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Game 1 • W&L (0-0) vs. Haverford (0-0) (at Swarthmore) • November 16, 2001 • 6:00 pm

Game 2 • W&L (0-0) vs. Swarthmore (0-0) (at Haverford) • November 17, 2001 • 6:00 pm

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Joining W&L in the Equinox Classic will be the two host schools, Haverford and Swarthmore, along with Tufts University. The Generals will not face Tufts, only the two host schools. W&L is 2-2 all-time against Haverford and 4-2 all-time against Swarthmore.

Haverford is coming off a 6-18 campaign last season. The Fords return three starters, including 6-foot-9 junior center Cam Scribner. Scribner averaged 7.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game and amassed a school-record 81 blocked shots. Haverford also returns 6-foot-4 junior forward Greg Ley (3.7 pts., 4.1 reb.) and 5-foot-9 junior guard Javier Garcia (4.8 pts., 1.6 reb.). Swarthmore is coming off a 4-20 season in 2000-01. The Garnet Tide return four starters, but lost its leading scorer, David Pearce, (15.5 pts., 3.8 reb.) to graduation. Sophomore forward Chris Loeffler (9.8 pts., 5.5 reb.), senior forward Kyle Lewis (9.4 pts., 5.1 reb.), junior guard Eran Ganot (9.2 pts., 5.4 reb.) and sophomore guard Jacob Letendre (8.8 pts., 3.3 reb.) all return to the lineup.

The Generals will return to action on Tuesday as they host Wesley College in a 1:00 pm contest. W&L then plays host to Greensboro College on Sunday at 3:00 pm.

Jeff Lafave (Southern Connecticut St. '93) is in his third 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 13-36 (.265) overall, 0-0 against Swarthmore and Haverford. Lafave is assisted by Doug Stewart (Brown '94) and Barry Machado (Dartmouth '66). Stewart comes to W&L from the Washington Generals where he served a player-coach for the squad that travels the world playing the Harlem Globetrotters. Haverford is led by Michael Mucci (Villanova '77), who is in his seventh season as head coach. He holds a 39-105 (.271) overall record at Haverford, 0-2 against W&L. Swarthmore is coached by Lee Wimberly (Stanford '68), who is in his 15th season at the school. Wimberly is 115-227 (.453) overall, 1-0 against Washington and Lee.

W&L last met Haverford and Swarthmore in the 1997 Equinox Classic. In the opening game, guard Kevin Cobbin hit two free throws with six seconds remaining to lift Washington and Lee past Swarthmore, 50-48. W&L led by as many as 11 points before Swarthmore rallied behind five second-half three-pointers, including two by forward Mike Schall in the final five minutes. The Garnet tied the game, 48-48, on a backdoor layup by J.T. Haskins with 10 seconds remaining, but as Cobbin raced up the sideline he was fouled. Cobbin hit both free throws to give the Generals a two-point lead and a three-point attempt by Swarthmore's Tim Schofield bounced off the rim as time expired. Center Rich Peterson led the Generals with 15 points and seven rebounds and Scott Hudson added 12 points. W&L outrebounded Swarthmore 33-24.

Phin Barnes scored 14 of his game-high 16 points in the second half as Haverford defeated Washington and Lee, 59-52, in the championship game. W&L pulled to within 48-47 on a basket by center Rich Peterson with 1:33 remaining, but Barnes was then fouled on a three-point attempt and hit all three free throws to give the Fords a 51-47 lead. W&L got a pair of free throws from guard Will Ballard with 55 seconds remaining to trim the margin to two points, but Barnes rebounded a missed shot by Kijauna Saunders and scored to give Haverford a 53-49 lead and the Generals got no closer. Forward Scott Hudson led the Generals with 13 points, hitting all six of his shots from the field. Peterson added 10 points and was named to the all-tournament team.

Washington and Lee will be playing in its 15th season-opening tournament since the 1970-71 season. The Generals are 12-18 (.400) in those contests and have won two tournament championships (1987 and 1988 W&L Tip-off Tournament).

Both of W&L's opponents in the Equinox Classic (Haverford, Swarthmore) are from the Keystone State. W&L has played 55 games against teams from the state of Pennsylvania and claims a 29-26 (.527) record in those contests.

Both of W&L's opponents in the Equinox Classic are also members of the Centennial Conference. W&L sports an 18-13 (.581) all-time record against the current members of the Centennial. The following is a breakdown of the Generals vs. the members of the Centennial:

Dickinson (3-1)
Franklin & Marshall (2-2)
Gettysburg (0-3)
Haverford (2-2)
Johns Hopkins (5-1)
Swarthmore (4-2)
Ursinus (0-1)
Washington (Md.) (0-1)
Western Maryland (2-1)

W&L boasts one of its youngest teams in recent memory, with no seniors, only four juniors, two sophomores and seven freshmen.

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 five seasons, W&L is 19-9 (.679) when allowing its opponent 59 points or less.

Junior guard Toussaint Crawford returns to the W&L roster this season after a year absence to focus on academics. Crawford was W&L's top freshman scorer during the 1999-2000 season when he averaged 7.2 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game. He tallied a career-high 27 points in a four-overtime win over Lynchburg that season.


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