Balanced Offense Sends Generals Past EMU, 80-57

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LEXINGTON, Va. — The Washington and Lee men’s basketball team had eight players total at least seven points and outscored Eastern Mennonite, 49-28, in the second half on its way to an 80-57 victory in the final basketball game at the Duchossois Tennis Center on Wednesday.

The Generals (19-5, 11-4 ODAC) held a 31-29 advantage at halftime, and then opened the second with seven straight points in just 2:30 to grab a 38-29 lead. The Royals (5-19, 3-12 ODAC) trimmed the margin to six, 41-35, with 14:50 on the clock, but then an 11-0 spurt by the Blue and White put the game away.

Sophomore guard Mark Lamendola (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mount Lebanon) opened the run with a triple from the corner off a feed from junior forward Curtis Mitchell (Chevy Chase, Md./Georgetown Prep). Senior guard Kevin Dennin (Severna Park, Md./Severn School) split a pair of free throws, and then Lamendola canned a jumper to push the score to 47-35 with 12:30 left in the contest.

First-year guard Richie Manigault (Stewartsville, N.J./Phillipsburg) drained a three-pointer on the next possession, and first-year guard Sam Wise (Winchester, Va./John Handley) converted two at the free throw line to extend the advantage to 17 (52-35) with 11:20 remaining in the game. The W&L lead did not drop below 15 points the rest of the way, as the squad cruised to the 23-point win.

First-year forward Robert DiSibio (Sandy Hook, Conn./Newtown) led the team with 11 points, while junior forward William Brueggeman (Houston, Texas/Strake Jesuit College Prep) totaled 10 points and five rebounds. Brueggeman was 2-of-3 from long range and now has 62 triples this year, which is tied for second on the program’s single-season list. The record is 63 held by Ian McClure ’05 and Bryan Watkins ’93.

Manigault registered nine points and four rebounds, and three players notched eight points. Mitchell had eight points, six rebounds and three blocks. He is now tied for third on the W&L single-season blocks list with 62. Lamendola had eight points and four steals, and Wise recorded eight points and two assists.

Sophomore guard Tevin Panchal (Belmont, Calif./Spire Academy) came off the bench to score seven points, and Dennin finished with seven points and five rebounds. Dennin made two three’s in the game and now has 61 this season, which is tied for the sixth-most in a single-season in W&L history.

The Generals finished the game at 50.8 percent (32-of-63) from the field, while holding EMU to 21-of-72 (29.2 percent). W&L also made 10-of-28 (35.7 percent) attempts from beyond the arc.

Junior forward DJ Hill led the Royals with 14 points and nine rebounds, while junior guard Tie Evans had 11 points, four assists and four steals.

With the victory and a Virginia Wesleyan win over Shenandoah, the Generals wrapped up the three seed for the conference tournament, receiving a bye to the quarterfinals. The 19 wins this year ties last year’s total, when W&L finished the year 19-8. The last time the Blue and White won 20 games in a season was during the 1988-89 season when the team went 20-7.

This marked the final basketball game in the Duchossois Tennis Center for the team, as W&L will play its home games in Holekamp Gym in the new Duchossois Athletic and Recreation Center during the 2020-21 season. In two years playing in the DTC, the Generals registered an 18-4 record at home.

W&L plays its final game of the regular season on Saturday at Ferrum at 2:00 pm.

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