Well, neither McHenry nor his players disgraced anyone. They faced a strong William and Mary team, composed almost wholly of scholarship men, three of whom were inches taller than W&L's biggest player, and they were conceded little chance to put on even a reasonably close game. But McHenry had scouted William and Mary well and was able to use his boys with maximum strategic effect.
In the final analysis, however, it was the very quality they were supposed neither to have nor evoke—spirit—that proved their greatest asset. They hustled endlessly, actually rebounded on even terms with William and Mary despite the vast difference in height. Under the sure hand of Mal Lassman, their attack was relentless and intelligent, rarely losing the ball through amateurish errors.
At the end of regular time, the score was 52 all. At the end of the first five-minute overtime period, it was 56 all. They lost, finally, 63-60, never having abandoned their poise, and to student cheers such as have seldom greeted winning W&L teams. Rather than disgracing, they surely enhanced a proud tradition.
George Washington, it appears, invested that stock wisely.