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WASHINGTON AND LEE BASKETBALL RELEASE

Game 19 • W&L (2-16, 0-11) at Emory & Henry (5-11, 2-7)
Emory, Va. • January 26, 2004 • 7:00 pm

Game 20• W&L (2-16, 0-11) vs. Roanoke (9-8, 3-7)
Lexington, Va. • January 29, 2004 • 7:00 pm

THE SERIES':
W&L and Emory & Henry will be meeting for the 84th time, with the Generals holding a 51-32 advantage in the all-time series. However, the Wasps have won each of the last four games, including a 49-48 win in the most recent meeting last year in the Warner Center. W&L and Roanoke will be meeting for the 102nd time, with the Maroons holding a 67-34 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 last season. Roanoke won earlier this season, 71-59.

THE HEAD GENERAL:
Adam Hutchinson (Amherst '93) is in his second season as the head coach at Washington and Lee, posting a 9-32 (.220) 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 43-99 (.303) overall record. Hutchinson is assisted by Ryan Kadlubowski (Rochester '03) and Curtis Buxton.

SCOUTING EMORY & HENRY:
Emory & Henry is 5-11 overall, 2-7 in the ODAC following a 75-65 loss at Hampden-Sydney on Saturday afternoon. The Wasps trailed by just one point at the half, but H-SC shot 50.0 percent from the field in the second half and grabbed 51 rebounds, including 19 offensive boards. E&H managed just 31 rebounds and shot just 41.5 percent for the game. Sophomore guard Hank Luton led the Wasps with 17 points and five boards, while sophomore guard Lance Reasbeck and freshman guard Davon Jones tallied 10 points each. For the season, junior guard Gary Kearns leads the team in scoring, averaging 14.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Reasbeck tallies 12.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game, while Jones contributes 11.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Korey Townsend averages 8.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and a team-best 2.4 assists per game. Kearns and senior forwards Will Sloan and Brandon Stanley were suspended indefinitely and have not played in the last six games.

SCOUTING ROANOKE:
Roanoke is 9-8 overall and 3-7 in the ODAC following a 78-63 loss to Virginia Wesleyan on Sunday. The Maroons will host Eastern Mennonite on Wednesday before traveling to the Warner Center on Saturday. In the loss to VWC, the Maroons fell behind 25-8 to start the game and never recovered. Freshman guard Ben Shrader led the way with 11 points, while senior center Kevinn Hunter and junior guard Jared Butler tallied 10 points each. On the season, Hunter leads the team in scoring (14.8 ppg) and is second in rebounding (5.9 rpg). Butler averages 11.3 points and 3.1 rebounds per game, while sophomore forward Tee Jackson gives the Maroons 9.9 points and 3.3 rebounds per outing. Freshman forward Josh LaPorte averages 5.1 points and a team-best 6.5 rebounds per game.

LAST MEETING WITH EMORY & HENRY:
Emory & Henry guard Lance Reasbeck hit a three-pointer with 4.8 seconds remaining to lift the Wasps to a 49-48 win over Washington and Lee at the Warner Center. Just 13 seconds earlier, the Generals held the ball with a 48-46 lead, but guard Chris Halkitis could not convert a one-and-one at the foul line setting up Reasbeck’s heroics. W&L shot 52.0 percent (13-25) in the first half en route to a 31-24 halftime lead. However, the Generals went cold in the second half, shooting just 29.6 percent (8-27) and scoring just six points in the final 12 minutes of the contest. W&L was led by Halkitis, who tallied 16 points. Forward Phil Landes added 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the floor. Emory & Henry was paced by senior guard Justin Call’s 16 points. Guard Ben Fisher contributed 10 points. Reasbeck’s game-winning three-pointer came on his only shot of the game. He finished with four assists.

