Unbeaten Washington-Lee watched a 17-point lead disappear in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter but regrouped in time to gain a 82-73 victory over T.C. Williams in a Virginia AAA nondistrict game last night at T.C. Williams.

After leading, 64-47, at the end of three quarters, Washington-Lee (4-0) was outscored by 21-4 in the final period's opening minutes as T.C. Williams (1-1) tied the score at 68. Nine turnovers by the Generals, primarily caused by the Titans' tenacious press, allowed T.C. Williams back into the game. John Carr's jumper with 2:22 left gave the Titans their first lead, 72-70.

But the Generals, playing without 6-foot-10 standout Crawford Palmer (15 points, seven rebounds), who fouled out with 1:32 left, took the lead on Marc Withers' three-point shot with just under a minute left and held on for the win.

"It was their quickness," said Washington-Lee Coach Dale Bethel in explaining the Titans' comeback. "We handled it well in the first half but {in the fourth quarter} we didn't make good adjustments and we didn't react well enough."

Bethel called a timeout with just over a minute to play and Washington-Lee trailing, 73-72. After working the ball around the perimeter, Withers scored over the Titans' first straight zone defense of the night and Washington-Lee led, 75-73. T.C. Williams then turned the ball over and the Generals shot free throws for their final seven points.

"We had a good set play for the three-pointer," Bethel said. "We didn't get the first option but we got the second option and the shot."

Jackie Moore led Washington-Lee with 24 points as T.C. Williams' collapsing defense -- with one man always in front of Palmer -- made it difficult for the Generals to use their big center. But Moore, Marc Withers (16 points) and Eric Withers (11 points) picked up the slack.

Stacey Coleman scored 22 to lead the Titans and Greg Ward, who left the game in the first half with a twisted ankle, scored 11 of his 13 points during the Titans' comeback.

The teams traded streaks in the first half before Washington-Lee took a 38-28 lead into intermission.

The Generals led, 19-16, with about six minutes left in the half before an 11-0 run over the next three minutes gave Washington-Lee some breathing room.

Palmer began the streak with a short jumper and Eric Withers followed with a layup. Moore took advantage of the Titans' overextended pressure for a fast-break dunk and Palmer hit two free throws before Edson Bravo ended the streak with a three-point shot to give the Generals a 30-16 lead.

But T.C. Williams answered with a streak of its own, using its quickness to force turnovers with Lawrence Morgan taking over on the boards.

Coleman's jumper began a 12-2 Titans run to cut the Generals' lead to 32-26.