Game 1 - W&L at Gettysburg - November 17 - 8:00 pm
Game 2 - W&L vs. Philadelphia University of the Sciences or Marietta - November 18 - 1:00/3:00 pm
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Joining W&L and Gettysburg in the Tournament are Philadelphia University of the Sciences (formerly Philadelphia Pharmacy) and Marietta College. W&L is 0-2 all-time against Gettysburg, 1-0 against the University of the Sciences and 0-0 against Marietta.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION:
Gettysburg is coming off a 15-9 campaign last season and returns just two starters and must replace First Team All-Centennial conference player Bill Davidson and his 18.2 points per game. Marietta returns four starters from last season's 17-8 squad, including junior forward Jesse DuPerow, who averaged 21.8 points and 9.8 rebounds per game last season. Philadelphia Sciences welcomes back four starters as well from its 1999-00 squad that posted a 19-10 record.
UP NEXT FOR W&L:
The Generals will return to action on Nov. 25-26 in the Carnegie Mellon Tournament. W&L will take on Carnegie Mellon in the opening round at 3:00 pm. The Generals and Tartans will be joined by Thiel College and the College of Wooster.
THE HEAD COACH:
Jeff Lafave (Southern Connecticut St. '93) is in his second season as the head coach at W&L. Lafave posted a 9-16 overall record in his first season and led the Generals to their first ODAC Tournament win since the 1989-90 season. He was an assistant coach with the W&L program during the 1998-99 season.
Washington and Lee will be playing in its 14th season-opening tournament since the 1970-71 season. The Generals are 12-16 (.429) in those contests and have won two tournament championships (1987 and 1988 W&L Tip-off Tournament).
GENERALS VS. THE STATES:
Of the three teams W&L could face in the tournament, two are from Pennsylvania and one is from Ohio. W&L has played 52 games against teams from the state of Pennsylvania and claims a 29-23 (.558) record in those contests. On the flip side, W&L is 1-11 all-time against teams from the state of Ohio.
W&L is 0-2 all-time against Gettysburg, but the two games were close having been determined by a combined 10 points. W&L lost to the Bullets 78-75 during the 1978-79 season and 66-59 during the 1979-80 season. W&L's only meeting with the University of the Sciences took place during the 1986-87 season. The Generals prevailed 72-64 in the Warner Center.
W&L is looking to build upon last season's 9-16 season which saw them advance to the semifinals of the ODAC Tournament before falling to eventual-champion Roanoke, 66-60. The Generals, picked to finish last in the ODAC, produced a sixth seed for the tournament and won their first ODAC Tournament game since the 1989-90 season, defeating Bridgewater, 55-50, in the first round. The Generals return six letterwinners from that team, including the leading scorer, senior captain Will Ballard.
GENERALS? HOW ABOUT PRIVATE FIRST CLASS:
W&L boasts one of its youngest teams in recent memory, with just two seniors, one junior, three sophomores and six freshmen. The Generals graduated just three seniors, but lost eight players that combined for 32.4 points and 20.2 rebounds per game.
BRALEY IN TOURNAMENT ACTION:
Senior guard Chad Braley has felt right at home playing in in-season tournaments. In four tournament contests during his career, Braley has averaged 17.3 points per game and has shot 50 percent from the floor and 41.7 percent from the three-point arc. Braley averaged 7.9 points and 1.3 rebounds per game last season while hitting a team-high 43 three-pointers.
Junior forward Bob Bustamante returns to the lineup after missing the final eight games of last season with an ankle injury. Bustamante averaged 8.8 points and 4.6 rebounds through the first 16 games and scored a career-high 20 points against Guilford.
CLIMBING THE CHARTS:
Senior guard/forward Will Ballard has been a steady player for the Generals during his first three years. Ballard has scored 678 career points (9.2 ppg.) and must average just under 13 points per game this season to become the 21st W&L player to score 1,000 career points. Ballard is also closing in on the career steals list. He claims 115 career steals and can move into fifth place all-time with 14 more thefts. Ballard trails the career leader, Mike Wenke (1975-79) by 91 steals entering this season.
The Washington and Lee roster features 13 players from 10 different states. The Generals claim players from as far north as Massachussetts, as far south as Florida and as far west as Texas.