Game 14 W&L (2-11, 2-6) vs. Bridgewater (5-10, 2-7)
January 18, 2006 7:00 pm
Game 15 W&L (2-11, 2-6) at Virginia Wesleyan (13-3, 8-1)
January 21, 2006 2:00 pm
Game 16 W&L (2-11, 2-6) at #17 Randolph-Macon (13-3, 8-1)
January 22, 2006 3:00 pm
W&L and Bridgewater will be meeting for the 111th time, with the Generals holding a 68-42 advantage in the all-time series. Bridgewater has won each of the last 11 games dating back to the 2000 season, including a 64-56 setback earlier this season in Bridgewater, Va. W&L and Virginia Wesleyan will be meeting for the 38th time, with the Marlins holding a 27-10 advantage in the all-time series. VWC has won eight straight in the series dating back to the 2001-02 season. W&L and Randolph-Macon will be meeting for the 67th time, with the Yellow Jackets claiming a 54-12 series edge. R-MC has won each of the last 40 meetings dating back to Feb. 9, 1977 when the Generals defeated the Yellow Jackets, 75-73, at the Warner Center. W&L's last win over R-MC in Ashland, Va., occurred during the 1958-59 season (62-56).
The Eagles are 5-10 overall and 2-7 in the ODAC following a 72-68 loss at Guilford on Sunday afternoon. BC trailed by seven points (34-27) at the break, but closed the gap in the second stanza until a 15-4 Guilford run gave the Quakers a 61-46 lead with 7:37 left to play. The Eagles again made a run, closing to within two points (68-66) with 59 seconds to play, but Guilford held on for the win. Senior forward Clay Michael led BC with 19 points and five rebounds. Junior forward Josh Maupin totaled 16 points, while freshman forward Michael Oblitey added 10 points off the bench. On the year, Bridgewater is led by Michael, who averages 16.6 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. He also averages 1.0 blocks per game and shoots 54.2 percent from the floor. Maupin averages 11.6 points per game and has a team-best 35 three-point field goals, and sophomore forward Josh Fox averages 9.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.
LAST MEETING WITH BRIDGEWATER:
Bridgewater College held a 46-27 rebounding advantage and hit 29 free throws en route to a 64-56 win over Washington and Lee. 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 senior forward Clay Michael’s 16 points and nine rebounds. Junior forward Josh Maupin and sophomore forward Jay Strotman chipped in with 10 points each.
SCOUTING VIRGINIA WESLEYAN:
Virginia Wesleyan is 13-3 overall and 8-1 in the ODAC following a 78-65 win over Randolph-Macon on Saturday afternoon. The Marlins shot 50.9 percent from the floor and forced 18 Yellow Jacket turnovers in the win. Sophomore guard Ton Ton Balenga led the way with 23 points on 5-of-6 shooting from three-point range. Junior forward Brandon Adair posted 17 points, six rebounds and four assists, while sophomore forward Tyler Fantin notched 17 points on 6-of-6 shooting and grabbed six boards. Senior guard Marques Fitch added 10 points and five boards. For the season, Adair leads the Marlins with averages of 18.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game while shooting 64.2 percent from the floor. Fantin averages 11.2 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, while Balenga contributes 11.7 points per game and shoots 49.3 percent (33-67) from three-point range. As a team, VWC is shooting 50.2 percent from the field.
LAST MEETING WITH VIRGINIA WESLEYAN:
Sophomore forward Tyler Fantin posted game-highs of 18 points and nine rebounds in leading Virginia Wesleyan to a 72-50 win over Washington and Lee 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.
Randolph-Macon is also 13-3 overall and 8-1 in the ODAC following the 78-65 loss to Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon. The Yellow Jackets were just 4-of-16 from three-point range and committed 18 turnovers in the loss. Junior guard Adam Krovic led the way for R-MC, shooting 7-of-9 from the field in scoring a team-high 16 points. Junior forward Phil Hawley notched 14 points and seven rebounds, while freshman guard David Carlson added 11 points and four assists. Senior forward Justin Wansley, the reigning ODAC Player of the Year, was limited to just six points and seven rebounds. For the season, Wansley leads the team in scoring (15.3 ppg) and rebounding (8.6 rpg). Hawley averages 11.9 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, while Krovic contributes 9.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per contest. As a team, the Yellow Jackets shoot 50.5 percent from the floor and hold a +3.7 rebounding margin.
