Game 5 W&L (1-3) at Guilford (2-3)
December 3, 2003 7:00 pm
Game 6 W&L (2-3) vs. Chowan (2-2)
December 6, 2003 3:00 pm
W&L and Guilford will be meeting for the 30th time, with the Quakers
holding a 17-12 advantage in the all-time series. The two teams split
last season and the Generals took the final meeting of the year, 72-57,
on Feb. 12 in Greensboro, N.C. W&L and Chowan will be meeting
for the first time on Saturday. Located in Murfreesboro, N.C., Chowan
is a member of the USA South Conference (formerly the Dixie Conference).
LAST MEETING WITH GC (W&L 72, GC 57; FEB. 12, 2003; GREENSBORO,
Washington and Lee shot a season-best 56.0 percent from the field
(28-of-50) and defeated Guilford, 72-57, in Greensboro, N.C. The Generals
broke a 20-20 first-half tie with a 14-3 run and carried a 34-26 lead
into intermission before cruising to the win. Sophomore guard Ian
McClure paced four Generals in double figures with a game-high 19
points, including 5-of-7 shooting from behind the arc. He also collected
five rebounds. Senior forward Scott Hettermann tallied 18 points,
five boards and five assists. Forward David Will and guard Mike Stuart
were the others to reach double-digits, totaling 15 and 14 points
respectively. The Quakers, who were outscored 32-14 in the paint,
were paced by junior guard Eric Williams 15 points.
LAST TIME OUT:
Washington and Lee recorded a 42-19 rebounding advantage and shot
60.9 percent (14-23) in the second half for a 63-51 win over Drew
University in mens basketball action on Saturday afternoon at
the Warner Center. The Generals trailed 28-27 at the break and did
not lead until a hoop by senior forward Hamill Jones gave W&L
a 33-32 lead with 16:12 remaining in the game. Jones basket
came in the midst of a 10-0 run which gave the Generals a 39-32 lead
midway through the second half which they would not relinquish. W&L
was paced offensively by sophomore forward David Wills 14-point,
five-rebound, four-assist performance. Freshman guard Chris Halkitis
tallied 13 points, 12 in the second half, a game-high nine rebounds
and three steals. Jones added 11 points and six boards. Drew was led
by junior guard Brad Greenmans 12 points.
After hosting Chowan on Saturday, the Generals will travel to Bridgewater
next Wednesday for a 7:00 pm meeting with the Eagles. The Generals
will then break for finals and the Christmas holiday before returning
to the Warner Center court on Dec. 30 for a 7:00 pm game with Trinity
College of Connecticut.
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 34-70 (.327) overall
record in four seasons as a head coach. Hutchinson is assisted by
Ryan Kadlubowski (Rochester '03) and Curtis Buxton. Guilford is led
by first-year Head Coach Tom Polombo (Virginia Wesleyan '89). Polombo
came to Guilford from Defiance College in Ohio where he produced a
100-63 overall record in six seasons. His career record stands at
102-66. Chowan is coached by Jim Tribbitt, who is in his second season
with the Braves. Tribbitt posted an 8-18 overall record last season
and is 10-20 in his stint at Chowan. Among his numerous coaching stops
was as the head coach at Greensboro College for four seasons.
Guilford is 2-3 overall after defeating Greensboro, 75-63, on Monday
evening at the Greensboro Coliseum. The Quakers nailed 15 first-half
shots en route to a 14-point halftime edge which they would not relinquish.
Senior forward Jevon Clarke led the way with 16 points and seven rebounds,
while senior forward Thomas Swindell contributed 16 points and five
boards. Senior guards Eric Williams and Devon Clyburn added 15 and
12 points, respectively. On the season, Guilford is averaging 73.0
points per game on 41.8 percent shooting from the floor. Clarke leads
the way with 15.0 points and 5.2 rebounds per contest. Swindell averages
12.2 points and 4.6 carroms per game, while Williams gives the Quakers
11.4 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. Clyburn added 10.8 points and
a team-high 13 assists per outing.
Chowan is 2-2 on the season after defeating Lynchburg, 71-58, on Monday
evening in Lynchburg, Va. The Braves held LC to 29.0 percent shooting
(20-69) from the floor and 3.8 percent shooting (1-29) from three-point
range in the win. Freshman guard Olajuwon Johnson led Chowan with
14 points on 6-of-7 shooting. Freshman forward Trayvon Latham added
12 points and six rebounds, while sophomore guard Joseph Cowan contributed
10 points and six rebounds. On the season, Chowan is paced by Latham,
who averages 23.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Junior guard Roland
Brown averages 8.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game and Cowan averages
8.3 points per game. As a team, the Braves are shooting 41.7 percent
(25-60) from three-point range, but just 52.5 percent (42-80) from
the foul line.
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 29-11 (.725) when
allowing its opponent 59 points or less, 1-0 this season. The Generals
have not lost when allowing 59 points or less since a 57-48 setback
against Roanoke on Jan. 6, 2001.
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 36 games, meaning
that W&L has led at the break in just over 72 percent of its wins
during the last six years.
HOME AWAY FROM HOME??:
In their last five trips to Guilford's Ragan-Brown Field House, the
Generals are 4-1 overall. W&L shot just 39.1 percent in its lone
loss during the stretch, a 65-51 setback on Jan. 16, 2002. In its'
four wins, W&L shot 52.1 percent (88-169) from the floor.
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 73 makes and is 11th on the career
attempts list (216). Stuart has struggled from behind the arc in the
early going in 2003-04, hitting just 5-for-18 (.278) from three this
Senior point guard Michael Denbow has been known for dropping dimes
during his career, totaling 208 assists in 76 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 40 more dimes. Denbow is averaging 2.8 assists
per game 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
four games this season, Will leads the team in scoring with 10.8 points
per game. He is shooting 53.8 percent (21-39) from the floor and has
grabbed an average of 4.5 rebounds per contest.
UNDER THE BOARDS:
W&L held a 42-19 rebounding advantage against Drew on Saturday.
The +23 margin took the Generals from a -23 margin on the season to
an even 120-120 for the season.
At 5-10, 160 pounds, freshman guard Chris Halkitis is almost always
the smallest player on the court. However, Halkitis tends to play
larger than his stature and Saturday's game against Drew was a prime
example. Halkitis led the Generals on the boards, grabbing a game-
and career-high nine rebounds in just 18 minutes of action. According
to school records, his nine rebounds were the most by a W&L player
under 6-foot tall since at least 1990.
AT THE CHARITY STRIPE:
W&L is shooting 72.7 percent from the foul line this season, but
has gone to the line just 44 times in four games. On the flip side,
W&L's opponents have hit just 66.7 percent of their charity tosses,
but have shot 72 free throws. All told, the Generals' opponents have
hit 16 more free throws on the season (48-32).
Tis the season for giving and lest we forget the motto "better
to give than receive". Words to live by, except when on the basketball
court. The Generals must keep this in mind when they take the court
this week. Through four games, W&L is averaging 20.5 turnovers
per game. On the flip side, the Generals are only receiving 12.0 "gifts"
per game from their opponents.
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