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Game 3 • W&L (0-2) at The Citadel (1-0) • November 25, 2003 • 7:00 pm

W&L and The Citadel will be meeting for the 14th time, with the Generals holding a 9-4 advantage in the all-time series. The two teams have not met since Feb. 7, 1959, when the Bulldogs recorded a 66-54 win in Lexington, Va. W&L and Citadel both competed as members of the Southern Conference from 1936 until W&L dropped to college division following the 1957-58 season.

The Citadel is 1-0 on the season after defeating Webber International, 79-75, on Saturday evening in Charleston, S.C. The Bulldogs trailed by as many as 10 points on several occasions throughout the first 29 minutes of the game and were trailing 75-74 with 23 seconds remaining, before sophomore guard Dante Terry hit two free throws to give the Bulldogs the lead for good. Terry led The Citadel with a career-high 33 points on 6-of-9 shooting from three-point range. Senior guard Erick Wilson tallied 12 points, while freshman forward Joseph Thompson added 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the floor.

Since 1960, W&L is 4-16 against Division I competition with all four wins coming against the Naval Academy. In recent years, W&L is 0-3 against Division I schools having lost to Harvard (72-43) in 1999-00, William & Mary (70-55) in 2001-02 and Davidson (105-48) last season.

W&L will play its first home game of the 2003-04 season on Saturday as it hosts Drew University for a 3:00 pm contest. The Generals will then travel to Guilford on Dec. 3, before returning home to face Chowan on Dec. 6 at 3:00 pm. W&L will conclude its pre-Christmas break schedule by traveling to Bridgewater for a 7:00 pm contest on Dec. 10.

Adam Hutchinson (Amherst '93)is in his first season as the head coach at Washington and Lee. Hutchinson came to W&L from Case Western Reserve University, where he posted a 14-36 record in two seasons. Hutchinson was in the process of turning around the program after two solid recruiting classes. Hutchinson also served as the head coach at Steven's Tech for two seasons and claims a 33-69 (.324) overall record in four seasons as a head coach. Hutchinson is assisted by Ryan Kadlubowski (Rochester '03) and Curtis Buxton.

Manning the bench for The Citadel will be 12th-year Head Coach Pat Dennis. Dennis is no stranger to Washington and Lee basketball, having graduated from W&L in 1978. A member of the W&L Athletic Hall of Fame, Dennis had one of the most outstanding basketball careers in school history. In 1976-77, his junior year, he earned third-team All-America honors and was named the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Player of the Year after averaging 21.7 points a game and shooting a sizzling 57 percent from the field. The following year he shattered W&L's single season scoring mark with 700 points and also set a school record with 305 field goals while averaging 25.0 points per game. Dennis was named a first-team All-American following the season and repeated as the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Player of the Year. Dennis' individual success helped W&L to two of its greatest seasons in the sport. In his final two seasons, W&L went 45-11, won back-to-back ODAC championships, qualified for the NCAA Division III championships twice and was ranked as high as fourth in the country. In W&L's march to back-to-back conference championships Dennis averaged 25.0 points per game in four league tournament games, a figure that remains the best in the history of the ODAC tournament. W&L's overall record during his career was a sterling 79-30. Despite not cracking the starting lineup until his junior season, Dennis is ninth all-time at W&L in scoring with 1,428 points.

The Washington and Lee basketball team dropped both of its games in the season-opening Sponaugle Tournament at Franklin & Marshall College on Friday and Saturday. The Generals opened the tournament against 19th-ranked F&M, falling to the Diplomats by a score of 63-43. Franklin & Marshall began the game on a 16-5 run over the opening six minutes and cruised to a 34-21 halftime advantage in taking the 20-point victory. W&L was paced by freshman guard Chris Halkitis, who tallied 12 points and four rebounds. Junior guard Mike Stuart added 10 points. F&M was led by guard Duran Searles, who notched 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the floor. Forward Bobby Lynch scored 12 points, while guard Jackiem Wright totaled 11 points, five rebounds and three assists. W&L then faced 14th-ranked Catholic in the consolation round, bowing to the Cardinals, 72-61. The Generals trailed by just four points at halftime and climbed to within three points (56-53) with 3:10 remaining. However, a three-pointer by CUA forward William Morley and solid free throw shooting down the stretch iced the game for the Cardinals. Sophomore forward David Will led four Generals in double-figures with 13 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore forwards Matt Lawless and Phil Landes registered 12 points each, while senior forward Hamill Jones added 10 points. Morley led Catholic (1-1) with 18 points and six rebounds. Franklin & Marshall (2-0) won the tournament with a 90-54 win over Guilford in the championship game. Will was named to the all-tournament team.

Defense does win games as evidenced by W&L's record in low-scoring games. During the last seven seasons, W&L is 28-11 (.718) when allowing its opponent 59 points or less, 4-2 last season.

Junior forward Hamill Jones may have a common last name, but his court presence has been anything but ordinary. Jones averaged 7.1 points and 5.6 rebounds per game last season and and set a school-record by shooting 15-of-16 from the floor in scoring 32 points during a 76-75 loss at Emory & Henry as a sophomore. However, Jones is more noted for his hustle on the court which has produced 72 steals during the last four seasons. In addition, Jones took a team-high 21 charges last season. He took multiple charges in five games and ended the season riding a streak of 10 charges taken in his last 10 games. He has yet to take a charge this season.

Sophomore forward David Will was the Generals' top scoring freshman last season, averaging 7.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per contest. Through two games this season, Will looks to continue his improvement as he was named to the all-tournament team at the F&M Sponaugle Tournament over the weekend. In the two games, Will averaged 8.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, while shooting 47.1 percent from the floor.

A quick start has been imperative to the Generals winning games. Over the past six years, W&L is 26-12 (.684) when leading at the half. During that same stretch, W&L has won a total of 35 games, meaning that W&L has led at the break in just over 74 percent of its wins during the last six years.

Sophomore forward Matt Lawless is off to a solid start this season and is averaging 7.0 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. Lawless had a career outing against Catholic on Saturday, tallying a career-high 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the floor. Lawless averaged just 1.8 points and 1.6 rebounds in 20 games last season.

Sophomore forward Phil Landes also had a solid start to the 2003 season, averaging 7.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Landes hauled in a career-high seven rebounds in the loss to Catholic. Though standing 6-foot-7, Landes averaged just 1.9 rebounds per game in 2002-03.

Junior guard Mike Stuart has proven to be a threat from beyond the arc, hitting 34-of-96 attempts (.354) last season. Stuart ranks 11th on the career three-point list with 70 makes and is 12th on the career attempts list (206). He is 2-for-8 from three this season.

Senior point guard Michael Denbow has been known for dropping dimes during his career, totaling 203 assists in 74 career games, an average of 2.7 assists per game. He can climb into the Top 5 in W&L history in career assists with 45 more dimes. Denbow is averaging 3.0 assists per game this season.


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