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WASHINGTON AND LEE BASKETBALL RELEASE

Game 21 • W&L (5-15, 3-10) at Hampden-Sydney (17-3, 10-3) • February 7, 2004 • 2:00 pm

Game 22 • W&L (5-15, 3-10) vs. Lynchburg (7-13, 4-9) • February 8, 2004 • 3:00 pm

THE SERIES':
W&L and Hampden-Sydney will be taking to the hardwood for the 102nd time, with the Tigers holding a 61-40 advantage in the all-time series. The Tigers have won 13 straight in the series, including a 69-56 win in Lexington on Jan. 18.

W&L and Lynchburg will be meeting for the 95th time, with the Generals claiming a 66-28 edge over the Hornets. The Hornets ended a three-game streak in the series for W&L with a 68-65 win over the Generals back on Jan. 17 in Lynchburg.

UP NEXT:
W&L will play host to Guilford on Wednesday before traveling to Eastern Mennonite on Saturday. Both games are slated to begin at 7:00 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 also served as the head coach at Steven's Tech for two seasons and claims a 36-82 (.305) overall record in five seasons as a head coach. Hutchinson is assisted by Ryan Kadlubowski (Rochester '03) and Curtis Buxton. Hampden-Sydney is led first-year head coach Bubba Smith (Furman '99). Smith, formerly the assistant at H-SC, is 17-3 in his first head coaching opportunity. Lynchburg is also led by a first-year Head Coach in John Swickrath (Denison '01). Swickrath is 7-13 in his first head coaching stop.

LAST TIME OUT:
Freshman guard Lance Reasbeck hit a three-pointer with 4.8 seconds remaining to lift Emory & Henry to a 49-48 win over Washington and Lee in ODAC men’s basketball action on Wednesday evening at the Warner Center. Just 13 seconds earlier, the Generals held the ball with a 48-46 lead, but freshman guard Chris Halkitis could not convert a one-and-one at the foul line setting up Reasbeck’s heroics. W&L shot 52.0 percent (13-25) in the first half en route to a 31-24 halftime lead. However, the Generals went cold in the second half, shooting just 29.6 percent (8-27) in the second stanza and scoring just six points in the final 12 minutes of the contest. W&L was led by Halkitis, who tallied 16 points. Sophomore forward Phil Landes added 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the floor. Emory & Henry was paced by senior guard Justin Call’s 16 points. Junior guard Ben Fisher contributed 10 points. Reasbeck’s game-winning three-pointer came on his only shot of the game. He finished with four assists.

LAST MEETING WITH HAMPDEN-SYDNEY:
Hampden-Sydney built a 21-point (31-10) advantage in the first half and held on for a 69-56 win over Washington and Lee at the Warner Center. The Generals managed just two field goals in the opening 10 minutes of the game, but recovered to cut their deficit to 12 points (36-24) at the half. W&L opened the second half on a 16-6 run to cut the H-SC lead to two points (42-40) with 13:31 to play, but the Tigers methodically built the lead back to as many as 18 points in the final two minutes of the game. The Generals were paced by junior guard Mike Stuart, who totaled 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting. Freshman guard Chris Halkitis added nine points, seven rebounds and five assists. Hampden-Sydney was led by senior guard Jeff Monroe, who scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Junior guard Brian Gunn notched 13 points, while senior center Mike Thompson contributed 12 points.

SCOUTING HAMPDEN-SYDNEY:
Hampden-Sydney is 17-3 overall, 10-3 in the ODAC after falling to Guilford, 74-71, on Wednesday in Greensboro, N.C. The Tigers trailed for much of the game, including by nine points with five minutes remaining. An 11-2 run by the Tigers tied the game at 68-68 in the final minute, but they couldn't pull off the win. Senior forward David Willson led the Tigers with 20 points and six rebounds. Senior forward Jason Holman collected 19 points and eight rebounds, while junior guard Brian Gunn added 10 points. Senior guard Jeff Monroe, H-SC's leading scorer, was limited to just two points in 27 minutes of action. For the season, Monroe is averaging 17.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. He is joined in double-figures by five other Tigers, including senior guard Brandon Randall (11.6 pgg.), Gunn (11.3 ppg.), Holman (11.1), Willson (10.1 ppg.) and senior center Mike Thompson (10.0 ppg.). Willson also contributes 7.8 rebounds per game, while Thompson adds 8.6 rebounds per outing.

