Washington and Lee Men's Basketball Game Notes

Game 14 - W&L (2-11, 2-6 ODAC) vs. Guilford (6-9, 5-4 ODAC)
Lexington, Va. - January 17 - 7:00 pm

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W&L and Guilford have met 24 times over the years with the Quakers holding a 14-10 advantage in the all-time series. W&L has won five straight over Guilford, including a 50-48 win earlier this season.

LAST MEETING W/ GUILFORD (W&L 50, GC 48; 1/3/00; Greensboro, N.C.):
Sophomore forward Scott Hettermann scored a game-high 15 points to lead visiting Washington and Lee to a 50-48 ODAC victory over Guilford. The Quakers held the 35-26 edge until junior forward Bob Bustamante triggered a 19-6 Generals' run with a three-pointer at the 13:22 mark. Hettermann's layup with 6:50 left gave the Generals their first lead of the second half and Guilford never regained the advantage. While Hettermann's basket marked Washington and Lee's final field goal of the game, the Generals preserved the win with eight of 10 free throws down the stretch. Washington and Lee senior Will Ballard scored 11 points, nine in the first half. The Generals overcame 26 turnovers, which led to 26 Guilford points, thanks to 47.2 percent shooting from the floor and a 37-30 rebounding advantage. Rookie center David Bode had a game-high eight boards and six points. Randall paced the Quakers with a season-high 13 points, three assists and four steals.

The Generals will return to action on Saturday as it embarks on a two-game road trip at Virginia Wesleyan and Randolph-Macon. W&L plays VWC on Saturday at 2:00 pm and R-MC on Sunday at 3:00 pm. W&L was defeated by both teams earlier this season in Lexington. R-MC handed W&L a 61-44 loss, while VWC defeated the Generals, 78-49.

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 11-27 overall, 3-0 against Guilford. Lafave is assisted by Grant Farmer (Williams '98) and Barry Machado (Dartmouth '66). 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 and is a professor of history at the school. He played two years of basketball and four years of baseball at Dartmouth. Guilford is led by second-year head coach Butch Estes (UNC Chapel Hill '71). He has posted a 239-212 career record, 12-27 at Guilford. He is 0-3 against the Generals. Estes coached at Furman for nine seasons, posting a 135-122 record. He is assisted by Brian Judski (Clemson '92), Rob Brafford (Georgia '95) and Aaron Denton (Guilford '00).

Hampden-Sydney jumped out to a 20-4 lead in the game's first 9:53 and shot 69 percent (18-of-26) in the first half as the Tigers handed Washington and Lee an 84-47 defeat in ODAC men's basketball action. Marcus Randall scored 12 of his career-high 18 points in the first half as the Tigers led 45-18 after the first stanza. W&L shot 35.7 percent for the game (20-of-56) and connected on only 1-of-14 three point attempts. The Generals were also outrebounded, 41-26. Sophomore forward Scott Hettermann was the only General in double-digits with 12 points. He also added two rebounds and two steals. Freshman center John Saxon notched eight points and pulled down four rebounds. Hampden-Sydney was led by Randall and Mike Thompson, who collected eight points and seven boards on the day.

Guilford comes into its matchup with the Generals sporting a 6-9 overall record, 5-4 in the ODAC. The Quakers most recently defeated Bridgewater on Monday evening, 65-56. In that contest, GC shot 48.9 percent from the floor while limiting the Eagles to just 39.6 percent. Sophomore guard Paul Kindem notched a team-high 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting and senior center Todd Ashworth added 16 points and eight rebounds. On the season, Kindem leads the team with a 12.0 points per game average. Ashworth averages 11.4 points and a team-best 6.3 rebounds per game, while senior guard Jaron Randall is the team's leading assist man, averaging 2.9 assists per game. As a team, Guilford shoots 41.1 percent from the floor and averages 20.3 turnovers per game.

W&L has dominated the series with Guilford of late, winning each of the last five contests. However, the series has been close with nine of the 24 games being decided by six points or less. W&L is 4-5 in those contests and 7-5 all-time against Guilford at home. Below is all the games played between W&L and Guilford:

1/3/01		Greensboro, N.C.	W, 50-48
2/16/00 Greensboro, N.C. W, 74-56
1/4/00 Lexington, Va. W, 73-67
1/30/99 Lexington, Va. W, 87-69
11/24/98 Greensboro, N.C. W, 67-55
1/31/98 Lexington, Va. L, 55-58
11/25/97 Greensboro, N.C. L, 52-60
2/1/97 Greensboro, N.C. L, 81-83
12/6/96 Lexington, Va. W, 79-78
1/27/96 Lexington, Va. L, 76-84
12/2/95 Greensboro, N.C. L, 72-87
1/28/95 Greensboro, N.C. L, 70-75
12/3/94 Lexington, Va. W, 93-82
1/29/94 Lexington, Va. L, 68-79
12/4/93 Greensboro, N.C. L, 58-66
1/30/93 Greensboro, N.C. L, 60-81
12/5/92 Lexington, Va. L, 67-73
2/8/92 Greensboro, N.C. L, 65-68
1/11/92 Lexington, Va. L, 67-76
2/14/91 Lexington, Va. W, 83-80
1/30/90 Greensboro, N.C. L, 80-95
1/31/89 Lexington, Va. W, 88-79
1/14/72 Greensboro, N.C. L, 68-86
1969 Lexington, Va. W, 94-76

W&L sports a 160-209 (.434) all-time record in the ODAC and is 321-292 (.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 (10-14)
Hampden-Sydney (40-55)
Lynchburg (63-25)
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 18-9 when allowing its opponent 59 points or less. This season, W&L is 2-2 when allowing 59 points or less.

W&L has had four or more players score in double figures twice this season and the Generals claim a 1-1 record in those contests. W&L had four score in double figures in a loss to Shenandoah and five in double figures in a win over Lynchburg. W&L is now 6-2 when four score in double figures over the past three seasons.

The Generals had five players score in double-figures against Lynchburg on Saturday, marking the first time that has happened since defeating Villa Julie, 80-69, on Jan. 30 of last season.

Senior guard Chad Braley is the Generals' designated three man. Braley has led the Generals in three-pointer made in each of his three seasons and now claims 112 career three-pointers. The W&L career record is 207 set by Mike Holton (1987-91). Braley has averaged 1.9 made three-pointers per game and has hit nearly 37 percent (112-304) of his attempts from beyond the arc during his three years.

W&L has had tremendous success at the free throw line in the last four contests, going 49-of-66 (.742) from the stripe. Included in that total is a 16-of-16 performance in a win over Lynchburg on Saturday. Junior forward Bob Bustamante leads the team during that stretch, making 11-of-12 of his charity tosses.

Senior guard/forward Will Ballard has been stealing for years. Four years in fact. Ballard claims 128 career steals and is tied for fifth all-time at W&L with Kevin Cobbin (1995-99). Ballard can take over fourth place with four more acts of larceny and is just 21 steals from the third spot. He trails the career leader, Mike Wenke (1975-79), by 78 steals. Ballard leads the team with 13 steals this season.

Over the last two seasons, W&L is 4-0 in games following a loss to Hampden-Sydney in the regular season. The Generals defeated Middlebury and Guilford following losses in 1998-99 and Emory & Henry and Villa Julie last season.

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