Game 12 W&L (2-9, 1-4) vs. Eastern Mennonite
(3-8, 1-4) January 14, 2004 7:00 pm
Game 13 W&L (2-9, 1-4) at Lynchburg
(3-8, 0-5) January 17, 2004 5:00 pm
Game 14 W&L (2-9, 1-4) vs. Hampden-Sydney
(11-0, 4-0) January 18, 2004 5:00 pm
W&L and Eastern Mennonite will be meeting for the 64th time, with
the Generals holding a 41-22 advantage in the all-time series. W&L
took both meetings with the Royals last season, including a 76-73
win on Feb. 15 at the Warner Center. The Generals have won five straight
against EMU at home.
W&L and Lynchburg will be meeting for the 94th time, with the
Generals claiming a 66-27 edge over the Hornets. W&L has taken
each of the last three meetings with LC and has a three-game winning
streak against the Hornets in Lynchburg, Va.
W&L and Hampden-Sydney will be taking to the hardwood for the
101st time, with the Tigers holding a 60-40 advantage in the all-time
series. The Tigers have won 12 straight in the series, including a
67-60 win over the Generals on last Feb. 8 in Lexington.
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 34-76 (.309) overall record in five seasons as
a head coach. Hutchinson is assisted by Ryan Kadlubowski (Rochester
'03) and Curtis Buxton. Eastern Mennonite is led by first-year Head
Coach Kirby Dean (Eastern Mennonite '92), who is 3-8 in his first
head coaching opportunity. Dean served as an assistant at VMI for
eight seasons. Lynchburg is led by first-year Head Coach John Swickrath
(Denison '01), who is 3-8 in his first head coaching stop. Hampden-Sydney
is also led by a first-year head coach in Bubba Smith (Furman '99).
Smith, formerly the assistant at H-SC, is 11-0 in his first head coaching
W&L travels to Emory & Henry on Wednesday for a 7:00 pm contest,
before returning to Lexington for a five-game home stand. The Generals
finish the week by hosting Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday (3:00 pm)
and Randolph-Macon (3:00 pm) on Sunday.
LAST MEETING WITH EASTERN MENNONITE:
Senior forward Scott Hettermann tallied 20 points and 10 rebounds
to lead the Generals past Eastern Mennonite, 76-73 at the Warner Center.
W&L led 42-29 at the break, but the Royals chipped away to cut
the lead to one point (67-66) with 5:19 remaining in the game. However,
that would be as close as EMU would get the rest of the way. Hettermann
was one of four Generals to record double figures in the game. Forward
David Will notched 15 points and 10 rebounds, forward Hamill Jones
registered 12 points and five rebounds, while guard Mike Stuart added
10 points and six assists. Eastern Mennonite was led by forward Bryan
Williams, who scored a game-high 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
Guard Mike Culen scored 16 points, while forward EJ Arrington chipped
in with 14 points. W&L shot 49.1 percent (27-55) from the floor
and held a 43-30 advantage on the boards.
LAST MEETING WITH LYNCHBURG:
Guard Mike Stuart hit a layup with 11 seconds remaining to lift Washington
and Lee to a 63-62 win over Lynchburg at the Warner Center. The lead
changed hand seven times in the final 2:51 of the game and neither
team led by more than six points at any time during the contest. Forward
Josh Cobbs gave the Hornets their final lead on a pair of free throws
with 37 seconds remaining, setting up Stuarts heroics. LC had
one final shot, but Cobbs 8-foot shot in the lane bounded away
and the Generals claimed the victory to end a nine-game losing streak.
Washington and Lee was led by senior forward Scott Hettermann, who
scored 16 points and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds. Guard Ryan
Flynn notched a career-high 13 points, while Stuart tallied 12 points
and a career-high seven assists. Lynchburg was paced by center Ryan
Pehaniks 18-point effort. Cobbs recorded 12 points, while forward
Reed Fairchild added nine points and eight rebounds.
LAST MEETING WITH HAMPDEN-SYDNEY:
The Washington and Lee mens basketball team trailed second-ranked
Hampden-Sydney by just four points (61-57) with under one minute remaining,
but a three-pointer by W&L sophomore guard Ian McClure went in-and-out
with 43 seconds remaining and the Tigers survived, 67-60. Hampden-Sydney
led by just two points (33-31) at the half, but pushed their advantage
to 10 (58-48) with 7:01 remaining. However, the Generals clawed their
way back with a 9-0 run over the next 2:21 to cut the H-SC lead to
one point (58-57) with 4:40 remaining. From there, Hampden-Sydney
guard Jeff Monroe hit a 12-foot jumper and a free throw with 3:08
remaining and neither team scored until the Tigers sunk 6-of-8 free
throws in the final 42 seconds to ice the game. McClure led W&L
with 22 points, while senior forward Scott Hettermann contributed
17 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Forward Hamill Jones added
10 points and six rebounds. The Tigers were paced by 15 points from
Monroe and guard Brandon Randall. Forward Jason Holman chipped in
with 10 points.
