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WEEK NO. 10 (FEB. 6-FEB. 10)

Game 22 • W&L (6-15) vs. Mary Washington (7-13)
February 7, 2002 • Lexington, Va. • 7:00 pm

Game 23 • W&L (6-15, 4-12) at Eastern Mennonite (4-18, 2-13)
February 9, 2002 • Harrisonburg, Va. • 7:00 pm

W&L and Mary Washington have met 13 times with the Eagles holding a 7-6 series lead. The Generals won the last meeting, 126-121, in overtime during the 1994-95 season. W&L and Eastern Mennonite will be playing for the 62nd time with the Generals claiming a 40-21 edge in the series. W&L has not beaten EMU in Harrisonburg, Va., since a 91-67 victory on Feb. 15, 1995.

Washington and Lee hit 19-of-23 free throw attempts in overtime to defeat Mary Washington, 126-121, in Lexington, Va. The two teams combined to set an NCAA all divisions record by scoring 51 points in the overtime period (W&L 28, MWC 23). The Generals led 52-45, but the Eagles chipped away and took the lead with 3:12 remaining as forward Marvin Felix converted a layup for an 86-84 lead. The Generals forced the overtime as forward Jimmy Schweer nailed a three-pointer with four seconds remaining to knot the score at 98-98. The Generals never trailed in the overtime period as guard Jon Coffman nailed 7-of-8 free throw attempts. Coffman led W&L with 31 points and nine assists. He tied the W&L record for free throws made in a game and set the record for free throws attempted by hitting 18-of-22 attempts. Dyer tallied 29 points and 11 rebounds. MWC was led by guard Jamie Warren, who tallied 37 points, and forward Matt Seward, who recorded 25 points.

Freshman forward Mike Stuart scored a career-high 33 points to lead Washington and Lee to a 76-73 overtime win over Eastern Mennonite. Stuart was 11-of-16 from the floor and 7-of-10 from three-point range. His seven three-pointers tied the school record for triples in a game, a record held by three others. W&L led 36-23 at the half, however, the Royals outscored the Generals 11-2 over the first 2:44 of the second half to cut the lead to two points (38-36). W&L held its lead until the Royals took a 50-49 advantage with 8:13 remaining. The Generals regained the lead and held it until a layup by freshman forward E.J. Arrington gave the Royals a 62-61 lead with 39 seconds remaining. W&L junior forward Scott Hettermann tied the game by hitting 1-of-2 free throws with 10 seconds remaining. Stuart recorded 12 points in the overtime period, including a pair of three-pointers in the opening two minutes to give the Generals a six point lead that they would not relinquish. W&L shot 55.3 percent (26-47) from the floor, but struggled from the free throw line where it was 14-of-31 (.452). Hettermann scored 17 points and junior guard John Warren added 10 points for the Generals. Eastern Mennonite was paced by senior guard David Bell, who totaled 27 points on 6-of-13 shooting from behind the arc. Sophomore center Michael Swartley chipped in with 11 points and seven rebounds.

Next week, W&L will end the regular season by hosting Bridgewater on Tuesday at 8:00 pm.

Washington and Lee freshman guard Ian McClure scored a career-high 24 points to help lead the Generals to a 66-59 victory over Lynchburg on Sunday afternoon. McClure tallied his points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field and 12-of-13 shooting from the free throw line. The Generals, who never trailed in the first half, grabbed a seven point lead (18-11) with 6:49 to go in the first stanza on a layup from sophomore forward Hamill Jones. W&L extended its lead to nine points (31-22) at the half before Lynchburg surged on an 11-2 run early in the second half to tie the game at 33-33. The Hornets grabbed their largest lead of the afternoon at 44-40 on a three-pointer from Ashby Tarkington with 8:59 to play. However, the Generals outscored Lynchburg 12-3 over the next four minutes to claim a 52-47 lead with 4:40 to play. W&L connected on 10-of-12 free throws in the final minute to seal the victory. McClure was a perfect 8-of-8 down the stretch. W&L junior forward Scott Hettermann scored 14 points and handed out five assists. Freshman center Mark Franceski tallied four points, a career-high nine boards and two blocked shots. Lynchburg was led by Tarkington who scored 15 points. For the game, W&L shot 22-of-41 (.537) from the floor. The Generals, who entered the game shooting just 57.2 percent from the charity stripe, nailed 18-of-26 (.692) attempts on the afternoon.

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 19-51 (.271) overall, 0-0 against Mary Washington and 3-2 against EMU. Lafave is assisted by Doug Stewart (Brown '94) and Barry Machado (Dartmouth '66). Rod Wood (North Carolina '76) is in his 6th season at Mary Washington and claims a 65-81 (.445) overall record, 0-0 against W&L. Eastern Mennonite is led by 11th-year Head Coach Tom Baker (Eastern Mennonite '81). Baker is 85-160 (.347) for his career at EMU, 12-9 against W&L.

