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