Game 9 W&L (0-8, 0-3) vs. Guilford (4-2, 2-0)
December 7, 2005 7:00 pm
W&L and Guilford will be meeting for the 34th time, with the Quakers holding a 20-13 advantage in the all-time series. W&L has lost three in a row to Guilford, including an 89-71 loss in last season's final contest.
THE HEAD GENERAL:
Adam Hutchinson (Amherst '93) is in his third season as the head coach at Washington and Lee. 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 43-113 (.276) overall record. Hutchinson is assisted by Ryan Kadlubowski (Rochester '03) and Curtis Buxton.
The Quakers fell to 4-2 overall following an 87-63 loss at Division I Elon on Monday evening. Guilford limited Elon to just 38.5 percent shooting, but could not overcome a 67-33 disadvantage on the boards. Sophomore center Ben Strong paced GC with 12 points, three blocks and two assists. Junior guard Jordan Snipes added nine points as the Quakers had a three-game winning streak snapped. For the season, Guilford is led by Strong, who shoots 60.3 percent from the floor and averages 18.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game. Junior guard Thomas Burge contributes 11.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game, and he shoots a team-best 52.9 percent (9-17) from beyond the arc. Snipes averages 9.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game, while sophomore guard Ray Edmond gives GC 9.3 points and 3.0 rebounds per outing. Sophomore guard Caleb Kimbrough and freshman forward George Neville also provide a scoring lift with averages of 8.8 and 7.5 points per game, respectively.
WHEN LAST WE MET:
Guilford closed out the first half on a 13-3 run to take a 49-31 halftime lead en route to an 89-71 win over Washington and Lee in ODAC men’s basketball action in Greensboro, N.C. The Quakers led 24-19 with 8:54 remaining in the first half and then used an 8-0 run to extend to a 32-19 advantage. The Generals pulled to within eight points at 36-28 with 3:30 left, but then Guilford went on the aforementioned 13-3 spurt to head into halftime with an 18-point advantage. The Quakers would maintain their double-digit lead for the remainder of the game. W&L was 24-for-56 (.429) from the field and 19-for-24 (.792) from the free throw line, but committed 23 turnovers. Guilford shot 37-for-75 (.493) from the floor and 9-for-12 (.750) from the charity stripe. The Generals were led by forward Greg Bienemann, who scored a team-high 16 points and grabbed five rebounds. Guard Chris Halkitis tallied 14 points and a team-high four assists, while guard Chris Davis notched a career-high 10 points. Center Mason Herman pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds. Guilford received a game-high 19 points from junior forward Genaro Lawhorn, while guard Jordan Snipes chipped in 14 points.
LAST TIME OUT:
Sophomore forward Tyler Fantin posted game-highs of 18 points and nine rebounds in leading 23rd-ranked Virginia Wesleyan to a 72-50 win over Washington and Lee in ODAC men’s basketball action on Sunday evening at the Warner Center. The Marlins used a 14-4 run to take a 21-11 lead with 11:54 remaining in the first half and never looked back in posting the victory. Virginia Wesleyan shot 50.8 percent from the floor led by Fantin, who hit seven of his 11 shots for the game. Sophomore guard Ton Ton Belenga notched 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting, while junior guard Thomas Sumpter chipped in 11 points and five assists. Washington and Lee was paced by sophomore forward Femi Kusimo, who registered 15 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals. Freshman guard Isaiah Goodman added 12 points and four boards.
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).
WHY SO CHARITABLE
W&L has been outscored by 58 points at the free throw line thus far in the 2004-05 campaign. The Generals' opponents have hit (145) more free throws than W&L has taken (136) and those teams have taken 96 more charity tosses in eight games, an average of 12 more free throws per contest. As a team, W&L has been whistled for 189 fouls which averages out to 23.6 fouls per game. On the flip side, the Generals opponents have only been whistled for 151 fouls, an average of 18.9 fouls per game. Combined with the 2004-05 season totals, W&L has been outscored at the free throw line by 207 points during the last 33 games.
MOVING UP THE CHARTS
With his 14 made three-pointers this season, junior guard Chris Halkitis has moved into seventh place on the W&L all-time three-pointers list with 112 makes. For his career, Halkitis has drilled 112-of-309 (.362) three-point attempts. Halkitis can move into fifth place with five more threes, but would need 96 more three-pointers to overtake Mike Holton '91 (207) for the all-time lead.
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