Washington and Lee Men's Basketball Game Notes

Game 6 - W&L vs. Randolph-Macon - December 2 - 3:00 pm

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THE SERIES:
W&L and Randolph-Macon have met 53 times over the years with the Yellow Jackets holding a 41-12 advantage in the all-time series. Macon has won each of the last 27 meetings, dating back to Feb. 9, 1977.

LAST MEETING W/ RANDOLPH-MACON (R-MC 76, W&L 70; 2/7/00; Lexington, Va.):
Forward Jared Mills scored 24 points and collected 16 rebounds to help lead Randolph-Macon to a 76-70 overtime victory over Washington and Lee at the Warner Center. W&L led by three points (63-60) with 13 seconds remaining in the second half, however, R-MC forward Jamie Rice hit a three-pointer with five seconds to knot the score at 63-63. Guard Will Ballard's three-pointer at the buzzer fell short and the two teams headed to overtime. Washington and Lee struck first, taking a five-point lead (68-63) just 1:20 into the overtime on a layup by senior center Brian Ricketts and a three-pointer by Ballard. However, the Yellow Jackets outscored W&L 13-2 the rest of overtime to claim the six-point victory. Ballard led the Generals with 14 points and six rebounds, while Ricketts totaled 10 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Will Cotter tallied 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. Rice tallied 15 points and senior Mike LaGuardia notched 11 points for the Yellow Jackets.

UP NEXT FOR W&L:
The Generals will return to action on Sunday as they host Virginia Wesleyan for a 3:00 pm matchup.

THE COACHES:
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 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.

LAST TIME OUT:
Senior guard Ted Davis scored a game-high 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting to help lead Shenandoah to a 63-61 win over Washington and Lee in men's basketball action on Wednesday evening. The Generals trailed by seven points (57-50) with 3:39 remaining, but surged on a 11-4 run to tie the game at 61-61 with 50 seconds remaining. With the score still tied, W&L had the ball and a chance to win the game with 38 seconds left, but Davis recorded a steal and a layup to put the Hornets (3-1) up by two. W&L once again had a chance to win the game, but senior guard Chad Braley misfired with a three-pointer at the buzzer. Sophomore forward Scott Hettermann scored a career-high 19 points, while freshman center David Bode notched a career-high 14 points and six rebounds. Sophomore guard Will Cotter tallied 11 points and a career-high seven assists and Braley added 11 points. Davis was the only double-digit scorer for the Hornets.

W&L vs. THE ODAC:
W&L sports a 158-203 (.438) all-time record in the ODAC and is 319-286 (.527) 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 (68-31)
Eastern Mennonite (37-20)
Emory & Henry (49-26)
Guilford (9-14)
Hampden-Sydney (40-53)
Lynchburg (62-25)
Randolph-Macon (12-41)
Roanoke (33-62)
Virginia Wesleyan (9-17)

GENERALS? HOW ABOUT PRIVATE FIRST CLASS:
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.

HETTERMANN THE BETTER MAN:
Sophomore forward Scott Hettermann came through against Shenandoah on Wednesday, producing a career-high 19 points, three rebounds and two assists. He shot 7-of-13 from the floor and hit 5-of-6 from the foul line. Hettermann was 4-for-11 from the line heading into the contest. On the season, he is shooting 50 percent from the field and is averaging a team-high 12.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.

FOUR SCORE AND NOT SEVEN YEARS AGO, BUT THE PAST THREE:
Four players scored in double-figures for the Generals on Wednesday night, marking just the seventh time in the past three seasons that W&L has accomplished that feat. The Generals fell to the Hornets, but have recorded a 5-2 record in those contests.

HOLDIN' THEIR OWN:
Undersized against most opponents, the Generals are still holding their own on the boards after four games. W&L is being outrebounded by just six boards in the early going and has recorded three more offensive rebounds than its opponents (58-55).

CLIMBING THE CHARTS:
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.

STAT OF THE WEEK:
The Generals are 0-5 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 49.6 percent from the floor and 38.2 percent from three point range. The Generals are also forcing just 14.2 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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