LAST TIME OUT:
Roanoke connected on 30-of-58 from the field, including 11-of-24 from
three-point range, as the Maroons downed Washington and Lee, 86-63,
in ODAC mens basketball action on Saturday evening. The Generals
raced out to a 14-5 lead in the first 3:45 of the contest, but Roanoke
answered the visitors with a 20-4 run that gave the Maroons a 25-18
lead with 8:20 remaining in the first half. Freshman guard Coleman
Lyons pulled W&L back to within four points when he capitalized
on a three-point play at 7:44 before halftime, but the Generals would
get no closer as Roanoke extended its lead through the remainder of
the evening. Freshman guard Chris Halkitis led W&L with a career-high
16 points off 5-for-12 shooting from the field, including a 4-for-8
performance from beyond the three-point arc. Sophomore forward David
Will notched a double-double on the evening with 12 points and a team-high
10 rebounds, while Lyons contributed 12 points. Sophomore guard Ryan
Flynn rounded out the Generals double-digit scorers with 11
points. Roanokes Jared Butler connected on 6-for-7 from beyond
the three-point arc as he notched a game-high 25 points and dished
out a game-high seven assists. Kevinn Hunter and Drew Crowder both
reached double-figures for the Maroons with 16 and 13 points, respectively.
SCOUTING EASTERN MENNONITE:
Eastern Mennonite is 3-8 overall, 1-4 in the ODAC following a 78-77
win at Lynchburg on Monday evening. Senior guard Mike Culen hit a
layup with seven seconds remaining to give the Royals their first
ODAC win of the season. Sophomore guard Jason Sager paced five EMU
players in double-figures with 25 points on 5-of-8 shooting from beyond
the arc. He was followed by Culen (13 pts.), freshman forward Kendal
Swartzentruber (12 pts.), freshman center Jason Lentz (11 pts., 8
reb.) and junior forward E.J. Arrington (10 pts.). For the game, the
Royals shot 54.9 percent from the floor, including 47.1 percent from
three-point range. For the season, Arrington leads EMU in scoring,
averaging 14.0 points per game. Sager is second on the team in scoring
(13.9 ppg.) and lead the team in rebounding (7.9 rpg.). Culen contributes
12.2 points per outing. As a team, the Royals are averaging 76.5 points
per game, but are allowing an average of 91.1 points per outing.
Lynchburg is 3-8 overall, 0-5 in the ODAC after the loss to Eastern
Mennonite on Monday evening. The Hornets will play Division I Wofford
on Wednesday before taking on the Generals on Saturday. In the loss
to EMU, the Hornets were led by junior forward Ryan Pehanik and sophomore
forward Reed Fairchild, who tallied 15 points each. Sophomore guard
Ryan Sweeney notched 12 points, while freshman guard Pete Manos added
10 points. For the season, Pehanik leads the team with averages of
12.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Andy Albright
averages 8.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.6 steals per
game, while senior guard Dedrick Craft contributes 7.5 points and
3.1 rebounds per game.
Hampden-Sydney is 11-0 overall, 4-0 in the ODAC, and is ranked third
in the latest D3Hoops.com Division III poll. The Tigers most recently
defeated Bridgewater, 69-54, on Monday evening at home. The Tigers
recovered from a 38-37 halftime deficit to limit Bridgewater to 16
points on 20.8 percent shooting in the second half. Senior guard Jeff
Monroe paced four Tigers in double-figures with 20 points. Junior
guard Brian Gunn tallied 12 points, followed by senior guard Brandon
Randall (10 pts.) and senior forward David Willson (10 pts.). Sydney
will play a pair of games this week before taking on the Generals
on Sunday. It travels to Randolph-Macon on Wednesday and then travels
to Roanoke on Saturday. On the season, Sydney is led by Monroe, who
averages 15.1 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. Randall contributes
14.5 points and 4.3 boards per game, while senior forward Jason Holman
averages 11.5 points and 6.6 rebounds per outing. Senior center Mike
Thompson (10.9 pts., 10.0 reb.), Gunn (10.8 ppg, 5.5 apg.) and Willson
(10.5 ppg., 7.7 rpg.) round out the potent Tigers' offense.
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.
Freshman guard Chris Halkitis has been a "dead-eye" shooter
from three-point range in his rookie season. Halkitis has hit a team-best
23 three-point field goals and is shooting 48.9 percent (23-47) from
beyond the arc. He has at-least one three-pointer in each of the last
nine contests and is averaging 2.1 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 56.8 percent
from behind 19 feet, 9 inches. Not just a shooter, Halikits also leads
the team in steals (15) and is second in assists (18) and rebounds
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 has scored
12 points in each of the last three games. During that stretch, he
is shooting 13-of-26 (.500) from the field. On the season, Lyons is
averaging 6.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game.
Sophomore forward Ryan Flynn is also seeing his game develop of late.
Since the semester break (4 games), Flynn has been averaging 8.3 points,
4.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game while shooting 54.2 percent
(13-24) from the floor. On the season, Flynn is averaging 4.6 points,
2.7 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game.
Sophomore forward David Will has been a royal pain to Eastern Mennonite.
In two career games against the Royals, Will is averaging 16.5 points
and 11.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 53.3 percent (16-30) from
the floor. Will registered career-highs in points (18) and rebounds
(12) against Eastern Mennonite last Jan. 15 at EMU.
AT THE CHARITY STRIPE:
W&L's opponents have hit (136) nearly as many free throws as it
has taken (138) thus far.
HOME SWEET HOME:
After playing eight of its first 11 games on the road to begin the
season, W&L finally gets to enjoy the comforts of the Warner Center.
W&L hosts a pair of home games this week and will play 10 of its
final 14 regular season games at home.
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