LEXINGTON, Va. — The Washington and Lee men's basketball team held Virginia Wesleyan to 33.8 percent shooting from the field and forced 19 Marlins' turnovers en route to a 75-59 victory on Saturday at the Duchossois Tennis Center.
Both teams struggled offensively in the game's opening minutes with the score knotted, 9-9, at the 11:48 mark, but then a fast-break dunk by sophomore forward Curtis Mitchell (Chevy Chase, Md./Georgetown Prep), a layup by senior forward Roy McMillan (Raleigh, N.C./Broughton) and a jumper by senior guard Devin Kearns (Cibolo, Texas/Samuel Clemens) gave the Generals (14-7, 7-5 ODAC) a 15-9 edge with 10:32 to go in the half.
The Blue and White continued to stretch the margin the rest of the period and took a 32-21 lead into halftime. Five points in the first two-plus minutes of the second, capped on a triple by first-year guard Mark Lamendola (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mount Lebanon), extended the W&L advantage to 38-21 with 17:37 remaining in the game.
Facing a 40-23 deficit just a minute later, the Marlins (10-12, 8-5 ODAC) scored nine straight points to cut the gap to 40-32 at the 14:54 mark. Virginia Wesleyan looked to bring the margin to within five on its next possession, but senior guard Keijon Honore missed a pull-up three-pointer in transition.
McMillan secured the rebound on the miss and quickly advanced the ball up the floor to sophomore guard William Brueggeman (Houston, Texas/Strake Jesuit College Prep). Brueggeman dribbled up the left side into the paint and dished a bounce pass to a cutting Mitchell. Mitchell dropped in a layup while being fouled and sunk the free throw to push the lead back to 10 (42-32) with 14:29 on the clock.
Mitchell's three-point play ignited a 16-1 run over the next three minutes for the Blue and White, which effectively put the game away for the Generals. During the spurt, Brueggeman registered seven points, a steal and an assist, as W&L assumed a 56-33 lead with 11:11 left in the game.
The margin hovered around 20 points for the rest of the contest, with the Generals walking away with the 16-point victory. W&L tied a season-high with 14 steals, including six from Lamendola. The six steals tied a season-high for the first year, and was just one off the program single-game record of seven held by Guy Kerr '75.
McMillan ended the contest with a game-high 19 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Mitchell contributed 13 points on 5-of-8 from the floor with two blocks. Mitchell is now solo second on the W&L single-season blocks list with 64. Rob Smitherman '81 holds the record with 75 set during the 1978-79 season.
The Marlins made just 23-of-68 (33.8 percent) attempts from the floor and 4-of-22 (18.2 percent) from beyond the arc. The Generals shot 41.3 percent (26-of-43) from the field and 34.8 percent (8-of-23) from long range.
Sophomore guard Tyree Golston led VWU with 14 points and nine rebounds and junior guard Lamont Steward totaled 13 points and six boards.
The Generals continue their three-game home stand on Wednesday, when they host Eastern Mennonite at 7:00 pm.
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