HARRISONBURG, Va. — Senior forward Roy McMillan (Raleigh, N.C./Broughton) scored his 1,000th career point, and the Washington and Lee men's basketball team used an 18-8 edge in second-chance points to earn a 75-63 victory at Eastern Mennonite on Wednesday night.
The Generals (11-4, 4-2 ODAC) held a 12-11 lead with 13:54 left in the first half, but then went on a 10-2 run over the next five minutes to take a 22-13 advantage.
W&L had five different players register a bucket during the spurt, and forced the Royals (8-7, 3-3 ODAC) to commit three turnovers in that span. The margin stayed above eight points the rest of the half, as the Generals took a 34-25 lead into the break.
EMU trimmed the lead to seven points (43-36) with 14:14 left in the game, but a three-pointer by junior guard Kevin Dennin (Severna Park, Md./Severn School) and a layup by sophomore forward Curtis Mitchell (Chevy Chase, Md./Georgetown Prep) quickly pushed the margin back to 12, 48-36, at the 13:35 mark.
The lead hovered around 10 points over the next two minutes, and then a layup from the right side of the hoop with 11:49 on the clock by McMillan pushed the senior over 1,000 points for his career and gave W&L a 54-42 spread. The Generals lead then stayed in double digits the rest of the contest, as they coasted to the 12-point win.
Sophomore guard William Brueggeman (Houston, Texas/Strake Jesuit College Prep) finished with a team-high 15 points, while senior guard Devin Kearns (Cibolo, Texas/Samuel Clemens) had 14 points and four assists. Mitchell stuffed the stat sheet with eight points, seven rebounds, five blocks and two steals.
First-year guard Mark Lamendola (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mount Lebanon) totaled 11 points, seven rebounds, two blocks and two assists. McMillan ended the night with 10 points and five rebounds. He now has 1,004 points over his four seasons. He is just the 27th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point milestone, joining Kearns who is currently 15th all-time in scoring with 1,249 points.
The Generals shot 47.7 percent (31-of-65) from the field, while holding the Royals to 25-of-59 (42.4 percent) from the floor. EMU was 42.9 percent (6-of-14) from long range, while W&L was 7-of-21 (33.3 percent).
Sophomore point guard Tim Jones paced EMU with a game-high 19 points on 8-of-12 from the floor. He also had four rebounds and three assists. Junior guard Jamel Howard and senior center Sammy Thomas each registered 10 points.
The Generals return to action on Saturday, when they play at Hampden-Sydney at 2:00 pm.
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