Washington and Lee Men's Basketball Game Notes

Game 12 - W&L (1-10, 1-5 ODAC) at Lynchburg (1-10, 1-4 ODAC)
Lynchburg, Va. - January 13 - 3:00 pm

Game 13 - W&L (1-10, 1-5 ODAC) at No. 15 Hampden-Sydney (11-1, 5-1 ODAC)
Hampden-Sydney, Va. - January 14 - 2:00 pm

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W&L and Lynchburg have met 87 times over the years with the Generals holding a 62-25 advantage. Lynchburg won the last meeting between the two teams, 68-63 in overtime.

W&L and Sydney have met 94 times over the years with the Tigers holding a 54-40 advantage. H-SC has won six in a row over W&L dating back to the 1997-98 season.

LAST MEETING W/ LYNCHBURG (LC 68, W&L 63; 2/9/00; Lynchburg, Va.):
Washington and Lee suffered its second consecutive overtime loss, falling to Lynchburg by a score of 68-63. W&L had a chance to win the game in regulation, possessing the ball with the score tied and only 22 seconds left to play, but could not muster a shot. Holding a two-point lead in overtime, Lynchburg hit on three-of-four crucial free-throws in the final 11 seconds to ice the victory. The Hornets were led in scoring by Mike Gleason, who tallied a career-high 20 points in the win. Dennis Brown amassed 17 points and seven rebounds. Guard Will Ballard led the Generals with a career- and game-high 22 points, including four-of six from behind the three-point arc. Forward Ryan Small chipped in with a career-high 17 points, including three-of-four treys. Senior center Brian Ricketts led the Generals in the post, collecting 11 points and 12 rebounds. For the game, W&L shot 51.1 percent from the floor and 57.1 percent from three, while holding the Hornets to just 36.4 percent shooting.

LAST MEETING W/ HAMPDEN-SYDNEY (H-SC 56, W&L 49; 1/26/00; Lexington, Va.):
Washington and Lee gave No. 1-ranked Hampden-Sydney a scare before falling to the Tigers, 56-49, on Wednesday evening in the Warner Center. Hampden-Sydney surged to a 14-point lead (17-3) just 9:03 into the first half, however, Washington and Lee chipped away to cut the Tiger lead to just five points (28-23) at the half. The Generals continued to slice into the H-SC lead in the second half and tied the game at 41-41 with 7:51 remaining. W&L trailed by just three points (52-49) with :28 seconds remaining, but the Tigers hit four free throws in that span to escape with the seven-point win. Washington and Lee was led by freshman guard Toussaint Crawford, who scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Senior center Brian Ricketts tallied eight points and a game-high nine rebounds. W&L shot 44 percent from the floor, while holding Hampden-Sydney to a season-low 33 percent from the floor. The 56 points were also a season-low. Senior forward Jack Jirak and senior guard T.J. Grimes were the only two in double-figures for the Tigers. Jirak scored 12 points to go along with six rebounds, while Grimes totaled 11 points.

The Generals will return to action on Wednesday as it hosts Guilford for a 7:00 pm contest. W&L will meet Lynchburg and Hampden-Sydney again this season in the Warner Center. The Generals will face H-SC on Feb. 3 and LC on Feb. 4. Both games are slated to begin at 3:00 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 is 10-26 overall, 1-1 against Lynchburg and 0-2 against Hampden-Sydney. 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. Ronn Carr (Wofford '82) is in his first season as the head coach at Lynchburg. Carr took over the Lynchburg head job after serving as the head coach at Rockbridge County High School last season. Previously, he had served as the head coach at Longwood College for nine years, posting a 127-124 (.506) record. He is 128-134 (.489) overall in his career. He has never faced W&L. Carr is assisted by Chris Whelan (Lynchburg '00). Tony Shaver (UNC Chapel Hill '76) is in his 15th season as the mentor at Hampden-Sydney. He claims a 293-107 (.733) record at Sydney, 26-6 against W&L. Shaver is assisted by Bubba Smith.

