Runnin Royals Stopped By W&L In Lexington

Jamel Howard used his athleticism to score eight points. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Jamel Howard used his athleticism to score eight points. (photo by Scott Eyre)

Host Washington and Lee shot their way past EMU's basketball men Wednesday, sending the Royals home with a 94-66 loss.

EMU slides to 9-13 with their fifth straight defeat. They haven't won since an impressive 68-66 win at Virginia Wesleyan on Jan. 16. The Runnin Royals are clinging to a tie for 10th in the ODAC standings, locked with Ferrum at 4-9. Only the top 10 teams will make the ODAC Tournament this year. The men do hold a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Panthers.

The Runnin Royals stay on the road this Saturday afternoon, playing at Hampden-Sydney (4-16/1-12 ODAC).

Washington and Lee skipped to a 6-0 lead in Wednesday's game, aided by three EMU turnovers.

The men got back to within two points on a handful of occasions, the final time after a jumper from Travis Clower (Romney, W.V./Hampshire) made it 15-13 at the 14:11 mark. W&L answered with a quick 6-0 jab to regain control, however, and led 26-15 less than four minutes later. They were up 49-33 at halftime.

Eastern Mennonite made a little noise in the second half, using their defense to trigger an 8-0 run. They were within 55-41 with 12 minutes to play but would get no closer.

William Brueggeman drilled back-to-back threes to land the knockout punch, quickly opening the margin to 23 with four minutes remaining. The Generals rolled from there to the 94-66 final.

Washington and Lee simply out-shot the Royals, 52% to 44%. Brueggeman was the difference maker, hitting 5-of-9 threes to finish with a game high 28 points. Roy McMillan and Devin Kearns had nearly identical stat lines and combined to provide 30 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

Sammy Thomas (Owings, Md./Northern) led the way for EMU, shooting 6-for-9 from the floor to finish with 15 points and five rebounds. Clower and Jamel Howard (Leesburg, Va./Tuscarora) each scored eight points, while Clower added three steals and three assists.

DJ Hill (Woodbridge, Va./Hylton) put in eight off the bench. Tim Jones (Forestville, Md./Central) was limited to seven points, but had a team high six rebounds.