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WEEK NO. 9 (JAN. 29-FEB. 3)

Game 19 • W&L (4-14, 2-11) vs. Emory & Henry (11-8, 5-7)
January 30, 2002 • Lexington, Va. • 7:00 pm

Game 20 • W&L (4-14, 2-11) at Hampden-Sydney (16-3, 10-3)
February 2, 2002 • Hampden-Sydney, Va. • 2:00 pm

Game 21 • W&L (4-14, 2-11) at Lynchburg (2-17, 1-11)
February 3, 2002 • Lynchburg, Va. • 3:00 pm

W&L and Emory & Henry have met 78 times with the Generals holding a 50-28 advantage in the all-time series. The two teams have split their contests each of the last three seasons. However, W&L has won four straight against the Wasps in the Warner Center. W&L and Hampden-Sydney have met 97 times with the Tigers leading the series 57-40. H-SC has won the last nine contests between the two teams, including a 78-51 win earlier this season. W&L and Lynchburg have met 90 times and the Generals hold a 63-27 edge. The two teams have split each of the last three seasons with Lynchburg winning earlier this season, 75-71.

LAST MEETING WITH E&H (E&H 76, W&L 75; JAN. 23, 2002; EMORY, VA):
Washington and Lee sophomore forward Hamill Jones scored a career-high 32 points as he set a school record by making 15-of-16 shots from the floor during Wednesday evening’s 76-75 loss at Emory & Henry. Jones’ performance broke the old mark set on Feb. 11, 1982, when Frank Eppes hit 10-of-11 shots during a 78-61 victory over Shenandoah. W&L claimed a 40-34 advantage at halftime, as Jones tallied eight of the final 12 points for the Generals in the first half. The Generals extended their halftime advantage to as many as 10 points in the second half and held a 63-55 lead with 8:49 to play in the game. However, the Wasps closed the game on a 21-12 run, as W&L was held to four points in the final 5:13. E&H forward Cortez Watson split a pair of free throws with 1:14 left to put the Wasps up by one point at 76-75. It proved to be the game-winner. Junior guard Toussaint Crawford tied his season-high with 16 points. Junior guard John Warren and freshman center Mark Franceski each tallied nine points in the losing cause. Emory & Henry was paced by Kenny Carver who notched 14 points. Paul Russo and Justin Call also recorded double figures with 12 points apiece.

Junior forward Matt McKeag and sophomore forward Jason Holman each scored 16 points to lead Hampden-Sydney to a 78-51 win over Washington and Lee. Holding an 18-10 lead with 6:43 remaining in the opening half, the Tigers closed the half on a 19-5 run to take a 37-15 lead at the break. W&L would not challenge from that point on. The Tigers shot 53.2 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Generals, 42-23, in the game. Freshman center Mark Franceski led W&L with 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor. Sophomore forward Hamill Jones chipped in with 10 points in the losing effort. Sophomore guard Jeff Monroe joined McKeag and Holman in double figures with 11 points. Junior center Lane Brooks collected a game-high 10 rebounds.

LAST MEETING WITH LC (LC 75, W&L 71; JAN. 12, 2002; LEXINGTON, VA):Senior forward Philip Saunders tallied 21 points, seven rebounds and four steals to help lead Lynchburg past Washington and Lee. The Generals led 37-30 at the break and held a 49-42 lead with 13:57 remaining in the game. However, the Hornets used a 15-2 run over the next 6:40 to take a 59-53 lead and never looked back in claiming their first ODAC win of the season. W&L did slice the LC lead to 73-71 with seven seconds remaining, but Saunders converted two free throws with six seconds left to seal the win. Both teams displayed hot shooting in the contest as W&L shot 55.1 percent from the floor and Lynchburg hit 54.9 percent of its shots, including 65.4 percent in the second half. Washington and Lee was led by junior forward Scott Hettermann, who scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Freshman guard Ian McClure added a career-high 17 points on 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc. Freshman guard Ashby Tarkington recorded 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting for the Hornets. Freshman center Ryan Pehanik and freshman guard Jared Hale added 12 points and 10 points, respectively.

Next week, W&L hosts Mary Washington on Thursday at 7:00 pm before traveling to Eastern Mennonite on Saturday for a 7:00 pm game. The Generals' then end the regular season by hosting Bridgewater on Tuesday at 8:00 pm.

