Game 9 W&L (2-6, 1-1) at No. 8 Randolph-Macon
(8-0, 2-0) January 3, 2004 2:00 pm
Game 10 W&L (2-6, 1-1) at No. 26 Virginia
Wesleyan (7-0, 1-0) January 4, 2004 2:00 pm
W&L and Randolph-Macon will be meeting for the 62nd time with
the Yellow Jackets holding a 49-12 advantage in the all-time series.
R-MC has won each of the last 35 meetings dating back to Feb. 9, 1977
when the Generals defeated the Yellow Jackets, 75-73, in Lexington,
Va. W&L and Virginia Wesleyan will be meeting for the 33rd time
with the Marlins holding a 22-10 advantage in the all-time series.
The Marlins have won each of the last three contests, including a
71-49 win in the final meeting last season.
LAST MEETING WITH RANDOLPH-MACON:
Randolph-Macon assumed a sizeable lead early and held on for a 71-53
win over W&L in the quarterfinal round of the ODAC mens
basketball tournament. The top-seeded Yellow Jackets scored the first
five points of the game before guard Mike Stuart connected from behind
the arc with 14:49 left to get the Generals on the board. R-MC then
scored the next 17 points and carried a 31-12 advantage into the locker
room at halftime. The Yellow Jackets forced 17 Generals turnovers
and held them to 37.2 percent shooting for the afternoon (16-of-43),
while committing just 10 giveaways and displaying 48.2 percent marksmanship
(27-of-56) themselves. Senior forward Jared Mills (12 points), junior
forward Kurt Bergmann (12 points) and senior guard Ryan Sloper (10
points) were the leading scorers for the Yellow Jackets. Guard Ian
McClure scored a game-high 14 points to lead the Generals. Forward
Ryan Flynn was the only other W&L player to reach double figures,
finishing with 12 points.
LAST MEETING WITH VIRGINIA WESLEYAN:
The Washington and Lee mens basketball team fell, 71-49, to
Virginia Wesleyan in Norfolk, Va. Trailing 19-16 with 7:51 to play
in the first half, the Generals were outscored by nine (12-3) over
the remainder of the half as Virginia Wesleyan opened up a 31-19 halftime
advantage. W&L mounted a second-half comeback, cutting the Marlins
lead to five (37-32) with 14:49 remaining. However, VWC doubled the
Generals production for the rest of the game, outscoring them
34-17 to provide the final margin. David Doino was the lone member
of the Marlins to reach double figures, posting game-highs of 27 points
and 10 rebounds. W&L was led by forward David Will, who tallied
16 points. Guard Mike Stuart finished with nine points, and senior
forward Scott Hettermann added eight points and five boards.
Following the two-game swing, W&L will travel to Roanoke next
Saturday for a 7:00 pm contest.
LAST TIME OUT:
The Washington and Lee mens basketball team recovered from a
30-19 halftime deficit to put a scare into 17th-ranked Trinity (Conn.)
College, falling 49-48 to the Bantams on Tuesday evening at the Warner
Center. The Generals shot just 24.1 percent (7-29) in the first stanza,
but recovered to shoot 43.5 percent (10-23) in the second half. Down
37-24 with 14:04 remaining in the game, W&L went on a 12-1 run
over the next 4:37 to pull within one point (39-38) with 9:27 to play.
Trinity (8-0) would push back to a five-point advantage at 47-42 with
3:45 remaining, but the Generals would again cut to a one-point contest
on a layup by sophomore forward Ryan Flynn with 49 seconds remaining.
Following a missed three-pointer by Trinity senior guard Shaun Smyth
with 13 seconds left, W&L freshman point guard Chris Halkitis
got an open look from behind the arc but could not hit. Flynn grabbed
the rebound, but his five-footer at the buzzer fell short and Trinity
walked away with the win. Halkitis led the Generals with 14 points
on 4-of-5 shooting from three-point range. His only miss of the second
half occurred on the final possession. Sophomore forward David Will
and junior guard Mike Stuart both added six points. Trinity was paced
by sophomore forward Tyler Rhoten, who tallied a game-high 21 points
and six rebounds. Freshman forward Robert Taylor posted eight points
and nine rebounds, while junior guard John Halas added eight points
and seven boards.
Randolph-Macon is 8-0 overall, 2-0 in the ODAC following an 80-74
win over John Carroll on Tuesday evening in Ashland, Va. The eighth-ranked
Yellow Jackets placed five players in double-figures led by junior
guard Justin Moyer, who tallied 17 points. Senior forward Jim Silcox
notched 13 points followed by sophomore forward Justin Wansley (12
pts.), senior guard Buck Poropatich (11 pts.) and freshman guard Scott
Sutherland (11 pts.). Senior forward Kurt Bergmann grabbed a game-high
11 rebounds for R-MC which shot 52.9 percent from the field. On the
season, Macon is paced by Bergmann, who averages 14.1 points and 7.9
rebounds per game. Wansley averages 11.4 points and 5.6 boards per
contest, while senior guard Ryan Stein and sophomore guard Patrick
Gill both contribute 6.4 points per outing. As a team, the Yellow
Jackets shoot 51.1 percent from the floor, 43.5 percent from three-point
range and 66.9 percent from the foul line. They also hold a +8.3 rebounding
advantage and are winning by an average of 18.5 points per game.
