Game 6 W&L (0-5, 0-0) vs. Bridgewater
December 1, 2004 7:00 pm
Game 7 W&L (0-5, 0-0) at Randolph-Macon
December 4, 2004 2:00 pm
Game 8 W&L (0-5, 0-0) at Virginia Wesleyan
December 5, 2004 2:00 pm
W&L and Bridgewater will be meeting for the 108th time, with the
Generals holding a 68-39 advantage in the all-time series. However,
W&L has dropped eight straight to the Eagles since a 55-50 win
in the 2000 ODAC Tournament. W&L and Randolph-Macon will be meeting
for the 64th time, with the Yellow Jackets claiming a 51-12 series
edge. R-MC has won each of the last 37 meetings dating back to Feb.
9, 1977 when the Generals defeated the Yellow Jackets, 75-73, in Lexington,
Va. W&L and Virginia Wesleyan will meet for the 35th time, with
the Marlins holding a 24-10 series lead. The Marlins have won each
of the last five meetings in the series.
Bridgewater is 3-0 heading into its Tuesday evening game at UNC-Greensboro.
The Eagles are coming off a 67-60 win over Juniata last Tuesday evening.
Junior forward Harry Moore led BC with 20 points, while senior guards
C.W. Durrette and Ricky Easterling both tallied 12 points and five
rebounds. For the season, Easterling leads the team in scoring with
16.7 points per game, while Moore contributes 13.3 points and 2.0
rebounds per game. Junior forward Clay Michael adds 9.7 points and
a team-high 10.0 rebounds per outing. As a team, the Eagles shoot
53.6 percent from the floor and hold a +16.6 rebounding margin.
SCOUTING MACON AND WESLEYAN:
Randolph-Macon is 0-2 following losses to DePauw and Aurora in the
Illinois Wesleyan Tournament. The Yellow Jackets host Lynchburg on
Wednesday. Virginia Wesleyan is 3-0 overall and hosts Salisbury University
on Monday evening before traveling to Hampden-Sydney on Wednesday.
THE HEAD GENERAL:
Adam Hutchinson (Amherst '93) is in his second season as the head
coach at Washington and Lee, posting a 7-23 (.233) 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 41-90 (.313) overall record. Hutchinson is assisted by Ryan Kadlubowski
(Rochester '03) and Curtis Buxton.
LAST TIME OUT:
Eighth-ranked Trinity College (Conn.) used a 17-8 run midway through
the second half to defeat Washington and Lee, 70-58, in mens
basketball action on Sunday afternoon at the Warner Center. The Generals
trailed just 44-40 with 14:49 remaining in the second period, but
the Bantams run pushed them out to a 13-point lead (61-48) with
8:14 left in the game and the Generals would not challenge again.
Washington and Lee shot just 30.0 percent and committed 10 turnovers
in the decisive second half. The Generals were led by junior forward
David Will, who tallied his first double-double of the season with
11 points and 11 rebounds. Senior guard Mike Stuart totaled 12 points,
while freshman forward Femi Kusimo contributed 12 points, six rebounds,
two assists and two steals. Trinity was paced by junior forward Tyler
Rhoten, who totaled 20 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. Senior
center Craig Coupe added 14 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks.
LAST MEETING WITH BRIDGEWATER:
Bridgewater College used a 13-0 run late in the first half to defeat
Washington and Lee, 72-61, at the Warner Center. The Eagles trailed
20-19 with 8:09 remaining in the first stanza, but used three triples
and a pair of layups to assume a 33-19 edge with 4:45 remaining. The
Generals chipped away and cut the Bridgewater lead to nine points
at 66-57 with 3:34 remaining, but could get no closer. W&L was
led by senior forward Hamill Jones, who scored 13 points and grabbed
eight rebounds. Forward Alex White tallied 11 points, while forward
Phil Landes added nine points and five boards. Bridgewater was paced
by guard Ricky Easterlings 15 points. Senior forward Ryan Lambert
contributed 14 points and five boards in the winning effort. The Eagles
hit 22-of-26 free throws in the game, compared to the Generals
5-of-7 performance at the stripe.
