Washington and Lee Men's Basketball Game Notes

Game 15 - W&L (2-12, 2-7 ODAC) at Virginia Wesleyan (9-5, 5-4 ODAC)
Norfolk, Va. - January 20 - 2:00 pm

Game 16 - W&L (2-12, 2-7 ODAC) at Randolph-Macon (8-6, 5-3 ODAC)
Ashland, Va. - January 21 - 3:00 pm

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W&L and Virginia Wesleyan have met 27 times over the years with the Blue Marlins holding a 9-18 advantage. VWC won the meeting earlier this season in Lexington, 78-49.

W&L and Randolph-Macon have met 54 times over the years with the Yellow Jackets holding a 42-12 advantage in the all-time series. Macon has won each of the last 28 meetings, dating back to Feb. 9, 1977. W&L has not won at Randolph-Macon since the 1958-59 season when it downed the Yellow Jackets, 62-56.

LAST MEETING W/ VIRGINIA WESLEYAN (VWC 78, W&L 49; 12/3/00; Lexington, Va.):
Leading by four points (38-34) with 17:50 remaining in the second half, Virginia Wesleyan used a 23-5 run over the next 10:24 to put Washington and Lee away in a 78-49 win over the Generals. The Blue Marlins shot 53.8 percent for the game, including a blistering 65.2 percent in the second half. VWC also hit 11-of-18 three-point attempts for the game (.611). The Generals shot just 33.9 percent from the field, including 25 percent in the second half. Virginia Wesleyan was led by senior forward Ron Yuhasz, who scored 17 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Sophomore guard Frankie Cabrera scored 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including 4-of-5 from beyond the three-point stripe. Junior guard James Wallace added 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting beyond the arc. Washington and Lee was led by sophomore forward Scott Hettermann, who tallied career-highs in points (21) and rebounds (10). He also notched three assists, one block and two steals. Sophomore point guard Will Cotter scored 12 points and handed out four assists.

LAST MEETING W/ RANDOLPH-MACON (R-MC 61, W&L 44; 12/2/00; Lexington, Va.):
Leading by just one point (37-36) with 7:14 remaining in the game, Randolph-Macon surged on a 24-8 run the rest of the way to defeat Washington and Lee, 61-44. The Generals trailed by only two-points (27-25) at the half, but shot just 32.5 percent for the game. Randolph-Macon won the battle on the boards, outrebounding the Generals 35-19 for the game. The Yellow Jackets were led by sophomore center Jared Mills, who scored 13 points, gathered 11 rebounds and dished off seven assists. He was joined in double figures by sophomore guard Tim Smith and freshman forward Kurt Bergmann, who each scored 11 points. Bergmann added nine rebounds as well. The Generals were led by sophomore forward Scott Hettermann, who scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Junior forward Bob Bustamante also scored 13 points. Washington and Lee will be in action again tomorrow as it hosts Virginia Wesleyan for a 3:00 pm contest.

The Generals will return to action on Wednesday as it hosts Emory & Henry for a 7:00 pm contest. This will be the first of two meetings between W&L and E&H this season.

Jeff Lafave (Southern Connecticut St. '93) is in his second season as the head coach at W&L. Lafave posted a 9-16 overall mark in his first season and led the Generals to their first ODAC Tournament win since the 1989-90 season. He is 11-28 overall, 1-2 against Virginia Wesleyan and 0-3 against Randolph-Macon. Lafave is assisted by Grant Farmer (Williams '98) and Barry Machado (Dartmouth '66). Farmer is in his first season at W&L after serving as an assistant at Williams last season. Machado is in his fourth year as an assistant at W&L and is a professor of history at the school. He played two years of basketball and four years of baseball at Dartmouth. Virginia Wesleyan is led by first-year head coach Dave Macedo (Wilkes '96). He has posted a 9-5 overall record at VWC, 1-0 against W&L. He is assisted by Jeremy Marks, Nathan Hale and Troy Walton. Randolph-Macon is coached by Mike Rhodes (Lebanon Valley '95). He is 21-18 at Macon and in his career, 3-0 against Washington and Lee. Rhodes is assisted by Sean McAloon and John Bumgarner.

