Game 6 W&L (0-5, 0-0) at Bridgewater (2-2, 0-0)
November 30, 2005 7:00 pm
W&L and Bridgewater will be meeting for the 110th time, with the Generals holding a 68-41 advantage in the all-time series. Bridgewater has won each of the last 10 games dating back to the 2000 season. The Eagles defeated W&L by a 77-56 count in the last meeting held in Nininger Hall last January.
THE HEAD GENERAL:
Adam Hutchinson (Amherst '93) is in his third season as the head coach at Washington and Lee, posting a 9-46 (.164) 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 43-111 (.279) overall record. Hutchinson is assisted by Ryan Kadlubowski (Rochester '03) and Curtis Buxton.
The Eagles are 2-2 on the season following an 87-79 victory over Greensboro in the Don Glick Invitational Tournament held over the weekend at Bridgewater. The Eagles led 41-27 at the break and extended to an 18-point lead at one point during the second half before the Pride made a late run to cut its deficit. The Eagles shot 63.5 percent (33-52) from the floor in the game, including a scorching 71.4 percent (15-21) in the second half. Senior forward Clay Michael led BC with 23 points and seven rebounds en route to earning tournament MVP honors. He was joined on the all-tournament team by junior forward Josh Maupin, who tallied 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Sophomore forward Matt Drewer also added 17 points, six boards and five assists. For the season, Maupin leads the Eagles in scoring with an average of 14.2 points per game. He is shooting 60.6 percent from the floor and 52.2 percent (12-23) from three-point range. Michael contributes 13.2 points and a team-best 5.2 rebounds per game and is shooting 54.8 percent from the floor. Dewer averages 10.7 points and 4.3 rebounds per game and is shooting 70.6 percent. Sophomore forward Josh Fox rounds out the double-digit scorers with averages of 10.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per outing. As a team, BC is shooting 53.2 percent from the floor and 40.4 percent from three-point range.
LAST TIME OUT:
Senior guard Michael Stallings scored a game-high 26 points to lift Eastern Connecticut State to a 72-66 win over Washington and Lee in the consolation game of the Rochester Tournament on Sunday afternoon in Rochester, N.Y. Each team led by as many as four points in the first half and the Warriors went into halftime with a 29-25 lead. In the second stanza, the Generals regained the lead at 34-32 with 16:51 left on a jumper by junior guard Chris Davis and pushed their advantage to 13 points (47-34) on a layup by sophomore forward Greg Bienemann with 12:24 remaining. Eastern Connecticut slowly chipped away at the deficit and recaptured the lead at 53-51 on a layup by Stallings with 6:47 left in the second half. W&L tied the score at 53-53 on a layup by sophomore forward Femi Kusimo at the 6:09 mark, but the Warriors took the lead for good on a three-pointer by junior guard Geoffrey Richardson with 5:45 remaining. W&L shot 52 percent (24-of-46) from the floor, including 65 percent (17-of-26) in the second half. Eastern Connecticut shot 50 percent (22-of-44) for the game. The Generals were led by junior guard Chris Halkitis’ 16 points. Bienemann, who was named to the all-tournament team, finished with 13 points, seven rebounds, and a team-high five assists. Kusimo chipped in with 13 points and five boards. For the Warriors, Richardson finished with 13 points and a game-high four steals, while junior forward Leon Martin added 11 points and six rebounds.
WHEN LAST WE MET:
Bridgewater College went on an 18-0 run midway through the second half en route to a 77-56 victory over Washington and Lee in Bridgewater, Va. The Eagles took a 33-22 lead into halftime and opened up the second half on 10-0 run to take a 21-point lead (43-22) with 15:33 left. The Generals responded with 20-6 run to cut the deficit to 49-42 with 8:56 remaining in the game. However, Bridgewater then went on the aforementioned 18-0 spurt to take a 67-42 advantage with 5:33 remaining and wouldn’t be challenged again. W&L was just 18-for-56 (.321) from the field, while the Eagles shot 24-for-52 (.462), including 9-for-12 (.750) from three-point range. W&L was led by forward John Mumper, who scored a career-high 20 points, including 4-for-6 from behind the arc. Senior guard Mike Stuart notched 10 points, while forward Greg Bienemann tallied seven points and pulled down a team-high nine rebounds. Bridgewater received a game-high 21 points from senior guard Ricky Easterling, while forward Clay Michael notched 18 points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.
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 five games will tell an interesting story. The trio of sophomore forwards Greg Bienemann and Femi Kusimo, and freshman guard Isaiah Goodman are a combined 58-of-95 (.611) from the floor. However, the remaining 11 players on the team are shooting just 34.4 percent (56-163) from the floor. Kusimo is shooting 63.2 percent (24-38), Bienemann is shooting 61.1 percent (22-36) and Goodman is shooting 57.1 percent (12-21). Additionally, Goodman has drilled 6-of-8 (.750) three-point attempts thus far.
Another story to the Generals' season thus far is that of free throw shooting. W&L's opponents have hit (98-of-155) more free throws than the Generals have taken (61-of-95). W&L averages 5.2 more fouls per game than its' opponents and those opponents have averaged 31.0 free throw attempts per game.
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