ODAC TOURNAMENT QUARTERFINALS
W&L (7-17, 4-14) vs. Randolph-Macon (21-4,
February 16, 2002 Salem, Va. 1:00 pm
W&L and Randolph-Macon have met 57 times with the Yellow Jackets
holding a 45-12 advantage. R-MC has won each of the last 31 meetings
dating back to Feb. 9, 1977 when the Generals defeated the Yellow
Jackets, 75-73, in Lexington, Va.
LAST MEETING WITH R-MC:
(R-MC 62, W&L 39; JAN. 21, 2002; LEXINGTON, VA)
Top-ranked Randolph-Macon used a 26-6 run during the second half to
defeat Washington and Lee, 62-39. The game was knotted at 22-22 at
the break and the Yellow Jackets held a 29-27 lead with 16:37 remaining.
R-MC began its run at the 15:07 mark and finished with a 55-33 lead
with 2:58 left in the contest. The Yellow Jackets shot 60.9 percent
in the second half and forced 13 W&L second half turnovers. The
Generals were led by freshman center Mark Franceski, who tallied eight
points and eight rebounds. Sophomore forward Hamill Jones, sophomore
guard Michael Denbow and junior guard Toussaint Crawford all notched
seven points for W&L. Randolph-Macon was paced by junior guard
Tim Smith, who scored 13 points. Sophomore forward Kurt Bergmann added
11 points and seven rebounds. Junior forward Jared Mills, the Yellow
Jackets leading scorer and rebounder, was limited to just three
points and four rebounds. W&L was playing without its scoring
and rebounding leader, Scott Hettermann.
LAST TOURNAMENT MEETING WITH R-MC:
(R-MC 66, W&L 53; FEB. 21, 1998; SALEM, VA)
Washington and Lee's men's basketball season ended with a 66-53 loss
to Randolph-Macon in the quarterfinal round of the Old Dominion Athletic
Conference Tournament. Kelly Dyer, Matt Jackson and Rich Peterson
all scored 12 points for the Generals. Randolph-Macon shot 63 percent
from the field in the first half to open up a 38-20 halftime lead
and stretched the lead to 21 points early in the second half. W&L
went on an 11-1 run, keyed by six Dyer points, late in the second
half to cut the lead to 60-53 with 3:09 to play, but the Generals
went scoreless down the stretch to end the threat. W&L finished
the season with a record of 10-15, an eight-game improvement over
UP NEXT FOR W&L:
Should the Generals win, they would take on the winner of the Roanoke-Bridgewater
game on Sunday at 2:00 pm.
THE HEAD COACHES:
Jeff Lafave (Southern Connecticut St. '92) 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 20-53 (.274) overall, 0-6 against
Randolph-Macon. Lafave is assisted by Doug Stewart (Brown '94) and
Barry Machado (Dartmouth '66). Randolph-Macon is led by third-year
head coach Mike Rhodes (Lebanon Valley '95). He is 50-26 (.658) for
his career at Macon, 6-0 against W&L.
LAST TIME OUT:
Bridgewater ended the first half on a 16-4 run and never looked back
in defeating Washington and Lee, 73-53, in ODAC mens basketball
action on Tuesday evening at the Warner Center. The Generals led by
seven points (18-11) with 7:30 remaining in the opening stanza before
the Eagles used their run to take a 27-22 halftime lead. W&L fought
back to knot the game at 33-33 with 14:56 remaining, but Bridgewater
surged on a 14-2 run over the next 7:45 to take a 12-point lead (47-35)
and never trailed by more than 10 points the rest of the way. The
Generals were led by freshman forward Mike Stuart, who tallied 12
points. Sophomore guard Michael Denbow registered a career-high 11
points and six assists, while junior guard Toussaint Crawford added
10 points. Bridgewater was paced by senior forward Kyle Williford,
who notched 19 points and 11 rebounds. Senior guard Matt Stevens and
freshman guard Ricky Easterling added 11 points each.
SCOUTING THE YELLOW JACKETS:
Randolph-Macon enters the ODAC Tournament ranked sixth in Division
III. The Yellow Jackets are 21-4 overall, 16-2 in the ODAC, and are
coming off an 81-50 win over Lynchburg on Tuesday evening. In that
game, the Jackets shot 48.3 percent from the floor and forced 25 Hornet
turnovers. Junior forward Jared Mills led the way with a game-high
21 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore forward Kurt Bergmann notched
10 points, while sophomore guard Ryan Stein tallied eight points and
five assists. For the season, Mills leads the team in scoring (14.3
ppg) and rebounding (6.3) with Bergmann close behing. He averages
13.2 points and 6.1 boards per game. Stein averages 10.9 points and
2.6 rebounds per game, while junior guard Tim Smith contributes 7.6
points and a team-best 3.0 assists per game. The Yellow Jackets lead
the ODAC in scoring defense, allowing an average of just 60.2 points
per game. They are also the top shooting team in the ODAC, hitting
48.6 percent of their shots from the floor.
W&L IN THE ODAC TOURNAMENT:
W&L has played 33 ODAC Tournament games over the years and is
16-17 (.485) all-time in those games, 0-2 against Randolph-Macon.
W&L has emerged as the ODAC Champion three times, with the last
occurring on Feb. 23, 1980 at Hampden-Sydney (58-56). Only Hampden-Sydney
and Roanoke have claimed more ODAC Tournament Championships than the
Generals. The last meeting between the Yellow Jackets and the Generals
in the ODAC Tournament occurred in the first round of the tournament
on Feb. 21, 1998. Randolph-Macon prevailed in that contest, 66-53.
