Washington and Lee Men's Basketball Game Notes

Game 23 - W&L (3-19, 3-13) vs. Eastern Mennonite (9-13, 7-9) - Lexington, Va.
Sat., Feb. 10 - 4:00 pm

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W&L and Eastern Mennonite have met 58 times over the years with the Generals holding a 37-21 advantage in the all-time series. EMU won the game earlier this season, 63-59.

LAST MEETING W/ EASTERN MENNONITE (EMU 63, W&L 59; 1/10/01; Harrisonburg, Va.):
Washington and Lee used a 24-11 run over 10:26 in the second half to close within two points with 32 seconds remaining in the game, but could get no closer and fell to Eastern Mennonite, 63-59. After senior guard Will Ballard hit 1-of-2 free throws with 32 seconds to play to pull W&L to within two at 61-59, the Generals picked up an offensive rebound. Ballard then attempted a lay-up that just rolled off the rim with nine seconds to play, but he was fouled by Eastern Mennonite's Alex Ivanitsky. However, he missed both free throw attempts and Eastern Mennonite iced the game with a pair of foul shots with six seconds left. W&L was led by junior forward Bob Bustamante and freshman center David Bode who each tallied 12 points. Bustamante was 9-of-10 from the free throw line and pulled down five boards. Ballard and fellow senior guard Chad Braley each chipped in with nine points. Eastern Mennonite was led by Neal Lewis, who totaled 16 points, 13 rebounds and three steals. Joel Kauffman added 15 points, while Dustin Blyer added a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. The Royals shot 48.7 percent from the floor and pulled out the victory despite committing 22 turnovers. EMU had trouble closing out the Generals in the second half, connecting on only 12-of-27 attempts (.444) from the foul line in the final 20 minutes.

The Generals will end the regular season on Monday evening at Bridgewater. Tip-off is slated for 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 12-35 overall, 1-2 against Eastern Mennonite. 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. Tom Baker (Eastern Mennonite '81) is in his 9th season as the mentor at his alma mater. He claims an 84-139 overall record, 12-7 against W&L. Baker is assisted by Bill Hale (Emory & Henry '70) and Mike McElroy (Eastern Mennonite '00).

Marcellus Morgan scored a career-high 15 points to lead Greensboro past Washington and Lee, 60-52, in men's basketball action on Wednesday evening in Greensboro, N.C. The Pride jumped out to a 24-11 halftime lead with Phil Tinsley recording eight points in the first period. Washington and Lee would cut the lead to two points, 31-29, with 10:34 remaining in the game after a jumper by freshman center John Saxon, however, that was as close as the Generals would get. Greensboro then outscored W&L, 12-4, over the game's next 4:40 and took the eight-point victory. The Generals were led by senior guard Chad Braley, who tallied 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting and added four assists. Freshman center David Bode chipped in with 14 points in the loss.

Eastern Mennonite is 9-13 overall, 7-9 in the ODAC after dropping an 81-76 decision to Virginia Wesleyan on Wednesday evening. The Royals shot 45.9 percent from the floor, but fell behind at the foul line where the Marlins nailed 24-of-36 attempts. Senior guard Joel Kauffman led the Royals with 16 points, six rebounds and four steals. Senior center Neal Lewis scored 15 points and grabbed six boards, while junior guard David Bell added 13 points. On the season, Kauffman leads the team in scoring, averaging 16.0 points per game. He also is the top assist man, averaging 3.6 per game. Lewis is the team's second-leading scorer and top rebounder, averaging 12.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, while Bell averages a solid 10.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists per contest. As a team, the Royals shoot nearly 45 percent from the floor and just over 33 percent from beyond the the three-point arc led by Kauffman's 69 three's in 177 attempts (.390). EMU does average 20.4 turnovers per game while forcing an average of just 14.4 per game.

W&L sports a 161-216 (.427) all-time record in the ODAC and is 322-299 (.519) 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 (40-56)
Lynchburg (63-26)
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.

It's time to being talking about what needs to happen for the Generals to make the ODAC Tournament. Out of the 10 teams in the league, only eight will qualify to participate in the conference tourney. W&L is currently tied with Emory & Henry for the eighth spot at 3-13 in the ODAC. Here are the scenarios for the Generals to make the tournament:

If W&L loses its final two: Emory & Henry would have to lose its final two games and have Lynchburg lose to Randolph-Macon. If that happens, W&L would go.

If W&L defeats Eastern Mennonite: If the Generals beat Eastern Mennonite and E&H loses to Guilford, even if the Wasps defeat Lynchburg, W&L would be the eighth seed. In the event that E&H loses to Lynchburg, but beats Guilford, W&L and E&H would be locked in a dead tie according to the tiebreaker. The No. 8 seed would then be determined by a coin flip.

If W&L defeats Bridgewater: If W&L beats Bridgewater in the final regular season game, the Generals would go if Emory & Henry loses one of its final two games.

If W&L wins its final two: The Generals would earn the number eight seed no matter what Emory & Henry or Lynchburg do.

Games Remaining:
Emory & Henry - Lynchburg (2-14 ODAC), Guilford (8-8 ODAC)
Lynchburg - Emory & Henry (3-13 ODAC), Randolph-Macon (11-5 ODAC)

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 third-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 second all-time (130) 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. 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.	Chad Braley (1998-pr)		130
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)		348
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)		244

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 (94-244)
5.	Chad Braley (1998-pr)		.374 (130-348)
Senior guard Will Ballard has been stealing for years. Four years in fact. Ballard claims 144 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.)	144

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