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WASHINGTON AND LEE BASKETBALL RELEASE

Game 23 • W&L (2-20, 0-15) vs. Emory & Henry (8-14, 5-10)
Lexington, Va. • February 9, 2004 • 7:00 pm

Game 24 • W&L (2-20, 0-15) at Eastern Mennonite (11-10, 7-8)
Harrisonburg, Va. • February 12, 2004 • 7:00 pm

THE SERIES':
W&L and Emory & Henry will be meeting for the 85th time, with the Generals holding a 51-33 advantage in the all-time series. However, the Wasps have won each of the last five games, including a 71-56 win back on Jan. 26. W&L and Eastern Mennonite will be meeting for the 67th time, with the Generals holding a 43-23 advantage in the all-time series. The Generals have won four of the last five meetings with EMU, but fell to the Royals, 69-61, back on Jan. 12.

THE HEAD GENERAL:
Adam Hutchinson (Amherst '93) is in his second season as the head coach at Washington and Lee, posting a 9-38 (.192) record with the Generals. Prior to his arrival at W&L, Hutchinson coached for two seasons at Case Western Reserve University and two seasons at Stevens Tech. In his six seasons as a head coach, Hutchinson claims a 43-103 (.295) overall record. Hutchinson is assisted by Ryan Kadlubowski (Rochester '03) and Curtis Buxton.

SCOUTING EMORY & HENRY:
On Sunday afternoon, Emory & Henry defeated Bridgewater by a score of 91-87 in overtime. The Wasps, who now employ a system much like that used by Grinnell College, had a total of 173 substitutions in the game and took 41 three-point shots. E&H was led by sophomore guard Korey Townsend, who notched 17 points. Freshman guard Shavar Bland tallied 14 points, while sophomore guard Lance Reasbeck posted 13 points. Senior forward Cortez Watson added 11 points and 11 rebounds in the contest. Emory & Henry made its change in style of play five games ago and is averaging 102.2 points per game over that stretch. On the flip side, the Wasps are giving up 105.2 points per game over the five games, including 140 points in a 140-123 loss to Randolph-Macon. For the season, Reasbeck leads the team with an average of 15.2 points per game. Townsend averages 11.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game, while freshman Davon Jones contributes 10.2 points and a team-high 6.2 rebounds per contest.

LAST MEETING WITH EMORY & HENRY:
Sophomore guard Korey Townsend scored a game-high 18 points to help lead Emory & Henry to a 71-56 win over Washington and Lee in Emory, Va. The Wasps took a 29-24 lead into halftime and then opened up the second half on an 18-6 run to extend their advantage to 47-30 with 14:48 remaining. The Generals responded with a 13-0 spurt to slice the deficit to four points at 47-43 with 8:21 left in the game. However, E&H methodically pushed the lead back out to double digits en route to the 15-point win. The Generals were led by freshman forward Colton Braud, who tied a career-high with 11 points, on 5-for-6 shooting and grabbed six rebounds. Sophomore guard Chris Halkitis notched 10 points and handed out a game-high six assists, while freshman forward Femi Kusimo chipped in with 10 points. Townsend was helped out by sophomore guard Lance Reasbeck, who tallied 10 points and five rebounds.

SCOUTING EASTERN MENNONITE:
EMU is 11-10 overall and 7-8 in the ODAC following a 101-91 loss at Guilford on Sunday afternoon. The Royals will also play Randolph-Macon on Wednesday before facing the Generals. In the loss to Guilford, the Royals led for much of the first half, but surrendered the lead just before the break and went into the locker room trailing, 49-47. EMU remained within striking distance for much of the second half, until the Quakers pulled away late. The Royals held a 49-36 edge on the boards, but could not overcome 11-for-17 shooting from three-point range by the Quakers. Sophomore forward Jason Sager led the way with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while freshman guard Brad Parkes tallied 19 points and six boards. Sophomore center Jason Lentz added 16 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort. For the season, EMU is led by Sager, who averages 19.9 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. Parkes contributes 14.4 points per game, while freshman forward Korey Whiting posts 11.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. Lentz adds 10.8 and 7.7 rebounds per game.

