Game 7 W&L (0-6, 0-1) vs. Randolph-Macon (3-1, 1-0)
December 3, 2005 4:30 pm
Game 8 W&L (0-6, 0-1) vs. Virginia Wesleyan (2-3, 0-1)
December 4, 2005 4:30 pm
W&L and Randolph-Macon will be meeting for the 66th time, with the Yellow Jackets claiming a 53-12 series edge. R-MC has won each of the last 39 meetings dating back to Feb. 9, 1977 when the Generals defeated the Yellow Jackets, 75-73, at the Warner Center. W&L and Virginia Wesleyan will be meeting for the 37th time, with the Marlins holding a 26-10 advantage in the all-time series. VWC has won seven straight in the series dating back to the 2001-02 season.
THE HEAD GENERAL:
Adam Hutchinson (Amherst '93) is in his third season as the head coach at Washington and Lee, posting a 9-47 (.161) 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 43-112 (.277) overall record. Hutchinson is assisted by Ryan Kadlubowski (Rochester '03) and Curtis Buxton.
LAST TIME OUT:
Bridgewater College held a 46-27 rebounding advantage and hit 29 free throws en route to a 64-56 win over Washington and Lee in ODAC men’s basketball action on Wednesday evening. The Eagles led by as many as 14 points (24-10) in the first half, but an 11-0 W&L run over the final 4:06 of the first half and initial 1:38 of the second half gave the Generals a 29-28 lead with 18:22 left to play. The game remained nip-and-tuck for the next 11 minutes until the Eagles pushed out to a 10-point lead on four occasions in the final 5:28 of the game. Bridgewater shot just 30.0 percent (15-50) from the floor in the game, but outscored the Generals 29-6 at the foul line. W&L was led by sophomore forward Greg Bienemann, who scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed five rebounds. Junior guard Chris Halkitis added 13 points. Bridgewater was paced by forward Clay Michael’s 16 points and nine rebounds. Guards Josh Maupin and Jay Strotman chipped in with 10 points each.
Randolph-Macon is 3-1 overall, 1-0 in the ODAC, and ranked 11th in the latest D3Hoops.com Division III poll. The Yellow Jackets are coming off an 89-61 victory at Lynchburg College on Wednesday evening. R-MC shot 64.7 percent from the floor and drilled 11-of-18 (.611) three-point attempts in claiming the 28-point victory. Macon was led by junior guard Adam Krovic's 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting from the field. Senior forward Justin Wansley posted 11 points and 11 rebounds, while freshman forward Nick Annacone tallied 11 points in just 10 minutes of action. Freshman guard David Carlson chipped in 10 points as well. For the season, the Yellow Jackets are shooting 56.3 percent from the floor and 54.8 percent from three-point range. Wansley, last season's ODAC Player of the Year, leads the way with averages of 14.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Krovic averages 12.3 points per game and has drilled 7-of-10 three-point attempts, while junior forward Phil Hawley contributes 12.3 points and 4.0 rebounds per contest.
LAST MEETING WITH RANDOLPH-MACON:
Randolph-Macon shot 50.8 percent (30-for-59) from the field in defeating Washington and Lee, 74-42, at the Warner Center last January. 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. They went into halftime with a 35-20 lead. 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 forward David Will, who scored a team-high nine points and pulled down a team-best six rebounds. Forward Femi Kusimo and guard Andrew Franklin each chipped in with eight points. Forward Justin Wansley registered game-highs of 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Yellow Jackets, while forward Philip Hawley notched 12 points and nine rebounds.
SCOUTING VIRGINIA WESLEYAN:
The Marlins are ranked 23rd in the lastest D3Hoops.com Division III Top 25 poll, but dropped to 2-3 overall and 0-1 in the ODAC with a 74-62 home loss to Hampden-Sydney on Wednesday evening. VWC could not overcome 62.5 percent shooting from the Tigers in the loss. Junior forward Brandon Adair led the Marlins with a game-high 21 points and seven rebounds. Junior guard Thomas Sumpter and sophomore forward Ari Pascal chipped in with nine points each. For the season, the Marlins have been victimized by hot-shooting opponents who have combined to drill 49.8 percent of their shots from the floor and 51.1 percent of their shots from three-point range. Adair leads the team in scoring (18.0 ppg) and rebounding (6.0 rpg), and he is shooting 60.0 percent (36-60) from the floor. Sophomore guard Ton Ton Belenga posts 11.8 points and 3.0 rebounds per game, while senior guard Marques Fitch averages 8.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. Sophomore forward Tyler Fantin (8.6 ppg), junior guard Thomas Sumpter (8.4 ppg) and junior guard Rodney Young (8.0 ppg) also provide the Marlins with a lift in the scoring column.