LAST MEETING WITH RANDOLPH-MACON:
Randolph-Macon shot 57.4 percent (27-of-47) from the floor in defeating Washington and Lee, 71-42, at the Warner Center. The Yellow Jackets jumped out to an 18-4 lead and never looked back in posting the 29-point victory. W&L managed just 34.7 percent (17-of-49) shooting in the game. Washington and Lee was led by sophomore forward Greg Bienemann, who scored 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor. Classmate Femi Kusimo added eight points in the losing effort. Randolph-Macon was paced by senior forward Justin Wansley’s 16 points and five assists. Junior guard Stephen Sutherland notched 10 points, while freshman guard Justin Short chipped in nine points.
LAST TIME OUT:
Sophomore forward Troy Kaase rebounded a miss by sophomore forward Drew Prehmus and layed the ball in with 4.3 seconds remaining to give 11th-ranked Hampden-Sydney a 58-57 win over Washington and Lee in ODAC men’s basketball action on Sunday afternoon at the Warner Center. The Generals trailed for just 1:31 of the game's 40 minutes and led by seven points (47-40) with 9:15 remaining in the game. From there, a 9-2 Tiger run knotted the contest at 49-49 with 4:41 remaining. The game would be tied on three other occasions in the final minutes and a three-pointer by Tiger junior guard Mike Edwards with 1:40 remaining gave H-SC a 56-55 lead. However, W&L bounced back in front 57-56 with 1:19 remaining on a pair of free throws by junior guard Chris Halkitis and neither team could find the bucket until Kaase’s game-winner. W&L was led by sophomore forward Greg Bienemann, who tallied 15 points and five rebounds. Junior forward Alex White tied a career-high with 11 points, while Halkitis totaled 10 points and five assists. Hampden-Sydney was paced by Kaase’s 17 points and four rebounds. Edwards finished with 13 points, while Prehmus registered nine points and a game-high eight rebounds.
THE HEAD GENERAL:
Adam Hutchinson (Amherst '93) is in his third season as the head coach at Washington and Lee. Prior to 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 44-119 (.270) overall record. Hutchinson is assisted by Ryan Kadlubowski (Rochester '03) and Curtis Buxton.
STRONG START = STRONG FINISH:
A quick start has been imperative to the Generals winning games. Over the past eight years, W&L is 33-22 (.600) 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.
HARD LUCK GENERALS:
The Generals have dropped three in a row, but they have been playing good basketball regardless of the outcome. In a 62-60 loss at Lynchburg on Saturday, W&L was defeated on a jumper by Kwame Safo with just 1.3 seconds remaining. In a 58-57 loss to Hampden-Sydney on Sunday, the Generals outcome was sealed on a stickback basket by Troy Kaase with 4.3 seconds remaining. A deeper look at both games reveals that combining the two games, W&L trailed for only 2:32 of the 80 total minutes of basketball over the weekend.
Right now, the Generals' 2005-06 season can be split into two categories -- before Guilford and after Guilford. Before gaining its first victory of the season over Guilford back on December 7, W&L was 0-8 overall and in the midst of a 22-game losing streak. During the first eight games, W&L shot just 42.2 percent from the floor, was being outrebounded by 4.6 rebounds per game, had been outscored at the free throw line 145-87 and was averaging just 56.6 points per game. Since breaking the losing streak with a 98-92 win over the Quakers, the Generals are 2-3 overall with two of the losses coming in the final seconds. In those five games, they have shot 50.8 percent from the floor, are even (32.4-32.4) in rebounding average, have outscored their opponents 108-103 at the free throw line, and are averaging 75.4 points per game.
BIENEMANN THE BETTER MAN:
Sophomore forward Greg Bienemann has shown marked improvement during the second season (after Guilford) and is averaging 20.4 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game over his last five contests. He is also shooting 59.4 percent from the floor and 76.0 percent from the foul line. Bienemann scored a career-high 33 points on 12-of-16 shooting from the field in a win over Guilford and has not scored fewer than 15 points in any of the five games. For the season, Bienemann is averaging 14.4 points and 6.6 rebounds while shooting 58.3 percent from the floor.
MOVING UP THE CHARTS:
With his 24 made three-pointers this season, junior guard Chris Halkitis has moved into fifth place on the W&L all-time three-pointers list with 122 makes. For his career, Halkitis has drilled 122-of-334 (.365) three-point attempts.
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 9.5 minutes per game. Halkitis leads the way with a team-best 30.5 minutes per game.
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