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WASHINGTON AND LEE BASKETBALL RELEASE

Game 16 • W&L (3-12, 2-7) vs. No. 24 Virginia Wesleyan (12-3, 6-3) • January 24, 2004 • 3:00 pm

Game 17 • W&L (3-12, 2-7) vs. No. 4 Randolph-Macon (14-1, 8-1) • January 25, 2004 • 3:00 pm

THE SERIES':
W&L and Virginia Wesleyan are meeting for the 24th time, with the Marlins holding a 23-10 advantage in the all-time series. VWC won the season's earlier meeting, 58-45, in Virginia Beach, Va. The win extended the Marlins' win streak over W&L to four in a row.

W&L and Randolph-Macon will be meeting for the 63rd time with the Yellow Jackets holding a 50-12 advantage in the all-time series. R-MC has won each of the last 36 meetings dating back to Feb. 9, 1977 when the Generals defeated the Yellow Jackets, 75-73, in Lexington, Va.

UP NEXT:
Next week, W&L will host Averett on Wednesday at 7:00 pm and then will return to the court on Saturday to host Roanoke 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 34-79 (.301) overall record in five seasons as a head coach. Hutchinson is assisted by Ryan Kadlubowski (Rochester '03) and Curtis Buxton. Virginia Wesleyan is led by fourth-year mentor David Macedo (Wilkes '96), who is 62-31 (.667) overall with the Marlins. Randolph-Macon is led by fifth-year Head Coach Mike Rhodes (Lebanon Valley '95), who is 95-31 (.754) overall with the Yellow Jackets.

LAST TIME OUT:
Emory & Henry used a 17-0 second-half run to defeat Washington and Lee, 76-66, on Wednesday evening in ODAC men’s basketball action. A 12-0 run by the Generals midway through the first half gave W&L a 21-12 lead with 9:49 remaining in the opening stanza. Sophomore forward Phil Landes accounted for all 12 points on four straight three-pointers. W&L maintained the lead and entered the break with a 36-26 advantage after hitting 10-of-14 three-pointers in the opening 20 minutes. However, with the Generals leading 49-38 at the 11:40 mark of the second half, the Wasps went on their 17-point run over the next 5:25 to assume a 55-49 lead which they would not relinquish. Landes led W&L with a career-high 19 points on 5-of-5 shooting from behind the three-point arc. Freshman guard Chris Halkitis tallied 18 points, while junior guard Mike Stuart added 12 points. The Generals shot just 35.7 percent (10-28) in the second half and committed 23 turnovers for the game.

LAST MEETING WITH VIRGINIA WESLEYAN:
Virginia Wesleyan raced out to a 32-22 halftime advantage and extended its lead in the second half as the Marlins defeated Washington and Lee, 58-45. The Generals cut the Virginia Wesleyan lead to five points midway through the second half, but the Marlins outpaced W&L in the final minutes. Freshman guard Coleman Lyons led the Generals with his second-straight 12-point performance, while sophomore guard Ryan Flynn and sophomore forward David Will each contributed nine points. David Doino led Virginia Wesleyan with a game-high 16 points while Peter Warren and Marques Fitch each reached double digits with 14 and 10 points respectively.

LAST MEETING WITH RANDOLPH-MACON:
Randolph-Macon took a nine-point advantage into halftime and extended its lead in the second half as the Yellow Jackets downed Washington and Lee, 75-56. The Generals managed to stay within striking distance of Randolph-Macon midway through the second half, climbing to within six points, notching the scoreboard at 45-39 with 10:26 left in the contest. The Yellow Jackets, however, used a 17-for-32 shooting performance in the final stanza that included five three-pointers to take the victory. Freshman guard Coleman Lyons led W&L’s offensive efforts with 12 points, while sophomore guard Ryan Flynn scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds. Sophomore forward Matt Lawless grabbed a team-high six rebounds. Justin Wansley led Randolph-Macon with a game-high 22 points while snagging nine rebounds. Ryan Stein scored 13 points for the Yellow Jackets, while Kurt Bergmann rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10 points and nine rebounds. Randolph-Macon shot 55.1 percent from the floor (27-for-49) including 8-for-18 (44.4%) from beyond the three-point line.

