Game 16 W&L (2-13, 0-8) at Bridgewater
Bridgewater, Va. January 19, 2004 7:00 pm
W&L and Bridgewater will be meeting for the 109th time, with the
Generals holding a 68-40 advantage in the all-time series. Bridgewater
has won each of the last nine games dating back to the 2000 season.
The Eagles defeated W&L by a 53-43 count earlier this season in
W&L hosts Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday at 2:00 pm, then hosts
Randolph-Macon on Sunday at 2:00 pm.
The Eagles are 12-4 overall and 7-2 in the ODAC following a 93-80
win over Guilford on Sunday afternoon at Nininger Hall. Bridgewater
shot 72.4 percent in the first half en route to a 52-29 lead at the
break. The Eagles continued to stay hot in the second half (56.5 percent)
in keeping the Quakers from making a comeback attempt. Senior guard
Ricky Easterling led BC with a game-high 28 points on 11-of-15 shooting
from the field. Senior guard Ashby Tarkington notched 22 points and
seven rebounds, while junior forward Clay Michael posted 13 points
and seven boards. For the season, the Eagles are led by Easterling,
who averages 20.0 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. Michael contributes
10.8 points and 9.4 rebounds per contest, and Tarkington adds 9.4
points per game while shooting a team-best 50.0 percent (36-of-72)
from three-point range. As a team, the Eagles shoot 49.5 percent from
the floor and 40.5 percent from three-point range. BC also does the
job on the boards, outrebounding its opponents by 9.0 rebounds per
THE HEAD GENERAL:
Adam Hutchinson (Amherst '93) is in his second season as the head
coach at Washington and Lee, posting a 9-30 (.231) 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 43-97 (.307) overall record. Hutchinson is assisted by Ryan Kadlubowski
(Rochester '03) and Curtis Buxton.
LAST TIME OUT:
Hampden-Sydney surged out to a 10-0 start and shot 71.2 percent in
the first half in defeating Washington and Lee, 85-54, on Sunday afternoon
at Fleet Gymnasium. The Tigers led 40-27 at the break, but the Generals
climbed to within eight points (42-34) with 17:21 remaining in the
game. However, W&L would get no closer as H-SC continued to shoot
lights out in ending the game with a 13-of-16 performance from the
three-point stripe. W&L was led by freshman guard John Mumper,
who tied a career-high with 13 points and four rebounds. Freshman
forward Greg Bienemann tallied 10 points and four boards, while sophomore
guard Chris Halkitis had eight points, six rebounds and five assists.
The Tigers were led by sophomore guard Kevin Forrester's 16 points,
including 4-for-5 from long range. Junior guard Matt Guill and freshman
guard Drew Prehmus chipped in with 10 points apiece.
LAST MEETING WITH BRIDGEWATER:
Bridgewater College broke a 22-22 halftime tie with an 18-4 run over
the first 8:15 of the second half in defeating Washington and Lee,
53-43, at the Warner Center. The Generals shot just 33.3 percent from
the floor and 10.5 percent from three-point range, while also committing
20 turnovers. However, the difference was at the foul line, where
the Eagles held a 17-5 edge in points. W&L was led by freshman
forward Femi Kusimo, who totaled 10 points, six rebounds and three
blocks. Junior forward David Will also notched 10 points and six boards.
Bridgewater was paced by senior guard Ricky Easterling, who scored
15 points. Junior forward Clay Michael added nine points and a game-high
STRONG START = STRONG FINISH:
A quick start has been imperative to the Generals winning games. Over
the past seven years, W&L is 31-18 (.633) 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. That one loss was to Bridgewater (53-43).
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 11.7 points per game. Bienemann has scored in double
figures in 10 of the team's 15 games and has led the team in scoring
on four occasions. Bienemann scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed
seven rebounds in a win over Piedmont.
Freshman forward Femi Kusimo has also been a pleasant addition to
the Generals lineup this season. Kusimo leads the team in steals (1.5
spg) and field goal percentage (.578) and is second in scoring (10.5
ppg), rebounding (5.2 rpg), assists (1.8 apg) and blocks (0.5 bpg).
Kusimo has led W&L in scoring on four occasions and has 10 double-figure
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 by scoring a career-high 27 points
en route to Tournament MVP honors. Halkitis currently leads the team
in assists (2.9 apg), ranks third on the team in scoring (9.9 ppg)
and steals (0.9 spg), and is fourth in rebounding (4.2 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 46.9 points,
26.0 rebounds and 11.2 assists per game. That translates into 73.9
percent of the team's points, 73.7 percent of the team's rebounds
and 87.0 percent of the team's assists.
GIVE EM' THE MUMPS:
Freshman guard John Mumper has played well since being inserted into
the starting lineup last Wednesday against Eastern Mennonite. In those
three games, Mumper has averaged 9.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.3
assists per game while shooting 47.4 percent from the field. Mumper
set a career-high with 13 points in a loss to Lynchburg on Saturday
and followed that with another 13-point performance at Hampden-Sydney
on Sunday. His former career-high was 11 points set in the earlier
meeting with the Eagles. Mumper's father, Jim, was a two-year letterwinner
for the Bridgewater men's basketball team in the 1970's. Mumper is
currently averaging 3.7 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.
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 at Lynchburg. He is fourth all-time with 120
career three-pointers made, and is fifth all-time in three-point attempts
(350). A .343 career shooter from beyond the arc, Stuart has hit 19-of-60
attempts (.317) this season.
Below is a closer look at the Generals' all-time three-point leaders.
Also climbing up the charts is sophomore guard Chris Halkitis, who
ranks 12th in made three's (79) and three's attempted (215).
Career Three-Pointers Made
1. Mike Holton (1987-91) 207
2. Chad Braley (1998-01) 136*
3. Bryan Watkins (1989-93) 127
4. Mike Stuart (2001-pr.) 120
5. Jon Coffman (1992-96) 116
Career Three-Pointers Attempted
1. Mike Holton (1987-91) 481
2. Chad Braley (1998-01) 361*
3. Jon Coffman (1992-96) 360
4. Bryan Watkins (1989-93) 351
5. Mike Stuart (2001-pr.) 350
* - Played only three seasons after transferring from Transylvania
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