Game 11 W&L (2-8, 2-3) at Eastern Mennonite (6-6, 2-4)
January 11, 2006 7:00 pm
Game 12 W&L (2-8, 2-3) at Lynchburg (1-13, 1-6)
January 14, 2006 4:00 pm
Game 13 W&L (2-8, 2-3) vs. Hampden-Sydney (11-0, 5-0)
January 15, 2006 2:00 pm
W&L and Eastern Mennonite will be meeting for the 68th time, with the Generals holding a 43-24 advantage in the all-time series. The Royals won both meetings last season, breaking a string of four straight wins for W&L from 2002-04. W&L and Lynchburg will meet for the 98th time, with the Generals posting a 67-30 advantage in the all-time series. Lynchburg also won both meetings last season, breaking a streak of four wins in five games over the Hornets from 2001-04. W&L and Hampden-Sydney will be meeting for the 105th time and the Tigers claim a 64-40 series edge. H-SC has won 16 straight in the series, a stretch which dates back to a 44-40 W&L win at Hampden-Sydney during the 1997-98 season. The Generals' last home win over the Tigers occurred during the 1988-89 season (94-74).
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 seven seasons as a head coach, Hutchinson claims a 44-116 (.275) overall record. Hutchinson is assisted by Ryan Kadlubowski (Rochester '03) and Curtis Buxton.
SCOUTING EASTERN MENNONITE:
The Royals are 6-6 overall and 2-4 in the ODAC following a 78-66 loss at Hampden-Sydney on Monday evening. EMU trailed just 34-30 at the break, but was outscored 26-9 in the opening 10 minutes of the second half in dropping the game. Junior forward Jason Sager led the Royals with 20 points and 16 rebounds, while sophomore guard Korey Whiting tallied 16 points, five assists and three steals. Senior forward E.J. Arrington chipped in with 10 points and five rebounds. For the season, EMU is led by Sager, who averages 17.7 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game. Whiting averages 13.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 3.1 steals per game, while sophomore guard Brad Parkes contributes 10.3 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. Junior center Jason Lentz also averages 9.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per contest.
LAST MEETING WITH EASTERN MENNONITE:
Forward Jason Sager scored a game-high 23 points and pulled down a team-high nine rebounds to help lead Eastern Mennonite to a 90-76 victory over Washington and Lee in Harrisonburg, Va. The Generals led 10-9 with 15:30 remaining in the first half, but the Royals went on a 25-10 run to take a 34-20 lead with 4:40 left in the opening half. EMU would go into halftime with a 38-28 advantage and maintained its double-digit lead throughout the second half. The Generals were led by forward Greg Bienemann, who scored a team-high 21 points and grabbed six rebounds. Forward Femi Kusimo scored a career-high 18 points and snatched a team-high eight rebounds. Guard Chris Halkitis chipped in 13 points and dished out a team-high four assists. Sager was complemented by guard Brad Parkes, who tallied 17 points and five rebounds. Guard Korey Whiting added 15 points and six rebounds.
Lynchburg is 1-13 overall and 1-6 in the ODAC following a 78-55 setback against Bridgewater on Monday evening. The Hornets, who have lost four in a row, trailed by just four points (28-24) with 5:28 remaining in the first half. However, Bridgewater used an 18-2 run to take a commanding 46-26 lead early in the second half. The Hornets were clobbered on the boards (41-23) and allowed the Eagles to shoot 52.9 percent for the game. Senior forward Reed Fairchild was the only LC player in double digits, scoring 13 points. Senior guard Matthew Sweeney and sophomore guard Ramon Goings added eight points each. For the season, the Hornets are led by Sweeney, who averages 10.2 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. Senior center Patrick Prior averages 9.2 points and a team-high 4.6 boards per game, while senior guard Andy Albright contributes 7.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 2.1 assists per outing.
LAST MEETING WITH LYNCHBURG:
Lynchburg College hit 35-of-44 free throws in defeating Washington and Lee, 81-72, at the Warner Center. The Hornets closed the first half on a 10-2 run to assume a nine-point lead (34-25) at the break. W&L chipped away at the lead, cutting the deficit to just three points (56-53) with 8:32 remaining, but the Hornets again pulled away, going on a 12-2 run to post a 68-55 lead with just 3:23 remaining. LC shot 30 of its 44 foul shots in the second half. The Generals shot 26-of-58 (.448) from the floor, but could not overcome a 35-16 point differential at the foul line. W&L was led by forward Greg Bienemann, who tallied 15 points and five rebounds. Senior guard Mike Stuart, guard Chris Halkitis and forward Femi Kusimo each notched 14 points. Lynchburg was paced by senior forward Ryan Pehanik, who totaled 22 points and hit 11-of-12 foul shots. Forward David Schaeffer added 12 points and seven boards.
