Game 4 W&L (0-3) vs. Emory (2-0)
November 27, 2004 2:00 pm
Game 5 W&L (0-3) vs. No. 8 Trinity College
November 28, 2004 2:00 pm
W&L and Emory have met 12 times on the hardwood, with the Generals
holding a 7-5 advantage in the all-time series. The two teams have
not met since an 89-86 Eagles victory in the Warner Center on Nov.
17, 1995. W&L and Trinity met for the first time last season,
with the Bantams taking a 49-48 victory in the Warner Center.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION:
Emory is 2-0 overall after winning the Oglethorpe Classic last weekend.
The Eagles defeated 22nd-ranked Maryville in the championship game,
81-77. Emory shot 53.7 percent from the floor and held a 34-19 edge
in rebounds. Senior forward Chase Fawsett led the way with 23 points
and nine rebounds, while junior forward Jeff Hall tallied 17 points
on 5-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc. Senior guard Rashawn Allen
chipped in 12 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, and sophomore
center Barry Corrado added 10 points and seven rebounds in the winning
effort. On the season, Fawsett paces the Eagles with averages of 20.0
points and 8.0 rebounds per game. Hall is also averaging 20.0 points
per game and has hit 9-of-16 (.563) three-point attempts. Allen joins
the duo in double-figure scoring with 11.5 points per game. He also
adds 7.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists per outing. Emory is shooting 51.6
percent (16-31) from three-point range and holds a +15.5 rebounding
margin in its opening two games.
Trinity is 3-0 overall after defeating Eastern Connecticut, 83-63,
on Tuesday evening in Hartford, Conn. The Bantams shot 54.0 percent
from the floor in the win. Junior All-America forward Tyler Rhoten
led the way with 20 points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists,
while senior guard John Halas totaled 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting.
For the season, Rhoten leads the team with 20.3 points and 6.3 rebounds
per game. Halas averages 16.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game, while
sophomore forward Robert Taylor contributes 14.3 points and 5.3 rebounds
per game. Senior center Craig Coupe adds 10.3 points and a team-best
9.0 rebounds per game, and sophomore guard Patrick Hasiuk claims averages
of 9.0 points and 5.7 assists per game. As a team, Trinity is shooting
53.8 percent from the field and 50.0 percent (20-40) from three-point
The Generals will host Bridgewater on Wednesday at 7:00 pm.
THE HEAD GENERAL:
Adam Hutchinson (Amherst '93) is in his second season as the head
coach at Washington and Lee, posting a 7-21 (.250) 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 41-88 (.318) overall record. Hutchinson is assisted by Ryan Kadlubowski
(Rochester '03) and Curtis Buxton.
LAST TIME OUT:
Washington and Lee gave Division I Citadel a scare, before falling
to the Bulldogs, 73-62, on Tuesday evening in Charleston, S.C. The
game featured 13 lead changes in the first 30 minutes of action, before
The Citadel pulled out to a 10-point lead (61-51) with a 14-2 run
late in the second half. The Generals sliced the lead to three points
(63-60) with 1:53 remaining, but the Bulldogs closed the game on a
10-2 run for the 11-point victory. Junior forward David Will led the
Generals with 12 points and nine rebounds, while sophomore guard Chris
Halkitis totaled 13 points. Freshman forward Greg Bienemann added
10 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals for the Generals.
The Citadel was led by forward Warren McClendon's 13 points, seven
rebounds and four blocks. Guard Matt Davis chipped in 10 points, nine
rebounds and five assists.
LAST MEETING WITH EMORY:
The Generals and Eagles last met in the 1995-96 season-opener at the
Warner Center. Emory walked away with an 89-86 overtime victory thanks
to a 21-point, eight-rebound effort by Jonathan Sack. Tom Bolster
added 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Eagles, who committed 23 turnovers
in the contest. W&L was led by Cam Dyer, who totaled 26 points
and 12 rebounds. Jon Coffman added 21 points, five rebounds and five
assists for the Generals, who hit just 11-of-24 free throws in the
LAST MEETING WITH TRINITY:
The Washington and Lee mens basketball team recovered from a
30-19 halftime deficit to put a scare into 17th-ranked Trinity (Conn.)
College, falling 49-48 to the Bantams. The Generals shot just 24.1
percent (7-29) in the first stanza, but recovered to shoot 43.5 percent
(10-23) in the second half. Down 37-24 with 14:04 remaining in the
game, W&L went on a 12-1 run over the next 4:37 to pull within
one point (39-38) with 9:27 to play. Trinity would push back to a
five-point advantage at 47-42 with 3:45 remaining, but the Generals
would again cut to a one-point contest on a layup by forward Ryan
Flynn with 49 seconds remaining. Following a missed three-pointer
by Trinity senior guard Shaun Smyth with 13 seconds left, W&L
point guard Chris Halkitis got an open look from behind the arc but
could not hit. Flynn grabbed the rebound, but his five-footer at the
buzzer fell short and Trinity walked away with the win. Halkitis led
the Generals with 14 points on 4-of-5 shooting from three-point range.
His only miss of the second half occurred on the final possession.
Forward David Will and guard Mike Stuart both added six points. Trinity
was paced by forward Tyler Rhoten, who tallied a game-high 21 points
and six rebounds. Forward Robert Taylor posted eight points and nine
rebounds, while guard John Halas added eight points and seven boards.
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 sixth all-time with
106 career three-pointers made, and is fifth all-time in three-point
attempts (309). A .343 career shooter from beyond the arc, Stuart
has hit just 5-of-19 attempts (.263) this 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.
SCORE FOR FOUR:
Freshman forward Greg Bienemann is off to a solid start to his career,
having scored in double-figures in each of his first three games.
Bienemann notched 13 points in the opener against Nazareth, 14 points
against New Paltz and 10 points at The Citadel. The all-time leading
scorer at Chatham High School, Bienemann is shooting .586 from the
field and is averaging 12.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.0
blocks and 1.0 steals per game this season.
Freshman forward Femi Kusimo is also off to a tremendous start and
is averaging 8.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. A
First Team All-State performer at Charleston Catholic High School,
Kusimo is shooting .611 from the floor this season. Kusimo began his
W&L career by totaling 16 points, nine rebounds, four assists,
one block and one steal in the opening loss to Nazareth.
The Generals are shooting just .417 from the field and only .229 from
three-point range in the early going. Take away the trio of freshman
forwards Greg Bienemann and Femi Kusimo, and sophomore forward Alex
White, and the Generals would be shooting just .333 from the floor
(39-117). Together, Bienemann, Kusimo and White are shooting .571
from the field (36-63).
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). However, Halkitis has been in a slump of late, having
hit just 15 of his last 55 three-point attempts (.273) dating back
to last season. Halkitis is averaging 10.3 points per game this season.
WHY SO CHARITABLE?:
Last season, W&L was outscored by its opponents by a total of
174 points for the season. Much of that difference occurred at the
foul line, where the Generals held a 111-point disadvantage. Again
this season, W&L is being outscored at the line as its opponents
have hit (76) more free throws than it has attempted (53). W&L
has been outscored by a total of 48 points in its first three games.
That differential is helped by a 41-point disadvantage at the foul
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