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WASHINGTON AND LEE BASKETBALL RELEASE

W&L TOURNAMENT
Game 10 • W&L (0-9) vs. Piedmont (4-5)
January 2, 2004 • 8:00 pm

Game 11 • W&L (0-9) vs. Washington College (3-4) or Marymount (6-3)
January 3, 2004 • 6:00/8:00 pm

THE SERIES':
W&L and Piedmont have never met on the hardwood, while the Generals hold a 2-0 advantage over Marymount and a 1-1 series tie with Washington College. The Generals and Saints last met on Nov. 19, 1990, an 84-71 W&L win in Arlington, Va. W&L and WAC last met in the Generals' 2002 tip-off tournament championship game, with W&L prevailing, 87-72.

SCOUTING THE FIELD:
Marymount enters the tournament with a 6-3 overall record after defeating Maine-Fort Kent, 72-54, on Dec. 19 in the consolation game of the Keystone Tournament. For the season, senior forward Kip McCoy leads the way with averages of 12.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Senior forward Ed Carrai averages 12.0 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, and shoots a team-best 64.9 percent from the floor. Freshman guard Evan Martin has also been a solid contributor, giving the Saints 12.0 points per game, including a game-high 22 points in the team's last outing. As a squad, Marymount shoots 44.7 percent from the floor, but just 32.0 percent from three-point range and 58.3 percent from the foul line.

Piedmont enters the tournament with a 4-5 overall record after defeating Methodist, 103-89, in its last game back on Dec. 13. On the season, Piedmont is led by junior guard David Adcock, who is averaging 13.9 points per game, including a 25-point outing in the win over Methodist. Freshman forward Jake Baldwin contributes 13.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game and also notched 25 points against Methodist. Junior forward Brent Walker averages 8.0 points and a team-high 6.3 rebounds per game. As a team, the Lions shoot 47.7 percent from the floor and 44.6 percent from three-point range, but are being outrebounded by an average of 8.3 boards per game.

Washington is 3-4 overall and is coming off a 91-80 loss at Cabrini on Dec. 18. For the year, junior forward Jonathan Webb has been the spark for the Shoremen, averaging team-highs in points (16.1) and rebounds (7.1). He scored a career-high 36 points and snared eight boards in the loss to Cabrini. Junior guard Dustin Abbate also averages in double-figures, posting 10.1 points per game. Sophomore forward Joe Breslin averages 8.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, while senior guard John Alexander has logged 7.9 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest. As a team, the Shoremen shoot 37.3 percent from the floor, 26.8 percent from beyond the arc, and 61.9 percent from the foul line.

UP NEXT:
The Generals finish out the week by traveling to Roanoke on Saturday for a 7:00 pm contest. Next week, W&L hosts Eastern Mennonite on Wednesday, before traveling to Lynchburg (Saturday) and Hampden-Sydney (Sunday).
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THE HEAD GENERAL:
Adam Hutchinson (Amherst '93) is in his second season as the head coach at Washington and Lee, posting a 7-27 (.206) 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 41-94 (.304) overall record. Hutchinson is assisted by Ryan Kadlubowski (Rochester '03) and Curtis Buxton.

LAST TIME OUT:
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 (3-3, 1-2) assumed the 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 a career-high 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 MEETING WITH MARYMOUNT:
W&L and Marymount last met on Nov. 19, 1990 in Arlington, Va., an 84-71 W&L win. The Generals shot 53.3 percent from the floor, including 7-of-9 (.778) from three-point range while forcing 25 Saint turnovers. Ed Hart led the Generals with 33 points and eight rebounds, while Mike Holton notched 13 points and seven assists. Marymount was led by Robert Spencer with 14 points and seven rebounds.

LAST MEETING WITH WASHINGTON:
The Washington and Lee men’s basketball team claimed the championship of the W&L Southern Tip-off Tournament with an 87-72 win over Washington College on Nov. 23, 2002. W&L jumped out to a 44-20 halftime advantage and led 60-31 with 14:08 remaining in the game. However, with the Generals leading 67-48 and 9:00 left, the Shoremen mounted a rally that would pull them to within four points (69-65) with 5:21 remaining in the game. Guard Andrew Gentile hit three, three-pointers during the run for the Shoremen. The Generals regrouped following the run and hit 12-of-14 free throws down the stretch to claim the 15-point win. Forward Scott Hettermann earned tournament MVP honors after leading W&L with 21 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals. Guard Ian McClure was also named to the all-tournament team after tallying 18 points and seven boards. Forward Hamill Jones recorded 13 points and seven rebounds, while guard Mike Stuart notched 13 points. Gentile and guard David Horvath earned all-tournament team honors for WAC. Gentile registered 20 points and was 5-of-5 from three-point range, while Horvath scored a game-high 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the floor.

THREE MAN:
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 (335). A .343 career shooter from beyond the arc, Stuart has hit 14-of-45 attempts (.311) 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 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 has had an outstanding start to his college career, highlighted by his last performance, a 19-point, eight-rebound effort against Guilford. Bienemann has scored in double-digits in six of the team's nine games and is shooting 54.8 percent (40-73) from the floor. Bienemann averages a team-best 10.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.

FABULOUS FEMI:
Freshman forward Femi Kusimo is also off to a tremendous start to his career, averaging 10.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. A First Team All-State performer at Charleston Catholic High School, Kusimo is shooting 58.1 percent (36-62) from the floor this season, claims six double-figure scoring games and has led the team in rebounding on five 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 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). Halkitis has been in a slump of late, having hit just 26 of his last 90 three-point attempts (.288) dating back to last season. However, Halkitis has begun to break the slump after hitting 7-of-17 three's (.412) in the last three games. Halkitis is averaging 9.8 points per game in 2004-05 and already ranks 12th on W&L's all-time three-pointer list with 70 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 (179) more free throws than it has attempted (167). W&L has been outscored by a total of 136 points this season, a total which is enhanced by a 65-point disadvantage at the foul line.

THE YOUTH:
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 nine games thus far have combined to average 46.1 points, 20.7 rebounds and 11.3 assists per game. That translates into 72.7 percent of the team's points, 64.1 percent of the team's rebounds and 85.7 percent of the team's assists.

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