Mary Washington is 7-13 overall and is coming off a 73-61 loss to Marymount on Tuesday evening. The Eagles were led by senior forward John Kidwell, who tallied 19 points and eight rebounds. Junior guard Cris Hairtson notched 14 points, while senior guard Brett Lively and sophomore guard Evan Fowler totaled 10 points each. On the season, Hairston and junior forward Dan Dupras lead the Eagles in scoring and rebounding. Hairston averages a team-best 14.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, while Dupras scores 13.8 points and 7.5 boards per contest. Lively contributes 12.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game and Fowler ranks seventh in Division III with 6.3 assists per game. As a team, MWC shoots 41.9 percent from the field, 30.9 percent from the arc and 66.3 percent from the foul line.

Eastern Mennonite is 4-18 overall, 2-13 in the ODAC after a 71-55 loss at Guilford on Sunday afternoon. The Royals shot just 34.6 percent from the floor and committed 23 turnovers in the loss. Freshman forward E.J. Arrington led the way with 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Sophomore center Michael Swartley notched 13 points and five rebounds. On the season, senior guard David Bell leads EMU with averages of 13.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. Arrington averages 12.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest, while Swartley scored 11.9 points and grabs a team-high 6.5 rebounds per game. The Royals shoot just 40.1 percent from the floor and 32.3 percent from three-point range.

Washington and Lee has seen its share of close games of late. Four of the Generals' last five games have all been decided in the final seconds or overtime. In all four games, W&L held a lead of nine points or more, but could not hold it until the end. In all, W&L has played in seven games determined by five points or less. The Generals are 4-3 in those games.

Speaking of close contests, the W&L-EMU series has seen its fair share of nail-biters in recent years. Of the last six contests, three have gone to overtime. During that same stretch, the average margin of victory is 5.2 points. In addition, out of the 61 games played in the series, nine games have gone to overtime. The Generals are 3-6 all-time in overtime games against the Royals and 13-15 all-time against EMU in Harrisonburg, Va.

Freshman guard Ian McClure was named the ODAC Player of the Week for his performances against Emory & Henry, Hampden-Sydney and Lynchburg last week. McClure helped lead the Generals to a 2-1 record during the week by averaging 16.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists per contest. He shot 54.2 percent from the floor, 35.7 percent from three and 85.0 percent from the foul line. In a 62-60 win over Emory & Henry, McClure tallied 11 points and a career-high five rebounds. With the score tied at 60-60, McClure drove the lane and hit the game-winning layup with 0.5 seconds remaining. In a 66-59 win over Lynchburg, McClure recorded a career-high 24 points and four rebounds. He was 12-of-13 from the free throw line, including 8-for-8 in the final minute to secure the win.

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 23-9 (.719) when allowing its opponent 59 points or less, 4-0 this season.

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 each of its last six contests only to see the lead slip away in the final 20 minutes. In three of those games, W&L held double-digit leads and led Lynchburg by as many as nine points on Sunday. On the season, W&L is being outscored by only 16 points in the first half of play, but is being outscored by 136 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 ranks seventh in the ODAC in assists (2.9 apg) and recently surpassed a career milestone in that department. Denbow now claims 105 career assists, 60 of which have come this season.

The Generals have been struggling from the foul line this season, making just 57.9 percent (253-437) of their charity tosses. To make matters worse, W&L has sent its opponents to the line 520 times in 21 games (24.8 attempts per game) and they have hit 68.5 percent. Overall, the Generals have been outscored by 103 points on the free throw line.

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.

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.

Out of the 10 teams in the league, only eight will qualify to participate in the conference tourney. W&L is currently in the driver's seat for the number eight seed in the tournament and can even earn the number seven seed. The Generals are two games ahead of Eastern Mennonite (2-13) and three games ahead of Lynchburg (1-14) for the eighth spot at 4-12 in the ODAC. Here are the scenarios for the Generals with two ODAC contests remaining:

If W&L wins one of final two: W&L is the No. 8 seed.

If W&L loses to EMU and Bridgewater: W&L would still be the No. 8 seed if EMU loses one of its final three ODAC games unless Lynchburg defeats Hampden-Sydney, Emory & Henry and Randolph-Macon in which case the Hornets would be the No. 8 seed. If EMU wins its final three ODAC games, the Royals would be the No. 8 seed.

If W&L wins its final two: W&L could be the No. 7 seed if E&H drops its final three to Roanoke, Lynchburg and Guilford and Virginia Wesleyan defeats Hampden-Sydney or if Bridgewater defeats Randolph-Macon.

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 1,001-954-1 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.


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