Game 21 W&L (3-17, 3-12) at Emory & Henry (11-11, 7-8)
February 8, 2006 7:00 pm
Game 22 W&L (3-17, 3-12) vs. Eastern Mennonite (11-11, 6-9)
February 11, 2006 7:00 pm
W&L and Emory & Henry will be meeting for the 87th time, with the Generals holding a 51-35 advantage in the all-time series. The Wasps have won each of the last seven meetings, including a 94-75 victory earlier this season at the Warner Center. W&L and Eastern Mennonite will be meeting for the 69th time, with the Generals holding a 43-25 advantage in the all-time series. The Royals have won three straight over W&L, breaking a string of four straight wins for W&L from 2002-04.
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 45-123 (.268) overall record. Hutchinson is assisted by Ryan Kadlubowski (Rochester '03) and Curtis Buxton.
SCOUTING EMORY & HENRY:
The Wasps are 11-11 overall and 7-8 in the ODAC following a 104-92 loss at Bridgewater on Sunday afternoon. E&H hit 24-of-75 three-point attempts, but could not offset 53.4 percent shooting from the Eagles and a 58-43 disadvantage on the boards. Freshman guard Cain Landreth led the Wasps with 18 points on 6-of-16 shooting from beyond the arc. Freshman guard Camillo Weinz totaled 16 points, while sophomore guard Shavar Bland and freshman guard Robert Hudson tallied 15 and 14 points, respectively. For the season, E&H ranks in the Top 5 nationally in scoring (103.6 ppg) and three-pointers per game (17.1), and they force an average of 29.5 turnovers per game. Junior guard Korey Townsend leads the team in scoring, averaging 12.3 points per game. Landreth averages 12.0 points per game, while Bland contributes 11.5 points per game. Landreth and Bland also share the team-lead for three-pointers made with 70 each.
LAST MEETING WITH EMORY & HENRY:
Emory & Henry jumped out to a 12-0 lead and never trailed in claiming a 94-75 win over Washington and Lee earlier this season at the Warner Center. The Generals, facing E&H’s pressure defense, turned the ball over on their opening seven possessions of the game before regrouping to slice the Wasps’ lead to just one point (31-30) with 5:50 remaining in the first half. Emory & Henry pushed back out to a 42-38 lead at the break and the Generals remained within striking distance until a 12-4 run gave the Wasps a 13-point lead (71-58) with 9:42 to play. A later 10-0 run by E&H stretched their lead to as many as 21 points in the final six minutes of play. Washington and Lee, which committed 36 turnovers, was led by freshman forward Kirk Jones, who tallied career-highs in points (15) and rebounds (13). Sophomore forward Greg Bienemann posted 16 points and seven rebounds, while freshman forward Ryan Owens tied his career-highs in points (10) and rebounds (7). Emory & Henry, which hit 17-of-57 three-point attempts, was led by junior guard Korey Townsend’s 17 points. Sophomore guard Shavar Bland and freshman guard Camillo Weinz added 12 points each.
SCOUTING EASTERN MENNONITE:
Eastern Mennonite is 11-11 overall and 6-9 in the ODAC following a 70-66 loss to Guilford on Sunday afternoon in Harrisonburg, Va. The second half of the game featured nine ties and six lead changes until Guilford broke a 60-60 tie with a three-pointer at the 2:32 mark en route to the win. The Royals shot just 35.5 percent from the floor and committed 18 turnovers in the game. Sophomore guard Korey Whiting paced four EMU players in double figures with 13 points and five steals. Junior forward Jason Sager and sophomore forward Brad Parkes notched 12 points each, while junior guard JoMorrae Gordon posted 10 points. For the year, EMU is led by Sager, who averages 17.0 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.8 assists per game. Whiting contributes 14.9 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and a league-best 2.9 steals per game, and Parkes averages 10.8 points and 3.8 boards per game. Junior center Jason Lentz (10.6 ppg) and senior forward E.J. Arrington (10.0 ppg) also provide the Royals with scoring punch.
