Game 12 W&L (2-9, 0-4) at Roanoke (5-5,
Salem, Va. January 8, 2004 7:00 pm
W&L and Roanoke will be meeting for the 101st time, with the Maroons
holding a 66-34 advantage in the all-time series which began during
the 1912-13 season. The Generals had lost 19 straight to Roanoke until
defeating the Maroons (52-43) in the last meeting on Feb. 1 at the
Warner Center. W&L has not beaten RC on the road since claiming
a 78-67 win on Feb. 11, 1989.
The Maroons are 5-5 overall, 0-4 in the ODAC following a pair of victories
this week to claim the championship of the V Foundation Classic. In
the championship game on Tuesday evening, Roanoke defeated Shenandoah,
67-63. The Maroons recovered from a seven-point (33-26) halftime deficit
to claim the win on the strength of Tournament MVP Kevinn Hunter.
A senior center, Hunter scored a team-high 18 points, while sophomore
forward Tee Jackson totaled 12 points. Freshman guard Keith Carter
added 11 points in the win. For the season, Hunter leads the way with
averages of 16.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He shoots 57.8
percent from the floor and goes to the free throw line an average
of almost six times per game. Jackson contributes 11.3 points per
game and has hit 20-of-46 (.435) three-point attempts. Junior guard
Jared Butler averages 9.4 points per game thus far after posting 15.0
points per game last season. He has hit 15-of-34 (.441) three-point
attempts this season.
W&L hosts Eastern Mennonite on Wednesday at 7:00 pm, before traveling
to Lynchburg (Saturday, 3:00) and Hampden-Sydney (Sunday, 2:00).
THE HEAD GENERAL:
Adam Hutchinson (Amherst '93) is in his second season as the head
coach at Washington and Lee, posting a 9-27 (.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 six seasons as a head coach, Hutchinson claims
a 43-94 (.314) overall record. Hutchinson is assisted by Ryan Kadlubowski
(Rochester '03) and Curtis Buxton.
LAST TIME OUT:
Sophomore guard Chris Halkitis scored a career-high 27 points to lead
Washington and Lee to a 79-74 win over Washington College in the championship
game of the W&L Tournament on Monday evening at the Warner Center.
Halkitis took home tournament MVP honors after hitting 9-of-18 shots
from the field and nailing six straight foul shots in the final 2:34
to clinch the win. The Generals trailed by as many as seven points
(24-17) with 6:23 remaining in the first half, but ended the half
on a 15-8 run to assume a 37-36 lead at the break. W&L then used
a 17-6 run midway through the second stanza to post a 56-45 lead with
12:26 remaining. The Shoremen battled back to tie the game at 61-61
with 5:34 left in the game, but Halkitis scored eight points down
the stretch to lift the Generals to the win. Senior guard Mike Stuart
scored a season-high 18 points on 4-of-6 shooting from three-point
range, while freshman forward Femi Kusimo was named to the all-tournament
team after totaling 12 points, nine rebounds, four steals and two
assists. Washington was led by junior forward Jonathan Webb, who tallied
20 points. Junior guard Kyle Stem scored 18 points, while senior guard
John Alexander notched 12 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore forward
Joe Breslin was named to the all-tournament team after posting 14
points and eight boards.
LAST MEETING WITH ROANOKE:
Washington and Lee ended a string of 19 consecutive losses to Roanoke
with a 52-43 win over the Maroons at the Warner Center. The Generals
ended the streak with defense, allowing the Maroons their lowest offensive
output since W&L defeated Roanoke, 44-42, on Jan. 16, 1986. Roanoke
shot just 28.3 percent (15-53) for the game. The first half featured
five ties and six lead changes as the teams went to the half tied
at 22-22. Roanoke began the second stanza with a quick 7-0 run to
assume a 29-22 lead with 18:06 remaining. However, after that point,
the Generals went on a 23-8 run to build an eight-point lead (45-37)
with 3:47 left. The Maroons closed to within two points (45-43) on
a three-pointer by senior forward Jason Graffam with 1:04 remaining,
but a three-pointer by W&L guard Mike Stuart with 33 seconds remaining
sealed the win. W&L hit all four of its free throws in the final
20 seconds and walked away with its first victory over the Maroons
since 1995. Forwards Phil Landes and Alex White led the Generals with
10 points each. Roanoke was paced by senior center Kevinn Hunter,
who tallied 15 points. Graffam added 14 points and seven rebounds.
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 fourth all-time with 119 career three-pointers
made, and is fifth all-time in three-point attempts (343). A .347
career shooter from beyond the arc, Stuart has hit 18-of-53 attempts
(.340) this season, but is coming off an 18-point performance against
Washington on Monday. In that game, Stuart nailed 4-of-6 three-point
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 31-17 (.646) when leading at the
half. During that same stretch, W&L has won a total of 44 games,
meaning that W&L has led at the break in over 70 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.
For several years, W&L has been characterized by slow play, particularly
on offense. That has been changing of late as the Generals are currently
averaging 66.3 points per game, the highest average point production
for a season since the 1996-97 campaign. In its last three games (2-1
record), W&L is averaging 78.7 points per game.
TWENTY TIMES TWO:
Freshman forward Greg Bienemann (Piedmont) and sophomore guard Chris
Halkitis (Washington) both scored 27 points in a game during the W&L
basketball tournament. That marked the first time that W&L had
a player or players record a 20-point game in back-to-back contests
since Halkitis and senior guard Mike Stuart did so against Eastern
Mennonite and Lynchburg midway through last season. W&L has not
had three 20-point games back-to-back-to-back since Rich Peterson
'00 and Kelly Dyer '98 did so during the 1996-97 campaign.
BIENEMANN THE BETTER MANN:
Freshman forward Greg Bienemann has been a significant contributor
to the Generals in his initial campaign, leading the team in scoring
with an average of 11.6 points per game. Bienemann has scored in double
figures in seven of the team's 11 games and has led the team in scoring
on three occasions. Bienemann scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed
seven rebounds in a win over Piedmont on Sunday and is shooting 56.4
percent from the field.
Freshman forward Femi Kusimo has also been a pleasant addition to
the Generals lineup this season. Kusimo is tied for third on the team
in scoring (10.5 ppg.) and steals (1.4 spg.), and is second in rebounding
(5.8 rpg.). He also shoots a team-best 59.2 percent from the field.
Kusimo has led W&L in scoring on three occasions and claims a
team-best eight double-figure scoring games. Kusimo was just named
to the all-tournament team of the W&L Tournament after averaging
11.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals in the wins
over Piedmont and Washington College.
The Generals have started to funnel shots to the tandem of Bienemann
and Kusimo considering that the duo have combined to hit 57.7 percent
(98-170) of their shots. The other 12 players who have seen action
are a combined 171-of-454 from the field for 37.7 percent.
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, but broke out
in the win over Washington College on Monday by scoring a career-high
27 points en route to Tournament MVP honors. Halkitis hit 9-of-18
shots from the floor and 3-of-9 three-pointers in posting the career-high
point total. Halkitis currently leads the team in assists (2.7 apg),
ranks second on the team in scoring (11.5 ppg) and steals (1.3 spg),
and is fifth in rebounding (3.5 rpg).
Senior guard Mike Stuart and junior forwards David Will and Matt Lawless
are the only upperclassmen to see action in 2004-05. The Generals
11 underclassmen who have played have combined to average 48.0 points,
24.7 rebounds and 11.6 assists per game. That translates into 72.4
percent of the team's points, 73.3 percent of the team's rebounds
and 85.9 percent of the team's assists.
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