LEXINGTON, Va. — Washington and Lee sophomore guard William Brueggeman (Houston, Texas/Strake Jesuit College Prep) scored 28 points on 10-of-14 shooting, and the Generals set a new single-season program record for blocks in a 94-66 victory over Eastern Mennonite on Wednesday at the Duchossois Tennis Center.
The Generals (15-7, 8-5 ODAC) held a 15-13 advantage at the 14:11 mark of the opening half, and then back-to-back layups by sophomore forward Curtis Mitchell (Chevy Chase, Md./Georgetown Prep) and first-year guard Tevin Panchal (Belmont, Calif./Spire Academy) extended the lead to 19-13. On the Blue and White's next possession, Panchel drained two free throws to put W&L in front, 21-13, at the 13:08 mark.
The margin was nine (34-25) with 6:22 remaining in the period, but five straight points from senior forward Roy McMillan (Raleigh, N.C./Broughton) and jumper by Mitchell pushed the Generals' lead to 16, 41-25, with 4:24 left in the half. Each team scored eight points over the final four minutes, with the Blue and White carrying a 49-33 advantage into the break.
W&L stretched the lead to 22 (55-33) in the first three minutes of the second half, which included four points from Brueggeman, but the Royals (9-13, 4-9 ODAC) eventually trimmed the deficit to 14, 63-49, with 8:14 left on the clock. The Generals quickly extended the margin back 18 (69-51) at the 7:02 mark with triples by first-year guard Mark Lamendola (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mount Lebanon) and Brueggeman sandwiched around a layup by EMU sophomore forward DJ Hill.
The lead never dropped below 16 the rest of the way, as the Blue and White claimed the 28-point win. W&L registered seven blocks in the contest with Mitchell doing most of the heavy lifting with six. The seven blocks brought the team's season total to 127, breaking the previous program record of 125 set during the 1978-79 campaign.
The Generals made 52.2 percent (35-of-67) of their shots from the floor, and sunk 83.3 percent (15-of-18) of their free throws. The Royals shot 27-of-62 (43.5 percent) from the field and 10-of-18 (55.6 percent) from the line.
Brueggeman's 28 points were one off his career high of 29 set earlier this year against Mary Washington. Along with going 10-of-14 from the field, he sunk 5-of-8 from beyond the arc.
McMillan totaled 15 points, six rebounds and five assists, and Kearns notched 15 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals. Mitchell finished the night with eight points, eight rebounds and his six blocks, which tied his career-high. Mitchell, with 70 blocks this year, is just five away from tying the single-season school record of 75 blocks set by Rob Smitherman '81 in 1978-79.
Senior center Sammy Thomas paced EMU with 15 points and five rebounds, while senior guard Travis Clower had eight points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals.
The Generals return to action on Saturday, when they host Ferrum for Senior Day at 2:00 pm.
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