W&L Men's Basketball Succumbs to No. 17 Randolph-Macon, 84-76

Kevin Dennin

ASHLAND, Va. – The 17th-ranked Randolph-Macon men's basketball team limited Washington and Lee to just four points over a 12:06 stretch of the second half to pull away for an 84-76 win over the Generals on Wednesday evening at Crenshaw Gym.

The Generals (4-2, 0-1) held a 54-53 lead with 15:00 remaining in the second half following a three-point play by senior guard Alex Starr (Upper Saddle River, N.J. / Northern Highlands Regional).  Starr hit a running layup and was fouled, making the subsequent free throw to give W&L the lead.

However, the game turned from that point, as the Blue & White managed to hit just two of its next 16 shots from the floor.  The Yellow Jackets (8-0, 2-0) shot 8-for-15 themselves during the same stretch that turned a one-point deficit into a 72-58 lead with just under three minutes remaining in the game.

The Generals rebounded to score 18 points in the final 2:54 of the game, but simply could not overcome the double-digit deficit.

W&L played even with Randolph-Macon for much of the opening half, but assumed a nine-point lead (43-34) with 1:10 to go following a 13-1 run in a span of 2:50.  Junior guard Kevin Dennin (Severna Park, Md. / Severn School) did much of the damage during the spurt, hitting three consecutive triples to turn a three-point deficit (33-30) into a six-point lead (39-33) in a matter of 1:15.

Dennin finished with 17 points on 5-of-5 shooting from distance in the opening 20 minutes of action.  As a team, the Generals shot 51.5 percent (17-33) from the field and 41.2 percent (7-17) from beyond the arc in the first half.

Randolph-Macon finished the half with a 6-2 run and then opened the second stanza with a 9-2 advantage to take the lead back (49-47) with 17:16 left in the game.  The teams played virtually even for the next two minutes and change, until the cold spell moved the game out of reach for W&L.

The Generals hit just 12-of-34 (.353) shots in the second half and finished 29-67 (.433) for the game.  Senior forward Roy McMillan (Raleigh, N.C. / Broughton) totaled 22 points and 13 rebounds, shooting 9-of-16 from the floor and 4-of-8 from three.  Dennin finished with a career-high 22 points on 7-of-8 shooting, including 6-of-7 from beyond the arc.  Senior guard Devin Kearns (Cibolo, Texas / Samuel Clemens) added 10 points and eight assists as well.

The Yellow Jackets finished 34-of-64 (.531) from the field led by senior guard Grayson Midulla, who tallied 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting.  Senior forward Montese Adams posted 15 points and 13 boards, while sophomore guard Buzz Anthony contributed 13 points and 13 assists.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Virginia Wesleyan for a 2:00 pm contest.

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