By Daniel Whitehead
LEXINGTON, Va.—Led by junior Wesley Evans, the Southern Virginia University men's basketball team dropped a high-scoring battle to host Washington & Lee by a score of 100-92 Saturday afternoon at the Warner Center in Lexington, Va.
Evans, a Crystal Lake, Ill., native, scored 25 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the field and connected on four three-pointers to garner W&L Tip-Off Tournament All-Tournament Team honors. He also went a perfect 7-for-7 from the free-throw line, totaled 13 rebounds (2 offensive, 11 defensive), had three assists, one block and a steal in 37 minutes of play, nearly a complete game.
"We played a much better game than we did Friday night and we made strides and improvements in several areas," said Southern Virginia head coach Tony Caputo. "Our defense needs some work. The boys are all learning the system, which isn't an easy one, so it takes some time but they'll catch on soon enough. We saw things we liked today, but also went away knowing there's a lot of room for growth."
Junior guard Preston Eaton had equally impressive numbers, scoring 20 points on 5-of-12 shooting from the field, including a 3-for-6 mark from beyond the arc, and went 7-for-10 from the stripe. In 34 minutes of play, he also had five rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Transfer guard Chris Baker scored 17 points by going 7-for-19 from the field and registered three rebounds, six assists, and one steal in 32 minutes played. Trailing by a slim margin at the half, 35-40, the Knights were only outscored by three points in the second half, 60-57, to fall by the final score of 100-92 in the high-scoring affair.
All combined, the Knights shot 44 percent from the field (31-for-70) and 40 percent from three-point range (11-for-27). Southern Virginia was strong from the free-throw line by going 19-for-26 overall for a 73 percent mark.
W&L's Andrew Franz led the Generals with 32 points on 9-for-16 shooting and 11-for-13 from the stripe. He also had eight rebounds, five assists and three three-pointers. Drew Kimberly provided 22 points for the Generals with Jim Etling contributing 13. The Generals went 30-of-39 from the free-throw en route to the win.
Along with Evans, also named to the W&L Tip-Off All-Tournament Team were W&L's Drew Kimberly, Ferrum's Brian Clarke and Bernard Edwards and Ryan Hicks of Defiance College.
The Knights have next week off from competition to prepare for their first Capital Athletic Conference matchup with Marymount, which is slated for Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 3 p.m. at Knight Sports Arena.