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Game 3 • W&L (1-1) vs. Wesley (1-1) • November 20, 2001 • Lexington, Va. • 1:00 pm

Game 4 • W&L (1-1) vs. Greensboro (2-0) • November 25, 2001 • Lexington, Va. • 3:00 pm

This week, W&L hosts a pair of teams for non-conference contests. The Generals will face Wesley College on Tuesday at 1:00 pm and Greensboro College on Sunday at 3:00 pm. W&L and Wesley have met once prior in basketball with the Generals taking a 108-78 victory in the 1987-88 season-opener. W&L and Greensboro have met 11 times on the hardwood with the Generals holding a 7-4 advantage in the all-time series. However, the Pride took a 60-52 victory over W&L last season in Greensboro, N.C.

Wesley is 1-1 on the season after splitting a pair of games at Roanoke College's Salem Bank & Trust Tournament this past weekend. The Wolverines defeated Ferrum, 80-67, before falling to Roanoke, 85-63, in the championship game. On the season, junior guard Larry Bryant leads the team with averages of 19.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. Bryant tallied 25 points and 13 rebounds in the win over Ferrum. Freshman center Jawara Stephenson (6-foot-11) averaged 13.0 points and 4.0 blocks per game during the tournament. Wesley is shooting just 41.9 percent from the floor and 27.0 percent from the free throw line. The Wolverines have committed 47 turnovers in two games.

Greensboro is 2-0 overall after taking the championship of the Johns Hopkins Blue Jay Invitational over the weekend. The Pride defeated JHU, 66-61, in the opening game and then downed Washington College, 68-47, in the championship game. Sophomore guard Marcellus Morgan led Greensboro with an average of 16.5 points per game. Sophomore guard Trey Williams averaged 12.0 points per outing, while sophomore forward Daron Williams averaged 11.5 points per game. The Pride also struggled with turnovers, committing 44 in two games. However, Greensboro found its way to the foul line, going 41-for-52 (.789) in the tournament.

Next week, W&L will play three road contests including two early-season ODAC games. The Generals travel to Williamsburg, Va., on Wed., Nov. 28 for a 7:00 pm game against Division I William & Mary then hit the road for ODAC games in Ashland, Va., and Norfolk, Va. W&L plays Randolph-Macon at 3:00 pm on Sat., Dec. 1 and Virginia Wesleyan at 2:00 pm on Sun., Dec. 2.

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 14-37 (.275) overall, 1-1 against Greensboro. Lafave is assisted by Doug Stewart (Brown '94) and Barry Machado (Dartmouth '66). Wesley is led by Chris Wentworth (Wesley '94), who is in his first season as head coach. Greensboro is coached by Eddie Payne (Wake Forest '73), who is in his second season with the Pride. Payne went 10-16 last season and is 221-213 (.509) for his career. Payne came to Greensboro from Oregon State where was the head coach from 1995-2000. Payne has also held head coaching posts at East Carolina and Belmont Abbey.

Washington and Lee was defeated by Swarthmore, 70-63, in the second day of action at the Equinox Classic. The Generals started out strong, taking a 26-16 lead with 8:00 left in the first half on a pair of free throws by freshman center Mark Franceski. However, the Garnet closed out the first half on a 17-4 run to take a 33-30 lead at intermission. Swarthmore extended its lead to as many as nine points in the second half, however, could not shake the Generals. W&L cut the Garnet lead to three points on several occasions, including to 58-55 with 4:25 to play on a basket by junior guard Toussaint Crawford. The Garnet regained an eight point lead with 2:50 to play as Kyle Lewis nailed a three-pointer and did not let the Generals creep closer than five points the rest of the way. Crawford and junior forward Scott Hetterman paced four Generals in double figues with 14 points each. Hetterman also grabed eight rebounds, while Crawford notched seven boards. Freshman guard Ian McClure scored 13 points, while Franceski chipped in with 10 points and four rebounds. Swarthmore (2-0) was paced by Lewis who tallied 16 points. Joey Armstead scored 15 points for the Garnet.

Guard Marcellus Morgan scored 15 points in leading Greensboro past Washington and Lee, 60-52 in Greensboro, N.C. The Pride jumped out to a 24-11 halftime lead with guard Phil Tinsley recording eight points in the first half. Washington and Lee would cut the lead to two points, 31-29, with 10:34 remaining in the game after a jumper by center John Saxon, however, that was as close as the Generals would get. Greensboro then outscored W&L, 12-4, over the game's next 4:40 and took the eight-point victory. The Generals were led by senior guard Chad Braley, who tallied 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting. He also added four assists. Center David Bode chipped in with 14 points in the loss.

W&L sports a 30-9 (.769) all-time record against the current members of the Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The following is a breakdown of the Generals vs. the members of the Dixie:

Averett (5-2)
Chris. Newport (2-0)
Ferrum (0-0)
Greensboro (7-4)
Methodist (5-0)
N.C. Wesleyan (5-0)
Shenandoah (6-3)

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 20-9 (.690) when allowing its opponent 59 points or less.

Junior forward Scott Hettermann and junior guard Toussaint Crawford provide the Generals with a very potent inside-outside game. Through two games, Hettermann has patrolled the paint, leading the team with 13.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. Crawford has worked the perimeter, averaging 13.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Together, the two have combined to shoot 21-for-39 (.539) from the floor.

The Generals struggled from the charity stripe over the weekend, shooting just 23-of-42 (.548). W&L hit just 10-of-20 free throws in the loss to Swarthmore.

W&L would be well served to take a step back on its jump shots this season as the Generals are shooting 40.7 percent (11-27) from beyond the arc in their first two games. Freshman point guard Ian McClure leads the way with four three-pointers in eight attempts.


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