Washington and Lee Men's Basketball Game Notes

Game 5 - W&L vs. Shenandoah - November 29 - 6:00 pm

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W&L and Shenandoah have met eight times over the years with the Generals holding a 6-2 advantage in the all-time series. Shenandoah won the last meeting, 73-67, last season in Winchester, Va.

LAST MEETING W/ SHENANDOAH (SU 73, W&L 67; 2/2/00; Winchester, Va.):
Ted Davis hit 11-of-13 shots from the floor on his way to a game-high 24 points in leading the Shenandoah College Hornets to a 73-67 victory over Washington and Lee in men's basketball action. The Hornets trailed by as many as seven points in the first period (19-12), but closed the half on a 9-0 run to take a 37-33 lead going into the break. W&L would never regain the lead, as Shenandoah connected on 12-of-14 foul shots in the second half to secure the non-conference victory. Tyson Thompson chipped in 18 points for the Hornets, including 8-of-9 from the charity stripe. The Generals were led by Scott Hetterman, who tallied career-highs in points (16) and rebounds (7). Two other W&L players scored in double-figures, as Will Ballard amassed 13 points and Chad Braley connected for 11, including three treys. For the game, Shenandoah hit 23-of-25 foul shots for 92 percent. The Hornets shot 46 percent from the floor while holding W&L to just 40 percent. Shenandoah outrebounded the Generals by a count of 36-34.

The Generals will return to action on Saturday as they host Randolph-Macon for a 3:00 pm matchup. They will also host Virginia Wesleyan on Sunday at the same time.

Jeff Lafave (Southern Connecticut St. '93) is in his second season as the head coach at W&L and claims a 9-20 (.310) record. 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 was an assistant coach with the W&L program during the 1998-99 season and spent three seasons as an assistant at Williams College. While there, the Ephs advanced to two NCAA Division III Final Fours and one Sweet 16 showing. Lafave is assisted by Grant Farmer and Barry Machado. Farmer is in his first season at W&L after serving as an assistant at Williams last season. Farmer graduated from Williams in 1998 and was a four-year starter at point guard. Machado is in his fourth year as an assistant at W&L. A professor of history at W&L, Machado is a 1966 graduate of Dartmouth College where he played two years of basketball and four years of baseball. Machado also holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University and joined the W&L faculty in 1971.

The Washington and Lee men's basketball team dropped to 0-4 on the season with a pair of losses in the Carnegie Mellon Tournament over the weekend. W&L lost to Carnegie Mellon, 63-57, in the opener and then dropped a 93-73 decision to Thiel College in the consolation game. Against CMU, the Generals trailed by 10 points at the half, but fought back to take a 53-50 lead with 4:20 remaining via a 20-3 run. However, the Tartans outscored the Generals 13-3 the rest of the way to walk away with the win. W&L was led by senior guards Will Ballard and Chad Braley. Ballard totaled 13 points, while Braley notched 12 points. Sophomore forward Scott Hettermann tallied 10 points. Dom Ionadi and Matt Kaitz led Carnegie Mellon with 15 points each. In the loss to Thiel, the Generals fell behind early as the Tomcats hit seven of their first eight three-point attempts en route to a 53-27 halftime advantage. W&L chipped away at the lead cutting it to 20 points (93-73) at the game's conclusion. Thiel shot 56.5 percent from the floor (35-62) and 45.5 percent from the three-point arc (10-22). Braley led the Generals with 18 points on 7-of-16 shooting, while junior forward Bob Bustamante totaled 14 points. Sophomore guard Will Cotter notched 10 points. The Tomcats were led by A.H. Davis, who tallied 23 points and Isaiah Blanciak, who notched 15 points.

W&L boasts one of its youngest teams in recent memory, with just two seniors, one junior, three sophomores and six freshmen. The Generals graduated just three seniors, but lost eight players that combined for 32.4 points and 20.2 rebounds per game last season.

W&L would be better served in the early going to have a dozen roses instead of one. Team Trainer Holly Rose has been busy thus far taking care of a number of Generals who have been injured or are injured. W&L is already without the services of sophomore Ryan Small who is rehabbing a knee injury suffered last season. Senior guard Chad Braley is nursing a shoudler injury, while senior guard Will Ballard and sophomore forward Jake McAlister are both out with ankle sprains.

Junior forward Bob Bustamante returned to the lineup this season after missing the final eight games of last season with an ankle injury. Bustamante averaged 8.8 points and 4.6 rebounds through the first 16 games last year. Through four games, Bustamante is averaging 11.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. He's shooting a team-best 48.4 percent from the floor, 42.1 percent from three and 77.8 percent from the free throw line.

Undersized against most opponents, the Generals are still holding their own on the boards after four games. W&L is being outrebounded by just three boards in the early going and has recorded seven more offensive rebounds than its opponents (53-46).

Senior guard/forward Will Ballard has been a steady player for the Generals. Ballard has scored 714 career points and is closing in on the Top 5 all-time at W&L in career steals. He claims 118 career steals and can move into fifth place all-time with 11 more thefts. Ballard trails the career leader, Mike Wenke (1975-79), by 88 steals.

The Generals are 0-4 on the season mainly due to injuries and youth. However, those two factors have led to this week's stat of the week. W&L is allowing its opponents to shoot 50.5 percent from the floor and 40.3 percent from three point range. The Generals are also forcing just 13.3 turnovers per game. Last season, W&L built its team on defense, allowing its opponents to shoot just 41.4 percent from the floor and 24.8 percent from three while forcing an average of 16.6 turnovers per game. The Generals won nine games in 1999-2000, six of which occurred when holding teams to 40 percent or less from the floor.


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