Game 23 - W&L (4-19, 4-13) at Bridgewater (17-6, 11-6) - Bridgewater, Va.
Mon., Feb. 12 - 7:00 pm
W&L and Bridgewater have met 100 times over the years with the Generals holding a 68-32 advantage in the all-time series. Bridgewater won this season's earlier meeting, 56-53.
LAST MEETING W/ BRIDGEWATER (BC 56, W&L 53; 12/6/00; Lexington, Va.):
Junior forward Kyle Williford scored a game-high 21 points to help lead Bridgewater to a 56-53 win over Washington and Lee. The Generals trailed the game from start to finish, but were down by no more than 10 points (32-22) the entire game. Senior guard Chad Braley had a potential game-tying three-pointer with just two seconds remaining, but the shot would not fall. Bridgewater senior forward Shane Burnette tallied 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting and was joined in double-figures by senior forward Jermaine Reed, who totaled 11 points. Washington and Lee was led by junior forward Bob Bustamante, who scored 13 points. Sophomore forward Scott Hettermann scored 10 points, while sophomore guard Will Cotter notched 10 points and five assists. The Generals shot just 39.6 percent from the floor, but committed only 14 turnovers and were outrebounded by just one board (31-30). The Eagles were 0-of-8 from three-point range, but shot 46.8 percent overall.
Should the Generals make the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Tournament, they would play again on Saturday at 1:00 pm against the No. 1 seeded team. The tournament will take place at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Va. Should W&L not qualify for the ODAC Tournament, its season would be over.
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 13-35 overall, 1-3 against Bridgewater. 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. Bridgewater is led by Bill Leatherman (Milligan '66), who is in his 16th season as head coach. He holds a 240-171 (.584) career mark at the school and has led the Eagles to three NCAA Tournament berths. Leatherman had served as an assistant coach at James Madison for several years before making the move to Bridgewater. Leatherman is assisted by Patrick Weller (Bridgewater '97).
LAST TIME OUT:
Junior forward Bob Bustamante nailed 3-of-4 free throws in the final 10 seconds to help lead Washington and Lee to a 68-64 win over Eastern Mennonite in ODAC men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon. The Generals led for much of the game, but never by more than seven points (16-9). EMU senior guard Dustin Blyer twice cut the W&L lead to just one point in the final 1:33 of the contest before Bustamante provided the final margin at the stripe. Senior center Neal Lewis led the Royals with a game-high 17 points and nine rebounds. Junior guard David Bell tallied 11 points, while Blyer chipped in with 10 points. The Generals held senior guard Joel Kauffman, EMU's leading scorer, to just seven points on 2-of-4 shooting from the floor. Washington and Lee was led by senior guard Will Ballard, who totaled 15 points, five rebounds and three steals. Freshman center David Bode notched 14 points, 11 of which came in the first half, while Bustamante added 10 points. Eastern Mennonite shot 51.4 percent from the floor, but committed 23 turnovers in the contest.
Bridgewater is 17-6 overall, 11-6 in the ODAC after dropping an 69-68 decision to Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon in Norfolk, Va. The Eagles shot just 37.3 percent from the field and 17.6 percent from three-point range in the contest. Junior forward Kyle Williford led the Eagles with 26 points, 13 rebounds and six blocked shots. Senior forward Shane Burnette tallied 13 points, while senior guard Justin Bourne totaled 10 points. On the season, Williford leads the team in scoring (18.9 ppg) and rebounding (9.1 rpg). He is also the conference's top shot-blocker, swatting an average of 2.48 per game. Burnette averages 12.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game and shoots and ODAC-best 64.8 percent from the floor. Bourne is the team's top distributor, averaging 4.0 assists per game. The Eagles shoot 49.3 percent from the floor and average just 15 turnovers per game.
W&L vs. THE ODAC:
W&L sports a 162-216 (.429) all-time record in the ODAC and is 323-299 (.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:
Eastern Mennonite (38-21)
Emory & Henry (50-27)
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.
WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN:
Out of the 10 teams in the league, only eight will qualify to participate in the conference tourney. W&L is currently one game ahead of Emory & Henry (3-14) and Lynchburg (3-14) for the eighth spot at 4-13 in the ODAC. Here are the scenarios for the Generals to make the tournament:
If W&L beats Bridgewater: If W&L defeats Bridgewater, it will be the number eight seed for the ODAC Tournament.
If W&L loses to Bridgewater: If the Generals lose to Bridgewater, they must hope for an Emory & Henry loss coupled with a Lynchburg loss. A Lynchburg win over Randolph-Macon (12-5 ODAC) would give the Hornets a trip to the tournament; however, if LC loses and the Wasps defeat Guilford (8-9 ODAC), there would be a coin flip to determine the eighth seed for the tournament.
FYI: Emory & Henry and Guilford play this evening at 7:00 pm at Emory, Va., while Lynchburg and Randolph-Macon will play tomorrow at 7:00 pm in Lynchburg, Va. For information on the outcome of these games, please visit the following websites:
Lynchburg - www.lynchburg.edu/athletics/index.htm
Randolph-Macon - www.rmc.edu/athletics/
Emory & Henry - www.sportsweb.org/ehc/ehc.htm
Guilford - www.guilford.edu/sports
HOT AND COLD:
W&L has been hot and cold all season long from beyond the three-point arc, shooting over 40 percent from three in eight contests and shooting below 30 percent on 12 occasions. The Generals have shot better than 50 percent from beyond the arc four times this season with the best performance coming at Emory & Henry when they made 11-of-15 attempts (.733). W&L happens to have been hot of late at Bridgewater, hitting 25-of-56 (.446) three-point attempts the last three seasons at Nininger Hall. In addition, senior guard Chad Braley has loved playing against the Eagles, nailing 14-of-34 (.412) from three in his three seasons.
TWO MEN, THREE MEN:
Senior guards Chad Braley and Will Ballard have been the Generals' top three-point shooters over their careers. Braley is second all-time (131) in three-pointers made, while Ballard is eighth all-time (95). 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.
Career Three Pointers Made 1. Mike Holton (1987-91) 207 2. Chad Braley (1998-pr) 131 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) 95 Career Three Pointers Attempted 1. Mike Holton (1987-91) 481 2. Jon Coffman (1992-96) 360 3. Chad Braley (1998-pr) 353 3. Bryan Watkins (1989-93) 351 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) 247 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 (95-247) 5. Bryan Brading (1989-93) .372 (58-156) 6. Chad Braley (1998-pr) .371 (131-353)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.) 147