For immediate release – 2/17/2014 - #202
Hernandez Scores Career Point 1,000 as Hornets Win 86-76
LYNCHBURG, VA – The Lynchburg College men's basketball team picked up a crucial 86-76 victory over Washington and Lee University Monday night in Old Dominion Athletic Conference action. Senior Manny Hernandez collected his 1,000th career point in the win.
The win means that the Hornets will receive a first-round bye in next week's ODAC tournament and will travel straight to the quarterfinals at the Salem Civic Center.
The Generals jumped out to an early 7-0 start, prompting Lynchburg to call a timeout. The Hornets responded with a 12-4 run over the next five minutes to take the lead, 13-11, with 12:54 remaining.
W&L answered and both teams went back and forth until an old-fashioned three-point play by Gary Boone II and a Hernandez jumper put LC up four, 22-18.
The Generals cut it back to within a point at 24-23, but Lynchburg went on a 9-0 run keyed by Hernandez's 1,000th point to pull away. Hernandez got the ball in the post, made a move through traffic and drew the foul while connecting on a floater to reach the milestone.
A pair of Andy Kleinlein free throws ended the LC run, but the Hornets went on another 11-2 spurt to close the half with a 44-27 advantage.
Washington and Lee rallied to get the game within five points on a Patrick O'Connor layup with 53 seconds left in the game, but a dunk by Omar Kemp put Lynchburg back ahead by seven, 81-74. The LC defense held the Generals without a field goal the remainder of the way for the win.
Hernandez led the charge with 17 first-half points, finishing with 23 to go along with six rebounds. Alex Graves ended with 24 points and 11 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season.
Andrew Franz finished with 24 points for Washington and Lee (6-17/3-11) while dishing out four assists. Jim Etling ended with 15 points, five boards, and five dimes.
Lynchburg (17-6/10-4) hosts Guilford College (16-7/10-4) Wednesday in a matchup that will determine seeding in the ODAC tournament. Opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.