Washington and Lee Men's Basketball Game Notes

Game 22 - W&L (3-18) at Greensboro (6-13) - Greensboro, N.C.
Wed., Feb. 7 - 7:30 pm

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W&L and Greensboro have met 10 times over the years with the Generals holding a 7-3 advantage in the all-time series. W&L has won four of the last five meetings, including a 75-74 win last season in overtime.

LAST MEETING W/ GREENSBORO (W&L 75, GC 74; 1/9/00; Lexington, Va.):
Senior forward Scott Hudson scored a season-high 19 points and claimed a career-high 12 rebounds to lead Washington and Lee to a 75-74 overtime win over Greensboro. Washington and Lee led by as many as eight points (51-43) with 9:59 remaining in the second half, however, the Pride fought back to tie the game at 66-66 with five seconds remaining. W&L's Brian Ricketts was then fouled by Greensboro foward Khalid Greenaway as time expired sending the senior center to the line with a chance to win the game. Ricketts, who was W&L's top free throw shooter (78.4%) at the time, missed both free throws and the game went to overtime. In the extra frame, W&L assumed a quick 69-66 advantage as guard Chad Braley hit a three-pointer with 4:39 remaining. Greensboro tied the game at 69-69 with 4:12 left, but the Generals would hold on for the one-point win. Guard Will Ballard added 17 points, while point guard Walt Plyler tallied five points and seven assists. Greensboro was led by guard Shannon Scales, who tallied 19 points and nine rebounds. Center Marlon Perry scored 17 points and claimed eight rebounds.

The Generals will return to action on Saturday as they host Eastern Mennonite for a 4:00 pm contest. Greensboro will return to action on Saturday as well, travelling to Shenandoah for a 4:00 pm game.

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 12-34 overall, 1-0 against Greensboro. 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. Greensboro is led by first-year head coach Eddie Payne (Wake Forest '73). Payne came to Greensboro from Oregon State University where was the head coach from 1995-2000, posting a 52-88 record. During the 1998-99 season, his Beavers beat the likes of UCLA, Stanford and Arizona. Payne has also held head coaching posts at East Carolina (56-58, 4 years) and Belmont Abbey (103-51). His career record stands at 217-209 (.509). Payne is assisted by Jeff Smith (Guilford '93).

Senior forward Dennis Brown tallied career-highs in points (39) and rebounds (17) to help lead Lynchburg past Washington and Lee in overtime, 77-68, on Sunday afternoon at the Warner Center. Brown's heroics almost went for naught as the Generals held a four-point lead (56-52) with 18 seconds remaining in regulation. LC junior forward Philip Saunders cut the lead to two points just five seconds later and senior guard Jacob Hull stole the ball under the W&L basket with 10 seconds left, hitting a layup while getting fouled. Hull missed the free throw and the regulation ended with the score knotted at 56-56. Lynchburg controlled the overtime period from the start, scoring the first five points and building a lead as large as 10 points (69-59) in posting the nine-point win. Saunders scored 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting and added a game-high five assists. Hull scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds for the Hornets which outrebounded W&L, 52-40. Washington and Lee was led by senior guard Chad Braley, who scored 17 points. Senior guard Will Ballard scored 16 points, grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds and notched five steals. Junior forward Bob Bustamante chipped in with 11 points and five boards. The game marked the third overtime contest between W&L and Lynchburg in their last four meetings.

Greensboro is 6-13 overall following a 70-68 win over Chowan on Monday evening. The Pride shot 45.8 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Braves, 31-22. Senior forward Wes Linzy led the way with 20 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Freshman guard Daron Williams tallied 14 points followed by freshman guard Trey Williams with 11 points and junior forward Patrick Small with 10 points. On the season, the Pride are shooting just 40.3 percent from the floor and 28.8 percent from three. Senior guard Lamont Sides paces the team in the scoring column, averaging 10.4 points per game. Senior guard Lee Tucker averages 9.9 points and a team-best 2.6 assists per game, while Williams in the top outside threat with 31 three-pointers (36.9%). He also averages 8.5 points per game. Senior guard Phil Tensley is GC's top rebounder, averaging 7.1 boards per game.

W&L sports a 30-8 (.790) all-time record against the current members of the DIAC, 0-1 this season after a 63-61 loss to Shenandoah on Nov. 29. The following is a breakdown of the Generals vs. the members of the Dixie:

Averett (5-2)
Chris. Newport (2-0)
Ferrum (0-0)
Greensboro (7-3)
Methodist (5-0)
N.C. Wesleyan (5-0)
Shenandoah (6-3)

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 have produced a couple of fine shooting performances of late. Against Hampden-Sydney on Saturday, the Generals shot a season-best 52.4 percent (22-42) from the floor. Against Emory & Henry last Wednesday, the Generals shot 50.9 percent (29-57) from the floor and 73.3 percent (11-15) from three. 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 guard Will Ballard has had a tradition of lighting it up in February. Over the past three seasons, Ballard's scoring and rebounding averages have risen to 13.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in the month. Over that span, Ballard has shot .447 (84-188) from the floor and .434 (36-83) from three. His top three scoring performances have all come in February and his top rebounding performance (14) happened on Sunday against Lynchburg.

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 second all-time (129) in three-pointers made, while Ballard is eighth all-time (94). Ballard also claims the best single-season percentage from beyond the arc after shooting 47 percent during the 1998-99 season. On the next page 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.	Chad Braley (1998-pr)		129
3.	Bryan Watkins (1989-93)		127
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)		94

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)		343
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)		243

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)		.387 (94-243)
5.	Chad Braley (1998-pr)		.374 (129-343)
Senior guard Will Ballard has been stealing for years. Four years in fact. Ballard claims 140 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.)		140
5.	John Podgajny (1972-76)		131

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