LAST MEETING WITH LYNCHBURG:
Freshman guard Pete Manos hit a layup with five seconds remaining to give Lynchburg a 68-65 win over Washington and Lee at LC. The Generals shot 64 percent in the first half, including 9-of-12 from three-point range in leading 41-30 at the break. Junior guard Mike Stuart led the charge, scoring 23 points in the opening stanza on 8-of-8 shooting, including 7-of-7 from three-point range. However, the Generals cooled in the second half allowing the Hornets to chip away at the lead culminating in Manos' game-winner. Stuart finished with a season-high 25 points, while freshman guard Chris Halkitis totaled 15 points. Junior forward Ryan Pehanik led the Hornets with 19 points, while Manos contributed 16 points.

SCOUTING LYNCHBURG:
Lynchburg is 7-13 overall, 4-9 in the ODAC following a 59-55 loss to Virginia Wesleyan on Wednesday. The Hornets trailed 38-26 at the break, but climbed back to within two points at the four minute mark. However, the Marlins were able to hold on for the four-point win. Freshman guard Pete Manos led the Hornets with 14 points, while junior forward Ryan Pehanik added 11 points. LC could not overcome shooting 38.6 percent from the floor. On the season, Pehanik leads the Hornets with averages of 11.1 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. Manos is also contributing 10.6 points and 3.1 boards per outing. Lynchburg will host Roanoke on Saturday before traveling to Lexington on Sunday.

AT THE CHARITY STRIPE:
W&L's opponents have hit (291) nearly as many free throws as W&L has taken (293) this season. The Generals are averaging 20.4 fouls per game leading to their opponents have taken 160 more free throws (453 to 293).

DEAD-EYE:
Freshman guard Chris Halkitis has been a "dead-eye" shooter from three-point range in his rookie season. Halkitis has hit a team-best 46 three-point field goals and is shooting 44.2 percent (46-104) from beyond the arc. He has hit a three in 17 of the team's 20 games, but has gone cold recently, missing 13 of his last 15 attempts. However, not just a shooter, Halkitis leads the team in rebounding (4.6 rpg.) and steals (1.5 spg.) and is second in assists (2.0 apg.). Halkitis dished out a career-high six assists with just one turnover in last Sunday's win over Roanoke.

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 31-15 (.674) when allowing its opponent 59 points or less, 3-4 this season.

THREE MAN:
Junior guard Mike Stuart is a proven threat from beyond the three-point arc, hitting 97-of-274 (.354) career three-point attempts. His 97 made triples are seventh all-time at W&L and his 274 attempts are tied for sixth all-time. Stuart has hit 29-of-76 (.382) three-point attempts this season. He has twice tied the W&L record for three-pointers in a game, hitting seven against Eastern Mennonite as a freshman and again earlier this season at Lynchburg.

STRONG START = STRONG FINISH:
A quick start has been imperative to the Generals winning games. Over the past six years, W&L is 28-16 (.636) when leading at the half. During that same stretch, W&L has won a total of 40 games, meaning that W&L has led at the break in 70 percent of its wins during the last six years. However, W&L has lost four of its last five games when leading at the break and two of W&L's five wins this season have come when trailing at the half.

HELPING HAND:
Senior point guard Michael Denbow claims 45 assists and just 27 turnovers this season. He has played in 90 games during his career, totaling 242 assists. Denbow can climb into the top five in school history in assists with six more dimes.

PHILLING IT UP:
Sophomore forward Phil Landes has come into his own, averaging 6.6 points and 3.0 rebounds per game this season. He is shooting 44.3 percent (47-106) from the floor and 43.8 percent (14-32) from three-point range. Landes has been heating up of late, tallying a new career high twice in the last six games. Landes notched 19 points on 5-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc in a loss at Emory & Henry on Jan. 21 and then notched 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the floor in a win over Averett last Wednesday. Over his last three games, Landes is averaging 14.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game while shooting 54.8 percent (17-31) from the floor. Landes is the reigning ODAC Player of the Week.

ALL ABOUT THE BENCH:
W&L received a season-high 53 points from its bench in last Wednesday's win over Averett. Thus far, W&L is averaging 33.0 points per game from its bench in five wins and just 23.2 points per game from its bench in 15 losses.

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