LAST MEETING WITH EASTERN MENNONITE:
Eastern Mennonite had five players reach double figures in posting a 98-86 victory over Washington and Lee in Harrisonburg, Va. The Royals led 51-40 at halftime and increased their lead to as many as 19 points at 74-55 with 8:41 remaining in the second half. The Generals chipped away at the deficit and pulled to within 94-86 with 1:04 left, but could get no closer. In a physical game, the teams were whistled for a total of 65 fouls. Eastern Mennonite was 32-of-42 (.762) from the free throw line and 31-of-62 (.500) from the field. W&L shot 28-of-39 (.718) from the charity stripe and 27-of-54 (.500) from the floor. W&L was led by sophomore forward Greg Bienemann, who notched 18 points, a career-high 15 rebounds, three assists and three blocks. Junior guard Chris Halkitis also scored 18 points, while sophomore guard John Mumper added 17 points and five assists. Eastern Mennonite was led by sophomore guard Brad Parkes’ 21 points and six rebounds, while senior forward EJ Arrington scored 18 points. Sophomore guard Korey Whiting tallied 17 points and eight assists.
LAST TIME OUT:
Lynchburg sophomore guard Kwame Safo forced overtime by hitting a jumper with six seconds remaining, but Washington and Lee scored eight of the first nine points in the extra frame as the Generals defeated the Hornets, 78-71, in ODAC men’s basketball action on Sunday afternoon at the Warner Center. Lynchburg led 31-30 at the half, but the Generals assumed the lead early in the second half and extended to a 47-40 advantage with 12:58 remaining in the game. The Hornets clawed back to regain the lead at 50-47 with 8:01 remaining in regulation on a three-pointer by senior guard Matthew Sweeney, but W&L took the lead back (63-61) with 1:30 left in regulation on a layup by sophomore forward Greg Bienemann, setting up Safo’s game-tying shot. In the extra frame, the Generals took the lead on a jumper by junior guard Chris Halkitis just 31 seconds into overtime and never trailed again, leading by as many as 10 points (78-68). W&L was led by Bienemann, who scored 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Sophomore forward John Mumper also tallied 17 points and six boards, while Halkitis notched 15 points, five rebounds and five assists. Freshman guard Isaiah Goodman added 12 points.
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 47 games, meaning that W&L has led at the break in just over 70 percent of its wins during the last eight years.
Sophomore forward Femi Kusimo has returned from a broken foot that sidelined him for eight games. Kusimo stepped back on the court against Roanoke on Jan. 28 and has averaged 9.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 1.3 blocks per game in an average of just 17.7 minutes per game (3 games). In 12 games played, Kusimo is averaging 10.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.4 steals per game while shooting a team-high 57.8 percent from the floor.
W&L will finish the 2005-06 regular season with two of its final three games on the road. Opposing team's gyms have not been a friendly place for the Generals in recent memory as W&L has gone just 17-107 (.137) on the road since the beginning of the 1995-96 season. The Generals are currently trying to end a string of 19 straight losses on the road, with the last win coming at Eastern Mennonite (76-69) on Feb. 14, 2004.
The Generals did break one streak with the 78-71 win over Lynchburg on Sunday. Prior to defeating the Hornets, W&L had fallen in three straight overtime contests, including two (Manhattanville & Randolph-Macon) this season.
MOVING UP THE CHARTS:
With his 33 made three-pointers this season (33-94), junior guard Chris Halkitis has moved into third place on the W&L all-time three-pointers list with 131 makes. He can move into second place with six more three pointers. For his career, Halkitis has drilled 131-of-363 (.361) 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, 10 different players have recorded a double-digit scoring game led by sophomore forward Greg Bienemann, who has tallied double-digits in 13 contests. Halkitis claims 11 games of 10 or more points and freshman guard Isaiah Goodman and sophomore forward Femi Kusimo have six games of 10 or more points.
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