DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The Washington and Lee men's basketball team shot 52.9 percent from the floor, and senior forward Roy McMillan (Raleigh, N.C./Broughton) notched a game-high 23 points, as the Generals defeated Nazareth on Sunday, 94-68, on day one of the Mauro Panaggio Tournament at the DME Sports Academy in Dayton Beach, Fla.
The Blue and White (6-3) held a 39-31 lead at halftime, but then opened the second on a 21-4 run to put the game away. McMillan started the spurt with back-to-back three pointers in the first 30 seconds of the half to push the advantage to 45-31.
The Golden Flyers (4-4) canned a jumper to trim the margin to 45-33 at the 18:52 mark, but senior guard Devin Kearns (Cibolo, Texas/Samuel Clemens) answered with a layup to push the score to 47-33. Following a couple of free throws by Nazareth and three points from sophomore forward Curtis Mitchell (Chevy Chase, Md./Georgetown Prep), the W&L lead stood at 50-35 with 16:34 left in the game.
Over the next four minutes, the Generals scored 12 straight points, shooting 5-of-8 from the field with two triples, to grab a 27-point cushion (62-35) with 12:58 left on the clock. The lead ballooned to as large as 37 points over the final 13 minutes, with W&L cruising to the 94-68 win.
McMillan connected on 9-of-14 shots from the field and 3-of-5 from downtown on his way to 23 points. He also had seven rebounds and two steals. The Generals had six players score in double figures with Mitchell, Kearns, sophomore guard William Brueggeman (Houston, Texas/Strake Jesuit College Prep) and first-year guard Tevin Panchal (Belmont, Calif./Spire Academy) each totaling 11 points. Junior guard Kevin Dennin (Severna Park, Md./Severn School) added 10 points.
The Blue and White was 36-of-68 (52.9 percent) from the floor and 9-of-20 (45.0 percent) from beyond the arc. Nazareth shot just 34.8 percent (23-of-66) from the field and 22.7 percent (5-of-22) from long range. W&L also held a 52-30 advantage on the glass.
Junior guard Cody Green led the Golden Flyers with 13 points off the bench. Senior forward Chris Jones had six points and seven rebounds.
The Generals will play the winner of the The College of Brockport and Gallaudet on Monday at 2:30 pm in the championship game of the tournament. The Golden Eagles and Bison played at 2:00 pm on Sunday.
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