DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The Washington and Lee men's basketball team used a 19-0 run in the first half and a 19-12 spurt over the final seven minutes of the second to defeat The College at Brockport, 75-66, on Monday to claim the second annual Mauro Panaggio Tournament at the DME Sports Academy.
The Generals (7-3) trailed, 23-14, after the first eight minutes of the opening half, but then senior forward Roy McMillan (Raleigh, N.C./Broughton) tallied seven consecutive points in just three minutes to pull W&L to within two (23-21) at the 9:15 mark.
The Blue and White run continued following a three-pointer by sophomore guard William Brueggeman (Houston, Texas/Strake Jesuit College Prep) and a couple of free throws by senior guard Devin Kearns (Cibolo, Texas/Samuel Clemens) to give the Generals a 26-23 lead with 7:35 remaining in the half.
Another triple by Brueggeman and four straight points by Kearns extended the run to 19-0, and stretched the W&L margin to 33-23 with 5:35 on the clock. The Blue and White eventually took a 38-33 edge into halftime.
The Golden Eagles (6-4) slowly whittled away the Generals' lead and climbed to within two (56-54) with 7:29 left in the contest. McMillan once again ignited a W&L scoring run, notching seven straight points over next two minutes to stretch the Blue and White lead to nine, 63-54.
Kearns then capped off the 9-0 spurt with a layup to give the Generals a 65-54 advantage with 4:52 on the clock. W&L held at least a five-point margin the rest of the way en route to the nine-point victory.
McMillan surpassed the 20-point plateau for the second straight game, totaling 25 points on 10-of-21 from the floor. He also had 11 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the year. Following the conclusion of the game, he was named the Tournament MVP.
Kearns notched 15 points, five rebounds and five assists, and he was named to the All-Tournament Team. Brueggeman added 12 points and six rebounds.
W&L controlled the glass, holding a 50-36 advantage in rebounding. The Generals also had a season-high 20 offensive rebounds. Both teams shot just north of 35.0 percent from the field, but the Blue and White made 42.3 percent (11-of-26) of its shots from long range, while Brockport connected on just 5-of-18 (27.8 percent) from beyond the arc.
Junior forward Justin Summers led the Golden Eagles with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Senior guard Chris Atkinson had 13 points and six assists, and sophomore guard Devante Hagins registered 10 points, eight rebounds and four steals.
The Generals next compete on Friday, December 28, when they host the W&L Holiday Tournament. The Blue and White plays Centre on the first day at 1:00 pm.
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