LAST MEETING WITH EASTERN MENNONITE:
Freshman forward Brad Parkes scored a game-high 26 points to lead Eastern Mennonite to a 69-61 win over Washington and Lee at the Warner Center. The Generals jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the opening 5:08 of the game as EMU missed each of its first 12 shots from the field. However, the Royals rebounded to take a 12-11 lead with 8:15 remaining in the half and held a 30-25 advantage at the break. EMU extended to a double-digit lead several times in the opening nine minutes of the second stanza, but a 16-5 W&L run midway through the half knotted the game at 51-51 with 8:10 remaining in the game. From there, the two teams went back-and-forth until the Royals added to a 57-56 lead by closing out the game on a 13-5 run in the final 3:35. W&L held a 53-43 advantage on the boards, but could not overcome a 29-of-38 performance from the foul line by Eastern Mennonite. W&L was led by freshman forwards Greg Bienemann and Femi Kusimo. Bienemann notched 19 points and eight rebounds, while Kusimo totaled 15 points, six rebounds and five steals. Junior forward David Will added seven points and a career-high tying 12 rebounds. Parkes’ effort was supplimented by a 19-point, 10-rebound performance by sophomore forward Jason Sager and a 12-point, seven-rebound, four-steal outing by freshman guard Korey Whiting.

LAST TIME OUT:
Lynchburg College hit 35-of-44 free throws in defeating Washington and Lee, 81-72, in ODAC men’s basketball action on Sunday afternoon at the Warner Center. The Hornets closed the first half on a 10-2 run to assume a nine-point lead (34-25) at the break. W&L chipped away at the lead, cutting the deficit to just three points (56-53) with 8:32 remaining, but the Hornets again pulled away, going on a 12-2 run to post a 68-55 lead with just 3:23 remaining. LC shot 30 of its 44 foul shots in the second half. The Generals shot 26-of-58 (.448) from the floor, but could not overcome a 35-16 point differential at the foul line. W&L was led by freshman forward Greg Bienemann, who tallied 15 points and five rebounds. Senior guard Mike Stuart, sophomore guard Chris Halkitis and freshman forward Femi Kusimo each notched 14 points. Lynchburg was paced by senior forward Ryan Pehanik, who totaled 22 points and hit 11-of-12 foul shots. Junior forward David Schaeffer added 12 points and seven boards.

STRONG START = STRONG FINISH:
A quick start has been imperative to the Generals winning games. Over the past seven years, W&L is 31-19 (.620) when leading at the half. During that same stretch, W&L has won a total of 44 games, meaning that W&L has led at the break in over 70 percent of its wins during the last seven 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 eight seasons, W&L is 32-16 (.667) when allowing opponents 59 points or less, 0-1 this season.

THE 411 ON HALKITIS:
Sophomore guard Chris Halkitis had a fine season in 2003-04, earning Honorable Mention All-ODAC honors after hitting 54-of-129 three-point attempts (.419). Halkitis has been suffering through a sophomore slump from beyond the arc this season, but broke out in a win over Washington College by scoring a career-high 27 points en route to Tournament MVP honors. More than a shooter, Halkitis currently leads the team in assists (3.1 apg), ranks second on the team in scoring (10.4 ppg) and steals (1.2 spg), and is fourth in rebounding (4.0 rpg).

BIENEMANN THE BETTER MANN:
Freshman forward Greg Bienemann has been a significant contributor to the Generals in his initial campaign, leading the team in scoring with an average of 11.1 points per game. Bienemann has scored in double figures in 14 of the team's 22 games and has led the team in scoring six times.

FABULOUS FEMI:
Freshman forward Femi Kusimo has also been a pleasant addition to the Generals lineup this season. Kusimo leads the team in steals (1.9 spg) and field goal percentage (.570) and is second in rebounding (4.6 rpg) and assists (1.6 apg). His 10.0 points per game also rank third on the team. Kusimo has led W&L in scoring on four occasions and has 13 double-figure scoring games.

THREE MAN:
Senior guard Mike Stuart has enjoyed a fine career with the Generals. Twice he has tied the W&L record for three-pointers in a game (7), doing so as a freshman and again last season at Lynchburg. He is third all-time with 129 career three-pointers made, and is second all-time in three-point attempts (377). A .342 career shooter from beyond the arc, Stuart has hit 28-of-87 attempts (.322) this season.

THREE-POINT RECORDS:
Below is a closer look at the Generals' all-time three-point leaders. Also climbing up the charts is sophomore guard Chris Halkitis, who is 10th in made three's (92) and is 12th in three's attempted (251).

Career Three-Pointers Made
1. Mike Holton (1987-91) 207
2. Chad Braley (1998-01) 136*
3. Mike Stuart (2001-pr.) 129
4. Bryan Watkins (1989-93) 127
5. Jon Coffman (1992-96) 116

Career Three-Pointers Attempted
1. Mike Holton (1987-91) 481
2. Mike Stuart (2001-pr.) 377
3. Chad Braley (1998-01) 361*
4. Jon Coffman (1992-96) 360
5. Bryan Watkins (1989-93) 351
* - Played only three seasons after transferring

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