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WASHINGTON AND LEE BASKETBALL RELEASE

WEEK NO. 4 (DEC. 3-DEC. 9)

Game 8 • W&L (3-4, 1-1) at Bridgewater (4-2, 0-1)
December 5, 2001 • Bridgewater, Va. • 7:00 pm

THE SERIES:
W&L and Bridgewater have met 101 times over the years with the Generals holding a 68-33 advantage in the all-time series. The Eagles have won two straight over W&L, including a 78-50 win in the Generals' final game of the 2000-01 season. W&L's last win was a 55-50 win during the 2000 ODAC Tournament.

SCOUTING THE EAGLES:
Bridgewater is 4-2 overall, 0-1 in the ODAC following a 78-67 win over Ferrum in the championship game of the BC Don Glick Invitational. The Eagles were 26-of-37 (.703) from the foul line and were led by senior forward Kyle Williford, who scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Senior guard Matt Stevens also tallied 18 points, while senior guard Brett Childers totaled 14 points. On the season, BC is led by Williford, a Preseason Second Team All-American. Through six games, Williford is averaging 21.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. He is joined in double-figure scoring by Childers, who is averaging 10.3 points per game. Sophomore guard C.W. Durrette averages 6.4 points per game and leads the team with 5.2 assists per contest. As a team, the Eagles are shooting 46.2 percent from the floor, 33.3 percent from three and 69.1 percent from the foul line. BC is outrebounding teams by just over nine rebounds per game and is averaging 71.2 points per game.

LAST MEETING WITH BC (BC 78, W&L 50; FEB. 12, 2001; BRIDGEWATER, VA):
Bridgewater center Kyle Williford scored 28 points in just 18 minutes of action as the Eagles cruised past Washington and Lee, 78-50. The Eagles jumped out to a 15-2 lead in the first 4:44 of the game and pushed their lead to 19 points (39-20) at the half. Williford collected his points on 12-of-16 shooting. He was the only Eagle in double figures. He also collected seven rebounds. Senior forward Shane Burnette added six points, seven rebounds and four assists for Bridgewater which shot 50 percent from the floor (30-60). In all, 12 different players scored for the Eagles. Washington and Lee was led by freshman center John Saxon, who scored a career-high 17 points. Senior guard Chad Braley added 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting from behind the three-point arc. The Generals shot just 38.8 percent from the floor and committed 23 turnovers.

UP NEXT FOR W&L:
Following a break for exams and the Christmas holiday, the Generals will be in action again on January 2 as they host Guilford for a 7:00 pm contest. W&L then travels to Roanoke College on January 5 for a 7:00 pm game with the Maroons.

THE HEAD COACHES:
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 16-38 (.296) overall, 1-4 against against Bridgewater. Lafave is assisted by Doug Stewart (Brown '94) and Barry Machado (Dartmouth '66). Bridgewater is led by 17th-year head coach Bill Leatherman (Milligan '66). He is 246-174 (.586) for his career at Bridgewater, 20-13 against W&L.

LAST TIME OUT:
Freshman forward Holton Freeman hit a three-pointer with five seconds remaining to lift Washington and Lee to a 57-55 win over Virginia Wesleyan on Sunday afternoon in Norfolk, Va. The Generals led by seven points (51-44) with 4:17 remaining in the game; however, the Marlins fought back to take a one-point lead (55-54) when junior forward Donnell Hammonds hit the front-end of a one-and-one with 17 seconds remaining. Hammonds second foul shot was rebounded by freshman center Mark Franceski setting up Freeman’s heroics. Franceski then intercepted a VWC pass in the final seconds and ran out the clock to preserve the victory. Washington and Lee was led by junior guard John Warren, who scored a career-high 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Freeman totaled a career-high 14 points, hitting 3-of-4 three-point attempts. Virginia Wesleyan was led by senior guard James Wallace, who scored 17 points on 5-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc. Sophomore forward David Doino totaled 15 points and six rebounds. The Generals committed just 10 turnovers in the game and shot 51.2 percent (22-43) from the floor.

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 22-9 (.710) when allowing its opponent 59 points or less, 3-0 this season.

IT'S RAINING THREE'S:
W&L is shooting nearly 40 percent (.397) as a team from beyond the three-point arc after seven games. Several of the team's newcomers are leading the way as freshman forward Holton Freeman and junior guard John Warren have each hit 50 percent of their attempts. Freeman is 12-of-24, while Warren is 8-of-16.

ESPECIALLY AT NININGER HALL:
W&L is has also been hot from the arc at Bridgewater's Nininger Hall. Over the last four seasons, W&L is 33-of-75 (.440) from three-point range in the Eagles' gym. However, the Generals' last win at Nininger occurred on Feb. 2, 1998.

OH, BY THE WAY:
In case you're wondering, W&L's last win against Virginia Wesleyan in Norfolk prior to Sunday's victory, was an 81-51 win on Feb. 2, 1991.

BY COMMITTEE:
W&L's scoring has come by committee this season as five different players have led the team in scoring in the Generals' seven games. Junior forward Scott Hettermann led the team in three games and claims the highest point total with 18 points against Wesley.

FOR THE LITTLE MAN:
The Generals feature a small roster with just one player 6-foot-6 or over. However, W&L has held its own on the boards and is out-rebounding its opponents by 1.5 boards per game. In addition, sophomore point guard Michael Denbow, who stands a mere 5-foot-11, leads the team with an average of 0.6 blocks per game.

BREAK OUT THE CHAMPAIGN:
Washington and Lee is just two wins from one of the great acheivements in college basketball. With two more victories the Generals can claim 1,000 wins for the history of the program. W&L's overall record is 998-944-1 over 96 seasons. Wittenberg University leads the way among Division III schools with 1,416 wins over 91 seasons. Only a total of 47 schools currently competing in Division III can boast 1,000 wins and, currently, only Lakeland College (999) in Sheboygan, Wisc., is closer to the mark than W&L. Among ODAC schools, only Randolph-Macon (1,164), Roanoke (1,163) and Hampden-Sydney (1,056) have more victories than W&L.

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