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Tribe coach Shaver notches milestone 500th victory

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    Lots to smile about  W&M men's basketball coach Tony Shaver won his 500th career game Friday night.  Photo courtesy Tribe Athletics
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William & Mary basketball coach Tony Shaver won his 500th career game as the Tribe cruised to an 86-46 victory over Washington College inside Kaplan Arena on Friday night. The Green and Gold scored the first eight points of the contest and never looked back, shooting 53.6 percent from the floor and hitting 11 3-pointers. With the win, the Tribe improved to 6-3, while the Shoremen fell to 1-8.

Already the all-time wins leader at W&M, Shaver picked up his 142nd at the university and 500th overall. He became the 86th Division I coach to reach the milestone and the 162nd across all NCAA divisions. Shaver currently ranks 22nd among active Division I head coaches in victories.Coach Tony Shaver

Sophomore Daniel Dixon recorded his first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Tribe.  He was 3-of-5 from 3-point range. Senior Marcus Thornton topped all scorers with 20 points, including a 4-of-6 effort from 3-point range and 6-of-7 marksmanship from the free throw line, to go with five rebounds and three assists.

Junior Terry Tarpey finished with 15 points and added six rebounds and a career-high six blocked shots. The six rejections were the eighth most in school history and the most for a Tribe player since 1996. Tarpey is the first W&M player not named David Cully to block more than six shots in a game.

The Green and Gold hits the road to close out its non-conference slate and the 2014 portion of its schedule. W&M plays at in-state rival Old Dominion tonight, before traveling to nationally ranked North Carolina on Tuesday, Dec. 30. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m. tip-offs.

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