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WEEK NO. 6 (JAN 7-13)

Game 11 • W&L (3-7, 1-4) vs. Eastern Mennonite (3-8, 1-4)
January 9, 2002 • Lexington, Va. • 7:00 pm

Game 12 • W&L (3-7, 1-4) vs. Lynchburg (1-12, 0-6)
January 12, 2002 • Lexington, Va. • 3:00 pm

Game 13 • W&L (3-7, 1-4) vs. No. 4 Hampden-Sydney (11-0, 5-0)
January 13, 2002 • Lexington, Va. • 3:00 pm

W&L and Eastern Mennonite will be playing for the 60th time with the Generals claiming a 38-21 edge in the series. The teams have split each of the last four meetings with the home team winning every contest. The Generals took the last contest, 68-64. W&L and Lynchburg have met 89 times and the Generals hold a 63-26 edge. The two teams have split each of the last three seasons with Lynchburg winning the last meeting, 77-68 in overtime. W&L and Hampden-Sydney have met 96 times with the Tigers leading the series 56-40. H-SC has won the last eight contests between the two teams, including a 66-60 win in the last meeting.

Forward Bob Bustamante nailed 3-of-4 free throws in the final 10 seconds to help lead Washington and Lee to a 68-64 win over Eastern Mennonite. The Generals led for much of the game, but never by more than seven points (16-9). Senior center Neal Lewis led the Royals with a game-high 17 points and nine rebounds. Guard David Bell tallied 11 points, while guard Dustin Blyer chipped in with 10 points. Washington and Lee was led by senior guard Will Ballard, who totaled 15 points, five rebounds and three steals. Center David Bode notched 14 points, 11 of which came in the first half, while Bustamante added 10 points.

Senior forward Dennis Brown tallied career-highs in points (39) and rebounds (17) to help lead Lynchburg past Washington and Lee in overtime, 77-68. Brown's heroics almost went for naught as the Generals held a four-point lead (56-52) with 18 seconds remaining in regulation. LC forward Philip Saunders cut the lead to two points just five seconds later and senior guard Jacob Hull stole the ball under the W&L basket with 10 seconds left, hitting a layup while getting fouled. Hull missed the free throw and the regulation ended with the score knotted at 56-56. Lynchburg controlled the overtime period, scoring the first five points and building a lead as large as 10 points (69-59). Washington and Lee was led by senior guard Chad Braley, who scored 17 points. Senior guard Will Ballard scored 16 points, grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds and notched five steals. The game marked the third overtime contest between W&L and Lynchburg in their last four meetings.

Center Lane Brooks scored a career-high 22 points on 8-of-9 shooting to help lead Hampden-Sydney past Washington and Lee, 66-60. Trailing by five points (31-26) at the half, the Generals held a 41-39 lead until Brooks tied the game on a layup with 7:48 remaining in the contest. The Tigers stretched their lead to 45-41 on another Brooks layup with 4:48 remaining. Just 41 seconds later, however, W&L center David Bode was whistled for an offensive foul, his fifth foul of the game, and also received a technical foul. The Tigers sank all four free throws to push their advantage to eight points (49-41) and held on for the six-point win. Brooks was the only player in double figures for the Tigers, who outrebounded the Generals, 33-23, and shot 35 free throws, making 25 of them. Forward Bobby Jackson tallied eight points as did senior guard Kevin Swann. The Tigers shot just 37.3 percent (19-51) from the floor. Washington and Lee was led by senior guard Will Ballard, who scored a season-high 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the floor. Ballard also collected six rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block. Forward Jake McAlister added eight points. W&L shot a season-high 52.4 percent (22-42) from the floor, but committed 26 turnovers in the game.

W&L will travel to Guilford on Wednesday for a 7:00 pm contest before returning home for two more home games. The Generals host Virginia Wesleyan on Sunday at 1:00 pm and Randolph-Macon on Monday at 7:00 pm.

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 16-41 (.281) overall, 2-2 against Eastern Mennonite, 2-2 against Lynchburg and 0-4 against Hampden-Sydney. Lafave is assisted by Doug Stewart (Brown '94) and Barry Machado (Dartmouth '66). Eastern Mennonite is led by 11th-year Head Coach Tom Baker (Eastern Mennonite '81). Baker is 84-150 (.359) for his career at EMU, 12-8 against W&L. Lynchburg is led by 2nd-year Head Coach Ron Carr (Wofford '82), who is 5-32 (.135) with the Hornets, 1-1 against W&L, and 132-157 (.457) for his career. Tony Shaver (North Carolina '76) is in his 16th season at Hampden-Sydney and claims a 318-111 (.741) overall record, 28-6 against W&L.

Eastern Mennonite is coming off an 81-66 loss to Hampden-Sydney on Monday evening. Senior guard David Bell paced four EMU players in double-digits with 19 points. Sophomore center Michael Swartley and freshman forward E.J. Arrington both tallied 15 points, while sophomore guard Jeremy Newman added 10 markers. Swartley also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. On the season, the Royals are led by Swartley, who averages 13.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Swartley is joined in double figures by Arrington (12.9 ppg) and Bell (12.0 ppg). As a team, EMU ranks dead last in the ODAC in shooting percentage (37.7%) and eighth in three-point field goal percentage (31.1%).

Lynchburg is coming off a 65-50 loss at Bridgewater on Monday evening. The Hornets were led by senior forward Philip Saunders, who scored 13 points. Freshman forward Ryan Pehanick notched 11 points and a team-high five rebounds, while freshman guard Ashby Tarkington added 10 points. On the season, Tarkington leads the Hornets in scoring with an 11.8 points per game average. Pehanick averages 8.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, while Saunders adds 7.1 points per game. The Hornets average just over 19 turnovers per game.

Hampden-Sydney is coming off its 81-66 win over EMU on Monday. Sophomore forward David Willson, a transfer from SMU, led the way with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore forward Jason Holman tallied 16 points and seven rebounds, while sophomore guard Jeff Monroe added 13 points. Overall, sophomore guard Brandon Randall paces the squad with 12.4 points per game. Willson averages 10.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest, while Monroe has tallied 10.5 points per game on 43.2 percent shooting from beyond the arc. The Tigers are averaging 91.1 points per outing.

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.

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

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.

W&L has suffered a few tough losses due to injury thus far as freshman guard Wes McAdams and freshman forward Holton Freeman are both out. McAdams has played in just one game this season after suffering a shoulder injury, while Freeman broke his thumb after returning to the team following the Christmas holiday. McAdams is out indefinately, while Freeman will be out for at least a month. Prior to injuring his thumb, Freeman was second on the team in scoring, averaging 9.1 points per game. He was also shooting 51.6 percent (16-31) from three-point range.

The Generals have been struggling from the foul line this season, making just 57.4 percent (108-188) of their charity tosses. To make matters worse, W&L has sent its opponents to the line 266 times in nine games (29.6 attempts per game) and they have hit 190 of the 266 free throws (71.4 percent). On average, the Generals are being outscored by just over eight points per game at the foul line.

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 998-947-1 over 96 seasons. Only a total of 49 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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