LAST MEETING WITH VIRGINIA WESLEYAN:
Forward Brandon Adair tallied 23 points and eight rebounds to lift Virginia Wesleyan to a 63-53 win over Washington and Lee at the Warner Center last January. The Marlins led 36-24 at the break, but saw the Generals slice the advantage to just five points (39-34) with 14 minutes remaining in the game. VWC responded with a 9-0 spurt over the next 3:52 to go up 48-34 with 10:08 left. W&L slowly chipped away at the lead, cutting it to 55-50 at the 1:53 mark, but the Marlins sealed the game at the foul line in the final minute. Virginia Wesleyan held a 40-22 advantage in rebounding, including grabbing 15 offensive rebounds. W&L placed four players in double figures led by forward Greg Bienemann, who totaled 15 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the field. Guard Chris Halkitis notched 14 points, five rebounds and four assists, while senior guard Mike Stuart and guard John Mumper added 10 points each. For Virginia Wesleyan, forward Marcus Riley supplemented Adair’s effort with 10 points. Guard Thomas Sumpter chipped in with eight points, six rebounds and five assists.
STRONG START = STRONG FINISH:
A quick start has been imperative to the Generals winning games. Over the past eight years, W&L is 31-20 (.608) 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 eight 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 nine seasons, W&L is 32-17 (.653) when allowing opponents 59 points or less. However, the Generals are 0-1 this season when allowing 59 points or less, falling to Southwestern (59-44).
WHO'S HOT, WHO'S NOT:
One glance at the Generals' stats through six games will tell an interesting story. The trio of sophomore forwards Greg Bienemann and Femi Kusimo, and freshman guard Isaiah Goodman are a combined 69-of-123 (.561) from the floor. However, the remaining 11 players on the team are shooting just 35.8 percent (67-187) from the floor. Kusimo is shooting 57.8 percent (26-45), Bienemann is shooting 55.8 percent (29-52) and Goodman is shooting 53.8 percent (14-26). Additionally, Goodman has drilled 8-of-11 (.727) three-point attempts thus far.
ALL ABOUT THE NUMBERS
The Generals have been outscored by 69 points through six games though they have hit just one fewer shot from the floor than their opponents. Throw in that W&L's opponents have hit seven more three-point attempts and W&L has been outscored by just nine points from the floor. The difference has been at the foul line where the Generals have been outscored 127-67. W&L averages 7.0 more fouls per game than its' opponents and those opponents have averaged 33.0 free throw attempts per game.
MOVING UP THE CHARTS
With his 13 made three-pointers this season, junior guard Chris Halkitis has moved into seventh place on the W&L all-time three-pointers list with 111 makes. For his career, Halkitis has drilled 111-of-303 (.366) three-point attempts. Halkitis can move into fifth place with six more threes, but would need 97 more three-pointers to overtake Mike Holton '91 (207) for the all-time lead.
After averaging just 4.0 points and 3.0 rebounds over the first two games of the season, sophomore forward Greg Bienemann has been heating up of late. Over his last four games, Bienemann is averaging 15.5 points and 6.8 boards per contest. Bienemann is coming off an 18-point performance in Wednesday's loss to Bridgewater and he was named to the all-tournament team at the Rochester Holiday Inn Tournament last weekend.
THEY'RE FREE...WHY NOT
There's a reason they're called FREE throws and sophomore forward John Mumper has been taking advantage of the opportunities. Dating back to last season, Mumper has hit each of his last 13 free throw attempts. Mumper is currently 11-of-11 from the line this season and he is averaging 6.7 points and 2.0 rebounds per game.
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