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WASHINGTON AND LEE BASKETBALL RELEASE

Game 21 • W&L (2-18, 0-13) vs. Hampden-Sydney (13-7, 8-5)
Lexington, Va. • February 5, 2004 • 2:00 pm

Game 22 • W&L (2-18, 0-13) vs. Lynchburg (9-11, 6-7)
Lexington, Va. • February 6, 2004 • 2:00 pm

THE SERIES':
W&L and Hampden-Sydney will be meeting for the 104th time, with the Tigers holding a 63-40 series edge. The Tigers have won each of the last 15 games dating back to the 1997-98 season, including an 85-54 win in an earlier matchup this season. W&L and Lynchburg will be meeting for the 97th time, with the Generals holding a 67-29 advantage in the all-time series. The Hornets won the last meeting, 71-48, earlier this season in Lynchburg, Va. However, the two teams have split the yearly series every season since 1997-98.

THE HEAD GENERAL:
Adam Hutchinson (Amherst '93) is in his second season as the head coach at Washington and Lee, posting a 9-36 (.200) record with the Generals. Prior to his arrival at W&L, Hutchinson 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 43-101 (.299) overall record. Hutchinson is assisted by Ryan Kadlubowski (Rochester '03) and Curtis Buxton.

SCOUTING HAMPDEN-SYDNEY:
Hampden-Sydney won its seventh straight game with an 80-65 win over Eastern Mennonite in its last outing on Monday evening. The Tigers led by just two points (37-35) at the half and the game remained tight until H-SC pushed out to a 61-51 lead with 9:05 remaining. EMU would get no closer than seven points the rest of the way. Freshman guard Drew Prehmus led the way with 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor. Freshman guard A.J. Dowell notched 16 points, while freshman forward Troy Kaase tallied 11 points and eight rebounds. On the season, Prehmus averages 11.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 steals per game. He also claims a team-best 40 three-pointers. Sophomore guard Mike Edwards claims averages of 7.9 points and 1.8 assists per game, while junior center Aaron Lewek contributes 7.5 points and a team-high 7.2 rebounds per contest.

SCOUTING LYNCHBURG:
Lynchburg is 9-11 overall, 6-7 in the ODAC following a 64-58 loss to Bridgewater on Monday evening. The Hornets surged out to a 16-8 lead early in the game, but the Eagles fought back to cut the lead to just one point (31-30) at the break. In the second half, the two teams traded the lead several times until a 6-0 run with 3:27 remaining gave the Eagles the lead for good. Senior forward Ryan Pehanik led the way with 15 points and seven rebounds, while sophomore guard Pete Manos tallied 13 points. Junior guard Matt Sweeney added 11 points in 17 minutes of action off the bench. For the season, Pehanik averages 13.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. Manos contributes 11.3 points and 2.4 boards per game, while junior guard Andy Albright averages 9.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.0 steals per game.

LAST MEETING WITH HAMPDEN-SYDNEY:
Hampden-Sydney went 30-for-49 (.612) from the field, including 13-for-16 (.812) from beyond the arc, in defeating Washington and Lee, 85-54 in Hampden-Sydney, Va. The Tigers stormed out to a 10-0 lead just 3:02 into the game and went into halftime with a 40-27 advantage. The Generals pulled to within eight points at 42-34 with 17:21 remaining in the second half, but Hampden-Sydney went on an 18-1 run over the next 6:03 to take a 25-point lead at 60-35 and it would hold at least a 20-point lead for the remainder of the game. W&L was led by freshman guard John Mumper, who scored a team-high 13 points and grabbed four rebounds. Freshman forward Greg Bienemann tallied 10 points and four rebounds, while sophomore guard Chris Halkitis had eight points, six rebounds, and five assists. The Tigers had three players in double figures. Sophomore guard Kevin Forrester led the way with 16 points, including 4-for-5 from long range, while junior guard Matt Guill and freshman guard Drew Prehmus chipped in with 10 points apiece. Junior forward Aaron Lewek had seven points and a game-high eight rebounds.

LAST MEETING WITH LYNCHBURG:
Lynchburg College opened up a 42-22 halftime lead and cruised to a 71-48 victory over Washington and Lee in Lynchburg, Va. With the game tied at 5-5 with 17:01 left in the first half, the Hornets went on a 16-0 run over the next 4:31 to take a 21-5 lead, which they wouldn’t relinquish for the remainder of the game. The Generals were 17-for-50 (.340) from the field, including just 8-for-29 (.276) in the second half. Lynchburg was 27-for-63 (.429) from the floor and held a 45-34 advantage in rebounds. W&L was led by freshman forward Femi Kusimo, who scored a team-high 14 points on 6-for-7 shooting. Freshman guard John Mumper tallied 13 points, while junior forward Matt Lawless notched seven points and four rebounds. Lynchburg received 14 points and five rebounds from senior forward Ryan Pehanick and got 11 points from sophomore guard Pete Manos.

LAST TIME OUT:
Freshman forward Josh LaPorte notched career-highs in points (14), rebounds (16) and steals (5) to lift Roanoke to a 64-60 win over Washington and Lee on Saturday evening at the Warner Center. The Maroons held a slim 31-29 lead at the break, but the Generals hit each of their first seven shots from the field in the second half to open a 44-40 lead with 13:56 left to play. The two teams traded the lead back-and-forth until Roanoke took the lead for good at 58-57 on a layup by senior center Kevinn Hunter with 3:45 remaining. W&L sliced the lead to 61-60 on a three-pointer by sophomore guard Chris Halkitis with 2:49 left and RC freshman guard Ben Shrader made it 62-60 with a free throw at the 2:00 mark. The Generals had a chance to tie with four seconds remaining, but freshman guard John Mumper’s layup attempt was short and LaPorte snatched the rebound and was fouled. He hit both free throws to clinch the victory. W&L was paced by senior guard Mike Stuart, who scored 11 points. Halkitis and junior forward David Will both tallied 10 points and five rebounds. Hunter notched 19 points and eight rebounds for Roanoke. He and LaPorte were joined in double-figures by Shrader, who tallied 13 points.

UP NEXT:
W&L completes the home portion of the season schedule on Wednesday by hosting Emory & Henry at 7:00 pm. That game is followed on Saturday by a road game at Eastern Mennonite at 7:00 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 (3.2 apg), ranks second on the team in scoring (9.8 ppg) and steals (1.2 spg), and is fourth in rebounding (4.0 rpg).

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 10.7 points per game. Bienemann has scored in double figures in 12 of the team's 20 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 (4.6 rpg) and assists (1.6 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 11 double-figure scoring games.

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 third all-time with 128 career three-pointers made, and is second all-time in three-point attempts (370). A .346 career shooter from beyond the arc, Stuart has hit 27-of-80 attempts (.338) 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 (84) and three's attempted (234).

Career Three-Pointers Made
1. Mike Holton (1987-91) 207
2. Chad Braley (1998-01) 136*
3. Mike Stuart (2001-pr.) 128
4. Bryan Watkins (1989-93) 127
5. Jon Coffman (1992-96) 116

Career Three-Pointers Attempted
1. Mike Holton (1987-91) 481
2. Mike Stuart (2001-pr.) 370
3. Chad Braley (1998-01) 361*
4. Jon Coffman (1992-96) 360
5. Bryan Watkins (1989-93) 351
* - Played only three seasons after transferring

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