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Game 16 • W&L (2-13, 0-8) at Bridgewater (12-4, 7-2)
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 Lexington, Va.

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 game.

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.

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.

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 eight rebounds.

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.

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).

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 scoring games.

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.

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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