NYU TIP-OFF TOURNAMENT
Game 1 W&L (0-0) vs. Nazareth (0-0)
November 20, 2004 3:00 pm
Game 2 W&L (0-0) vs. NYU (0-0) or SUNY-New
November 21, 2004 1:00/3:00 pm
Joining W&L and Nazareth in the tournament are host NYU and SUNY-New
Paltz. W&L faces Nazareth in the 3:00 pm contest in the opening
day, then will face either NYU or New Paltz in the second day of the
tournament at 1:00 (Consolation) or 3:00 pm (Championship). W&L
is 0-1 all-time against Nazareth, 1-0 all-time against New Paltz and
has never faced NYU. The Generals last faced Nazareth on Jan. 11,
1986, a 67-66 loss. The last meeting against New Paltz occurred on
Jan. 5, 1983, an 80-66 win.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION:
Nazareth finished the 2003-04 season with a 13-12 overall record.
The Golden Flyers return four starters, including senior center Ryan
Shipley, who averaged 15.0 points and 7.6 rebounds per game last season.
However, Nazareth must replace forward Lawrence Moroney, who averaged
15.4 points and 8.7 rebounds per outing.
NYU has very high hopes for the 2004-05 season after finishing last
year with a 21-7 overall record and finishing third in the UAA. The
Violets return all five starters, including senior center Jeff Gilkerson,
who earned Second Team All-UAA honors last season after averaging
14.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Sophomore center Jason Boone
also returns after garnering UAA Rookie of the Year honors with 10.5
points and 7.1 rebounds per game.
New Paltz finished the 2003-04 season with a 6-18 overall record
and returns just two starters this season led by sophomore forward
John Hauser, who averaged 7.4 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. Hauser
is joined by sophomore guard Matt Irwin, who averaged 4.6 points and
1.3 rebounds last season.
The Generals will hit the road again for a contest at Division I Citadel
on Tuesday evening at 7:15 pm. W&L will then host Emory University
on Saturday at 2:00 pm and Trinity (Conn.) on Sunday at 2:00 pm.
THE HEAD GENERAL:
Adam Hutchinson (Amherst '93) is in his second season as the head
coach at Washington and Lee, posting a 7-18 (.280) record with the
Generals. Prior to his arrival in Lexington, Hutchinson had coached
for two seasons at Case Western Reserve University and two seasons
at Stevens Tech. In his five seasons as a head coach, Hutchinson claims
a 41-85 (.325) overall record. Hutchinson is assisted by Ryan Kadlubowski
(Rochester '03) and Curtis Buxton.
LAST TIME OUT:
Washington and Lee's 2003-04 season ended with a 72-61 loss to Bridgewater
College last Feb. 17. The Eagles used a 13-0 run last in the first
half to catapult themselves to the victory. Bridgewater trailed 20-19
with 8:09 remaining in the first stanza, but used three triples and
a pair of layups to assume a 33-19 edge with 4:45 remaining. The Generals
chipped away and cut the Bridgewater lead to nine points at 66-57
with 3:34 remaining, but could get no closer. W&L was led by senior
forward Hamill Jones, who scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
Forward Alex White tallied a career-high 11 points, while forward
Phil Landes added nine points and five boards. Bridgewater was paced
by junior guard Ricky Easterlings 15 points. Senior forward
Ryan Lambert contributed 14 points and five boards in the winning
effort. The Eagles hit 22-of-26 free throws in the game, compared
to the Generals 5-of-7 performance at the stripe.
LAST TOURNAMENT OUTING:
W&L dropped a pair of games in the 2003-04 season-opening tournament
at Franklin & Marshall. W&L fell to the Diplomats, 63-43,
in the opening game, before dropping a 72-61 loss to Catholic University
in the consolation round.
MORE TOURNAMENT TALK:
W&L will also host a tournament later on this season. The Generals
entertain Piedmont, Washington College and Marymount in the Generals'
Invitational on Jan. 2-3. W&L plays Piedmont in the opener at
8:00 pm. The championship will be played at 8:00 pm on Jan. 3.
