Game 18 W&L (3-14) vs. Averett (0-14)
January 28, 2004 7:00 pm
Game 19 W&L (3-14, 2-9) vs. Roanoke
(9-8, 3-7) February 1, 2004 5:00 pm
W&L and Averett will be meeting for the eighth time with the Generals
holding a 5-2 advantage in the all-time series. The two teams have
not met since an 86-83 Averett win on Feb. 4, 1991. Averett participated
in the W&L Tip-off Tournament last season but the two teams did
W&L and Roanoke will be meeting for the 103rd time with the Maroons
holding a 69-33 advantage in the all-time series. Roanoke has won
each of the last 19 meetings in the series, including a 86-63 win
back on Jan. 10 in Salem, Va. W&L's last win over the Maroons
came on Jan. 7, 1995, an 85-65 triumph in the Warner Center.
Next week, W&L will host Emory & Henry on Wednesday (7:00
pm), travel to Hampden-Sydney on Saturday (2:00 pm), then host Lynchburg
on Sunday (3:00 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 34-81 (.296) overall record in five seasons as
a head coach. Hutchinson is assisted by Ryan Kadlubowski (Rochester
'03) and Curtis Buxton. Averett is led by 12th-year Head Coach Kirk
Chandler (Elon '81), who is 90-209 (.301) with the Cougars. 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 265-132 (.668).
LAST TIME OUT:
Fourth-ranked Randolph-Macon broke a 48-48 tie on a pair of free throws
by senior forward Kurt Bergmann with 8:29 remaining and held the lead
the rest of the way in defeating Washington and Lee, 66-61, in ODAC
mens basketball action on Sunday afternoon at the Warner Center.
Washington and Lee hung close with the Yellow Jackets, never trailing
by more than four points in the first half. Macon extended to a six-point
advantage (32-26) in the opening minutes of the second stanza, but
the Generals climbed back to take a one-point lead (40-39) on a four-point
play by freshman guard Chris Halkitis with 13:11 remaining. The game
would be tied four times in the next five minutes before the Yellow
Jackets assumed a seven-point lead (60-53) with 42 seconds remaining.
The Generals would crawl back to 62-59 with 17 seconds remaining,
but R-MC junior guard Justin Moyer nailed four free throws in the
final 15 seconds to ice the game. The Generals were led by Halkitis,
who scored a game-high 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Senior
forward Hamill Jones added 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Bergmann
paced the Yellow Jackets with 16 points and eight rebounds. Moyer
scored 15 points on 10-of-10 shooting from the foul line, while sophomore
forward Justin Wansley contributed 14 points and eight boards.
Averett fell to 0-14 on the season with a 95-80 loss to Christopher
Newport on Sunday afternoon. The Cougars led 43-41 at the half, but
shot just 39.3 percent in the second half in dropping the 15-point
decision to the Captains. Averett placed five players in double figures
led by junior forward Jerrod Harris, who tallied 18 points and eight
rebounds. Sophomore guard Sterling Williams scored 17 points, while
freshman forward Andrew Boor, freshman guard Matthew Jordan and senior
guard Joey Barksdale added 14, 11 and 10 points, respectively. For
the season, Averett is led by Harris, who averages 15.4 points and
6.3 rebounds per game. Senior forward Jermaine Coston averages 11.1
points and 6.3 rebounds per game, while Williams adds 8.3 points per
game. As a team, the Cougars shoot 37.3 percent from the floor, 27.6
percent from three-point range and 73.4 percent from the foul line.
Averett has been haunted on the defensive end, allowing an average
of 85.2 points per game. Dating back until the beginning of last season,
the Cougars have lost 21 consecutive games.
Roanoke is 9-8 overall, 3-7 in the ODAC following a 61-58 win over
Virginia Wesleyan on Sunday. The Maroons opened up a 29-20 halftime
edge and held on the for win. Senior center Kevinn Hunter paced RC
with 20 points and eight rebounds. Senior forward Jason Graffam and
sophomore guard Jared Butler both added 13 points in the win. On the
season, Butler leads the way, averaging 14.1 points, 3.0 rebounds
and 2.8 assists per game. Hunter averages 11.7 points and 5.8 rebounds
per game, while shooting a team-high 57.2 percent from the floor.
Graffam contributes 10.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per outing. The Maroons
will play Eastern Mennonite on Wednesday before taking on the Generals
LAST MEETING WITH ROANOKE:
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.
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 forward
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 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.
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 30-14 (.682) when
allowing its opponent 59 points or less, 2-3 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 27-15 (.643) 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 three
games when leading at the break and two of W&L's three wins this
season have come 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 an ODAC-best
44 three-point field goals and is shooting 47.8 percent (44-92) from
beyond the arc. He has at-least one three-pointer in each of the last
14 contests and is averaging 2.6 three's made per game this season.
Not just a shooter, Halikits also leads the team in steals (25) and
is second in assists (30) and rebounds (4.4 rpg.). Halkitis had a
breakout week last week, averaging 18.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per
game. He shot 55.6 percent (20-36) from the floor and 56.0 percent
from three-point range (14-25). Halkitis now claims enough made three-pointers
to qualify for the NCAA statistics and should be ranked among the
Top 10 in Division III in three-point percentage when the new rankings
come out this week.
Junior guard Mike Stuart is a proven threat from beyond the three-point
arc, hitting 95-of-268 (.355) career three-point attempts. His 95
made triples are tied for eighth all-time at W&L and his 265 attempts
rank seventh all-time. Stuart has hit 27-of-70 (.386) three-point
attempts this season.
As a team, W&L is also heating up from beyond 19 feet, 9 inches.
Over the last six contests, W&L is averaging 7.5 made three's
per game while shooting 42.9 percent (45-105) from beyond the arc.
AT THE CHARITY STRIPE:
W&L's opponents have hit (252) more free throws than W&L has
taken (239) this season. The Generals are averaging 20.8 fouls per
game leading to their opponents have taken 154 more free throws (393
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 three games and six of the final eight games
MORE HOME NOTES:
W&L is 10-6 (.625) against non-conference opponents at home since
the beginning of the 1997-98 season, 1-1 this season.
Senior point guard Michael Denbow claims 42 assists and just 26 turnovers
this season. He has played in 89 games during his career, totaling
239 assists. Denbow can climb into the top five in school history
in assists with nine more dimes.
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