WINCHESTER, Va. – The Washington and Lee men’s basketball team used a 28-4 run to start the game on its way to a 98-66 victory at Shenandoah on Wednesday.
The Generals (5-6, 3-2 ODAC) opened the contest with back-to-back triples by sophomore forward Jack d’Entremont (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Radnor) and junior guard Richie Manigault (Stewartsville, N.J./Phillipsburg). A pair of free throws by d’Entremont stretched the lead to 8-0, and then two free throws by first-year forward Mekhi Mims put the Hornets (2-10, 1-2 ODAC) on the board.
After a layup by d’Entremont and two more free throws by the Hornets pushed the score to 10-4 with 16:16 left in the half, the Blue and White tallied the next 18 points to extend the margin to 28-4 with 11:16 remaining in the period. W&L went 7-of-10 from the field over those five minutes of play, while Shenandoah missed all five of its shots during the span and turned the ball over four times.
The Generals continued to stretch its lead the rest of the half. Senior guard Tevin Panchal (Belmont, Calif./Sacred Heart Prep) pushed the margin to 30 (38-8) with a triple with 7:43 left in the half, and then a three-pointer by sophomore forward Robert DiSibio (Sandy Hook, Conn./Newtown) with 39 seconds remaining extended the advantage to 38, 54-16, as the Blue and White eventually carried a 56-20 margin into the break.
The 20 points were the fewest for a Generals’ opponent in the first half since holding Cairn to 20 first-half points on December 29, 2013. In the second, the W&L lead ballooned to as many as 44 points en route to the 32-point victory.
A large discrepancy in field goal percentage led to the Blue and White’s win. The Generals shot 50.0 percent (36-of-72) from the floor, while Shenandoah made just 19-of-63 (30.2 percent) from the field. W&L also connected on 17-of-40 (42.5 percent) from long range, while the Hornets made 31.8 percent (7-of-22).
The Blue and White had five players in double figures with d’Entremont leading the way with 17 points, six rebounds and three assists. Panchal added 15 points on 5-of-8 from long range, to go with five assists and two steals.
Sophomore guard Drew Harrell (Collingswood, N.J./Paul VI) notched a career-high 14 points, Manigault contributed 12 points and DiSibio chipped in 10 points and eight rebounds.
First-year forward Trevor Kelly led Shenandoah with 14 points and three blocks. Senior forward Deondre McNeil added 11 points and seven rebounds.
The Generals return to action on Saturday when they play at 15th-ranked Roanoke at 2:00 pm.