SALEM, Va. -- Sixth-seeded Washington and Lee shot 50 percent from the floor (18-36), 50 percent from three-point land (9-18), and 75 percent (15-20) from the free throw line, but it wasn't enough as Roanoke edged the Generals, 66-60, in the Semifinals of the ODAC Tournament in Salem, Va.
W&L shot 55.6 percent and led by as many as six points on several occasions in posting a 29-27 halftime advantage.
The Generals (9-16) held the lead until the 15:47 mark of the second half, when Colby Leftwich gave the Maroons a 35-34 lead on a lay-up. W&L could not regain the lead although it made things nip-and-tuck for much of the remainder of the game before the Maroons (22-4) pulled away late in the contest.
W&L was led by freshman forward Ryan Small (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park), who scored 14 points on 3-of-5 shooting from beyond the three-point arc. Junior guard Will Ballard (Elkin, N.C./Elkin) notched 13 points and tied a career-high with seven rebounds, while senior center Brian Ricketts (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis University School) scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds. Ricketts set a new ODAC Tournament record by going 13-for-13 from the free throw line in the Generals' two games. Ballard was 9-of-9 from the line in the tournament as well.
Jason Strickland led Roanoke with 20 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the floor. He also grabbed eight rebounds and tied an ODAC Tournament record with eight steals in the game. Brad Dunleavy notched 15 points, while Colby Leftwich tallied 11 points and five boards.
Roanoke meets top-seeded Hampden-Sydney in the championship game on Monday evening at 7:00 pm.
SALEM, Va. -- Sixth-seeded Washington and Lee was a perfect 19-of-19 from the free throw line and posted a 55-50 win over third seeded Bridgewater in the quarterfinals of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament. Washington and Lee (9-15) advances to Sunday's semifinal and will play Roanoke at 4 pm. Bridgewater finishes its season 17-8, falling in the ODAC Quarterfinals for the second consecutive season.
The perfect 19-of-19 performance at the line ties the ODAC record for team free throw percentage in a game while setting a new W&L record.
Senior center Brian Ricketts (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis University School) recorded a double-double for Washington and Lee with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Ricketts was the only W&L performer in double figures, while five different players contributed eight points each.
Matt Stevens led Bridgewater with 16 points, connecting on 7-of-11 field goals. Kyle Williford added 10 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. The Eagles committed just nine turnovers but struggled at a .352 rate from the field.
Washington and Lee never trailed in the first half and held a 27-23 lead at the break. The Eagles took their first lead of the game, 45-44, with 4:31 remaining on a Stevens lay-up. Single free throws by Shane Burnette and Brad Harrington gave BC a three-point advantage, 47-44 with 2:23. Ricketts netted a lay-up and added a free-throw for a three-point play to tie the game at 47 with 2:04 remaining. The Generals scored their final eight points of the game from the line, hitting 8-of-8 free throws in the final minute, while Bridgewater connected on just one of its five field goal attempts after taking the three-point lead.
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Washington and Lee men's basketball team earned the sixth seed in the upcoming ODAC Tournament with a huge 74-56 victory at Guilford College on Wednesday evening. The win was the first for the Generals on the road this season.
W&L (8-15, 6-12 ODAC) went on a 9-0 run early in the first half on three consecutive three-pointers by freshman Ryan Small (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) to take an 18-9 lead over the Quakers (6-18, 4-14 ODAC). The Generals took the lead into halftime, holding a 33-26 advantage. Despite shooting only 38.9 percent in the second stanza, W&L never trailed, cruising to the 74-56 win.
The Generals shot a torrid 65.0 percent from the floor in the first half, including 5-of-8 from behind the three-point arc. For the game, W&L hit 10-of-16 treys, including a combined 7-of-11 from Small and junior guard Chad Braley (Huntington, W.Va./Paul Blazer). Small led the Generals with a career-high 18 points, while Braley and senior guard Walt Plyler (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) each hit for 14 markers. Plyler's career high included 7-of-8 from the charity stripe which proved crucial in maintaining the Generals' second-half advantage. Brian Ricketts (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis Univ. School) led the Generals on the boards with a game-high 8 rebounds.
Leading the Quakers in scoring was Todd Ashworth with 11 points. Brad Woolley and John Carter each chipped in with 10 points. Guilford shot just 36.1 percent from the floor, and hit just 2-of-16 three-point attempts in the contest.
W&L will return to action on Saturday, as it faces the third-seeded Bridgewater Eagles in the ODAC Tournament Quarterfinals in Salem, Va. The game is set to begin at 8:00 pm.
LEXINGTON, Va. -- Bridgewater held W&L to just 16 points on 15.6 percent shooting from the floor in the second half in erasing a seven-point (29-22) halftime deficit en route to defeating Washington and Lee, 59-45, at the Warner Center.
The Eagles began to second half on a 9-0 run over the first 3:45 to take a 31-29 lead and continued to extend that lead in cruising to the win.
Bridgewater (17-7, 12-6) was led by senior forward Brad Harrington (Richmond, Va./Monacan), who scored 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the floor. Sophomore center Kyle Williford (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) scored 10 points, collected eight rebounds, blocked six shots, and dished out five assists, while junior forward Shane Burnette (Richmond, Va./Lloyd C. Bird) scored eight points and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds.
Washington and Lee (7-15, 5-12) was paced by freshman guard Toussaint Crawford (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti), who scored 14 points. Senior center Brian Ricketts (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis University School) scored six points and collected a team-high eight rebounds.
Bridgewater shot 56.5 percent in the second half, 43.1 percent in the game, and outrebounded the Generals, 42-32.
W&L will be in action again on Wednesday evening as it travels to Guilford for a 7:30 pm contest.
SALEM, Va. -- Washington and Lee held Roanoke to 20 percent shooting in the first half and 41 percent for the game but the 21st-ranked Maroons forced 34 General turnovers in defeating W&L, 69-55, on Saturday evening in Salem, Va.
W&L trailed by just one point (20-19) at the break, but a 20-4 second half run by Roanoke broke the game open and gave the Maroons a 51-33 lead with 7:02 remaining. The Generals would not challenge from that point on.
The Generals (7-14, 5-11) were led by freshman guard Toussaint Crawford (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti), who scored 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Freshman forward Ryan Small (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) tallied 11 points, while senior center Brian Ricketts (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis University School) collected a game-high nine rebounds.
Roanoke (19-4, 14-3) was led by Colby Leftwich and Brad Dunleavy, who each tallied 17 points. Ben Halterman notched 12 points in the win.
Washington and Lee will next play on Monday evening at 7:00 as it hosts Bridgewater in a 7:00 pm contest.