FRANKLIN & MARSHALL SPONAUGLE TOURNAMENT
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.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION:
Franklin & Marshall is ranked 19th in the D3hoops.com 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 D3hoops.com 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.
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 33-67 (.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.).
KEEP EM' UNDER 60:
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.
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 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
STRONG START = STRONG FINISH:
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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