Game 11 W&L (2-8, 1-3) at Roanoke (7-3,
1-2) January 10, 2004 7:00 pm
W&L and Roanoke will be meeting for the 102nd time with the Maroons
holding a 68-33 advantage in the all-time series. Roanoke has won
each of the last 18 meetings in the series, including a 57-47 win
in the last meeting on Feb. 1, 2003 in the Bast Center. W&L's
last win over the Maroons came on Jan. 7, 1995, an 85-65 triumph in
the Warner Center.
LAST MEETING WITH ROANOKE:
The Washington and Lee mens basketball team managed to score
just five points over the final 9:36 of the second half and fell,
57-47, to Roanoke in Salem, Va. The Maroons scored their last 11 points
from the free throw line as they extended a 46-42 advantage to the
final margin. They overcame shooting just 17-of-53 from the floor
(32.1 percent) by forcing the Generals into 21 turnovers. W&L
guard Ian McClure scored a team-high 16 points, including three three-pointers,
and grabbed six boards. Senior forward Scott Hettermann added 11 points
and eight rebounds. Roanoke was paced by Robby Pridgens game-high
17 points. Josh Foster chipped in with 10 points.
W&L will host Eastern Mennonite on Wednesday for a 7:00 pm contest.
The Generals will then travel to Lynchburg for a 5:00 pm game on Saturday
before returning home to host Hampden-Sydney on Sunday at 5:00 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 34-75 (.312) overall record in five seasons as
a head coach. Hutchinson is assisted by Ryan Kadlubowski (Rochester
'03) and Curtis Buxton. Roanoke is led by 15th-year Head Coach Page
Moir (Virginia Tech '84). This season, Moir passed Ed Green as the
winningest coach in the history of Roanoke basketball. His career
record stands at 263-127 (.674).
LAST TIME OUT:
Virginia Wesleyan, ranked 26th in the latest Division III polls, raced
out to a 32-22 halftime advantage and extended to a 13-point win (58-45)
over Washington and Lee on Sunday afternoon in Norfolk, Va. The Generals
climbed to within five points midway through the second half, but
could get no closer as they scored just seven points in the final
nine minutes of the game. The game featured a combined 41 fouls and
the Marlins outscored the Generals by six points (12-6) at the foul
line. Freshman guard Coleman Lyons led W&L with 12 points on 5-of-7
shooting from the floor. Sophomore forwards Ryan Flynn and David Will
each scored nine points, while Will grabbed five rebounds. For Flynn,
the nine points were a season-high. Senior forward David Doino paced
the Marlins with a game-high 16 points and five rebounds.
Roanoke is 7-3 overall, 1-2 in the ODAC following an 82-65 win over
SUNY New Paltz in the V-Foundation Classic Championship on Thursday
evening. The Maroons placed four players in double figures led by
senior forward Drew Crowder's 18 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore
guard Jared Butler tallied 15 points and seven boards, while senior
forward Jason Graffam and sophomore forward NyJuan Hall each contributed
10 points and eight rebounds. Roanoke shot just 39.1 percent from
the floor, but hit 25-of-35 foul shots in the contest. The Maroons
advanced to the championship of their tournament by defeating St.
Joseph's (Maine), 90-72, on Wednesday evening. For the season, Roanoke
is paced by Butler, who is averaging 13.2 points and 3.3 rebounds
per game. Graffam offers 10.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, while
senior center Kevinn Hunter averages 10.7 points and 6.0 rebounds
per outing. Crowder adds 10.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. As
a team, the Maroons shoot 40.9 percent from the floor, 31.1 percent
from three-point range and 66.7 percent 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 30-13 (.698) when
allowing its opponent 59 points or less, 2-2 this season.
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 (79) and on the career attempts
list (236). Stuart has struggled from behind the arc in the early
going in 2003-04, hitting just 11-for-38 (.289) from three this season.
Senior point guard Michael Denbow has been known for dropping dimes
during his career, totaling 227 assists in 82 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 21 more dimes. Denbow is averaging 3.0 assists
per game this season and claims 19 assists and just five turnovers
in his last six contests. For the season, he claims a 2.3-1 assist-turnover
ratio, the best of his career.
Freshman guard Chris Halkitis has been a "dead-eye" shooter
from three-point range in his rookie season. Halkitis has hit a team-best
19 three-point field goals and is shooting 48.7 percent (19-39) from
beyond the arc. He has at-least one three-pointer in each of the last
eight contests and is averaging 1.9 three's made per game this season.
Take away a pair of 1-of-5 performances (Bridgewater, Dec. 10 and
Virginia Wesleyan, Jan. 4) and Halkitis would be shooting 58.6 percent
from behind 19 feet, 9 inches. Not just a shooter, Halikits also leads
the team in steals (13) and is second in assists (15) and rebounds
There's nothing flashy about Hamill Jones' name nor his game. However,
keeping things simple have led Jones to a team-best .645 shooting
percentage (20-31). 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 4.7 points and 1.9 rebounds per game.
HEART OF A LYON:
Freshman guard Coleman Lyons has been asserting himself more and more
as the season progresses. Lyons came off the bench to notch a team
season-high 16 points in a loss to Chowan on Dec. 6 and led the Generals
in scoring in each of the past two games with 12 points against both
Randolph-Macon and Virginia Wesleyan. In those games, he shot a combined
10-of-16 (.625) from the floor. For the season. Lyons is averaging
6.2 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.
Sophomore forward Ryan Flynn is also seeing his game develop of late.
Since the semester break (3 games), Flynn has been averaging 7.3 points,
5.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game while shooting 47.1 percent
(8-17) from the floor. On the season, Flynn is averaging 4.0 points,
2.8 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game.
AT THE CHARITY STRIPE:
W&L's opponents have hit (121) nearly as many free throws as it
has taken (124) thus far. Additionally, the Generals are shooting
just 52.6 percent from the stripe in the three games since returning
from the holiday break. On the season, W&L shoots 66.9 percent
from the foul line.
TAKING CARE OF THE ROCK:
W&L had a season-low nine turnovers in the loss to Randolph-Macon
last Saturday and is averaging just 13 turnovers per game since the
holiday break. Prior to the break, W&L was averaging 18.3 turnovers
per outing. For the season, the Generals are giving up 16.7 turnovers
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
five teams ranked in the Top 30 in Franklin & Marshall (19th),
Catholic (14th), Trinity (17th), Randolph-Macon (8th) and Virginia
Wesleyan (26th). In addition, W&L played Division I Citadel. As
of the Roanoke game, W&L will also have played eight of its first
11 games on the road.
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 strengthen the Generals
for the conference stretch run which includes 10 of the final 14 games
at home, including five-straight home games from Jan. 24 until Feb.
RECENT SERIES GAMES WITH ROANOKE:
Though the Generals haven't been able to break into the win column
against Roanoke in some time, the recent games have been anything
but blowouts. Over the past seven games, the deciding margin is an
average of just 10.4 points per game. Last season's two meetings were
determined by a combined 22 points and the final contest of the 2001-02
season went to overtime (76-69). The only opponent W&L has played
more times in school history than Roanoke is Bridgewater (106 meetings).
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