Game 23 W&L (4-18, 4-13) at Guilford (11-13, 9-8)
February 14, 2006 7:00 pm
W&L and Guilford will be meeting for the 35th time, with the Quakers holding a 20-14 advantage in the all-time series. W&L broke a string of three straight losses to Guilford with a 98-92 win over the Quakers at the Warner Center back on Dec. 7. Additionally, W&L has won four of the last six games between the two teams at Guilford's Ragan Brown Field House.
THE HEAD GENERAL:
Adam Hutchinson (Amherst '93) is in his third season as the head coach at Washington and Lee. Prior to W&L, Hutchinson coached for two seasons at Case Western Reserve University and two seasons at Stevens Tech. In his seven seasons as a head coach, Hutchinson claims a 46-124 (.271) overall record. Hutchinson is assisted by Ryan Kadlubowski (Rochester '03) and Curtis Buxton.
The Quakers are 11-13 overall and 9-8 in the ODAC following an 84-73 home loss to Roanoke on Saturday afternoon. In a game that featured 18 lead changes and nine ties, Guilford led 73-72 with 4:52 remaining. However, the Maroons held a 26-10 advantage on the foul line and closed on a 12-0 run to take the victory. The Quakers were paced by sophomore center Ben Strong, who tallied 14 points and seven rebounds. Freshman forward George Neville posted 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting, while sophomore guard Caleb Kimbrough added 11 points on 3-of-3 shooting from beyond the arc. For the year, Strong leads the team in scoring (19.0 ppg), rebounding (6.4 rpg), blocks (1.9 bpg) and field goal percentage (.571). Junior guard Jordan Snipes averages 13.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game, while junior guard Thomas Burge contributes 8.6 points and 3.5 boards per game. Kimbrough averages 7.1 points and a team-best 3.5 assists per game.
LAST MEETING WITH GUILFORD:
Washington and Lee garnered its first win of the season with a 98-92 victory over Guilford at the Warner Center back on Dec. 7. The Generals shot 52.0 percent from the floor in the first half en route to a 42-27 halftime advantage. W&L pushed its lead out to as many as 27 points (67-40) on a three-point play by sophomore forward Greg Bienemann with 12:24 remaining in the game. Guilford slowly chipped away at the lead, cutting the Generals’ advantage to just one point (84-83) on a three-point play by junior guard Jordan Snipes with 2:45 remaining in the game. However, the Quakers would not take the lead down the stretch as W&L nailed 10-of-12 free throws in the final 2:07 of the game to claim the victory. W&L shot 58.5 percent from the field in the game, including 64.3 percent (18-28) in the second half. The Generals also drilled 34-of-41 (.829) free throws in scoring their most points in a game since a 100-79 win over Eastern Mennonite in 1995. Bienemann paced five Generals in double figures with a career-high 33 points on 12-of-16 shooting from the floor. Freshman forward Ben Heller also set a career-high with 15 points and eight rebounds, while sophomore forward John Mumper tallied 12 points. Sophomore forward Femi Kusimo had a double-double with 11 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, and freshman guard Isaiah Goodman chipped in 11 points as well. Guilford, who shot 58.3 percent from the floor in the second half en route to 65 points after the break, was led by junior guard L.T. Lockett’s 20 points and five steals. Sophomore center Ben Strong notched 18 points and six rebounds, while Snipes contributed 12 points. Sophomore guard Caleb Kimbrough added 11 points and four assists.
LAST TIME OUT:
Washington and Lee shot a season-high 58.9 percent from the field in posting a 91-68 win over Eastern Mennonite on Saturday evening at the Warner Center. The Generals took the lead for good at 7-5 with 17:59 remaining in the first half and shot 60.7 percent in the half en route to a 46-35 lead at the break. EMU sliced the lead to two points (63-61) with 8:29 remaining in the game, but W&L went on a 17-0 run to assume a commanding 80-61 lead with 4:18 left in the contest. Junior guard Chris Halkitis paced four Generals in double figures with a season-high 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor. Freshman guard Isaiah Goodman notched 15 points and dished five assists, while sophomore forward John Mumper registered 15 points and four assists. Junior forward Alex White chipped in a career-high 12 points on 6-of-6 shooting from the floor.
STRONG START = STRONG FINISH:
A quick start has been imperative to the Generals winning games. Over the past eight years, W&L is 34-23 (.597) when leading at the half. During that same stretch, W&L has won a total of 48 games, meaning that W&L has led at the break in just over 70 percent of its wins during the last eight years.
MOVING UP THE CHARTS:
With his 36 made three-pointers this season (36-103), junior guard Chris Halkitis has moved into third place on the W&L all-time three-pointers list with 134 makes. He can move into second place with three more three pointers. For his career, Halkitis has drilled 134-of-372 (.360) three-point attempts.
With 97 points against Emory & Henry on Wednesday and 91 points against EMU on Saturday, W&L posted back-to-back 90-point games for the first time since scoring 93 against Roanoke and 94 against Virginia Wesleyan on Jan. 10 & 12, 1991.
CAST OF THOUSANDS:
W&L claims a deep team in 2005-06 as 11 players are averaging 10 or more minutes per game. Junior guard Chris Halkitis leads the way with a team-best 30.5 minutes per game. Additionally, 10 different players have recorded a double-digit scoring game led by sophomore forward Greg Bienemann, who has tallied double-digits in 13 contests.
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