Washington and Lee used a 24-11 run over 10:26 in the second half to close within two points with 32 seconds remaining in the game, but could get no closer and fell to Eastern Mennonite, 63-59, in ODAC men's hoops action on Wednesday evening in Harrisonburg, Va. After senior guard Will Ballard hit 1-of-2 free throws with 32 seconds to play to pull W&L to within two at 61-59, the Generals picked up an offensive rebound. Ballard then attempted a lay-up that just rolled off the rim with nine seconds to play, but he was fouled by Eastern Mennonite's Alex Ivanitsky. However, he missed both free throw attempts and Eastern Mennonite iced the game with a pair of foul shots with six seconds left. W&L was led by junior forward Bob Bustamante and freshman center David Bode who each tallied 12 points. Bustamante was 9-of-10 from the free throw line and pulled down five boards. Senior guard Chad Braley chipped in with nine points. Eastern Mennonite was led by Neal Lewis, who totaled 16 points, 13 rebounds and three steals. Joel Kauffman added 15 points, while Dustin Blyer added a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. The Royals shot 48.7 percent from the floor and pulled out the victory despite committing 22 turnovers. EMU had trouble closing out the Generals in the second half, connecting on only 12-of-27 attempts (.444) from the foul line in the final 20 minutes.

Lynchburg enters its game with the Generals sporting a 1-10 overall record, 1-4 in the ODAC. Most recently, the Hornets were defeated by Bridgewater, 82-60, on Monday evening. In that contest, senior forward Dennis Brown led the Hornets with 24 points. Freshman guard Paul Monica added 11 points. To date, Brown leads the team in scoring, averaging 18.2 points per game. He has played in only six contests after recovering from a torn meniscus suffered against East Tennessee State. Junior forward Jamie Copsey averages 8.0 points and a team-high 6.6 rebounds, while junior guard Mike Main leads the team in assists (4.1 apg). As a team, the Hornets are shooting just 59.2 percent from the foul line.

Hampden-Sydney enters the weekends action with an 11-1 overall record, 5-1 in the ODAC, and a No. 15 ranking in Division III. On Saturday, as W&L is taking on Lynchburg, the Tigers will be looking for their 12th win of the season against Roanoke. The Tigers are coming off a 75-72 win over Randolph-Macon on Wednesday evening. Freshman forward Brandon Randall led H-SC with 14 points, while junior forward Bobby Jackson totaled 13 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Sophomore forward Jay Patrick and sophomore guard Matt McKeag added 12 and 10 points, respectively. On the season, the Tigers are led by Jackson, who averages 12.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Patrick contributes 9.3 points per game, while Randall is adding 9.1 points per game. As a team, the Tigers shoot .448 from the floor and are outrebounding opponents by an average of 5.5 boards per game.

W&L sports a 159-208 (.433) all-time record in the ODAC and is 320-291 (.524) 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 (37-21)
Emory & Henry (49-26)
Guilford (11-13)
Hampden-Sydney (40-54)
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.

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.

The last two seasons, the W&L and Lynchburg basketball teams have been mirror images of one another. Last season, W&L and Lynchburg played two overtime contests for a grand total of five overtime periods. In Lexington, W&L defeated the Hornets, 96-92, in four overtimes, the longest basketball game in W&L history. In Lynchburg, LC downed the Generals, 68-63, in a single overtime contest. This season, both teams claim an identical 1-10 overall record.

Senior guard/forward Will Ballard has been a steady player for the Generals. Ballard is closing in on the Top 5 all-time at W&L in career steals. He claims 125 career steals and can move into fifth place all-time with four more thefts. Ballard trails the career leader, Mike Wenke (1975-79), by 81 steals.

Since the 1980-81 season, Washington and Lee has compiled a 48-38 (.558) overall record in games played on back-to-back days such as this weekend's Lynchburg-Hampden-Sydney double-dip. However, the Generals are 0-6 this season when playing back-to-back games.

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