WEEK NO. 8 (JAN 22-27)
Game 17 W&L (4-12, 2-9) at Emory &
Henry (9-7, 3-6)
January 23, 2002 Emory, Va. 7:00 pm
Game 18 W&L (4-12, 2-9) vs. Roanoke
January 26, 2002 Lexington, Va. 7:00 pm
W&L and Emory & Henry have met 77 times with the Generals
holding a 50-27 advantage in the all-time series. The two teams have
split their contests each of the last three seasons. However, W&L
has not won in Emory, Va., since a 65-62 victory on Jan. 21, 1998.
W&L and Roanoke will be playing each other for the 99th time with
the Maroons claiming a 65-33 edge in the series. Roanoke has won each
of the past 15 meetings dating back to the 1994-95 season.
LAST MEETING WITH E&H (E&H 84, W&L 77;
JAN. 31, 2001; EMORY, VA):
Emory & Henry shot 51.7 percent (30-58) from the field and
nailed 19-of-21 free throws (.905) to down Washington and Lee, 84-77
in Emory, Va. The Wasps opened a 42-37 halftime advantage and led
by 12 points (78-66) with 3:21 remaining in the contest. However,
the Generals sliced the lead to just three points (80-77) on an 11-2
run capped by two three-pointers courtesy of Bobby Bustamante in the
final 1:14. The Wasps then salted the game away at the free throw
line. Emory & Henry was led by Scott Laird, who scored 17 points.
Paul Russo added 15 points, all in the second half. Washington and
Lee was led by senior guard Chad Braley, who tallied 21 points on
8-of-13 shooting. Senior guard Will Ballard notched 16 points, while
forward Scott Hettermann chipped in with 13 points and a team-high
six rebounds. The Generals shot 50.9 percent (29-57) from the floor
and 66.7 percent (11-15) from three-point range in scoring a season-high
LAST MEETING WITH RC (RC 71, W&L 56; JAN. 5,
2002; SALEM, VA):
Roanoke used a 19-5 run midway through the second half en route
to a 71-56 victory over Washington and Lee. The Generals held a 29-20
lead with 4:26 to play in the first half, however, saw their lead
shrink to two points (32-30) at halftime as the Maroons closed the
first half on a 10-3 run. W&L grabbed its final lead of the game
(41-40) with 12:21 left in the game on a layup from junior forward
Scott Hettermann. Later, W&L junior guard Toussaint Crawford converted
a pair of free throws to tie the game at 43-43, but that was as close
as the Generals would get as Roanoke used the 19-5 run to break the
game open. W&L was led by freshman center Mark Franceski, who
scored a career-high 13 points. He also grabbed five rebounds and
dished out three assists. Freshman guard Mike Stuart tallied 10 points,
while junior forward Hamill Jones recorded nine points and six boards.
The Maroons were paced by Heath Puckett who scored 14 points and grabbed
12 rebounds. Bryan Fasnacht tallied 11 points for the victors.
UP NEXT FOR W&L:
Next week, W&L hosts Emory & Henry on Wednesday at 7:00 pm
before hitting the road for games at Hampden-Sydney (2:00) and Lynchburg
(3:00) on Saturday and Sunday.
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 17-48 (.262) overall, 3-3 against
Emory & Henry and 0-6 against Roanoke. Lafave is assisted by Doug
Stewart (Brown '94) and Barry Machado (Dartmouth '66). Roanoke is
led by 13th-year head coach Page Moir (Virginia Tech '84). Moir is
233-109 (.681) for his career at Roanoke, 23-3 against W&L. Emory
& Henry is led by Bob Johnson (Dickinson '68), who is in his 22nd
year at the school. Johnson claims a 297-267 (.527) overall record
at E&H and in his career, 22-20 against W&L.
LAST TIME OUT:
Top-ranked Randolph-Macon used a 26-6 run during the second half to
defeat Washington and Lee, 62-39, in ODAC mens basketball action
on Monday evening at the Warner Center. The game was knotted at 22-22
at the break and the Yellow Jackets held a 29-27 lead with 16:37 remaining.