SCOUTING VIRGINIA WESLEYAN:
Virginia Wesleyan dropped to 12-3 overall, 6-3 in the ODAC with a 72-67 loss at Hampden-Sydney on Wednesday. The Marlins led 37-29 at the break, but allowed the Tigers to shoot 51.9 percent in the second half in falling by five points. Senior forward David Doino paced VWC with 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Freshman forward Brandon Adair totaled 15 points and six boards, while junior forward Peter Warren added 13 points. On the season, the Marlins are paced by Doino, who averages 15.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. Warren averages 13.1 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, while Adair contributes 12.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per outing. Sophomore guard Marques Fitch adds 10.5 points and a team-high 3.9 assists per game.

SCOUTING RANDOLPH-MACON:
Randolph-Macon is 14-1 overall, 8-1 in the ODAC following a 76-63 win over Lynchburg on Wednesday evening. The Yellow Jackets built a 15-point halftime lead and cruised to the win, shooting 52.2 percent for the game. Sophomore guard Patrick Gill led the Jackets with 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc. Senior forward Kurt Bergmann tallied 15 points, while sophomore forward Justin Wansley and junior guard Justin Moyer added 12 points each. Wansley also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. Macon will take on Roanoke on Saturday before playing the Generals on Sunday afternoon. The Yellow Jackets are ranked fourth in the latest D3Hoops.com poll.

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 27-14 (.659) when leading at the half. During that same stretch, W&L has won a total of 38 games, meaning that W&L has led at the break in just over 71 percent of its wins during the last six years. However, W&L has lost its last two games when leading at the break and two of W&L's three wins this season have come when trailing at the half.

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 34 three-point field goals and is shooting 45.9 percent (34-74) from beyond the arc. He has at-least one three-pointer in each of the last 12 contests and is averaging 2.3 three's made per game this season. Not just a shooter, Halikits also leads the team in steals (23) and is second in assists (27) and rebounds (4.1 rpg.). Halkitis had a breakout game against EMU, scoring a career-high 26 points on 5-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc. He scored 18 points on 4-of-7 shooting from three against Emory & Henry on Wednesday.

RED-HOT:
W&L's offense was red-hot against Eastern Mennonite, scoring a season-high 93 points. The figure marks the most points scored by a W&L team in regulation time since posting 100 points in a 100-79 win over the Royals on Feb. 3, 1996. W&L shot a season-best 51.7 percent (30-58) from the floor and 52.9 percent (9-17) from three-point range against EMU.

EVEN HOTTER:
Junior guard Mike Stuart started the season slowly, but has picked up of late. In his last four games, Stuart is averaging 18.0 points per game while shooting 16-of-27 (.593) from beyond the arc. Stuart scored a season-high 25 points at Lynchburg last weekend, hitting all seven of his three's in the first half. He finished the game 7-for-10 from beyond the arc tying the school-record for triples in a game. Stuart is a proven threat from beyond the three-point arc, hitting 95-of-264 (.360) career three-point attempts. His 95 made triples are tied for eighth all-time at W&L and his 264 attempts rank seventh all-time.

PHIL-LING IT UP:
Sophomore forward Phil Landes is also filling it up of late. The 6-foot-7 guard scored a career-high 19 points at Emory & Henry on Wednesday on 5-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc. Landes' performance tied the W&L record for three-point field goal percentage in a game, equaling the mark set by Chad Braley '01 against Villa Julie on Jan. 30, 2000.

IT'S RAINING THREE'S:
As a team, W&L is also heating up from beyond 19 feet, 9 inches. Over the last four contests, W&L is averaging 8.5 made three's per game while shooting 44.2 percent (34-77) from beyond the arc. Each of W&L's first 21 points against E&H came from behind the arc.

AT THE CHARITY STRIPE:
W&L's opponents have hit (219) more free throws than W&L has taken (216) this season. The Generals are averaging 20.2 fouls per game.

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 plays its next five games and eight of the final 10 games at home.

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