Washington and Lee Men's Basketball Game Notes

Game 9 - W&L at Guilford - January 3 - 7:00 pm

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W&L and Guilford have met 23 times over the years with the Quakers holding a 13-10 advantage in the all-time series. W&L has won four straight over Guilford, including a 74-56 win in the last meeting.

LAST MEETING W/ GUILFORD (W&L 74, GC 56; 2/16/00; Greensboro, N.C.):
Washington and Lee earned the sixth seed in the ODAC Tournament with a 74-56 victory at Guilford College. The win was the first for the Generals on the road during the season. W&L went on a 9-0 run early in the first half on three consecutive three-pointers by Ryan Small to take an 18-9 lead over the Quakers. The Generals took the lead into halftime, holding a 33-26 advantage. Despite shooting only 38.9 percent in the second stanza, W&L never trailed, cruising to the 74-56 win. The Generals shot a torrid 65.0 percent from the floor in the first half, including 5-of-8 from behind the three-point arc. For the game, W&L hit 10-of-16 treys, including a combined 7-of-11 from Small and guard Chad Braley. Small led the Generals with a career-high 18 points, while Braley and senior guard Walt Plyler each hit for 14 markers. Plyler's career-high included 7-of-8 from the charity stripe which proved crucial in maintaining the Generals' second-half advantage. Senior center Brian Ricketts led the Generals on the boards with a game-high eight rebounds. Leading the Quakers in scoring was Todd Ashworth with 11 points. Brad Woolley and John Carter each chipped in with 10 points. Guilford shot just 36.1 percent from the floor, and hit just 2-of-16 three-point attempts in the contest.

The Generals will return to action on Saturday as they host arch-rival Roanoke College in a 7:00 pm contest.

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.

Junior forward Kyle Williford scored a game-high 21 points to help lead Bridgewater to a 56-53 win over Washington and Lee on Dec. 6. 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.

Guilford is coming off a 62-49 loss in its last contest at Hampden-Sydney on Dec. 9. Against the Tigers, sophomore guard Paul Kindem recorded a game-high 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Senior center Todd Ashworth notched 10 points and seven rebounds. The Quakers enter their game with Washington and Lee, sporting a 3-6 overall record, 2-1 in the ODAC. GC defeated Lynchburg (79-62) and Emory & Henry (53-52) in ODAC play. On the season, Kindem leads the team in scoring, averaging 11.8 points per game. He is followed by Ashworth (10.7 ppg) and junior guard Brad Woolley (8.8 ppg). Ashworth is the team's leading rebounder (5.2 rpg), while senior guard Jaron Randall leads the team in assists (3.0 apg). The Quakers are shooting a respectable 42.6 percent from the floor, but average 22.2 turnovers per game.

W&L sports a 158-206 (.434) all-time record in the ODAC and is 319-289 (.525) 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 (37-20)
Emory & Henry (49-26)
Guilford (10-13)
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 has been the Generals most consistent player this season. Hettermann averages team-highs in points (13.3 ppg) and rebounds (6.0 rpg) and shoots 52.2 percent from the floor. He set career-highs in points (21) and rebounds (10) against Virginia Wesleyan and has scored in double figures in six straight contests.

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 723 career points and is closing in on the Top 5 all-time at W&L in career steals. He claims 121 career steals and can move into fifth place all-time with 8 more thefts. Ballard trails the career leader, Mike Wenke (1975-79), by 85 steals.

W&L has won two road games (not including neutral sites) the past two seasons and both occurred in the Ragan Brown Field House on the campus of Guilford College. During those two games, W&L shot a combined 43-of-81 (.531) from the floor and 16-of-30 (.533) from the three-point arc.

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