Game 10 W&L (1-8, 1-3) vs. Roanoke (8-3, 2-2)
January 7, 2006 7:00 pm
W&L and Roanoke will be meeting for the 106th time, with the Maroons holding a 71-34 advantage in the all-time series. W&L has lost each of the last two meetings with RC, including a 64-60 loss in the last meeting back on Jan. 29, 2005.
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 44-113 (.280) overall record. Hutchinson is assisted by Ryan Kadlubowski (Rochester '03) and Curtis Buxton.
The Maroons are coming off a 73-66 win over Ferrum in the consolation game of the Dominos Pizza Classic on Wednesday evening in Salem, Va. The Maroons outrebounded Ferrum 47-34 and shot 50.0 percent from the floor in the second half in claiming the victory. Sophomore guard Ben Shrader led the way with 14 points and senior guard Jared Butler tallied 12 points. Junior forward Tee Jackson added 11 points and sophomore center Ty Sigmon notched a team-best nine rebounds. On the year, Roanoke is led by Butler, who averages 13.6 points, 2.5 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game. Jackson averages 12.9 points and 2.7 rebounds per contest, while Shrader contributes 10.7 points per game. Sophomore forward Josh LaPorte adds 8.5 points and a team-best 6.4 rebounds per outing. The Maroons are a deep team that claims 10 players averaging better than 10 minutes per game.
WHEN LAST WE MET:
Forward Josh LaPorte notched 14 points, 16 rebounds and five steals to lift Roanoke to a 64-60 win over Washington and Lee 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 guard Chris Halkitis with 2:49 left and RC 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 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 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.
LAST TIME OUT:
Washington and Lee garnered its first win of the 2005-06 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 guard 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.
STRONG START = STRONG FINISH:
A quick start has been imperative to the Generals winning games. Over the past eight years, W&L is 32-20 (.615) when leading at the half. During that same stretch, W&L has won a total of 45 games, meaning that W&L has led at the break in over 70 percent of its wins during the last eight years.
W&L had a great offensive effort in its last outing against Guilford. The Generals scored 98 points, the most since a 100-79 win over EMU during the 1995-96 season. W&L's 58.5 field goal percentage was also the highest since shooting 62.3 percent in a win over Guilford during the 1998-99 season.
BIENEMANN THE BETTER MAN:
Sophomore forward Greg Bienemann was the better man in the General's last outing, tallying a career-high 33 points on 12-of-16 shooting from the field. His 33 points marked the first 30-point effort by a W&L player since Hamill Jones '04 tallied 32 points against Emory & Henry during the 2001-2002 season. They also marked the most points scored by a W&L player since Mike Stuart '05 went for 33 points against Eastern Mennonite earlier in the 2001-02 season. On the season, Bienemann averages a team-best 13.1 points per game and is shooting 60.8 percent from the floor.
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-311 (.360) 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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