Hot Shooting Hornets Down Men’s Hoops

Gennies struggled against Hornets, losing last seven games against Lynchburg


Nicholas George, ‘18, has hit a three pointer in all but three games this year. Photo courtesy of W&L Sports Info.

Lynchburg College shot 60.8 percent (31-51) from the field in posting a 91-76 victory over Washington and Lee in ODAC men’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Turner Gym.

The two teams were tied at 34-34 with 3:52 re- maining in the first half, but the Hornets used a 36-9 run across both halves to assume a 27-point lead (70-43) with 11:28 left in the second half. The Generals (10-10, 3-8) shot just 2-of-14 (.143) from the field during the stretch, while the Hornets (16- 5, 9-3) made 14-of-19 (.737) from the floor.

W&L then found the shooting stroke, as guard Andy Kleinlein, ‘17, knocked down a triple the next time down, igniting a 38-10 run for the Generals that cut it to a single-digit affair (80-71) with 3:45 remaining. Kleinlein made three triples during the stretch, and guard Nicholas George, ‘18, added seven points as well. However, LC made 9-for-10 from the foul line the rest of the way and the Generals could get no closer than the nine-point deficit.

Lynchburg opened the game with an 8-0 lead in the opening 2:09 of the contest on the strength of a three-point play and a shot from beyond the arc by guard Devante’ Young, ‘19.

The Hornets maintained a 20-14 lead follow- ing a triple by forward Austin Arnold, ‘16, at the 12:28 mark, but W&L went on an 11-1 run over the next 2:29 to assume a 25-21 lead at the 9:59 mark. Back-to-back three-pointers from guard Jalen Twine, ‘17, and guard Alex Starr, ‘19, began the run, while forward Clayton Murtha, ‘18, scored the final five points to complete the rally.

The Hornets pushed back to a five-point lead (34- 29) after a layup by Zack Burnett, ‘17, at 6:19, but the Generals fought back to tie it at 34-34 following a pair of free throws by Starr at the 3:52 mark. LC then closed the half with an 8-2 run and began the second stanza with a 28-7 surge to assume control.

W&L shot 24-of-55 (.436) from the floor and drilled 11-of-23 (.478) shots from beyond the arc. George tallied a career high 19 points on 5-of-8 shooting from distance, while Murtha also totaled 19 points. Kleinlein added 17 points, hitting 4-of-5 from beyond the arc.

Arnold scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead five Hornets in double figures. guard Lyndon White, ‘17, had 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting, Young had 14 points, guard Zack Burnett, ‘17, totaled 13 points and senior forward Alex Graves tallied 11 markers, ‘16.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Feb. 8 when it hosts Randolph-Macon for a 7:30 p.m. contest.