Hampden-Sydney is 11-0 overall and 5-0 in the ODAC following its 78-66 win over EMU on Monday.Sophomore forward Troy Kaase led the way against the Royals with 27 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Junior guard Kevin Forrester notched 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the floor, while junior guard Mike Edwards tossed in 11 points and grabbed five rebounds. For the year, Kaase leads the team with 21.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per contest, and he is shooting a team-best 66.0 percent from the floor. Sophomore guard Drew Prehmus contributes 12.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per game, and Edwards averages 10.3 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. As a team, the Tigers shoot 52.7 percent from the floor and average 3.5 more assists than turnovers each time out.
LAST MEETING WITH HAMPDEN-SYDNEY:
Washington and Lee posted a 46-37 halftime lead but could not hold on as Hampden-Sydney defeated the Generals, 81-75, at the Warner Center. W&L shot 62.1 percent (18-of-29) from the field in the opening half and extended its lead to 11 points as forward Femi Kusimo made a jumper to begin the second stanza. However, the Tigers outscored the Generals 14-2 over the next 3:22 to take a 51-50 lead. Hampden-Sydney pushed out to a 62-56 lead with 10:10 remaining, but W&L fought back to tie the game at 64-64 with 7:02 remaining in the game. From there, H-SC went on a 9-2 run to assume a 73-66 lead with 5:14 remaining and would hold on for the win. The Tigers outscored W&L 25-11 at the foul line and held a 31-23 edge on the boards. The Generals shot just 38.5 percent in the second half, while the Tigers hit 58.3 percent of their shots in the second stanza and 55.6 percent for the game. The Generals were led by guard Chris Halkitis, who tallied 19 points. Forward Greg Bienemann totaled 15 points, while Kusimo notched 14 points and five steals. Senior guard Mike Stuart added 11 points and three assists. Hampden-Sydney was paced by guard Drew Prehmus, who totaled 18 points and four assists. Guard A.J. Dowell registered 17 points, while forward Troy Kaase chipped in 13 points.
LAST TIME OUT:
The Washington and Lee men’s basketball team, returning from a month-long holiday break, won its second game in a row with a 76-70 victory over Roanoke on Saturday evening at the Warner Center.The Generals trailed 9-8 with 15:10 remaining in the first half, but grabbed the lead with a 6-0 run and didn’t trail again until the Maroons took a 61-59 advantage on a three-pointer by sophomore guard Ben Shrader with 3:00 remaining in the game. However, five straight points by W&L sophomore forward Greg Bienemann gave the Generals the lead back and they would hit all 10 of their free throws in the final 1:58 to walk away with the victory. W&L shot 50.0 percent from the floor, including 65.0 percent (13-20) in the second half. The Generals also hit 27-of-34 free throws (.794) for the game. Bienemann led the way with 16 points and eight rebounds. Freshman guard Isaiah Goodman tallied 14 points, while sophomore forward John Mumper and junior guard Chris Halkitis added 13 and 11 points, respectively. Roanoke was led by senior guard Jared Butler’s 16 points on 4-of-6 shooting from behind the three-point arc. Shrader tallied 15 points for the Maroons, who shot just 35.0 percent for the game.
STRONG START = STRONG FINISH:
A quick start has been imperative to the Generals winning games. Over the past eight years, W&L is 33-20 (.623) when leading at the half. During that same stretch, W&L has won a total of 46 games, meaning that W&L has led at the break in almost 72 percent of its wins during the last eight years.
W&L has won its last two games in part because of its offense. In those games, the Generals have averaged 87.0 points per game while shooting 54.5 percent (54-99) from the floor. W&L also got to the free throw line in the two games, shooting 19 more free throws than its opponents and hitting 81.3 percent (61-75) of those shots. In the win over 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.
ON THE FLIP SIDE:
On the flip side, W&L has averaged just 56.6 points per game in its eight losses and is shooting just 42.2 percent (170-403) from the floor. Additionally, the Generals allowed 96 more from throw attempts and were outscored at the free throw line 145-87 in those losses.
BIENEMANN THE BETTER MAN
Sophomore forward Greg Bienemann was the better man in the Generals' last two outings, averaging 24.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game while shooting 72.0 percent (18-25) from the floor. Bienemann scored a career-high 33 points on 12-of-16 shooting from the field in the win over Guilford and notched 16 points and eight boards on 6-of-9 shooting in the win over Roanoke. On the season, Bienemann averages a team-best 13.4 points per game and is shooting 61.4 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 113 makes. For his career, Halkitis has drilled 113-of-316 (.358) three-point attempts. Halkitis can move into fifth place with four more threes, but would need 95 more three-pointers to overtake Mike Holton '91 (207) for the all-time lead.
It's been a while since the Generals have strung together a winning streak. The last time W&L had won two in a row was last January when they defeated Piedmont and Washington College to win the W&L Tournament. The last three-game winning streak was in February of 2003 when the Generals defeated Lynchburg, Guilford and Eastern Mennonite. The last four-game winning streak was during the 1989-90 season when W&L defeated Lynchburg, Bridgewater, Clarkson and St. Vincent.
CAST OF THOUSANDS
W&L claims a deep team in 2005-06 as 10 players are averaging 10 or more minutes per game. An 11th player, freshman Chris McHugh, is averaging 9.4 minutes per game. Halkitis leads the way with a team-best 28.8 minutes per game.
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