WEEK NO. 5 (DEC. 31-JAN. 6)
Game 9 W&L (3-5, 1-2) vs. Guilford (4-4,
January 2, 2002 Lexington, Va. 7:00 pm
Game 10 W&L (3-5, 1-2) at Roanoke (4-4,
January 5, 2002 Salem, Va. 7:00 pm
W&L and Guilford have met 25 times over the years with the Quakers
holding a 14-11 advantage in the all-time series. The Generals have
won five of the last six meetings, however, Guilford won the last
contest, 60-54, in the Warner Center. W&L and Roanoke will be
playing each other for the 98th time with the Maroons claiming a 64-33
edge in the series. Roanoke has won each of the past 14 meetings dating
back to the 1994-95 season.
LAST MEETING WITH GC (GC 60, W&L 54; JAN. 17, 2001; LEXINGTON,
Senior guard Jaron Randall scored a team-high 15 points and recorded
four steals to help lead Guilford to a 60-54 win over W&L at the
Warner Center. The Quakers led by three points (30-27) at the half,
but W&L fought back to take a one-point lead (35-34) with 16:18
remaining. However, the Generals would miss 12 of their next 13 shots
from the field to fall behind by eight points (49-41) with 5:48 remaining.
Guilford hit nine free throws from that point on to clinch the win.
On the game, Guilford hit 22-of-36 charity tosses and outrebounded
W&L, 38-33. The Generals shot just 32.1 percent from the field
in the second half and 37.7 percent for the game. Center Aron McMillian
added 14 points and senior center Todd Ashworth recorded a double-double
with 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Quakers. W&L was led by
center David Bode, who scored a career-high 15 points. Forward Scott
Hettermann tallied 14 points and seven rebounds, while senior guard
Will Ballard notched 10 points and nine rebounds.
LAST MEETING WITH RC (RC 75, W&L 61; JAN. 27, 2001; LEXINGTON,
Roanoke ended the first half on a 15-2 run to take a 40-22 halftime
lead in defeating Washington and Lee, 75-61, in Salem, Va. The Generals
opened the game on a 10-2 surge over the first 3:14, but the Maroons
responded with a 13-1 run over the next 6:32 to take the lead for
good at 15-11. W&L climbed to within nine points (57-48) with
8:11 remaining in the contest, but could get no closer. Roanoke was
led by senior forward Colby Leftwich, who tallied a game-high 16 points
and eight rebounds. He was joined in double figures by guards Robby
Pridgen (14 points) and Brad Dunleavy (13 points). Washington and
Lee placed four players in double figures led by forward Scott Hettermann
and senior guards Will Ballard and Chad Braley, who all scored 12
points. Forward Bob Bustamante added 11 points on 3-of-4 shooting
from beyond the three-point arc. The Generals shot 56 percent (14-25)
from the floor in the second half and 53.8 percent (7-13) from three-point
land for the game.
UP NEXT FOR W&L:
Next week, W&L will host a trio of
ODAC foes in Eastern Mennonite (Wed.), Lynchburg (Sat.) and Hampden-Sydney
(Sun). The EMU game is slated for 7:00 pm, while both the Lynchburg
and H-SC games are scheduled for 3:00 pm.
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 16-39 (.291) overall, 3-1 against
against Guilford and 0-5 against Roanoke. Lafave is assisted by Doug
Stewart (Brown '94) and Barry Machado (Dartmouth '66). Guilford is
led by third-year head coach Butch Estes (North Carolina '71). He
is 20-36 (.357) at Guilford, 1-3 against W&L, and 247-221 (.528)
for his career. Prior to Guilford, Estes was the head coach at Furman
for nine seasons, earning Southern Conference Coach of the Year honors
twice. Roanoke is led by 13th-year head coach Page Moir (Virginia
Tech '84). Moir is 228-106 (.683) for his career at Roanoke, 22-3
LAST TIME OUT:
Bridgewater shot 15-of-22 (.682) from the field in the second half
and erupted for 52 points in the final 20 minutes to defeat Washington
and Lee, 77-55 at Nininger Hall. The Generals fell behind 6-0 just
three minutes into the game, but fought back to take a 10-6 lead on
a jumper from freshman forward Holton Freeman with 13:33 to play.
