W&L Upsets Randolph in ODAC Tournament

From W&L athletics:

LYNCHBURG, Va. - Junior forward Jim Etling (Loveland, Colo. / Loveland) hit a three-pointer with 1:16 left to give 11th-seeded Washington and Lee the lead for good as the Generals posted a 66-62 win over sixth-seeded Randolph in the opening round of the ODAC Men's Basketball Tournament on Tuesday evening at the RAD Center.

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The Generals (7-19) trailed by six points (55-49) with 6:41 remaining following back-to-back three-pointers from Randolph (15-11) senior guard Mike Ehilegbu and sophomore forward Jason Eddie. W&L then took the lead back (56-55) following a 7-0 run that featured four points from sophomore forward Andrew Franz (Charlotte, N.C. / Ravenscroft) and a three-pointer by first-year guard Andy Kleinlein (Chesterfield, Mo. / Chaminade College Prep).

Randolph snatched the advantage back on a three-pointer by Eddie on the ensuing possession and held a 60-58 lead with 1:53 remaining following a pair of free throws by sophomore guard Evan Horn. Kleinlein found an open Etling at the elbow who drained a triple that gave the Generals a lead they would not relinquish. Sophomore forward Darren Douglas (Elmsford, N.Y. / Rye Country Day) then recorded a steal on the other end and Kleinlein drilled a three from the corner with 31 seconds left for a 64-60 lead.

Randolph sophomore guard Corey Brown cut it to two (64-62) on a layup with eight seconds left, but Etling calmly hit two free throws with seven seconds left to lift the Generals to their first win over the WildCats in the last eight meetings. The victory also came just six days after the Blue & White fell to Randolph, 80-57, at the RAD Center on Wednesday.

W&L jumped out to a 7-2 lead to start the game and held it until the WildCats scored with seven seconds left to assume a 25-23 lead at the break. Randolph pushed out to a seven-point lead (36-29) with 15:37 left to play, but a 13-3 run sparked by six points from senior guard Kevin Gill (Richmond, Va. / Benedictine) and five points from Kleinlein gave W&L its first lead of the second half (42-39) with 11:46 remaining. The Generals did not trail again until the back-to-back three's by Ehilegbu and Eddie around the seven-minute mark of the second half set up the exciting finish.

As a team, W&L shot 40.7 percent (22-54) from the floor and 8-of-18 (.444) from beyond the arc. The Generals also committed just eight turnovers and held a 39-32 advantage on the glass.

Franz led W&L with 19 points, six rebounds and three assists. Kleinlein totaled a career-high 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting, including 4-of-5 from three-point range. Senior forward Drew Kimberly (Fairfield, Conn. / Fairfield Ludlowe) notched 12 points and nine boards, while Etling finished with 10 points and five rebounds.

Ehilegbu paced the WildCats with 15 points and five rebounds. Eddie finished with 12 markers, while Brown totaled 10 points. For the game, W&L limited Randolph to just 36.2 percent (21-58) shooting.

Washington and Lee will return to action in the quarterfinals of the ODAC Tournament from the Salem Civic Center on Friday. The Generals will play third-seeded Guilford at 8:00 pm.


From Randolph athletics:

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Randolph fell in the first round of the ODAC tournament to visiting Washington & Lee.

In the RAD Center, Randolph (15-11) came out rather flat offensively, hitting on just one basket in the first 5:35.

Washington & Lee (7-19) couldn't get much going either, taking the lead but never pulling away by more than seven.

Randolph chipped away, finally getting its first lead of the game on a layup by junior Lucas Smith (Cloverdale, Va./Lord Botetourt) off a feed from sophomore Seth Wimbish (Fairdale, W.V./Liberty) with seven ticks left in the first half.

After the Generals tied the game early in the second, Randolph used a 6-0 run courtesy of a three by sophomore Evan Horn (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) and a three point play by sophomore Corey Brown (Williamsburg, Va./Walsingham).

W&L used a 4-0 run and a 9-0 run surrounding a Brown three to turn a deficit into a three point edge.

The teams remained close, sitting tied with 8:01 left.

Randolph scored six straight on back-to-back threes by senior Mike Ehilegbu (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft) and sophomore Jason Eddie (Charlotte, N.C./Davidson Day School), but immediately conceded a seven point spurt.

The teams exchanged buckets before Horn gave Randolph its final lead with 1:53 left on a pair of free throws.

Jim Etling and Andy Kleinlein responded with a pair of threes for W&L, putting the team up four.

After a Brown layup, Etling hit two free throws to ice the game.

For Randolph, it was the 16th time in 26 games in which the game was a single possession in the final minute. The team is 8-8 in those contests.

Ehilegbu finished with 15 in his final game in black and yellow. Eddie had 12 and Brown had 10.

Washington and Lee advances to play Guilford on Friday in the quarterfinals.

"One game doesn't define a season," head coach Clay Nunley said. "It stings right now, but when time runs its course, the guys should look back and feel good about our season. We won 15 games and had a winning ODAC record, which I'm proud of."

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