W&L TIP-OFF TOURNAMENT
Game 1 W&L (0-0) vs. Denison (0-0)
November 17, 2005 8:00 pm
Game 2 W&L (0-0) vs. Averett (0-0) or Oneonta State (0-0)
November 18, 2005 6:00/8:00 pm
W&L and Denison will be meeting for the first-time ever on the hardwood. Saturday's consolation or championship could feature a game against either SUNY-Oneonta or Averett. W&L has never faced Oneonta, but carries a 6-2 all-time record against Averett, including an 82-67 victory over the Cougars in the last meeting back on Jan. 28, 2004 at the Warner Center.
THE HEAD GENERAL:
Adam Hutchinson (Amherst '93) is in his fourth 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 eight seasons as a head coach, Hutchinson claims a 46-125 (.269) overall record. Hutchinson is assisted by Ryan Kadlubowski (Rochester '03) and Stuart Pradia (Brandeis '05).
LAST TIME OUT:
Jordan Snipes went 1-of-2 from the free throw line with five seconds left to lift Guilford to a 75-74 win over Washington and Lee in its 2005-06 season finale back on February 14 in Greensboro, N.C. The Generals trailed 74-67 with 2:22 remaining, but went on a 7-0 run to tie the game at 74-74 with 15 seconds left on a layup by forward Femi Kusimo, setting up Snipes' game-winning free throw. The Quakers led 37-29 at halftime and pushed their lead to nine points (40-31) with 18:53 remaining in the game, but W&L went on a 10-0 spurt to take a 41-40 advantage at the 13:18 mark. Guilford retook the lead at 48-46 with 10:16 left and held the lead until Kusimo’s game-tying layup. The Generals were led by guard Isaiah Goodman, who scored a career-high 17 points, grabbed six rebounds and collected four steals. Guard John Mumper tallied 16 points, five boards and three assists, while Kusimo finished with 14 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
LAST MEETING WITH AVERETT:
Forward Phil Landes scored a career-high 20 points and tied a career-high with seven rebounds in leading Washington and Lee to an 82-67 win over Averett at the Warner Center back on January 28, 2004. The Generals used a 16-2 run late in the first half to push a 23-16 lead with 6:33 remaining to a 39-19 advantage with 2:04 to play in leading 41-25 at the break. The Cougars started the second half with a 9-2 run to cut the W&L lead to seven points (43-36) with 15:31 remaining, but could get no closer despite the Generals hitting just 18-of-34 (.529) foul shots for the game. Guard Coleman Lyons and senior forward Hamill Jones supplemented Landes’ night with 14 points each. Guard Chris Halkitis added 10 rebounds. Averett was paced by forward Andrew Boor, who totaled 18 points. Guard Jerrod Harris added 17 points and eight rebounds.
SCOUTING THE TOURNAMENT FIELD:
AVERETT - The Cougars finished last season with a 20-8 overall record and advanced to the USA South Championship game before falling to Christopher Newport, 89-88. The Cougars return several starters this season, including junior guard Cory McDaniel and senior forward Andrew Boor. McDaniel averaged 10.8 points per game a year ago after hitting a team-best 62 three-pointers. He was tabbed a Second Team All-USA South selection. Boor averaged 9.3 points and grabbed 5.0 rebounds per game.
DENISON - The Big Red completed the 2005-06 season with a 10-16 overall record and advanced to the North Coast Athletic Conference quarterfinals before falling to eventual national runner-up Wittenberg, 83-61. Denison returns four starters to the fold this winter, including senior forward Dan Hodkinson, who garnered Second Team All-NCAC honors after averaging 18.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 59.2 percent from the field. Senior forward Dan Izzo also returns after averaging 7.7 points and 4.0 rebounds per contest.
ONEONTA STATE - The Red Dragons finished the 2005-06 campaign with a 9-16 overall record and return four starters to the new season. Injuries plagued Oneonta last season as seniors William Heslin and Kevin Reed both missed much of the season. Senior forward Jaysen Murphy and senior guard Michael Reardon picked up the slack for the losses with 11.8 and 7.0 points per game, respectively. Murphy was an Honorable Mention All-SUNYAC selection.
STRONG START = STRONG FINISH:
A quick start has been imperative to the Generals winning games. Over the past nine years, W&L is 34-23 (.597) when leading at the half. During that same stretch, W&L has won a total of 48 games, meaning that W&L has led at the break in just over 70 percent of its wins during the last nine years.
Washington and Lee will be playing in its 20th season-opening tournament since the 1970-71 season. The Generals are 13-25 (.342) in those contests and have won three tournament championships (1987, 1988, 2002 W&L Tip-off Tournaments). The Generals also won the 2005 Washington and Lee Tournament, which was held in January.
W&L returns all five starters from last season's team, which finished with a 4-19 overall record. Junior forward Greg Bienemann headlines the list of returnees after garnering Honorable Mention All-ODAC honors last season when he averaged a team-best 12.1 points and a team-high 6.6 rebounds per game. Senior guard Chris Halkitis also returns after averaging 9.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game last winter. An Honorable Mention All-ODAC selection as a freshman in 2003-04, Halkitis ranks third in W&L history with 134 career three-pointers and claims 760 career points. Junior forward John Mumper (9.0 ppg., 2.3 rpg.), sophomore guard Isaiah Goodman (8.9 ppg., 2.2 rpg.) and senior forward Alex White (4.4 ppg., 3.0 rpg.) also return after starting for the Generals last season. A sixth player, junior forward Femi Kusimo, could be considered a returning starter after playing in 14 games with 10 starts. Kusimo averaged 9.7 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, but missed the middle stretch of the season due to a foot injury.
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