On Wednesday night fans came out to see the Roanoke men’s basketball team take on Washington and Lee. Roanoke took the game by a point, winning 93-92. The men’s team improves to 18-4, 10-3 in ODAC with only three games left before the ODAC tournament.
Roanoke had faced Washington and Lee earlier in the semester, and won 105-96. With the General’s less than fantastic 10-11, 3-9 ODAC record coming into the game, it looked like the Maroons were going to have an easy win on their hands.
Washington and Lee put up points early, but Roanoke didn’t feel the pressure and quickly took the lead. The Maroons broke away from the Generals and led by double digits for a lot of the first half. As the teams went into half time Roanoke was up by an eight point margin, 43-35.
After their performance in the first half, it didn’t seem likely that the Generals were going to be a threat for the rest of the game. Four minutes into the second period Washington and Lee went on a scoring streak, aided by several good rebounds. For the first time since the opening minutes of the game, the generals took the lead.
Seth Bradley scored a three-pointer, putting the Maroons back on top for a minutes, but the Generals came back again to take the lead. Throughout the half the lead changed 18 times. Washington and Lee made it clear that they weren’t as bad as their numbers let on.
The Generals were up by five points, with 1:41 left in the game, but they started making mistakes. After a foul, Joey Miller made both free throws to bring the game within three points. A few seconds later, Miller got a layup. The Maroons were only down by one point.
With six seconds remaining in the game, the Generals fouled again, and again, Miller stepped up to the free throw line. If he made those two shots he’d put the Maroons back in the lead with only seconds left in the game. Miller was cool under pressure shooting the game tying, then the game winning point.
Miller racked up 19 points in the game. He had a 67% shooting percentage, and made all six of his free throw attempts. While the Generals outshot the Maroons 57-50 in the second half, Miller’s work in the closing minutes of the game secured the win.
The game against the Generals was even more special because it was the second to last game the Maroons will play in Bast Gym. By next season the Cregger Center will be home to all of the basketball games.
Make sure you come out to support both the men’s and women’s this weekend as they play their last home games of the season, and their last games in Bast. The men face Bridgewater College at 1PM, and the women follow at 3PM facing Washington and Lee.