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WASHINGTON AND LEE BASKETBALL RELEASE

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 (3-0)
November 28, 2004 • 2:00 pm

THE SERIES':
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 range.

UP NEXT:
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 game.

LAST MEETING WITH TRINITY:
The Washington and Lee men’s 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.

THREE MAN:
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.

ROSTER BREAKDOWN:
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.

FABULOUS FEMI:
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.

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN:
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).

MORE STATS:
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 line.

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