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WASHINGTON AND LEE MEN'S BASKETBALL RELEASE

Game 25 • W&L (2-22, 0-17) at Guilford (13-11, 8-9)
Lexington, Va. • February 15, 2004 • 7:00 pm

THE SERIES:
W&L and Guilford will be meeting for the 33rd time, with the Quakers holding an 19-13 advantage in the all-time series. W&L has lost two in a row to Guilford, including an 89-78 loss earlier this season at the Warner Center. However, W&L has fared quite well against the Quakers in Greensboro, N.C., having won five of the last six contests at Ragan-Brown Field House. W&L won last year's meeting at Guilford by a score of 59-50.

THE HEAD GENERAL:
Adam Hutchinson (Amherst '93) is in his second season as the head coach at Washington and Lee, posting a 9-40 (.184) 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 43-105 (.291) overall record. Hutchinson is assisted by Ryan Kadlubowski (Rochester '03) and Curtis Buxton.

SCOUTING GUILFORD:
The Quakers are 13-11 overall, 8-9 in the ODAC following an 80-71 loss at Roanoke on Saturday afternoon. A 15-0 Roanoke run gave the Maroons a 30-16 lead with 4:07 left in the first half, but GC answered with a 16-4 run to trim the deficit to 34-32 at the break. The second half was closely contested until Roanoke built a 62-57 lead late in the half. Guilford would get no closer the rest of the way. Junior center Genaro Lawhorn and freshman forward Kerry Atkinson each scored 14 points to lead all scorers. Freshman center Ben Strong added 11 points. On the season, the Quakers are led by Atkinson, who averages 13.1 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. Lawhorn averages 13.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, and shoots a team-best 56.7 percent from the field. Strong adds 9.1 points and 4.2 boards per game for GC.

LAST MEETING WITH GUILFORD:
Guilford College took the lead with 11:38 remaining and never looked back in defeating Washington and Lee, 89-78, at the Warner Center. The game featured 12 ties and 16 lead changes until the Quakers assumed control on a three-pointer by freshman forward Kerry Atkinson at the 11:38 mark. The game remained within reach for W&L until Guilford hit 17-of-19 free throw attempts in the final 5:05 of the game to pull away. Guilford shot 60.0 percent (15-for-25) in the second half and hit 26-of-39 free throws for the game. Washington and Lee placed five players in double-figures led by freshman forward Greg Bienemann, who scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Freshman forward Femi Kusimo tallied 15 points and seven boards, while sophomore guard Chris Halkitis posted 13 points and a game-high six assists. Freshmen Colton Braud and John Mumper both notched 11 points. Guilford was paced by sophomore guard Jordan Snipes and junior forward Genaro Lawhorn, who tallied 15 points apiece.

LAST TIME OUT:
Sophomore forward Jason Sager scored a game-high 23 points and pulled down a team-high nine rebounds to help lead Eastern Mennonite to a 90-76 victory over Washington and Lee in ODAC men’s basketball action on Saturday night in Harrisonburg, Va. The Generals led 10-9 with 15:30 remaining in the first half, but the Royals went on a 25-10 run to take a 34-20 lead with 4:40 left in the opening half. EMU would go into halftime with a 38-28 advantage and maintain its double-digit lead throughout the second half. W&L was 29-for-64 (.453) from the field, but committed 16 turnovers. The Royals were 28-of-58 (.483) from the floor and outscored the Generals 27-15 at the free throw line. The Generals were led by freshman forward Greg Bienemann, who scored a team-high 21 points and grabbed six rebounds. Freshman forward Femi Kusimo scored a career-high 18 points and snatched a team-high eight rebounds. Sophomore guard Chris Halkitis chipped in 13 points and dished out a team-high four assists. Sager was complemented by freshman guard Brad Parkes, who tallied 17 points and five rebounds. Freshman guard Korey Whiting added 15 points and six rebounds.

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 (10.5 ppg) and steals (1.3 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 11.4 points per game. Bienemann has scored in double figures in 15 of the team's 24 games and has led the team in scoring seven times. He is coming off a 21-point, six-rebound effort at Eastern Mennonite on Saturday.

FABULOUS FEMI:
Freshman forward Femi Kusimo has also been a pleasant addition to the Generals lineup this season. Kusimo leads the team in steals (2.0 spg) and field goal percentage (.578) and is second in rebounding (4.7 rpg) and assists (1.5 apg). His 10.4 points per game also rank third on the team. Kusimo has led W&L in scoring on four occasions and has 15 double-figure scoring games. He in coming off a career-high 18 points and eight rebounds in a loss to Eastern Mennonite on Saturday.

ONE TIME:
Since the formation of the ODAC in 1976, W&L has never gone winless in the conference. The 1996-97 team went 2-22 overall, but picked up one conference win (1-17), which ironically was a 79-78 win over Guilford, the Generals' final opponent of the 2004-05 season.

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 (379). A .340 career shooter from beyond the arc, Stuart has hit 28-of-89 attempts (.315) 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 tied for ninth in made three's (95) and is eighth in three's attempted (262).

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.) 379
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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