W&L Men’s Basketball Stumbles at EMU, 91-83

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HARRISONBURG, Va. — Eastern Mennonite used a 13-1 run at the start of the second half to defeat the Washington and Lee men’s basketball team, 91-83, on Wednesday at Yoder Arena.  
Holding a three-point lead (53-50) entering the second stanza, the Generals (3-6, 1-2 ODAC) scored just one point over the first six minutes of the period, while the Royals (4-6, 2-1 ODAC) netted 13 to assume a 63-54 lead with 14:02 left in the contest.
W&L trailed 69-58 with 11:24 on the clock, but a layup by junior guard Richie Manigault (Stewartsville, N.J./Phillipsburg), followed by back-to-back three-pointers by first-year guard Thomas Feigin (New York, N.Y./Trevor Day School) brought the Blue and White to within three (69-66) just two minutes later.  
The Royals lead was five, 83-78, with 5:06 on the clock after a three-pointer by senior guard Mizz Nyagwewe, and then neither team scored again until a layup by senior guard Mark Lamendola (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mount Lebanon) trimmed the deficit to 83-80 with 1:10 left in the contest. EMU answered the bucket with a layup by senior forward Mark Burkholder with 56 seconds remaining in the game.
Following a missed three-pointer, the Generals stole the ensuing in-bounds pass but came away with another empty possession and senior guard Tim Jones drained both free throws to extend the margin to seven (87-80) with just 30 seconds left in the game en route to the eight-point victory. The final two free throws capped a career-high 32 points for Jones to go with nine rebounds and six assists.
Sophomore forwards Jack d’Entremont (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Radnor) and Robert DiSibio (Sandy Hook, Conn./Newtown) each totaled 20 points to lead the Generals. DiSibio added six rebounds, while d’Entremont had nine rebounds and five assists. He also shot 7-of-9 from the floor and 4-of-5 from deep.
The Blue and White shot 69.0 percent (20-of-29) in the first half, but held just a three-point lead, 53-50, at the break. Jones led EMU with 20 points in the opening 20 minutes, while d’Entremont paced the Generals with 17 points on a perfect 6-of-6 from the floor.
For the contest, W&L finished at 46.3 percent (31-of-67) from the floor and 30.8 percent (12-of-39) from long range. The Royals shot 49.3 percent (33-of-67) from the field and 50.0 percent (13-of-26) from beyond the arc.
Nyagwegwe joined Jones in double figures with 19 points and Burkholder ended the night with 11 points and seven rebounds.
The Generals host Hampden-Sydney on Saturday at 2:00 pm.

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