Washington and Lee Men's Basketball Game Notes

Game 8 - W&L vs. Bridgewater - December 6 - 7:00 pm

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W&L and Bridgewater have met 99 times over the years with the Generals holding a 68-31 advantage in the all-time series. The Eagles took two of three games last season, but W&L won the biggest game, defeating BC, 55-50, in the ODAC Tournament quarterfinals.

LAST MEETING W/ BRIDGEWATER (W&L 55, BC 50; 2/19/00; Salem, Va.):
Washington and Lee was a perfect 19-of-19 from the free throw line in posting a 55-50 win over Bridgewater in the quarterfinals of the ODAC Basketball Tournament. The perfect 19-of-19 performance at the line ties the ODAC record for team free throw percentage in a game while setting a new W&L record. Senior center Brian Ricketts recorded a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Ricketts was the only General in double figures, while five different players contributed eight points each. Matt Stevens led Bridgewater with 16 points, connecting on 7-of-11 field goals. Kyle Williford added 10 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. The Eagles committed just nine turnovers but struggled at a .352 rate from the field. Washington and Lee never trailed in the first half and held a 27-23 lead at the break. The Eagles took their first lead of the game, 45-44, with 4:31 remaining on a Stevens lay-up. Single free throws by Shane Burnette and Brad Harrington gave BC a three-point advantage, 47-44 with 2:23. Ricketts netted a lay-up and added a free-throw for a three-point play to tie the game at 47 with 2:04 remaining. The Generals scored their final eight points of the game from the line, hitting 8-of-8 free throws in the final minute, while Bridgewater connected on just one of its last five field goal attempts.

The Generals will return to action on Wed., Jan. 3 at Guilford. Game time is set 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 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.

Leading by four points (38-34) with 17:50 remaining in the second half, Virginia Wesleyan used a 23-5 run over the next 10:24 to put Washington and Lee away in a 78-49 win over the Generals in ODAC men's basketball action on Sunday afternoon at the Warner Center. The Blue Marlins shot 53.8 percent for the game, including a blistering 65.2 percent in the second half. VWC also hit 11-of-18 three-point attempts for the game (.611). The Generals shot just 33.9 percent from the field, including 25 percent in the second half. Virginia Wesleyan was led by senior forward Ron Yuhasz, who scored 17 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Sophomore guard Frankie Cabrera scored 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including 4-of-5 from beyond the three-point stripe. Junior guard James Wallace added 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting beyond the arc as well. Washington and Lee was led by sophomore forward Scott Hettermann, who tallied career-highs in points (21) and rebounds (10). He also notched three assists, one block and two steals. Sophomore point guard Will Cotter scored 12 points and handed out four assists.

Bridgewater is coming off a 77-54 win over Eastern Mennonite on Saturday evening. The Eagles shot nearly 54 percent from the floor and 47 percent from three-point range in upping their record to 6-0 overall. Junior guard Matt Stevens led the Eagles with 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting, while junior center Kyle Williford chipped in 16 points and seven rebounds. On the season, BC is shooting an ODAC-best 55.6 percent from the field, led by senior forward Shane Burnette, who has hit 38 of his 48 field goal attempts (.792). Williford is second in the ODAC in scoring, averaging 19.7 points per game. He is also the ODAC's top three-point marksman, hitting 72 percent of his attempts (13-of-18). Senior guard Justin Bourne leads the ODAC in assists (5.7 per game).

W&L sports a 158-205 (.435) all-time record in the ODAC and is 319-288 (.526) 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 (12-42)
Roanoke (33-62)
Virginia Wesleyan (9-18)

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.

Sophomore forward Scott Hettermann had a breakthrough week last week, averaging 17.7 points and 7.0 rebounds per game while shooting 51.4 percent from the floor. Against Shenandoah, he totaled a career-high 19 points. He then set a new career-high with 21 points and had a career-high mark in rebounds (10) against Virginia Wesleyan. He has scored in double-figures in five straight games and is averaging a team-high 13.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.

Four players scored in double-figures for the Generals against Shenandoah, 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 a 5-2 record when four score in double figures.

Senior guard/forward Will Ballard has been a steady player for the Generals. Ballard has scored 718 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.

W&L committed just 11 turnovers against Virginia Wesleyan, its lowest total since committing only eight turnovers against the Blue Marlins last season.

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