SCOUTING VIRGINIA WESLEYAN:
Virginia Wesleyan is 7-0 overall, 1-0 in the ODAC after defeating
Gallaudet on Dec. 17 by a 77-35 count. Freshman forward Brandon Adair
led the Marlins with 18 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the floor.
Senior forward David Doino added 12 points, seven rebounds and four
assists in the contest. VWC will be playing its first game since the
holiday break against Roanoke on Jan. 3 before taking on the Generals
on Jan. 4. On the season, the 26th-ranked Marlins are led by Doino,
who averages 14.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. He is shooting
66.7 percent (14-21) from three-point range. Adair is contributing
14.3 points on 62.3 percent shooting from the floor. He also averages
8.0 rebounds per game. Junior forward Peter Warren (11.9 ppg.) and
sophomore guard Marques Fitch (10.7 ppg.) round out VWC's double-figure
scorers for the season. As a team, the Marlins shoot 45.3 percent
from the floor, 40.3 percent from beyond the arc and 74.8 percent
from the foul line. They hold a +16.7 scoring margin on the season.
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 34-73 (.318) overall
record in five seasons as a head coach. Hutchinson is assisted by
Ryan Kadlubowski (Rochester '03) and Curtis Buxton. Randolph-Macon
is led by fifth-year Head Coach Mike Rhodes (Lebanon Valley '95),
who is 89-30 (.748) overall with the Yellow Jackets. His 2002-03 squad
went 28-2 overall. Virginia Wesleyan is coached by fourth-year mentor
David Macedo (Wilkes '96), who is 57-28 (.671) overall with the Marlins.
Macedo led VWC to an 18-9 overall mark last season.
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 30-12 (.714) when
allowing its opponent 59 points or less, 2-1 this season. The Generals
loss to Trinity on Tuesday was its first when allowing less than 59
points 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 37 games, meaning
that W&L has led at the break in just over 70 percent of its wins
during the last six years. However, W&L's two wins this season
both came when trailing at the half.
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-pointer makes list (76) and on the career attempts
list (230). Stuart has struggled from behind the arc in the early
going in 2003-04, hitting just 8-for-32 (.250) from three this season.
Senior point guard Michael Denbow has been known for dropping dimes
during his career, totaling 224 assists in 80 career games, an average
of 2.8 assists per game. He can climb into the Top 5 in W&L history
in career assists with 24 more dimes. Denbow is averaging 3.4 assists
per game this season and claims 16 assists and just five turnovers
in his last four contests. For the season, he claims a 2.1-1 assist-turnover
ratio, the best of his career. W&L is 8-8 (.500) all-time when
Denbow records five or more assists in a game.
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
eight games this season, Will is second on the team in scoring with
9.1 points per game. He struggled from the floor against Trinity,
hitting just 2-of-11 shots in dropping his field goal percentage to
42.9 percent (33-77) for the season. His 77 shots lead the team while
his 3.9 rebounds are second among the Generals.
Freshman guard Chris Halkitis has been a "dead-eye" shooter
from three-point range in his rookie season. Halkitis has hit a team-best
16 three-point field goals and is shooting 51.6 percent (16-31) from
beyond the arc. He has at-least one three-pointer in each of the last
six contests and is averaging 2.0 three's made per game this season.
Take away a 1-of-5 performance from behind the arc against Bridgewater
on Dec. 10 and Halkitis would be shooting 57.7 percent from behind
19 feet, 9 inches.
There's nothing flashy about Hamill Jones' name nor his game. However,
keeping things simple have led Jones to a team-best .607 shooting
percentage (17-28). Jones also holds the school's top single-game
shooting performance, a 15-of-16 night against Emory & Henry on
Jan. 23, 2002. Jones tallied a career-high 32 points that evening.
Jones is currently averaging 5.1 points and 2.1 rebounds per game.
AT THE CHARITY STRIPE:
W&L is shooting 70.2 percent from the foul line this season, but
has gone to the line just 104 times in eight games. On the flip side,
W&L's opponents have hit just 64.4 percent of their charity tosses,
but have shot 149 free throws. All told, the Generals' opponents have
hit nearly as many free throws (94) as W&L has attempted (104)
W&L has gone through a brutal stretch of games already and will
continue to do so through next week. The Generals have already played
three teams ranked in the Top 20 in Franklin & Marshall (19th),
Catholic (14th) and Trinity (17th) and will now play eighth-ranked
Randolph-Macon and 26th-ranked Virginia Wesleyan. In addition, W&L
played Division I Citadel. As of a Jan. 10 game against Roanoke, W&L
will have played eight of its first 11 games on the road. To date,
W&L's seven Division III opponents have a 33-19 overall record.
BUT HELP IS ON THE WAY:
W&L's rough early start will help as the year progresses, however.
Playing tough early season opponents can only strenthen the Generals
for a the conference stretch run which includes 10 of the final 14
games at home, including five-straight home games from Jan. 24 until
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