Jeff Lafave (Southern Connecticut St. '92) 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 17-50 (.254) overall, 3-4 against Emory & Henry, 0-5 against Hampden-Sydney and 2-3 against Lynchburg. Lafave is assisted by Doug Stewart (Brown '94) and Barry Machado (Dartmouth '66). Emory & Henry is led by Bob Johnson (Dickinson '68), who is in his 22nd year at the school. Johnson claims a 299-268 (.527) overall record at E&H and in his career, 23-20 against W&L. Tony Shaver (North Carolina '76) is in his 16th season at Hampden-Sydney and claims a 323-114 (.739) overall record, 29-6 against W&L. Lynchburg is led by second-year Head Coach Ron Carr (Wofford '82), who is 6-38 (.136) with the Hornets, 2-1 against W&L.

Emory & Henry followed a 91-85 win at No. 1 Randolph-Macon with a 91-81 loss at Virginia Wesleyan on Sunday afternoon. The Wasps were led by junior forward Cortez Watson, who tallied 19 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore guard Justin Call recorded 16 points, while junior guard Jay Rosser added 14 points. The Wasps shot just 36.6 percent from the floor, including 24.4 percent in the second half. On the season, Call is the Wasps top scoring threat, averaging 16.6 points per contest. Senior center Kenny Carver averages 12.2 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, while junior guard Jay Rosser contributes 11.7 points and 2.2 assists per outing. Junior guard Paul Russo averages 9.1 points and an ODAC-best 5.2 assists per game. The Wasps are the ODAC's second-highest scoring team, averaging 84.8 points per game.

Hampden-Sydney will enter its game with W&L with a 16-3 overall record and a 10-3 mark in the ODAC. On Monday evening, the Tigers defeated Eastern Mennonite, 106-68. The Tigers shot 56.5 percent from the field and out-rebounded the Royals, 40-26. Sophomore forward Jason Holman led the way for HSC, totaling 16 points on 6-of-6 shooting from the field. Sophomore guard Brandon Randall and sophomore forward David Willson each tallied 12 points, while junior guard Marcus Gregory totaled nine assists and no turnovers. On the season, Randall leads the team with averages of 12.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. He also shoots 43.0 percent from three-point range. Junior center Lane Brooks contributes 10.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per contest, while Willson averages 9.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. The Tigers shoot 47.2 percent from the field and force an average of 21.9 turnovers per game.

Lynchburg is 2-17 overall, 1-11 in the ODAC following an 86-65 loss to Bridgewater on Monday evening. The Hornets were led by freshman forward Ryan Pehanik, who tallied 22 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the floor. Senior forward Jamie Copsey added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Hornets. On the season, freshman guard Ashby Tarkington paces LC with 11.5 points per game. Pehanik averages 9.1 points and a team-best 5.6 rebounds per game, while senior forward Philip Saunders contributes 7.3 points and 3.4 boards per game. The Hornets shoot just 41.7 percent from the field and are out-rebounded by 6.5 rebounds per game on average.

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 eight different players have led the team in scoring. Freshman forward Mike Stuart claims the highest point total with 33 markers against Eastern Mennonite.

Sophomore guard Michael Denbow ranks seventh in the ODAC in assists (2.9 apg) and is approaching a career milestone in that department. Denbow can claim his 100th career assist with three more dimes. He leads the team in assists (52) this season.

The Generals have been struggling from the foul line this season, making just 57.3 percent (212-370) of their charity tosses. To make matters worse, W&L has sent its opponents to the line 462 times in 18 games (25.7 attempts per game) and they have hit 68.8 percent. Overall, the Generals have been outscored by 106 points on the free throw line.

Turning a complete 180 from the previous note, the Generals did hit 12-of-14 (.857) shots from the charity stripe in last Wednesday's loss at Emory & Henry, a season-best for percentage.

Freshman Mike Stuart has made the most of his trips to the stripe, hitting 29-of-31 shots (.935) from the charity stripe. He missed 1-of-2 free throws in the earlier meeting with E&H, but began the season a perfect 17-of-17 from the line.

Sophomore forward Hamill Jones had been on a tear heading into the E&H game on Wednesday. Prior to that game, Jones had been averaging 7.0 points and 6.4 rebounds over his previous seven games. During that stretch, Jones had set or tied a career-high in points three times and once in rebounding. Then, Jones destroyed his previous career-high performance (10) by tallying 32 points against the Wasps. In that game, Jones went 15-of-16 (.938) from the field, setting a new school record for field goal percentage in a game. He eclipsed the old record of 10-of-11 (.909) set by Frank Eppes against Shenandoah set 19 years, 346 days prior.

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 EMU. 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 freshman forward Holton Freeman are out. McAdams has played in just one game this season after suffering a shoulder injury, while Freeman sustained a broken thumb in practice in late December. Freeman returned to play two games, but is out for the rest of the season.

With one more victory, Washington and Lee can claim 1,000 wins for the history of the program. W&L's overall record is 999-953-1 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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