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.
SCOUTING THE CITADEL:
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.
W&L VS. DIVISION I OPPONENTS (MODERN):
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)
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.
THE HEAD GENERAL:
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.
LAST TIME OUT:
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.
KEEP EM' UNDER 60:
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.
NO ORDINARY JONES:
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.
WHERE THERE'S A WILL, THERE'S A WAY:
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.
STRONG START = STRONG FINISH:
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.
UNDER THE BOARDS:
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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