 remaining in the period, but the Blue and White went on a 5-2 run to enter intermission with a six-point advantage (37-31).
A 5-0 run by sophomore guard William Brueggeman (Houston, Texas/Strake Jesuit College Prep) in the first minute of the second half extended the Generals' lead to 11 (42-31). The margin was eight points, 44-36, with 17:03 left in the contest, but then W&L went on a 10-0 spurt over the next four minutes of action to push the lead to 54-36 at the 13:44 mark.
Consecutive layups by the Red Devils cut the deficit to 14 with 13 minutes left in the game, but then a layup by Kearns, a three-pointer by first-year guard Mark Lamendola (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mount Lebanon) and a layup by McMillan pushed the Blue and White's advantage to 61-40 with 11:18 on the clock. Dickinson whittled away at the lead over the final 10 minutes, but the margin did not drop below seven points, as W&L held on for the 10-point victory.
Kearns went 13-of-15 from the foul line on his way to his season-high 19 points. He also had two steals and two rebounds. McMillan registered his second consecutive double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Brueggeman contributed 14 points and four rebounds.
Senior guard Elijah Wright led the Red Devils with a game-high 21 points on 8-of-17 from the floor. Senior guard Mike Hinckley had 20 points and four rebounds.
W&L held a 44-34 advantage on the glass, and made 12 more free throws in the game than Dickinson. The Generals were 27-of-39 (69.2 percent) from the charity stripe, while the Red Devils went 15-of-23 (65.2 percent) from the foul line.
The Blue and White will play Drew in the championship game of the Rose City Classic on Saturday at 4:00 pm at New Jersey City University.
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