Freeman would score the first 10 points for the Generals. W&L
grabbed its largest lead of the game (23-19) with 1:54 left in the
first half on a layup by freshman center Mark Franceski, but found
itself trailing 25-23 at halftime as Bridgewaters Brett Childers
nailed a three-pointer with 34 seconds left. W&L freshman guard
Mike Stuart knotted the game at 25-25 when he began the second half
with a jumper. However, that was as close as the Generals would get
as the Eagles used a 20-5 run over the next 10 minutes to open up
a 45-30 lead with 11:17 to play. W&L was led by Freeman, who tallied
a career-high 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting, including 4-of-7 from
beyond the arc. Junior guard John Warren was the only other General
to record double figures with 11 points. Bridgewater was led by Kyle
Williford who scored a game-high 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
Guilford is coming off a 77-73 loss to Division I Western Carolina
in its last contest on Dec. 11. The Quakers led 71-70 with under three
minutes to play, but could not pull out the victory against the Catamounts.
Senior center Aron McMillian led the way with 21 points, eight rebounds,
three assists and two blocks. Sophomore forward Jevon Clarke notched
18 points, while sophomore guard Ron Bradford scored a career-high
15 points. Sophomore forward Josh Conner grabbed a career-high 12
boards. Western Carolina was coming off a 79-69 win at Florida State
just three days earlier. On the season, Guilford is paced by Clarke,
who averages 12.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. He is joined in
double figures by Bradford (11.5 ppg) and McMillian (10.1 ppg). Conner
is leading the ODAC in rebounding, averaging 9.8 boards per outing.
Roanoke hosts the V Foundation Classic on Wednesday and Thursday.
The Maroons play Eastern Connecticut on Wednesday and will play either
Savannah A&D or Averett on Thursday. In their last outing, Roanoke
defeated Goucher, 92-74, on Dec. 8. The Maroons shot 51.6 percent
from the floor and out-rebounded the Gophers 51-34 in the contest.
Sophomore forward Jason Graffam led RC with 23 points and nine rebounds.
Junior guard Josh Foster tallied 19 points and 13 rebounds, while
senior guard Robby Pridgen added 12 points and four assists. For the
season, Pridgen leads the team with an average of 17.4 points per
game. Junior guard Kenny Harrell averages 13.0 points per game, while
Foster averages 12.4 points per game on 52.5 percent shooting from
the floor. The Maroons are forcing an average of 20.6 turnovers per
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 (.399) from beyond the three-point
arc and is averaging nearly seven three-pointers a game thus far.
Several of the team's newcomers are leading the way with freshman
forward Holton Freeman and junior guard John Warren doing much of
the damage. Freeman has hit 16-of-31 three-point attempts, tieing
for 17th in Division III in three-point percentage (.516). Warren
has nailed 11-of-23 of his three-point attempts (.478).
W&L's scoring has come by committee this season as six different
players have led the team in scoring in the Generals' eight games.
Junior forward Scott Hettermann led the team in three games and claims
the highest point total with 18 points against Wesley.
FOLLOWING THE LAYOFF:
W&L is 2-1 in its last three games following the layoff for exams
and the Christmas holiday, including wins in each of the past two
seasons. The Generals defeated Guilford, 50-48, on Jan. 3 last season
and Virginia Wesleyan, 60-52, on Jan. 2, 2000.
FOR THE LITTLE MAN:
The Generals feature a small roster with just one player 6-foot-6
or over. Sophomore point guard Michael Denbow, who stands a mere 5-foot-11,
leads the team with an average of 0.5 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 998-945-1 over 96 seasons. Wittenberg University leads the way
among Division III schools with 1,422 wins over 91 seasons. Only a
total of 48 schools currently competing in Division III can boast
1,000 wins and, currently, no team is closer to the mark than W&L.
The Generals are tied with Maryville College at 998 wins. Other teams
closing in on the mark are Allegheny (994), Buffalo State (988) and
Catholic (988). 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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