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Game 1 • W&L (0-0) vs. #19 Franklin & Marshall (0-0) • November 21, 2003 • 8:00 pm

Game 2 • W&L (0-0) vs. #14 Catholic (0-0) or Guilford (0-0) • November 22, 2003 • 6:00/8:00 pm

Joining W&L and Franklin & Marshall in the F&M Sponaugle Tournament are Catholic and Guilford. The Generals face 19th-ranked F&M in the opening round, then will play either Catholic or Guilford on Saturday. Should W&L lose, it will play at 6:00 pm. A win over F&M would have the Generals playing at 8:00 pm. W&L is 2-2 all-time against F&M, 9-12 all-time against Catholic and 12-17 all-time against Guilford.

Franklin & Marshall is ranked 19th in the preseason poll. The Diplomats finished the 2002-03 season with a 25-5 overall record and a runner-up finish in the Centennial Conference. The Diplomats return three starters, including senior center Steve Juskin, who averaged 14.8 points and 7.3 rebounds last season. He is an Honorable Mention Preseason All-America selection by Street & Smith's.

Catholic is ranked 14th nationally in the preseason poll. The Cardinals ended the 2002-03 campaign with a 24-5 overall slate and a runner-up finish in the Capital Athletic Conference. Catholic received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, falling in the opening round to Montclair State, 95-78. Just three years removed from a Division III National Championship, the Cardinals return two starters from last season led by senior forward William Morley, who averaged 15.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.

Guilford finished the 2002-03 season with a 12-14 overall record, splitting its two ODAC contests against the Generals. The Quakers, who have a new head coach in Tom Palombo, return four starters. Senior forward Jevon Clarke returns to lead the team after earning Second Team All-ODAC accolades last season when he averaged 12.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest.

The Generals will hit the road again for a contest at Division I Citadel on Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm. W&L will then host Drew University next Sarturday at 3:00 pm.

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 33-67 (.330) overall record in four seasons as a head coach. Hutchinson is assisted by Ryan Kadlubowski (Rochester '03) and Curtis Buxton.

Washington and Lee welcomes back eight letterwinners and three starters from last season's 8-17 squad. Junior guard Mike Stuart is the team's leading returning scorer after averaging 9.3 points per game last season. Other returning starters are sophomore forward David Will (7.5 ppg., 4.6 rpg.) and senior forward Hamill Jones (7.1 ppg., 5.6 rpg.). W&L will have to find a way to replace its top two scorers from last season in forward Scott Hettermann (12.4 ppg., 6.8 rpg.) and guard Ian McClure (11.4 ppg., 2.8 rpg.).

Defense does win games as evidenced by W&L's record in low-scoring contests. During the last six 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 three 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.

A quick start has been imperative to the Generals winning games. Over the past five 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 five years.

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 68 makes and is 12th on the career attempts list (198). In his first two seasons, Stuart claims 458 career points, an average of 9.4 points per game.

Senior point guard Michael Denbow has been known for dropping dimes during his first three seasons, totaling 197 assists in 72 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 51 more dimes.


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