Game 19 - W&L (3-15, 3-10 ODAC) at Emory & Henry (5-13, 2-10 ODAC)
Emory, Va. - Wed., Jan. 31 - 7:00 pm
W&L and Emory & Henry have met 76 times over the years with the Generals holding a 50-26 advantage in the all-time series. W&L will be looking for its first win in Emory, Va., since a 65-62 win during the 1997-98 season.
LAST MEETING W/ EMORY & HENRY (W&L 47, E&H 45; 1/24/00; Lexington, Va.):
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, 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.
The Generals will return to action this weekend as they host Hampden-Sydney Saturday and Lynchburg Sunday. Both games are slated to begin at 3:00 pm. Emory & Henry will also play on Saturday and Sunday, travelling to Eastern Mennonite and Bridgewater. The Wasps will play EMU at 2:00 on Saturday and BC at 3:00 on Sunday.
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 12-31 overall, 2-1 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 287-255 (.530) overall record at E&H and in his career, 22-19 against W&L. 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.
LAST TIME OUT:
Roanoke ended the first half on a 15-2 run to take a 40-22 halftime lead in defeating Washington and Lee, 75-61, in ODAC Men's Basketball action on Saturday evening. The Generals opened the game on a 10-2 run over the first 3:14, but the Maroons responded with a 13-1 run over the next 6:32 to take the lead for good at 15-11. W&L climbed to within nine points (57-48) with 8:11 remaining in the contest, but could get no closer. Roanoke was led by senior forward Colby Leftwich, who tallied a game-high 16 points and eight rebounds. He was joined in double figures by sophomore guard Robby Pridgen (14 points) and senior guard Brad Dunleavy (13 points). The Maroons shot 56.5 percent (26-46) from the floor and committed just 14 turnovers. Washington and Lee placed four players in double figures led by sophomore forward Scott Hettermann and senior guards Will Ballard and Chad Braley, who each scored 12 points. Junior forward Bob Bustamante added 11 points on 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the three-point arc. Hettermann added a team-high eight rebounds. The Generals shot 56 percent (14-25) from the floor in the second half and 53.8 percent (7-13) from three-point land for the game.
SCOUTING EMORY & HENRY:
Emory & Henry sports a 5-13 overall record, 2-10 in the ODAC, and is coming off a 93-80 loss to Virginia Wesleyan on Sunday afternoon. Sophomore guard Jay Rosser led the Wasps with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting from behind the three-point arc. Sophomore guard Paul Russo tallied 13 points and dished five assists, while sophomore forward Cortez Watson notched 11 points and nine rebounds. The Wasps shot just 29.1 percent from the floor, but committed only 13 turnovers in the game. On the season, Emory & Henry is led by Russo, who averages 10.4 points and 3.8 assists per game. Junior guard Scott Laird averages 9.6 points and 3.5 rebounds per game, while Watson averages 9.2 points and a team-best 4.9 rebounds per game. The Wasps shoot just 40.6 percent from the floor and are being outrebounded by an average of 7.0 boards per game. The 45 points scored in its last game against the Generals was E&H's lowest offensive output of the season.
W&L vs. THE ODAC:
W&L sports a 161-213 (.431) all-time record in the ODAC and is 322-296 (.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:
Eastern Mennonite (37-21)
Emory & Henry (50-26)
Virginia Wesleyan (9-19)
KEEP EM' UNDER 60:
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.
WHO'S ON THE FLOOR?:
The Generals have had to ask themselves who's on the floor several times this season as 10 of the 12 players are averaging at least 11 minutes per game and have started at least one contest. However, only two players, junior forward Bob Bustamante and freshman center David Bode, have played in every game. Sophomore forward Scott Hettermann leads the team in playing time, averaging 29.8 minutes per game. Hettermann also leads the team in scoring (11.6 ppg) and rebounding (5.2 rpg).
STAT OF THE WEEK:
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 15 losses, W&L is allowing 69.6 points per game on 49.9 percent shooting.
TWO MEN, THREE MEN:
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 (121) in three-pointers made, while Ballard is ninth all-time (90). 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) 121 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) 90 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) 327 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) 234 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) .385 (90-234) 5. Bryan Brading (1989-93) .372 (58-156) 6. Chad Braley (1998-pr) .370 (121-327)BALLARD STILL COMMITTING GRAND LARCENY:
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