WEEK NO. 4 (DEC. 3-DEC. 9)
Game 8 W&L (3-4, 1-1) at Bridgewater
December 5, 2001 Bridgewater, Va. 7:00 pm
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
LAST MEETING WITH BC (BC 78, W&L 50; FEB. 12, 2001; BRIDGEWATER,
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
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 Freemans 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,
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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