Washington and Lee Men's Basketball Game Notes

Game 17 - W&L (2-14, 2-9 ODAC) vs. Emory & Henry (5-10, 2-7 ODAC)
Lexington, Va. - January 24 - 7:00 pm

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W&L and Guilford have met 75 times over the years with the Generals holding a 49-26 advantage in the all-time series. Each team has defended its home court the past two seasons.

LAST MEETING W/ EMORY & HENRY (E&H 67, W&L 59; 1/19/00; Emory, Va.):
Emory and Henry outscored Washington and Lee 10-2 over the final two minutes of regulation in claiming a 67-59 victory in Emory, Va. The Wasps were led by senior guard Patrick Bailey, who tallied a game-high 23 points, including four three-pointers. Recording a double-double for E&H was center David McManus, who notched 14 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. The Wasps shot only 38 percent from the floor in the contest, but were bolstered by 13-of-16 shooting from the charity stripe, including 11-of-12 in the second half. W&L was led by guard Chad Braley, who came off the bench to score a team-high 11 points. Freshman guard Toussaint Crawford and senior guard Walt Plyler each chipped in nine points to aid the Generals' cause. W&L committed 19 turnovers in the contest, and connected on only 17-of-28 free throws. The Generals did win the battle of the boards, however, outrebounding the Wasps by a count of 39-38. Brian Ricketts grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

The Generals will return to action on Saturday as they travel to Roanoke for a 7:00 pm contest with the Maroons. Emory & Henry plays again on Saturday as it hosts Randolph-Macon at 2:00 pm. The Generals and Wasps will hook up again next Wednesday at 7:00 pm in Emory, Va.

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 11-30 overall, 1-1 against Emory & Henry. 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. Emory & Henry is led by Bob Johnson (Dickinson '68), who is in his 21st year at the school. Johnson claims a 287-252 (.533) overall record at E&H and in his career, 22-18 against W&L. Johnson is a three-time NCAA South Region Coach of the Year who has led the Wasps to 11 winning seasons in the past 15 years. Johnson is assisted by Jeff Starr (New Jersey Tech '00), who replaced former W&L hoopster Jon Coffman '96. Coffman left E&H to become an assistant at The College of Charleston.

Randolph-Macon broke open a 32-21 halftime lead with a 26-9 run in the first 10:41 of the second half and cruised to a 74-65 victory over W&L on Sunday afternoon in Ashland, Va. Jared Mills led the way for the Yellow Jackets during the second-half stretch with 10 of his team-high 14 points. The Generals stayed with R-MC in the early going and knotted the score at 20 after a lay-up by freshman center John Saxon. However, the Yellow Jackets responded with a 10-1 run to head into the half with an 11-point cushion. Senior guard Will Ballard scored 10 of his 14 points late in the second half, but W&L could get no closer than nine points. W&L was led by Saxon, who tallied a career-high 16 points and added six rebounds and two blocks. Ballard added a career-high 11 rebounds to his 14 points. Junior forward Bob Bustamante chipped in with 13 points, while senior guard Chad Braley finished with 11 points. Randolph-Macon was led by Mills' 14 points and five rebounds. Kurt Bergmann added 12 points and six boards. The Generals were held to just over 40 percent shooting from the floor (23-of-57), while Randolph-Macon shot over 55 percent in the second half to finish the contest at just under 52 percent (27-of-52).

Emory & Henry is 5-10 overall, 2-7 in the ODAC after defeating Lynchburg on Sunday by a score of 88-78. The Wasps were led by sophomore guard Paul Russo, who scored a game-high 26 points and assisted on seven baskets. Junior guard Scott Laird tallied 15 points and six rebounds, while sophomore forward Cortez Watson notched 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Junior forward Kenny Carver added 10 points and eight rebounds for the Wasps, who shot 47.7 percent (31-65) from the floor. On the season, Laird leads the team in scoring, averaging 10.8 points per game. Russo adds 10.4 points and 3.6 assists per game, while Watson averages 8.5 points on 60 percent shooting from the floor. Carver paces the Wasps on the boards, averaging 4.5 rebounds per outing. As a team, the Wasps shoot 41.0 percent from the floor and commit an average of just 13.7 turnovers per game.

W&L sports a 160-212 (.430) all-time record in the ODAC and is 321-295 (.521) 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 (12-43)
Roanoke (33-63)
Virginia Wesleyan (9-19)

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 three times this season and the Generals claim a 1-2 record in those contests. W&L is now 6-3 when four or more players 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.

At the Warner Center, W&L has been as effective as raid against the Wasps, winning each of the past three games against E&H at home and four of the last five. In the last meeting at the Warner Center, the Generals posted a 21-4 lead in the first 7:52 of the game and cruised to a 67-53 win. W&L shot 55.2 percent in the first half while holding the Wasps to just 25 percent shooting in mounting a 40-16 halftime advantage. The win was also the first in the career of head coach Jeff Lafave.

Senior guards Chad Braley and Will Ballard have been the Generals' top three-point shooters over their careers. Both are climbing W&L's all-time three-point charts. Braley is third all-time (117) in three-pointers made, while Ballard is ninth all-time (88). Ballard also claims the best single-season percentage from beyond the arc after shooting 47 percent during the 1998-99 season. Below are the W&L career leaders in three-pointers made and attempted and three-point percentage:

Career Three Pointers Made
1.  	Mike Holton (1987-91)		207
2.	Bryan Watkins (1989-93)		127
3.	Chad Braley (1998-pr)		117
4.	Jon Coffman (1992-96)		116
5.	Jim Casey (1987-91)		114
6.	Derek Carter (1992-96)		101
7.	Chris Couzen (1993-97)		96
8.	Pat Gallavan (1987-91)		91
9.	Will Ballard (1997-pr)		88

Career Three Pointers Attempted
1.  	Mike Holton (1987-91)		481
2.	Jon Coffman (1992-96)		360
3.	Bryan Watkins (1989-93)		351
4.	Chad Braley (1998-pr)		316
5.	Chris Couzen (1993-97)		289
6.	Jim Casey (1987-91)		273
7.	Derek Carter (1992-96)		259
8.	Pat Gallavan (1987-91)		251
9.	Will Ballard (1997-pr)		231

Career Three Pointer Percentage (Min. 50 Made)
1.  	Mike Holton (1987-91)		.430 (207-481)
2.	Jim Casey (1987-91)		.418 (114-273)
3.	Derek Carter (1992-96)		.390 (101-259)
4.	Will Ballard (1997-pr)		.381 (88-231)
5.	Bryan Brading (1989-93)		.372 (58-156)	
6.	Chad Braley (1998-pr)		.370 (117-316)

Senior guard Will Ballard has been stealing for years. Four years in fact. Ballard claims 130 career steals, fifth all-time at W&L. He can take over fourth place with two more acts of larceny and is just 19 steals from the third spot. Below is the W&L career Top 5 in steals:

Career Steals
1.  	Mike Wenke (1975-79)		206
2.	Guy Kerr (1972-75)		199
3.	Chris Couzen (1993-97)		148
4.	John Podgajny (1972-76)		131
5.	Will Ballard (1997-pr.)		130

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