LAST MEETING WITH RANDOLPH-MACON:
Fourth-ranked Randolph-Macon broke a 48-48 tie on a pair of free throws
by senior forward Kurt Bergmann with 8:29 remaining and held the lead
the rest of the way in defeating Washington and Lee, 66-61, at the
Warner Center. Washington and Lee hung close with the Yellow Jackets,
never trailing by more than four points in the first half. Macon extended
to a six-point advantage (32-26) in the opening minutes of the second
stanza, but the Generals climbed back to take a one-point lead (40-39)
on a four-point play by guard Chris Halkitis with 13:11 remaining.
The game would be tied four times in the next five minutes before
the Yellow Jackets assumed a seven-point lead (60-53) with 42 seconds
remaining. The Generals would crawl back to 62-59 with 17 seconds
remaining, but R-MC guard Justin Moyer nailed four free throws in
the final 15 seconds to ice the game. The Generals were led by Halkitis,
who scored a game-high 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Senior
forward Hamill Jones added 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Bergmann
paced the Yellow Jackets with 16 points and eight rebounds. Moyer
scored 15 points on 10-of-10 shooting from the foul line, while forward
Justin Wansley contributed 14 points and eight boards.
LAST MEETING WITH VIRGINIA WESLEYAN:
Virginia Wesleyan took a 40-38 lead with 13:54 remaining in the game
and never trailed again in defeating Washington and Lee, 59-54, at
the Warner Center. W&L led 31-28 at the break, but the Marlins
9-0 run gave them an eight-point lead (46-38) with 10:55 remaining
in the game. VWC extended its advantage to 55-44 with 5:34 remaining
before the Generals mounted a late charge. A three-pointer by guard
Chris Halkitis cut the Marlins lead to 57-54 with 1:52 left.
However, W&L would miss two layups in the final minute and a pair
of free throws by forward Brandon Adair iced the game for Virginia
Wesleyan. W&L was led by Halkitis, who tallied a game-high 19
points on 6-of-9 shooting from behind the three-point arc. Forward
David Will notched 14 points and nine rebounds, while guard Mike Stuart
added 10 points. The Marlins were led by Adair, who scored 14 points
and grabbed 12 rebounds. Forward Peter Warren and guard Marques Fitch
added 12 points each.
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
110 career three-pointers made, and is fifth all-time in three-point
attempts (318). A .346 career shooter from beyond the arc, Stuart
has hit just 9-of-28 attempts (.321) 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 seven 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 eight
seasons, W&L is 32-15 (.681) when allowing opponents 59 points
or less, 4-4 last season.
Freshman forward Femi Kusimo is off to a tremendous start to his career,
averaging 9.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. A First
Team All-State performer at Charleston Catholic High School, Kusimo
is shooting .600 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 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). However, Halkitis has been in a slump of late, having
hit just 19 of his last 69 three-point attempts (.275) dating back
to last season. Halkitis is averaging 10.2 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 (109) more free throws than it has attempted (108). W&L
has been outscored by a total of 73 points in its first five games.
That differential is helped by a 36-point disadvantage at the foul
FIVE AND DIME:
W&L placed five players in double-figures against Emory on Saturday,
marking the first time that five players had scored at least 10 points
since a 79-59 win over Daniel Webster in the 2002-03 season-opener.
The Generals nearly placed six in double-digits as freshman guard
Andrew Franklin finished the game with nine points. W&L has not
placed six in double-figures since a 102-81 win over Eastern Mennonite
during the 1994-95 season.
W&L has relied heavily on its trio of freshmen forwards, Femi
Kusimo, Greg Bienemann and Colton Braud. Together, the three have
combined to shoot .561 (46-of-82) from the field and are averaging
24.6 points and 12.8 rebounds per game.
In recent years, the Generals have had trouble scoring, something
that hasn't been a problem this season. W&L is averaging 66.2
points per game, a total which is a little more than eight points
better than last season (58.0 ppg).
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