WEEK NO. 6 (JAN 7-13)
Game 11 W&L (3-7, 1-4) vs. Eastern Mennonite
January 9, 2002 Lexington, Va. 7:00 pm
Game 12 W&L (3-7, 1-4) vs. Lynchburg
January 12, 2002 Lexington, Va. 3:00 pm
Game 13 W&L (3-7, 1-4) vs. No. 4 Hampden-Sydney
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 WITH EMU (W&L 68, EMU 64; FEB. 10, 2001; LEXINGTON,
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.
LAST MEETING WITH LC (LC 77, W&L 68 (OT); FEB. 4, 2001; LEXINGTON,
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.
LAST MEETING WITH H-SC (H-SC 66, W&L 60; FEB. 3, 2001; LEXINGTON,
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.
UP NEXT FOR W&L:
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
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 16-41 (.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.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
FREE THROW WOES:
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.
JUST TWO MORE:
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
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