GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Washington and Lee men's basketball team used a 12-0 run over the final six minutes of the first half to secure a 74-69 victory at Guilford on Saturday in the regular season finale for both teams.
The Generals (18-7, 11-5 ODAC) trailed 22-18 following 14 minutes of action in the opening half, but the W&L defense tightened, holding the Quakers (18-7, 12-4 ODAC) scoreless the rest of the period. On offense, senior guard Devin Kearns (Cibolo, Texas/Samuel Clemens) drained a jumper with 5:32 to go until intermission, and then he made a layup to tie the game (22-22) at the 5:04 mark.
A triple by junior guard Kevin Dennin (Severna Park, Md./Severn School) gave the Blue and White a 25-22 advantage with 2:51 on the clock, and then a layup by senior forward Roy McMillan (Raleigh, N.C./Broughton) pushed the margin to five (27-22) with 2:09 left in the half.
Kearns split a pair of free throws with 1:20 remaining and sophomore forward Curtis Mitchell (Chevy Chase, Md./Georgetown Prep) notched a layup with 47 ticks on the clock to give the Generals a 30-22 advantage at the break.
W&L pushed its lead out to double digits early in the second, but Guilford eventually cut the gap to four (52-48) with 6:25 left in the contest. Following a timeout by the Blue and White, Kearns splashed a triple, and first-year guard Mark Lamendola (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mount Lebanon) converted a layup to extend the spread back to nine (57-48) with 5:39 remaining in the contest.
Sophomore guard William Brueggeman (Houston, Texas/Strake Jesuit College Prep) capped the 8-0 run for the Generals with a three-pointer to push the lead to 12 (60-48) at the 4:11 mark. The Quakers played the foul game down the stretch, but W&L held on for the five-point win.
With the victory, the Generals have the most wins in a season since the 1988-89 team went 20-7. This marks just the 11th time in program history the team has won at least 18 games in a season.
Kearns went 7-of-11 from the floor to total a team-high 20 points. He also had four rebounds and three assists. Brueggeman finished with 19 points, canning 3-of-6 from beyond the arc, and notched seven rebounds and two steals. McMillan registered a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Senior forward Marcus Curry led the Quakers with 22 points and six rebounds. Senior forward Carson Long finished with 15 points and 13 boards, while junior guard Jaylen Gore and sophomore guard Joah Logan each had 10 points.
W&L held the Quakers to just 38.8 percent (26-of-67) shooting from the floor and 25.0 percent (6-of-24) from long range. The Blue and White made 24-of-55 (43.6 percent) shots from the field and 7-of-20 (35.0 percent) from beyond the arc.
The Generals finish the regular season tied for third in the ODAC standings with three other schools, but will be the five seed in the conference tournament. W&L will take on fourth-seeded Virginia Wesleyan in the quarterfinals of the tournament on Thursday at 3:00 pm at the Salem Civic Center.
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