Washington and Lee Men's Basketball Game Notes

Game 18 - W&L (3-14, 3-9 ODAC) at Roanoke (12-5, 7-4 ODAC)
Salem, Va. - January 27 - 7:00 pm

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W&L and Roanoke have met 96 times over the years with the Maroons holding a 63-33 advantage in the all-time series. Roanoke has won each of the last 13 meetings dating back to the 1994-95 season, including earlier this season in Lexington, 57-48.

LAST MEETING W/ ROANOKE (RC 57, W&L 48; 1/6/00; Lexington, Va.):
Sophomore guard Robby Pridgen scored 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting to help lead Roanoke past Washington and Lee, 57-48. Roanoke held a 35-26 lead at the break, however the Generals fought back to cut the Maroons lead to just one point (49-48) with 4:15 remaining. Roanoke held W&L scoreless from that point as the Generals missed their final five shots from the floor and committed three turnovers. Roanoke shot 54.3 percent (19-35) from the floor, but hit just 13-of-25 free throw attempts (.520). W&L connected on just 36.6 percent (15-41) of its shots from the field, but hit 13-of-15 foul shots. Senior guard Brad Dunleavy added 14 points, but committed eight turnovers. Senior forward Colby Leftwich scored eight points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. Washington and Lee was paced by sophomore forward Scott Hettermann, who scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds. Senior guard Will Ballard chipped in with 13 points.

The Generals will return to action on Wednesday as it faces Emory & Henry for the second time in a week, this time in Emory, Va. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 pm. Roanoke will travel to Bridgewater on Wednesday for a 7:00 pm contest.

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 12-30 overall, 0-4 against Roanoke. 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. Page Moir (Va. Tech '84) is in his 12th season as the mentor at Roanoke. He claims a 214-100 overall record, 21-3 against W&L. Moir is assisted by James Pennix (Roanoke '88), Paul Barnard (East Tennessee St. '72) and Dustin Fonder (Roanoke '94).

Sophomore forward Scott Hettermann's layup with 16 seconds remaining gave Washington and Lee a 46-45 lead as the Generals defeated Emory & Henry, 47-45, in ODAC Men's Basketball action on Wednesday evening at the Warner Center. Emory & Henry had a chance to win with the last possession, but sophomore guard Paul Russo was stripped by W&L junior forward Bob Bustamante with two seconds remaining and senior guard Will Ballard hit one of two free throws immediately thereafter to ice the win. W&L shot just 31.8 percent for the game as compared to 36.2 percent for Emory & Henry. However, the Generals hit 16-of-24 foul shots. Washington and Lee was led by senior guard Chad Braley, who scored a game-high 13 points. Ballard totaled 11 points, while Hettermann's game-winning basket gave him eight points for the game. The Wasps were led by sophomore forward Cortez Watson, who tallied nine points, while senior forward Scott Smith notched eight points.

Roanoke (12-5, 7-4 ODAC) enter's its game with Washington and Lee off a loss to Eastern Mennonite on Wednesday evening. The Maroons led 31-25 at the break, but the Royals provided second half dramatics, shooting 68.2 percent in the stanza while holding Roanoke to just 35.7 percent. The Maroons outrebounded EMU, 44-36, but committed 19 turnovers in the contest. Sophomore guard Robby Pridgen led Roanoke with 16 points with senior center Alex Phillips and senior forward Jason Strickland chipped in 14 and 13 points, respectively. On the season, Roanoke is led by Pridgen, who averages 16.2 points and 2.2 assists per game. Senior guard Brad Dunleavy is close behind, posting 13.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. Senior forward Colby Leftwich also averages in double figures (11.8 ppg) and is third in the ODAC in rebounding (9.1 rpg).

W&L sports a 161-212 (.432) all-time record in the ODAC and is 322-295 (.522) 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 (50-26)
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 19-9 when allowing its opponent 59 points or less. This season, W&L is 3-2 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.

In W&L's three wins, the Generals are allowing their opponents just 49.0 points per game on 34.5 percent shooting from the floor. In its 14 losses, W&L is allowing 69.2 points per game on 49.5 shooting.

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 (120) 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)		120
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)		323
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)		232

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)		.379 (88-232)
5.	Chad Braley (1998-pr)		.372 (120-323)
5.	Bryan Brading (1989-93)		.372 (58-156)	
Senior guard Will Ballard has been stealing for years. Four years in fact. Ballard claims 132 career steals, fourth all-time at W&L. He moved into fourth place all-time with two steals against E&H on Wednesday and can take over third place with 17 more acts of larceny. 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.	Will Ballard (1997-pr.)		132
5.	John Podgajny (1972-76)		131

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