Game 9 W&L (0-8, 0-3) vs. Guilford (2-3,
December 8, 2004 7:00 pm
W&L and Guilford will be meeting for the 32nd time, with the Quakers
holding an 18-13 advantage in the all-time series. W&L has lost
each of its last five home meetings with the Quakers dating back to
a 73-67 win over Guilford on Jan. 4, 2000. Oddly enough, the Generals
have won five of the last six games against the Quakers in Greensboro,
Guilford is 2-3 overall, 0-2 in the ODAC after falling at Lynchburg,
85-81, in overtime on Saturday afternoon. The Quakers rallied from
an eight-point second half deficit to assume a 13-point lead with
just over eight minutes remaining in the game. However, Lynchburg
took a late lead before junior forward Kevin Smith hit two free throws
with 30 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime. From there,
the Hornets took control in posting the win. Smith led the Quakers
with 18 points in just 24 minutes of action, while junior forward
Genaro Lawhorn tallied 16 points and nine rebounds. Guilford held
a 43-34 advantage on the boards and shot 48.3 percent from the field,
but could not overcome 27 turnovers. For the season. Lawhorn leads
the team with averages of 17.8 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. He
also shoots 66.1 percent (37-for-56) from the floor. Sophomore guard
Thomas Burge averages 11.8 points and 3.0 rebounds per game, while
Smith contributes 11.4 points and 3.8 boards per contest.
The Generals will break 24 days for exams and the holiday season before
returning to the court on Jan. 2-3 when they host the W&L Invitational.
Washington College and Marymount will meet in the opening game at
6:00 pm and W&L will host Piedmont in the second game at 8:00
pm. Monday's consolation and championship games will take place at
6:00 and 8:00 pm.
THE HEAD GENERAL:
Adam Hutchinson (Amherst '93) is in his second season as the head
coach at Washington and Lee, posting a 7-26 (.212) 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 six seasons as a head coach, Hutchinson claims
a 41-93 (.306) overall record. Hutchinson is assisted by Ryan Kadlubowski
(Rochester '03) and Curtis Buxton.
LAST TIME OUT:
Virginia Wesleyan shot 68.8 percent (22-for-32) in the first half
en route to a 57-23 halftime advantage in defeating Washington and
Lee, 98-61, in ODAC mens basketball action on Sunday afternoon.
The Marlins shot 52.9 percent for the game, including hitting 10-of-15
three-point attempts. VWC also forced 25 W&L turnovers in handing
the Generals their eighth-straight loss. W&L was led by freshman
forward Greg Bienemann, who totaled 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting from
the floor. Freshman forward Femi Kusimo notched 11 points, while freshman
center Mason Herman registered a career-high 10 points. Virginia Wesleyan
was paced by junior guard Marques Fitchs 15 points. Sophomore
guard Rodney Young added 14 points, while sophomore forward Brandon
Adair posted 14 points.
LAST MEETING WITH GUILFORD:
Guilford College won for the ninth time in 10 games with a 79-44 victory
over Washington and Lee at the Warner Center. The Quakers led by just
seven points (30-23) with 2:05 remaining in the first half, but closed
the stanza with an 8-0 run to assume a 38-23 halftime advantage. Guilford
then began the second half with a 26-9 run to hand the Generals their
worst home loss since the 1993-94 season. W&L, which shot just
28.6 percent for the game, including 20.7 percent in the second half,
was led by guard Coleman Lyons, who scored 15 points and grabbed five
rebounds. Forward David Will added 10 points and six rebounds. Guilford
was led by senior forward Jevon Clarke, who totaled 15 points and
five boards. Forward Jamel Taylor notched 12 points and 10 rebounds,
while forward Genaro Lawhorn registered 10 points and eight boards.
Senior guard Mike Stuart has enjoyed a fine career with the Generals
and has continued 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 fifth all-time with 115 career three-pointers
made, and is fifth all-time in three-point attempts (332). A .346
career shooter from beyond the arc, Stuart has hit 14-of-42 attempts
(.333) 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 29-17 (.630) 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 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.
BIENEMANN THE BETTER MANN:
Freshman forward Greg Bienemann is also off to a solid collegiate
career. Bienemann is averaging 9.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists
per game. He has scored in double-figures in five games and is shooting
54.1 percent (33-61) from the floor.
Freshman forward Femi Kusimo is off to a tremendous start to his career,
averaging 9.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. A First
Team All-State performer at Charleston Catholic High School, Kusimo
is shooting .592 from the floor this season, claims five double-figure
scoring games and has led the team in rebounding on four occasions.
Kusimo began his W&L career by totaling 16 points, nine rebounds,
four assists, one block and one steal in the season-opening loss to
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 in a slump of late, having hit
just 24 of his last 83 three-point attempts (.289) dating back to
last season. However, Halkitis has begun to break the slump after
hitting 5-of-10 three's in the two games over the weekend. Halkitis
is averaging 9.4 points per game in 2004-05 and already ranks 12th
on W&L's all-time three-pointer list with 68 career makes.
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 (153) more free throws than it has attempted (142). W&L
has been outscored by a total of 125 points this season, a total which
is enhanced by a 56-point disadvantage at the foul line.
FIVE AND DIME:
W&L placed five players in double-figures against Emory on Nov.
27, 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 is 0-8 overall, but consider the strength of the schedule
that W&L has played to date. Excluding Division I The Citadel,
W&L's opponents have combined to go 31-11 (.738) entering this
week. Every team has a winning record except SUNY-New Paltz, who is
3-4 overall. Virginia Wesleyan is 7-0, while Bridgewater, Emory and
Trinity are all 5-1 overall.
Senior guard Mike Stuart and junior forward David Will are the only
upperclassmen to see action in 2004-05. The Generals 11 underclassmen
who have played in the team's eight games thus far have combined to
average 43.3 points, 23.1 rebounds and 11.1 assists per game. That
translates into 70.2 percent of the team's points, 74.3 percent of
the team's rebounds and 86.6 percent of the team's assists.
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