Washington and Lee Men's Basketball Game Notes

Game 20 - W&L (3-16, 3-11 ODAC) vs. Hampden-Sydney (17-2, 11-2 ODAC)
Lexington, Va. - Sat., Feb. 3 - 3:00 pm

Game 22 - W&L (3-16, 3-11 ODAC) vs. Lynchburg (1-18, 1-12 ODAC)
Lexington, Va. - Sun., Feb. 4 - 3:00 pm

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W&L and Sydney have met 95 times over the years with the Tigers holding a 55-40 advantage. H-SC has won seven in a row over W&L dating back to the 1997-98 season.

W&L and Lynchburg have met 88 times over the years with the Generals holding a 63-25 advantage. W&L has won two of the last three meetings, including a 67-54 win earlier this season in Lynchburg.

LAST MEETING W/ HAMPDEN-SYDNEY (H-SC 84, W&L 47; 1/14/00; Hampden-Sydney, Va.):
Hampden-Sydney jumped out to a 20-4 lead in the game's first 9:53 and shot 69 percent (18-of-26) in the first half as the Tigers handed Washington and Lee an 84-47 loss. Brandon Randall scored 12 of his career-high 18 points in the first half as the Tigers led 45-18 after the first stanza. W&L shot 35.7 percent for the game (20-of-56) and connected on only 1-of-14 three point attempts. The Generals were also outrebounded, 41-26. Sophomore forward Scott Hettermann was the only General in double-digits with 12 points. He also added two rebounds and two steals. Freshman center John Saxon notched eight points and pulled down four rebounds. Hampden-Sydney was led by Randall and Mike Thompson, who collected eight points and seven boards on the day.

LAST MEETING W/ LYNCHBURG (W&L 67, LC 54; 1/13/00; Lynchburg, Va.):
Senior guard Chad Braley scored 18 points to help lead W&L to its second victory of the season by defeating Lynchburg, 67-54. W&L shot 50 percent (23-of-46) from the floor and connected on all 16 of its free throw attempts. The Generals also placed five players in double-digits. Sophomore forward Scott Hetterman tallied 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while sophomore guard Will Cotter added 13 points, two assists and two steals. Senior guard Will Ballard and freshman center David Bode also scored in double-digits with 10 points each. Lynchburg was led by Dennis Brown, who tallied 18 points.

Following the two-game home stand, the Generals will return to the court on Wednesday in a non-conference game at Greensboro College. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 pm. Hampden-Sydney will resume its schedule on Monday as it travels to Roanoke College for a 7:00 pm contest. Lynchburg will play again on Wednesday as it will host Hampden-Sydney at 7:00 pm.

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 12-32 overall, 2-1 against Lynchburg and 0-3 against Hampden-Sydney. 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. Tony Shaver (UNC Chapel Hill '76) is in his 15th season as the mentor at Hampden-Sydney. He claims a 300-108 (.735) record at Sydney, 27-6 against W&L. Shaver is assisted by Bubba Smith (Furman '99). Ronn Carr (Wofford '82) is in his first season as the head coach at Lynchburg. Carr took over the Lynchburg head job after serving as the head coach at Rockbridge County High School last season. Previously, he had served as the head coach at Longwood College for nine years, posting a 127-124 (.506) record. He is 128-142 (.474) overall in his career. He is 0-1 against W&L. Carr is assisted by Chris Whelan (Lynchburg '00).

Emory & Henry shot 51.7 percent (30-58) from the field and nailed 19-of-21 free throws (.905) to down Washington and Lee, 84-77, in ODAC Men's Basketball action on Wednesday evening in Emory, Va. The Wasps opened a 42-37 halftime advantage and led by 12 points (78-66) with 3:21 remaining in the contest. However, the Generals sliced the lead to just three points (80-77) on an 11-2 run capped by two three-pointers courtesy of junior forward Bobby Bustamante in the final 1:14. The Wasps then salted the game away at the free throw line. Emory & Henry was led by Scott Laird, who scored 17 points. Paul Russo added 15 points, all in the second half, and B.J. Wilkins tallied 10 points. Washington and Lee was led by senior guard Chad Braley, who tallied a season-high 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-6 from three. Senior guard Will Ballard notched a season-high 16 points, while sophomore forward Scott Hettermann chipped in with 13 points and a team-high six rebounds. The Generals shot 50.9 percent (29-57) from the floor and 73.3 percent (11-15) from three-point range in scoring a season-high 77 points.

Hampden-Sydney is 17-2 on the season, 11-2 in the ODAC. The Tigers are coming off a 70-62 loss at Eastern Mennonite on Monday evening. Sydney shot just 32.3 percent from the floor and 45.2 percent (14-31) from the foul line in the loss. Sophomore forward Jay Patrick led the Tigers with 11 points, while sophomore center Lane Brooks chipped in with 10 points. On the season, junior forward Bobby Jackson leads the team in scoring (11.8 ppg) and rebounding (6.6 rpg). Freshman guard Brandon Randall averages 9.5 points and 2.7 assists per game and Patrick averages 8.6 points and shoots a team-best .409 from three-point range. Lynchburg is 1-18 overall, 1-12 in the ODAC following a loss to Virginia Wesleyan on Wednesday evening. The Hornets were led by senior forward Dennis Brown, who tallied a game-high 29 points on 11-of-22 shooting. Junior forward Phillip Saunders notched 13 points and senior guard Jacob Hall tallied 12 points. On the season, Brown leads the Hornets in scoring (18.9 ppg) and rebounding (5.0 rpg). Saunders averages 9.1 points and 3.6 boards per game and Hull has tallied averages of 7.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per contest.

W&L sports a 161-214 (.429) all-time record in the ODAC and is 322-297 (.520) 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 (50-27)
Guilford (10-15)
Hampden-Sydney (40-55)
Lynchburg (63-25)
Randolph-Macon (12-43)
Roanoke (33-64)
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 not been noted for its hot shooting this season, however, the Generals did come through with a fine shooting performance at Emory & Henry on Wednesday. The Generals shot 50.9 percent (29-57) from the floor and 73.3 percent (11-15) from three in that contest. The three-point percentage is the second-best in Division III this season and the 11 three's were the team's most since hitting 12 at Bridgewater on Nov. 28 of last season.

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 (125) in three-pointers made, while Ballard is eighth all-time (92). 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)		125
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.	Will Ballard (1997-pr)		92

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)		333
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)		237

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)		.388 (92-237)
5.	Chad Braley (1998-pr)		.375 (125-333)
Senior guard Will Ballard has been stealing for years. Four years in fact. Ballard claims 132 career steals, fourth all-time at W&L. 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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