R-MC began its run at the 15:07 mark and finished with a 55-33 lead
with 2:58 left in the contest. The Yellow Jackets shot 60.9 percent
in the second half and forced 13 W&L second half turnovers. The
Generals were led by freshman center Mark Franceski, who tallied eight
points and a career-high eight rebounds. Sophomore forward Hamill
Jones, sophomore guard Michael Denbow and junior guard Toussaint Crawford
all notched seven points for W&L. Randolph-Macon was paced by
junior guard Tim Smith, who scored 13 points. Sophomore forward Kurt
Bergmann added 11 points and seven rebounds. Junior forward Jared
Mills, the Yellow Jackets leading scorer and rebounder, was
limited to just three points and four rebounds. W&L was playing
without its scoring and rebounding leader, Scott Hettermann, who suffered
an ankle injury in Sundays game against Virginia Wesleyan.
SCOUTING EMORY & HENRY:
Emory & Henry is 9-7 overall, 3-6 in the ODAC after dropping an
88-82 decision to Hampden-Sydney on Saturday afternoon. The Wasps
were led by sophomore guard Justin Call, who tallied 21 points and
five rebounds. Junior forward Cortez Watson added 10 points on 4-of-5
shooting from the floor. E&H forced 18 Tiger turnovers but could
not overcome a 55-39 disadvantage on the boards. On the season, the
Wasps are led by Call, who averages 16.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per
game. Senior center Kenny Carver posts 12.2 points and 6.9 rebounds
per outing, while junior guard Jay Rosser averages 11.5 points and
2.8 rebounds per contest. Junior guard Paul Russo leads the ODAC in
assists (5.38 apg). The Wasps force 20.4 turnovers per game and are
averaging 85.4 points per contest.
Roanoke is 10-7 overall, 5-5 in the ODAC after defeating Virginia
Wesleyan, 74-62, on Monday evening. The Maroons were led by junior
guard Robby Pridgen, who tallied 19 points. Junior center Nathan Stewart
notched 14 points, while junior guard Josh Foster added 12 points
and eight rebounds. Roanoke committed just nine turnovers and hit
18-of-20 free throws in the contest. On the season, Pridgen leads
the team with an 18.3 points per game average. He has also dished
off a team-best 2.5 assists per game. Foster averages 13.1 points
and 5.4 rebounds per game. The Maroons shoot an ODAC-best 76.8 percent
from the foul line led by Pridgen, who has hit 87-of-100 attempts.
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. Freshman forward Mike Stuart
claims the highest point total with 33 markers against Eastern Mennonite.
FREE THROW WOES:
The Generals have been struggling from the foul line this season,
making just 56.1 percent (185-330) of their charity tosses. To make
matters worse, W&L has sent its opponents to the line 411 times
in 16 games (25.6 attempts per game) and they have hit 67.9 percent.
On average, the Generals are being outscored by 5.9 points per game
at the foul line.
Turning a complete 180 from the previous note, the Generals do have
one player who has been masterful at the free throw line this season.
Freshman Mike Stuart has made the most of his trips to the stripe,
hitting 23-of-24 shots (.958) from the charity stripe. If Stuart had
enough attempts, he would rank third in Division III in free throw
percentage. To qualify for the leaders, Stuart would need to attempt
19 free throws against the Wasps.
ON A TEAR:
Sophomore forward Hamill Jones has been on a tear of late, averaging
7.0 points and 6.4 rebounds over his last seven games. During that
stretch, Jones has set or tied a career-high in points three times
and once in rebounding. Jones grabbed 12 boards against Eastern Mennonite
and scored 10 points against Hampden-Sydney and Virginia Wesleyan.
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.
W&L has suffered a few tough losses due to injury thus far as
freshman guard Wes McAdams and junior forward Scott Hettermann are
both out. McAdams has played in just one game this season after suffering
a shoulder injury, while Hettermann is out after suffering an ankle
injury against Virginia Wesleyan. Hettermann, the Generals' leading
scorer (11.1 ppg) and rebounder (6.7 rpg) may return on Saturday against
Roanoke. Freshman forward Holton Freeman returned to the court against
Virginia Wesleyan after missing six games with a broken thumb. He
will be sporting a heavily-taped split for at least two more weeks.
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 999-952-1
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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