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WASHINGTON AND LEE BASKETBALL RELEASE

WEEK NO. 7 (JAN 14-21)

Game 14 • W&L (4-9, 2-6) at Guilford (8-6, 5-4)
January 16, 2002 • Lexington, Va. • 7:00 pm

Game 15 • W&L (4-9, 2-6) vs. Virginia Wesleyan (7-7, 5-3)
January 20, 2002 • Lexington, Va. • 7:00 pm

Game 16 • W&L (4-9, 2-6) vs. No. 1 Randolph-Macon (13-1, 8-0)
January 21, 2002 • Lexington, Va. • 7:00 pm

SERIES NOTES:
W&L and Guilford have met 26 times over the years with the Quakers holding a 15-11 advantage in the all-time series. The Generals have won five of the last seven meetings, however, Guilford has won each of the last two contests, including a 64-55 win earlier this season in Lexington. W&L and Randolph-Macon have met 56 times with the Yellow Jackets holding a 44-12 advantage. R-MC has won each of the last 30 meetings dating back to the 1976-77 season, including an 82-64 win earlier this season in Ashland. W&L and Virginia Wesleyan will be meeting for the 30th time with the Marlins claiming a 19-10 series lead. The Generals defeated VWC, 57-55, earlier this season in Norfolk.

LAST MEETING WITH GC (GC 64, W&L 55; JAN. 2, 2001; LEXINGTON, VA):
Senior center Aron McMillian scored 20 points and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds to lead Guilford to a 64-55 win over Washington and Lee. The Quakers jumped out to a 15-5 lead in the opening 4:51 of the game and extended their lead to as many as 16 points (38-22) in the first half in leading 38-25 at the break. Guilford extended its lead to 19 points (57-38) with 7:11 remanining in the contest, however, the Generals outscored the Quakers 17-7 the rest of the way to provide the nine-point margin. Washington and Lee was led by junior forward Scott Hettermann, junior guard Toussaint Crawford and freshman forward Mike Stuart, who each scored 10 points. Hettermann also collected 10 rebounds and four assists. Senior guard Paul Kindem notched 11 points and sophomore guard Ron Bradford added 10 points for the Quakers. Sophomore forward Josh Connor contributed nine points and 11 rebounds.

LAST MEETING WITH VWC (W&L 57, W&L 55; DEC. 2, 2001; NORFOLK, VA):
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. 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 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.

LAST MEETING WITH R-MC (R-MC 82, W&L 64; DEC. 1, 2001; ASHLAND, VA):
Randolph-Macon used an 18-1 run to close out the first half with a 46-29 lead in cruising to an 82-64 victory over Washington and Lee. The Generals controlled the first 10 minutes of the game, leading by six points on two occasions. However, W&L could not shake the Yellow Jackets, who tied the game three times in a span of two minutes. R-MC then used the 18-1 run to break a 28-28 tie. The Yellow Jackets increased their lead to as many as 19 points in the second half, but saw the Generals reduce the lead to 11 points, 67-56, with 5:53 to play. Randolph-Macon then used a 14-4 run over the next four minutes to take a 21-point lead, 81-60, with less than two minutes to play. The Generals were led by freshman guard Mike Stuart who tallied 12 points. Freshman center Mark Franceski added 11 points and four rebounds, while junior forward Scott Hetterman contributed 10 points, four rebounds and a game-high five assists. Randolph-Macon was paced by junior forward Jared Mills who led all scorers with a career-high 25 points. Sophomore forward Kurt Bergmann added 11 points and a game-high seven rebounds.

UP NEXT FOR W&L:
W&L will travel to Emory & Henry on Wed., Jan. 23 before returning home to host Roanoke on Sat., Jan. 26. Both game are slated to begin at 7:00 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 17-42 (.288) overall, 3-2 against Guilford, 0-5 against Randolph-Macon and 2-3 against Virginia Wesleyan. 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 24-38 (.387) at Guilford, 2-3 against W&L, and 251-223 (.530) 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. Randolph-Macon is led by third-year head coach Mike Rhodes (Lebanon Valley '95). He is 42-23 (.646) for his career at Macon, 5-0 against W&L. Virginia Wesleyan is coached by Dave Macedo (Wilkes '96), who is in his second season. He is 23-16 (.590) overall in his first head coaching opportunity, 1-2 against W&L.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS:
Guilford is 8-6 overall, 5-4 in the ODAC and is coming off a 92-80 loss at Bridgewater on Sunday afternoon. Sophomore forward Josh Conner and senior center Aron McMillion both tallied double-doubles, but it wouldn't be enough to overcome 38 points by Bridgewater's Kyle Williford. Conner notched a career-high 26 points and 10 rebounds, while McMillion notched 20 points and 12 rebounds. Senior guard Paul Kindem was the only other Quaker in double-digits with 11 points. On the season, Guilford is led by McMillion, who averages 12.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Kindem averages 11.4 points per game, while sophomore forward Jevon Clarke contributes 10.9 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.

Virginia Wesleyan is 7-7 overall, 5-3 in the ODAC after falling to Randolph-Macon on Saturday. The Marlins were led by senior forward Josh Fisher, who tallied 14 points. Sophomore forward David Doino notched a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. On the season, senior guard James Wallace leads the team with an average of 11.9 points per game. Doino paces the team in the rebounding column (7.6 rpg), while Wallace lead the team in assists (3.1 apg).

Randolph-Macon is 13-1 overall, 8-0 in the ODAC after defeating Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore guard Ryan Stein and sophomore forward Kurt Bergmann led the Yellow Jackets with 19 points each. Bergmann also grabbed a team-best 10 rebounds. For the game, R-MC shot 52.0 percent from the floor. On the season, junior forward Jared Mills leads the way, averaging 13.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Bergmann averages 12.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per outing, while Stein scores at a clip of 10.9 points per game.

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.

BY COMMITTEE:
W&L's scoring has come by committee this season as seven different players have led the team in scoring. Freshman forward Mike Stuart claims the highest point total with 33 markers against Eastern Mennonite.

ON A TEAR:
Sophomore forward Hamill Jones has been on a tear of late, averaging 7.0 points and 7.0 rebounds over his last four games. During that stretch, Jones has set a new career-high in points twice and once in rebounding. Jones grabbed 12 boards against Eastern Mennonite and scored 10 points against Hamdpen-Sydney.

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.

INJURY UPDATE:
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.

FREE THROW WOES:
The Generals have been struggling from the foul line this season, making just 54.4 percent (142-261) of their charity tosses. To make matters worse, W&L has sent its opponents to the line 341 times in 13 games (26.2 attempts per game) and they have hit 70.1 percent. On average, the Generals are being outscored by 7.5 points per game at the foul line.

TOP GAME -- EVER:
Freshman forward Mike Stuart had the finest game ever by a first-year W&L player as he tallied 33 points in the Generals' win over Eastern Mennonite. Stuart totaled his points on 11-of-16 shooting from the floor, including 7-of-10 shooting from beyond the three-point arc. His seven three's tied the school record for three's in a game held by three others.

JUST ONE MORE:
With one more victory, Washington and Lee can claim 1,000 wins for the history of the program. W&L's overall record is 999-948-1 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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