Senior guard Mike Stuart has enjoyed a fine career with the Generals
and will only look to continue that fine play this season. Twice he
has tied the W&L record for three-pointers in a game (7), doing
so as a freshman and again last season. He is tied for sixth all-time
with 101 career three-pointers made, and is fifth all-time in three-point
attempts (290). His .348 career three-point percentage ranks 10th
all-time. Last season, Stuart hit 33-of-92 (.359) three-point attempts
in averaging 8.2 points per game, second on the team. He enters his
senior season with 663 career points.
Washington and Lee welcomes back six letterwinners and three starters
from last season's 7-18 squad. Leading the group is sophomore guard
Chris Halkitis, who earned Honorable Mention All-ODAC honors after
averaging 11.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. Senior
guard Mike Stuart (8.2 ppg., 1.4 rpg.) and junior forward David Will
(8.1 ppg., 4.6 rpg.) also return to their starting roles.
W&L did have considerable losses from last season, including guards
Coleman Lyons (7.0 ppg., 1.9 rpg.), Phil Landes (6.1 ppg., 3.1 rpg.)
and Michael Denbow (1.4 ppg., 1.3 rpg., 2.4 apg.), and forwards Hamill
Jones (4.8 ppg., 3.4 rpg.) and Ryan Flynn (4.0 ppg., 2.9 rpg.).
The Generals feature nine new faces on the team, including seven freshman.
Many of the youngsters will contribute right away, including forward
Femi Kusimo who will start at small forward. Kusimo earned First Team
All-State honors in West Virginia last season. Freshman forward Greg
Bienemann garnered Third Team All-State honors in New Jersey last
season, and scored over 500 points in his senior campaign. Guards
Andrew Franklin and John Mumper, forward Colton Braud and center Mason
Herman should also see significant playing time early in the season.
W&L features 15 players on the 2004-05 roster. This list includes
one senior, two juniors, five sophomores and seven freshmen. The 15
players come from 10 different states and have an average height of
6-4 and an average weight of 199 pounds.
STRONG START = STRONG FINISH:
A quick start has been imperative to the Generals winning games. Over
the past six years, W&L is 29-16 (.644) when leading at the half.
During that same stretch, W&L has won a total of 42 games, meaning
that W&L has led at the break in just over 69 percent of its wins
during the last six years.
KEEP EM' UNDER 60:
People love to see offense, but defense does win games as evidenced
by W&L's record in low scoring contests. During the last seven
seasons, W&L is 32-15 (.681) when allowing opponents 59 points
or less, 4-4 last season.
Sophomore guard Chris Halkitis was a "dead eye" shooter
during his rookie campaign. An Honorable Mention All-ODAC selection
last season, Halkitis nailed a team-best 54-of-129 three-point attempts
for a team-leading .419 percentage. He hit a three in 21 of the team's
25 games and his 54 made three's was the fourth-highest season total
in W&L history. Not just a shooter, Halkitis also nearly led the
team in rebounding (4.4 rpg.) and led the team in steals (35) and
was second in assists (49). His 11.1 points per game also led the
team, marking the first time a freshman led the team in scoring since
Rich Peterson '00 did so during the 1996-97 season.
WHERE THERE'S A WILL, THERE'S A WAY:
Junior forward David Will also returns to the starting lineup after
averaging 8.1 points and a team-best 4.6 rebounds per game last season.
Will shot 44.3 percent (86-194) from the floor and was tied for the
team lead with 11 blocked shots.
Washington and Lee will be playing in its 17th season-opening tournament
since the 1970-71 season. The Generals are 15-21 (.417) in those contests
and have won three tournament championships (1987, 1988, 2002 W&L
THE EMPIRE STATE:
With the Generals' game against Nazareth, W&L will be playing
its first game against a school from New York since dropping an 88-81
decision to Elmira in the 1996 Elmira Tip-off Tournament. W&L
is 38-23 (.623) all-time against teams from the Empire State.
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