The Roanoke College men’s basketball team met the Generals of Washington and Lee Wednesday night, 1/29/14, in their ninth ODAC match of the season. The Generals came to Salem just one game ahead of the Maroons in ODAC standings with their 2-6 record. After hosting Washington and Lee for a rough 40 minutes of basketball, the Maroons left the court victorious in a 69-62 game. The Maroons earned a much needed win to gain a place in the ODAC standings after dropping a game to the conference leaders, Randolph-Macon, in the second game of Maroon Madness.
Patrick O’Connor of Washington and Lee opened up the contest making a good three pointer that was just the beginning of a tough battle between the Generals and Maroons in the first half of the game. The two teams took turns sinking basket after basket through the first 11 minutes, which saw the game tied on five different occasions. With 9:16 left in the half, the Maroons saw their first lead of the game when Julian Ramirez made both of his free throws from a foul by Jok Asiyo of the Generals. The Maroons’ small lead lasted a mere eighteen seconds before Clay McLean, of the Generals, made a good jumper and then proceeded to make all three of his foul shots when Julian Ramirez fouled McLean behind the three point line. The Generals had their largest lead of the game with 4:26 remaining when they led the Maroons by eight points. Roanoke College was able to take a tied ballgame to the second half with four consecutive two pointers from Cameron Smith, Andrew Daniels, Julian Ramirez, and Alexander Weant.
The first five minutes of the second half were much the same as the first half with Washington and Lee and Roanoke battling back and forth, spending the majority of the time tied. With 15:18 remaining in the game, Daniel Eacho made two successful free throws, giving the Maroons the lead that they would hold onto for the remainder of the game. The Generals were able to keep the game close until there was 7:42 remaining, when the Maroons decided to take a dominant lead in the game and outscored their opponents 15-8 to take a 10 point lead. Washington and Lee tried desperately to stay in the game for the last 1:30, but the Maroons would not allow them to come back, taking the win 69 â€“ 62 of the Generals.
Daniel Eacho had a double-double game, leading the Maroons in both points with 24 and rebounds with 14. Andrew Daniels added 18 points for the Maroons and Cameron Smith helped out by pulling down 10 rebounds. The men return to play on Saturday, February 1st at 7:00pm, where they travel to Harrisonburg to face Eastern Mennonite University.