W&L Men's Basketball Tops Southern Virginia, 85-60

William Brueggeman '21 drives to the hoop.

Buena Vista, Va. — The Washington and Lee men's basketball had four players score in double figures en route to an 85-60 victory at Southern Virginia on Tuesday.

The Generals (3-1) took a 12-5 lead in the first six minutes of the contest. During the initial spurt, senior guard Devin Kearns (Cibolo, Texas/Samuel Clemens) totaled four points, and junior forward Mark Croughan (Rye, N.Y./Rye) capped the run with a three-pointer at the top of the arc.

The Blue and White led 19-10 at the 11:33 mark, following a three-pointer by junior guard Kevin Dennin (Severna Park, Md./Severn School), but sophomore forward Jaron Anderson responded with triples on the next three possessions for the Knights (1-3) to trim the lead to 21-19 with 10:25 left in the half.

After a timeout by head coach Chris McHugh, sophomore guard William Brueggeman (Houston, Texas/Strake Jesuit College Prep) drained a triple, and then Kearns sunk two free throws to extend the advantage back to six, 26-19, with 9:03 remaining in the half.  

The Generals held a 33-28 lead with 5:17 to go in the first, but closed the period on an 11-6 run, highlighted by five points from sophomore forward Curtis Mitchell (Chevy Chase, Md./Georgetown Prep), to take a 44-34 spread into halftime.

W&L put the game away in the first three minutes of the second half. After McMillan split a pair of free throws, Mitchell sunk a layup to stretch the margin to 13 (47-34) at the 19:15 mark. A free throw by Kearns and a triple by Brueggeman sandwiched around two free throws by SVU, extended the advantage to 51-36 with 18:21 left in the contest.

The Blue and White split another pair of free throws, this time by Croughan, and then Bruggeman splashed another three to push the lead to 19, 55-36, with 16:44 remaining in the game. The Generals extended their lead to as large as 27 points over the final 15 minutes, before eventually claiming the contest, 85-60.

Brueggeman led the squad with 16 points on 4-of-7 from long range. He also grabbed seven rebounds. Mitchell totaled 14 points and nine rebounds. McMillan had 15 points, eight rebounds and three blocks, and Kerns added 11 points and four assists.

Anderson led SVU with 19 points and four rebounds. First-year forward Trey Dill totaled a game-high 10 rebounds.

The Knights shot 32.8 percent (20-of-61) from the field, and just 29.4 percent from long range. W&L finished 26-of-63 (41.3 percent) from the floor and 9-of-26 (34.6 percent) from downtown.

The Generals will break for Thanksgiving and return to action on Monday, when they play their first home game at the Duchossois Tennis Center against Mary Washington at 7:00 pm.  

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