Senior guard Jaron Randall scored a team-high 15 points and recorded four steals to help lead Guilford to a 60-54 win over W&L. The win was Guilford's first in its last six tries against the Generals. The Quakers led by three points (30-27) at the half, but W&L fought back to take a one-point lead (35-34) with 16:18 remaining. However, the Generals would miss 12 of their next 13 shots from the field to fall behind by eight points (49-41) with 5:48 remaining. Guilford hit nine free throws from that point on to clinch the win. The Generals shot just 32.1 percent from the field in the second half and 37.7 percent for the game. Junior center Aron McMillian added 14 points and senior center Todd Ashworth recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Quakers. Washington and Lee was led by freshman center David Bode, who scored a career-high 15 points. Sophomore forward Scott Hettermann tallied 14 points and seven rebounds, while senior guard Will Ballard notched 10 points and a career-high nine rebounds.

Virginia Wesleyan is 9-5 overall, 5-4 in the ODAC after falling to Hampden-Sydney, 77-73, on Wednesday evening. Sophomore guard Frankie Cabrera led the Blue Marlins with 21 points, while junior guard James Wallace totaled 15 points and five assists. Junior forward Josh Fisher and freshman guard David Doino scored 13 and 10 points, respectively. On the season, senior center Ron Yuhasz leads the team with an average of 22.6 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. Cabrera averages 14.6 points per game, while Wallace averages 10.9 points and a team-high 5.5 assists per game. Wallace also shoots 56.5 percent (39-69) from three-point land.

Randolph-Macon is 8-6 overall, 5-3 in the ODAC. The Yellow Jackets were defeated by Virginia Wesleyan, 69-54, in their last game on Saturday afternoon. Freshman guard Ryan Stein led Macon with 18 points, three assists and four steals. Freshman forward Jim Silcox added 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting. On the season, sophomore forward Jared Mills leads the team in scoring (11.1 ppg) and is second in rebounding (5.1 rpg). Tim Smith averages 9.4 points and a team-high 3.2 assists per game, while freshman forward Kurt Bergmann averages 9.3 points and a team-best 5.5 rebounds per game. The Yellow Jackets shoot 46 percent from the floor and outrebound their opponents, 35.3-32.1 per game.

W&L sports a 160-210 (.432) all-time record in the ODAC and is 321-293 (.523) all-time against the current members of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. The following is a breakdown of the Generals vs. the members of the ODAC:

Bridgewater (68-32)
Eastern Mennonite (37-21)
Emory & Henry (49-26)
Guilford (10-15)
Hampden-Sydney (40-55)
Lynchburg (63-25)
Randolph-Macon (12-42)
Roanoke (33-63)
Virginia Wesleyan (9-18)

Washington and Lee has been known is recent years for its slow the pace style of play and it has been successful. During the last four seasons, W&L is 18-9 when allowing its opponent 59 points or less. This season, W&L is 2-2 when allowing 59 points or less.

W&L has had four or more players score in double figures twice this season and the Generals claim a 1-1 record in those contests. W&L had four score in double figures in a loss to Shenandoah and five in double figures in a win over Lynchburg. W&L is now 6-2 when four score in double figures over the past three seasons.

The Generals had five players score in double-figures against Lynchburg, marking the first time that has happened since defeating Villa Julie, 80-69, on Jan. 30 of last season.

Senior guard Chad Braley is the Generals' designated three man. Braley has led the Generals in three-pointers made in each of his three seasons and now claims 112 career three-pointers. The W&L career record is 207 set by Mike Holton (1987-91). Braley has averaged 1.9 made three-pointers per game and has hit nearly 37 percent (112-307) of his attempts from beyond the arc during his three seasons.

Senior guard Will Ballard has been stealing for years. Four years in fact. Ballard claims 128 career steals and is tied for fifth all-time at W&L with Kevin Cobbin (1995-99). Ballard can take over fourth place with four more acts of larceny and is just 21 steals from the third spot. He trails the career leader, Mike Wenke (1975-79), by 78 steals.

W&L is 4-0 all-time against Virginia Wesleyan when it holds the Blue Marlins to 59 points or less.

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