LAST MEETING WITH ROANOKE:
Roanoke College went on a 24-7 run over the final 8:32 to defeat Washington and Lee, 71-59 in Salem, Va. The Generals trailed 24-23 with 4:42 remaining in the first half, but went on a 12-2 run to head into halftime with a 35-26 lead. W&L led throughout most of the second stanza and was up 52-47 with 8:32 remaining. However, with 7:21 left the Maroons retook the lead in the midst of its 24-7 game-ending spurt. W&L was 19-for-54 (.352) from the field, including just 6-for-25 (.240) in the second half, and committed 17 turnovers. The Maroons ripped the nets at a 51 percent clip (25-for-49) and were 7-for-14 from three-point range, including 5-for-8 in the second half. The Generals were led by sophomore guard Chris Halkitis, who finished with a team-high 14 points and five rebounds. Freshman forward Greg Bienemann chipped in 13 points and grabbed five boards. Roanoke received 17 points each from senior center Kevinn Hunter, junior guard Jared Butler, and freshman guard Ben Shrader.

LAST TIME OUT:
Randolph-Macon shot 50.8 percent (30-for-59) from the field in defeating Washington and Lee, 74-42, in ODAC men’s basketball action on Sunday afternoon at the Warner Center. The Yellow Jackets led from the opening tip to the final buzzer and were up by as many as 19 points (31-12) with 2:12 remaining in the first half. The Generals pulled to within 12 points at 39-27 with 16:04 left in the second half, but R-MC went on a 17-5 run over the next 7:43 to take a 56-32 advantage with 8:21 remaining. W&L shot just 27.8 percent (15-for-54) from the field and was outrebounded 43-30. The Generals were led by junior forward David Will, who scored a team-high nine points and pulled down a team-best six rebounds. Freshman forward Femi Kusimo and freshman guard Andrew Franklin each chipped in with eight points. Junior forward Justin Wansley registered game-highs of 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Yellow Jackets, while sophomore forward Philip Hawley notched 12 points and nine rebounds.

UP NEXT:
W&L returns to action next weekend as it hosts Hampden-Sydney (Saturday) and Lynchburg (Sunday). Both games are slated to begin at 2:00 pm.

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.

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 suffering through a sophomore slump from beyond the arc this season, but broke out in a win over Washington College by scoring a career-high 27 points en route to Tournament MVP honors. More than a shooter, Halkitis currently leads the team in assists (3.1 apg), ranks second on the team in scoring (9.7 ppg) and steals (1.1 spg), and is fourth in rebounding (4.0 rpg).

THE YOUTH:
Senior guard Mike Stuart and junior forwards David Will and Matt Lawless are the only upperclassmen to see action this season. The Generals' 12 underclassmen have combined to average 45.4 points, 25.3 rebounds and 10.7 assists per game. That translates into 74.1 percent of the team's points, 74.5 percent of the team's rebounds and 86.9 percent of the team's assists.

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 11.3 points per game. Bienemann has scored in double figures in 12 of the team's 18 games and has led the team in scoring five times.

FABULOUS FEMI:
Freshman forward Femi Kusimo has also been a pleasant addition to the Generals lineup this season. Kusimo leads the team in steals (1.7 spg) and field goal percentage (.557) and is second in rebounding (5.1 rpg) and assists (1.7 apg). His 9.5 points per game also rank third on the team. Kusimo has led W&L in scoring on four occasions and has 10 double-figure scoring games.

GIVE EM' THE MUMPS:
Freshman guard John Mumper has played well since being inserted into the starting lineup six games ago. Over the last five, Mumper is averaging 11.6 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game while shooting 42.9 percent (9-of-21) from three-point range. Mumper tallied a career-high 20 points against Bridgewater last Wednesday. For the season, Mumper is averaging 4.9 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. He is shooting a team-best 36.4 percent (12-of-33) from three-point range.

THREE MAN:
Senior guard Mike Stuart has enjoyed a fine career with the Generals. 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 124 career three-pointers made, and is second all-time in three-point attempts (363). A .342 career shooter from beyond the arc, Stuart has hit 23-of-73 attempts (.315) this season.

THREE-POINT RECORDS:
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 (82) and three's attempted (226).

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.) 124
5. Jon Coffman (1992-96) 116

Career Three-Pointers Attempted
1. Mike Holton (1987-91) 481
2. Mike Stuart (2001-pr.) 363
3. Chad Braley (1998-01) 361*
4. Jon Coffman (1992-96) 360
5. Bryan Watkins (1989-93) 351

* - Played only three seasons after transferring from Transylvania

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