Game 17 W&L (2-14, 2-9) vs. Emory & Henry (7-9, 3-6)
January 25, 2006 7:00 pm
Game 18 W&L (2-14, 2-9) at Roanoke (10-7, 4-6)
January 28, 2006 7:00 pm
W&L and Emory & Henry will be meeting for the 86th time, with the Generals holding a 51-34 advantage in the all-time series. The Wasps have won each of the last six meetings, including an 87-78 victory at the Warner Center in the last encounter between the two teams. W&L and Roanoke will be meeting for the 107th time, with the Maroons holding a 71-35 advantage in the all-time series. The Generals emerged victorious in this season's prior meeting by a score of 76-70 and have won two of the last four meetings with Roanoke.
SCOUTING EMORY & HENRY:
The Wasps are 7-9 overall and 3-6 in the ODAC following a 97-93 win over Hampden-Sydney on Saturday afternoon. The Wasps forced 25 H-SC turnovers and took 32 more shots than the Tigers in posting the victory. Freshman guard Cain Landreth scored a team-high 16 points while freshman guard Andrew Hart tallied 14 points and a team-best three steals. Sophomore guards Antonio Leary and Jarrell Christian added 11 points each. Emory & Henry employs an up-tempo style of play made famous by Grinnell College in Iowa. The system involves pressure defense and plenty of three-point attempts, and it generally results in the Wasps taking a great deal more shots than their opponent. For the year, Emory & Henry has forced an average of 30.4 turnovers per game which has resulted in an average of 29.3 more shots per game than its opposition. E&H also averages 63.9 three-point attempts per game and ranks second nationally with an average of 17.4 made three-pointers per game. The Wasps are also second in Division III in scoring offense, averaging 109.2 points per game. The system also allows E&H's opponents to shoot 61.2 percent from the floor and it is giving up an average of 112.2 points per game. Junior guard Korey Townsend leads the Wasps in scoring with 13.4 points per game and he is joined in double figures by Landreth (12.9 ppg) and sophomore guard Shavar Bland (12.6 ppg).
LAST MEETING WITH EMORY & HENRY:
Washington and Lee committed 35 turnovers and shot just 56.8 percent (21-of-37) from the foul line in falling to Emory & Henry 87-78 at the Warner Center. The Generals trailed by as many as 13 points (35-22) in the first half, but used a 20-0 run over both halves to assume a 56-45 lead with 14:40 remaining in the game. From there, the Wasps slowly chipped away the W&L advantage until taking the lead for good at 71-70 on a jumper by guard Korey Townsend with 5:59 remaining in the game. Three players from each team fouled out as a total of 56 fouls were whistled on the two teams. W&L was led by senior guard Mike Stuart, who tallied 17 points, five rebounds and four assists. Forward David Will notched 13 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, while forward Femi Kusimo posted 13 points and four steals. Guard Chris Halkitis chipped in with 12 points. Emory & Henry was paced by Townsend, who scored 24 points and was 11-of-14 from the charity stripe. Guard Mike Koury added 13 points.
Roanoke is 10-7 overall and 4-6 in the ODAC following a 72-50 loss at Virginia Wesleyan on Sunday afternoon. The Maroons shot just 37.3 percent from the field in dropping their second straight contest. Senior guard Jared Butler led the way with 13 points on 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the three-point arc. Sophomore guard A.J. Dowell added 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting from the field. For the season, Butler leads the team in scoring, averaging 12.6 points, 2.7 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Ben Shrader averages 11.7 points per game and shoots 47.7 percent (31-65) from three-point range, while junior forward Tee Jackson contributes 10.2 points per game. Sophomore forward Josh LaPorte adds 8.1 points and a team-best 7.2 rebounds per game.
LAST MEETING WITH ROANOKE:
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 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.
LAST TIME OUT:
Freshman guard David Carlson hit a layup with 2:32 left in overtime to give No. 17 Randolph-Macon a 65-63 lead that it wouldn’t relinquish en route to a 71-67 win over Washington and Lee in ODAC men’s basketball action on Sunday afternoon in Ashland, Va. The Yellow Jackets led 59-56 with 33 seconds left in the second half, but Generals’ junior guard Chris Halkitis hit a three-pointer with 23 seconds remaining to send the game into the extra period. In overtime, R-MC scored the first four points to take a 63-59 lead, but W&L tied the game at 63-63 on a layup by freshman guard Isaiah Goodman with 2:52 remaining, which set up Carlson’s go-ahead basket. The Generals held an 11-point lead (29-18) with 4:33 left in the first half, but the Yellow Jackets responded with a 12-0 run to take a 30-29 advantage at the 2:09 mark. However, W&L went into halftime with a 33-31 edge. In the second half, W&L led by as many as six points at 43-37 at the 11:11 mark, but R-MC went on a 15-8 spurt to take 52-51 lead with 3:26 left and held the advantage until Halkitis’ game-tying three-pointer. Goodman finished with a team-high 12 points and Halkitis added 10 points. Sophomore forward Greg Bienemann chipped in with 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds, while freshman guard Chris McHugh scored a career-high 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting. The Yellow Jackets were led by junior guard Stephen Sutherland’s game-high 22 points.
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 44-122 (.265) 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 33-23 (.589) 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 six in a row, but they have been playing some good basketball regardless of the outcome. Three of those games were determined by five points or less with one loss coming in overtime. A 62-60 loss at Lynchburg was sealed by a jumper with 1.3 seconds remaining, while a 58-57 setback to Hampden-Sydney occurred on a stickback basket with 4.3 seconds left. In their last outing, the Generals took 17th-ranked Randolph-Macon to overtime before falling by four points (71-67). All told, W&L has dropped six games by six points or less this season.
MOVING UP THE CHARTS:
With his 29 made three-pointers this season (29-78), junior guard Chris Halkitis has moved into a tie for fourth place on the W&L all-time three-pointers list with 127 makes. He can move into third place with three more makes and is just 10 more three's from taking over second place. For his career, Halkitis has drilled 127-of-347 (.366) three-point attempts.
CAST OF THOUSANDS:
W&L claims a deep team in 2005-06 as 11 players are averaging 10 or more minutes per game. Junior guard Chris Halkitis leads the way with a team-best 30.6 minutes per game. Additionally, nine different players have recorded a double-digit scoring game led by sophomore forward Greg Bienemann, who has tallied double-digits in 11 contests. Halkitis claims 10 games of 10 or more points and freshman guard Isaiah Goodman has five games of 10 or more points.
It's no surprise that junior guard Chris Halkitis and sophomore forward Greg Bienemann are leading the team's scoring punch this season. Halkitis is averaging 9.9 points per game and just passed the 700 career-point plateau (703). Bienemann leads the team with an average of 13.2 points per game and just passed the 500 career-point mark (501). W&L has not claimed a 1,000-point scorer since Cam Dyer '96 finished his career with 1,508 career points. All told, 20 players in the school's history have achieved the prestigous milestone.
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