LYNCHBURG, Va. — The Washington and Lee men's basketball team outscored Randolph, 55-28, in the second half en route to a 93-66 victory at the RAD Center on Wednesday evening.
The teams were tied, 38-38, at halftime, and were still knotted, 45-45, two minutes into the second period. From there, senior guard Devin Kearns (Cibolo, Texas/Samuel Clemens) scored a quick five points on a layup and a triple from the top of the key, and then a step-back jumper by sophomore guard William Brueggeman (Houston, Texas/Strake Jesuit College Prep) pushed the W&L advantage to 52-45 at the 16:22 mark.
The WildCats (10-14, 5-10 ODAC) trimmed the deficit to 54-50 with 14:24 left in the contest, but another 7-0 spurt, highlighted by five points from senior forward Roy McMillan (Raleigh, N.C./Broughton), stretched the Blue and White margin to 11 points (61-50) with 12:33 remaining on the clock.
The W&L lead was down to seven, 66-59, following a dunk by sophomore forward Justin Dula at the 8:54 mark, but then the Generals put the game away with a 14-0 run. Brueggeman started the onslaught with a layup, and then McMillan added one of his own to give W&L a 70-59 lead with 7:44 to go in the game.
McMillan made a fast-break layup on the team's next possession off a steal and assist from sophomore forward Curtis Mitchell (Chevy Chase, Md./Georgetown Prep), and then Brueggeman pushed the Generals' spread to 15 (74-59) with a bucket at the 6:31 mark.
A dunk by McMillan and a layup by Mitchell moved the margin to 78-59, and then Brueggeman capped the spurt with another layup to give the Blue and White an 80-59 lead with 5:40 left in the game. The Generals continued to extended the advantage the rest of the contest on their way to the 27-point win.
W&L notched a season-best 16 steals in the game, which marked the most since the Blue and White totaled 16 against Bridgewater on December 2, 2009. The Generals finished the night at 55.2 percent (37-of-67) shooting from the field, while holding Randolph to just 27-of-70 (38.6 percent) from the floor.
The Blue and White had six players in double figures for the third time this season. McMillan finished with a game-high 24 points on 8-of-12 from the floor and 7-of-7 from the free throw line. He also had seven rebounds and three blocks.
Kearns notched 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting, while Brueggeman totaled 15 points, three rebounds and four steals. Junior guard Trey Lewis (Houston, Texas/St. John's School) registered a career-best 11 points and Mitchell and junior guard Kevin Dennin (Severna Park, Md./Severn School) each had 10 points.
Senior guard Sammy Hooper led the WildCats with 20 points, but shot just 9-of-25 from the floor. He also had eight rebounds and five assists. Junior guard Brian Smith chipped in 11 points and three rebounds.
The 17 victories for W&L matches the win total from last season. The last time the Blue and White had more than 17 wins in a year was when the team went 20-7 during the 1988-89 campaign.
The Generals finish up regular-season play on Saturday at Guilford at 3:00 pm.
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