The following is a breakdown of the Generals vs. the members of the
ODAC in the tournament:
Eastern Mennonite (3-0)
Emory & Henry (1-0)
Va. Wesleyan (0-1)
KEEP EM' UNDER 60:
Washington and Lee has been known in recent years for its slow the
pace style of play and it has been successful. During the last five
seasons, W&L is 24-9 (.727) when allowing its opponent 59 points
or less, 5-0 this season.
W&L VS. THE ODAC:
W&L sports a 166-230 (.419) all-time record in the ODAC and is
332-317 (.512) 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:
E. Mennonite (40-22)
Emory & Henry (51-28)
Va. Wesleyan (10-20)
TALE OF TWO HALVES:
The Generals have had trouble splicing together two good halves of
basketball this season with the second half proving more difficult
than the first. W&L has led or been tied at the half in seven
of its last nine contests only to see the lead slip away at some point
during the final 20 minutes. In four of those games, W&L held
double-digit leads. On the season, W&L is being outscored by only
29 points in the first half of play, but is being outscored by 153
points in the second stanza.
W&L's scoring has come by committee this season as nine different
players have led the team in scoring. Freshman forward Mike Stuart
claims the highest point total with 33 markers against Eastern Mennonite.
Sophomore guard Michael Denbow is tied for fifth in the ODAC in assists
(3.1 apg) and recently surpassed a career milestone in that department,
surpassing 100 career assists. Denbow claims 120 career helpers, 75
of which have come this season. In a win over Mary Washington on Feb.
7, Denbow dropped a career-high nine dimes with just one turnover.
FREE THROW WOES:
The Generals have been struggling from the foul line this season,
making just 58.5 percent (280-479) of their charity tosses. To make
matters worse, W&L has sent its opponents to the line 601 times
in 24 games (25.1 attempts per game) and they have hit 68.9 percent.
Overall, the Generals have been outscored by 134 points on the free
HOW ABOUT THAT!:
Sophomore forward Hamill Jones had a career game at Emory & Henry
on Jan. 23. Jones destroyed his previous career-high performance (10)
by tallying 32 points against the Wasps. In that game, he went 15-of-16
(.938) from the field, setting a new school record for field goal
percentage in a game.
TOP GAME -- EVER:
Freshman forward Mike Stuart had the finest game ever by a first-year
W&L player as he tallied 33 points in the Generals' first meeting
with EMU. Stuart was 11-of-16 from the floor, including 7-of-10 shooting
from beyond the three-point arc. His seven three's tied the school
record for three's in a game held by three others.
The 2001-02 W&L men's basketball team can now be referred to as
the comma kids. The Generals finally acheived the comma associated
with the 1,000th win in school history with a 62-60 win over E&H
on Jan. 30. W&L's all-time record now stands at 1,002-956-1 over
96 seasons of basketball. Only a total of 50 schools currently competing
in Division III can boast 1,000 wins. Among ODAC schools, only Randolph-Macon,
Roanoke and Hampden-Sydney have more victories than W&L.
ALMOST SOPHOMORES NOW:
Al McGuire once said that the best thing about freshmen is that they
become sophomores. In some cases that's true, but not when speaking
of the W&L freshmen class. The Generals' seven freshmen have combined
to average 26.9 points, 11.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists per game. Together,
they have accounted for 44.4 percent of W&L's points and 35.8
percent of its rebounds. Forward Mike Stuart is providing the largest
contribution, averaging 9.3 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.
IF IT GOES AN EXTRA FRAME:
W&L has played in two overtime contests this season, posting a
1-1 record. The Generals have played in nine overtime contests over
the last four seasons and are 3-6 in those games. Among the overtime
wins are Lynchburg, Eastern Mennonite and Greensboro.
TWO IS NICE, BUT THREE IS BETTER:
Junior guard John Warren, a transfer from Emory University, leads
the team with 35 three-pointers made and 102 three's attempted. His
35 makes already rank 19th on W&L's all-time list. Freshman forward
Mike Stuart claims 31 makes, 20th on the all-time list.
FRANCESKI vs. MACON:
Freshman center Mark Franceski has played well this season against
Randolph-Macon. The 6-foot-6 Franceski averaged 9.5 points, 6.0 rebounds
and 1.0 blocks per game in his two meetings with the Yellow Jackets.
He hit 9-of-14 (.643) shots from the floor in the two games.
MILLS vs. THE GENERALS:
Randolph-Macon junior forward Jared Mills loves to see W&L on
the schedule. Mills has made a killing against the Generals in his
six meetings with them. In those games, he has averaged 14.8 points,
8.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. He has shot 59.2 percent from
the floor and 83.8 percent from the foul line. Twice Mills has tallied
career-highs in points against W&L, scoring 24 points in a game
during his freshman season and 25 points in the earlier meeting this
season in Ashland, Va.
The Generals have been hampered by injuries all season long and the
situation has not changed for the tournament. Junior forward Scott
Hettermann, W&L's leading scorer and rebounder, is questionable
for the game against Randolph-Macon. Hettermann suffered a severe
ankle injury against Eastern Mennonite last Saturday. Thus far, Hettermann
has missed three games due to ankle problems. In addition to Hettermann,
freshman forward Holton Freeman is also out. Freeman suffered a broken
thumb in late December. He returned to play two games before being
sidelined again as the thumb was not healing properly. Freshman guard
Wes McAdams has seen just one minute of action this season after suffering
a separated shoulder several times early in the season. He has not
returned to the lineup after paying one minute against Greensboro
on Nov. 25.
-- GENERALS --