Gray, Willis Lead UMW Men's Basketball Past Greensboro, 95-74
Sophomore forward J.R. Gray (Staunton, Va., Robert E. Lee) scored 19 points, grabbed six rebounds, and added four blocked shots and freshman E.J. Willis (Alexandria, Va., T.C. Williams) added 19 points as well to lead the University of Mary Washington men's basketball team to a 95-74 victory over Greensboro College on Tuesday afternoon at Goolrick Gymnasium. The Eagles, who had five players in double figures, improve to 7-2 on the season.
After a lackluster start that saw them trailing by as many as six in the early going, the Eagles gained their first lead at 13-12 on a Willis dunk with 12:10 remaining in the half. UMW went on an 11-0 run to lead, 24-16, with 8:47 remaining and upped the lead to 15 at 48-33 at halftime.
The second half saw UMW shoot 60% from the floor, upping the lead to as many as 25 before finishing with a 21-point win. For the game, the Eagles shot 49.2% from the floor, with nine three pointers, and connected for 22 points from the free throw line. Greensboro shot 41% but made just 3-19 three pointers.
In addition to Gray and Willis' 19 points, freshman Bradley Riester (Richmond, Va., Monacan) scored 16 points, freshman Matt Boward (Manassas, Va., Forest Park) scored 15, and junior forward Tad Dickman (Springfield, Va., Robert E. Lee) added 10 to go with a team-high seven rebounds. Greensboro was led by Luqman Tijani's 18 points.
Mary Washington will visit San Juan, Puerto Rico this weekend, where they will face the University of Sacred Heart on Friday at 6:00 p.m.