Washington and Lee Men's Basketball Game Notes

Game 11 - W&L (1-9, 1-4 ODAC) at Eastern Mennonite (3-7, 1-4 ODAC)
Harrisonburg, Va. - January 10 - 7:00 pm

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W&L and Eastern Mennonite have met 57 times over the years with the Generals holding a 37-20 advantage in the all-time series. The two teams have split the season series last year with each team defending its home court. W&L won the most recent meeting, 56-51. LAST MEETING W/ EASTERN MENNONITE (W&L 56, EMU 51; 2/5/00; Lexington, Va.):
Washington and Lee snapped a seven game losing streak against Eastern Mennonite and ran its home record to 7-2 on the season with a 56-51 win over the Royals. W&L led the game by a 17-13 count with 6:11 remaining in the opening half before Eastern Mennonite surged on a 12-0 run over the next 7:11 to take a 25-17 lead with 19:00 remaining in the game. The Royals pushed their advantage to 11 points (31-20) with 14:18 remaining, however, W&L would come back. The Generals went on a 23-6 run over the next 7:48 to take a six-point lead (43-37) that they would not surrender. EMU sliced the W&L lead to one-point (46-45) with 2:47 remaining, but the Generals 8-of-10 free throws from that point on to seal the win. Guard Chad Braley led the Generals with a game-high 17 points on 4-of-7 shooting from beyond the three-point arc. Senior forward Scott Hudson tallied nine points and three blocked shots, while senior center Brian Ricketts corralled a team-high eight rebounds. Eastern Mennonite was led by senior forward Quincy Longacre, who tallied 14 points and 12 rebounds. Center Neal Lewis also notched a double-double for the Royals, totaling 12 points and 12 rebounds. EMU shot just over 28 percent from the floor, but outrebounded the Generals, 46-32. W&L shot 32 percent from the floor, but made good on 81.8 percent of its free throws (18-of-22).

The Generals will return to action on Saturday as they travel to Lynchburg for a 3:00 pm contest. Eastern Mennonite will travel to Guilford on Saturday for a 4:00 pm match up with the Quakers. The two teams will meet again on Feb. 10 at W&L.

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 10-25 overall, 1-1 against EMU. 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. Machado is in his fourth year as an assistant at W&L. A professor of history at the school, Machado is a 1966 graduate of Dartmouth College where he played two years of basketball and four years of baseball. Tom Baker (Eastern Mennonite '81) is in his 9th season as the mentor at his alma mater. He claims a 75-133 overall record, 11-7 against W&L. Baker is assisted by Bill Hale (Emory & Henry '70) and Mike McElroy (Eastern Mennonite '00).

Sophomore guard Robby Pridgen scored 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting to help lead Roanoke past Washington and Lee, 57-48, in ODAC men's basketball action on Saturday evening at the Warner Center. Roanoke held a 35-26 lead at the break, however the Generals fought back to cut the Maroons lead to just one point (49-48) with 4:15 remaining. Roanoke held W&L scoreless from that point as the Generals missed their final five shots from the floor and committed three turnovers. Roanoke shot 54.3 percent (19-35) from the floor, but hit just 13-of-25 free throw attempts (.520). W&L connected on just 36.6 percent (15-41) of its shots from the field, but hit 13-of-15 foul shots. Senior guard Brad Dunleavy added 14 points, but committed eight turnovers. Senior forward Colby Leftwich scored eight points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. Washington and Lee was paced by sophomore forward Scott Hettermann, who scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds. Senior guard Will Ballard chipped in with 13 points.

Eastern Mennonite is coming off a 101-71 loss to Hampden-Sydney on Monday evening. The Royals shot 47.8 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Tigers, 48-37. However, EMU committed 36 turnovers in the contest. Senior guard Joel Kauffman led the team with 12 points on 4-of-4 shooting from three-point land. On the season, Kauffman leads the team in scoring, averaging 16.2 points per game. He also averages 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game and shoots 41 percent from three-point range. Kauffman is joined in double figures by junior guard David Bell (11.3 ppg) and senior center Neal Lewis (10.7 ppg). Lewis leads the team on the boards (5.9 rpg).

W&L sports a 159-207 (.434) all-time record in the ODAC and is 320-290 (.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 (11-13)
Hampden-Sydney (40-53)
Lynchburg (62-25)
Randolph-Macon (12-42)
Roanoke (33-63)
Virginia Wesleyan (9-18)

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 17-9 when allowing its opponent 59 points or less. This season, W&L is 1-2 when allowing 59 points or less, defeating Guilford, 50-48 and dropping games to Bridgewater, 56-53, and Roanoke, 57-48.

Senior guards Chad Braley and Will Ballard have been the killer B's in EMU's eyes over the past three seasons. Over the six-game stretch, the two have had their moments against the Royals. Ballard has hit two three-pointers at the buzzer to send games into overtime, while Braley has averaged 13.2 points per game and has shot 41.7 percent from three (20-48) against EMU. Ballard averages 10.8 points per game over his career against Mennonite.

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 747 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 eight more thefts. Ballard trails the career leader, Mike Wenke (1975-79), by 85 steals.

With the exception of sophomore forward Scott Hettermann and freshman forward Hamill Jones, the Generals are shooting 78.5 percent (84-107) from the foul line. The team-best percentage is senior guard Will Ballard, who has hit 88.9 percent (16-18) of his charity tosses.

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