LEXINGTON, Va. — Senior guard Devin Kearns (Cibolo, Texas/Samuel Clemens) and senior forward Roy McMillan (Raleigh, N.C./Broughton) combined for 41 points and 10 assists in leading the Washington and Lee men's basketball team to a 97-85 victory over Ferrum on Saturday at the Duchossois Tennis Center.
The Generals (16-7, 9-5 ODAC) took an early 10-point lead in the first few minutes of the game, but the Panthers (5-18, 4-10 ODAC), propelled by 16 of senior guard Marcus Huff's game-high 33 points, eventually tied the score (27-27) with 3:45 left in the period.
The W&L extended the margin back to a handful of points, but the advantage was cut to three (41-38), following a triple by junior guard Rashad Reed with 31 seconds on the clock. A Blue and White turnover with two seconds left looked like it would secure the three-point margin for intermission, but McMillan stole the ensuing Ferrum in-bounds pass and splashed a triple from the left corner as time expired to give the Generals a 44-38 lead at the break.
W&L used an 11-3 run, capped on a three-pointer by sophomore guard William Brueggeman (Houston, Texas/Strake Jesuit College Prep), in the opening three minutes of the second to assume a 55-42 advantage by the 17:17 mark. The Panthers answered with 13 of the next 16 points, including three triples by Huff, to trim the deficit to three (58-55) by the 14:13 mark.
First-year guard Tevin Panchal (Belmont, Calif./Spire Academy) then went on his own 7-2 spurt to stretch the W&L margin to seven, 64-57, with 13:31 to go in the game. The spread was eight (74-66) with 8:28 remaining on the clock, but then a three-pointer by first-year guard Mark Lamendola (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mount Lebanon), a jumper by Kearns and a triple by junior guard Kevin Dennin (Severna Park, Md./Severn School) from the far right corner pushed lead to 82-66 with 7:19 left in the contest.
W&L maintained at least a 12-point edge the rest of the way to ensure the victory. The Generals shot 55.2 percent (32-of-58) from the field, including 20-of-24 (83.3 percent) on two-point field goals. W&L was also 12-of-34 (35.3 percent) from long range and 21-of-26 (80.8 percent) from the free throw line.
Ferrum made 33-of-67 (49.3 percent) shots from the floor, including 43.5 percent (10-of-23) from downtown. Huff did most of the damage from long range, draining 5-of-8 attempts from deep.
The Blue and White had 21 assists in the contest, marking the seventh time this year the team has registered at least 20. W&L also totaled 10 steals, which was a catalyst to the Generals holding a 30-12 advantage in fast-break points.
Kearns was 7-of-9 from the floor on his way to a team-high 21 points. He also had five assists and three rebounds. McMillan totaled 20 points on 6-of-12 shooting, to go with five assists, five rebounds, three steals and two blocks.
Lamendola had 12 points and three steals, and Brueggeman chipped in 10 points. Sophomore forward Curtis Mitchell (Chevy Chase, Md./Georgetown Prep) recorded nine points, seven rebounds and two blocks.
Huff paced Ferrum with his 33 points on 13-of-21 from the floor. He also added three assists. Reed came off the bench to notch 18 points, five rebounds and three assists.
The Generals honored their three seniors before the game in Kearns, McMillan and guard Alex Starr (Upper Saddle River, N.J./Northern Highlands Regional). Starr finished the day with six points and three rebounds. W&L next plays at Randolph on Wednesday at 7:00 pm.
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