Game 3 W&L (1-1) at Dickinson (0-1)
November 21, 2006 6:00 pm
Game 4 W&L (1-1) vs. Oberlin (0-2)
November 25, 2006 2:00 pm
W&L and Dickinson will be meeting for the fifth time, with the Generals holding a 3-1 advantage in the all-time series. However, the Red Devils claimed the last encouter, 60-53, back on Jan. 11, 1999 in Carlisle, Pa. W&L and Oberlin will be meeting for the first time-ever on the hardwood. The two teams were slated to play last season, but the game was dropped when the Yoemen had scheduled too many contests for the 2005-06 season.
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 47-126 (.272) overall record. Hutchinson is assisted by Sean Grant (NYU '02) and Stuart Pradia (Brandeis '05).
LAST TIME OUT:
The Averett men’s basketball team shot 73.1 percent from the floor in the first half en route to a 23-point halftime lead in cruising to a 79-56 victory over Washington and Lee in the championship game of the W&L Tip-off Tournament on Saturday evening at the Warner Center. The Cougars were 15-of-17 (.882) from inside the three-point arc in the first half and didn’t miss their first two-point shot until 1:07 remained in the first stanza. Averett cooled to shoot 48.3 percent in the second half, but W&L could get no closer than a 16-point (59-43) deficit in the second period. Junior guard Cory McDaniel led the Cougars with 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting en route to being named to the all-tournament team. Senior forward Andrew Boor was named the Tournament MVP after tallying 14 points and seven rebounds. For the Generals, sophomore guard Isaiah Goodman recorded a game-high 16 points, while junior forward Greg Bienemann notched 14 points and eight rebounds en route to garnering all-tournament team honors.
LAST MEETING WITH DICKINSON:
Washington and Lee's men's basketball team fell to Dickinson College by a score of 60-53 in Carlisle, Pa., back on Jan. 11, 1999. W&L trailed 29-18 with 2:35 left in the first half, but scored the final eight points of the half to cut the Red Devil lead to 29-26 at halftime. The Generals were down 36-28 early in the second half, before going on a 12-2 run that would give them a 40-38 lead with 11:37 to play in the game. Dickinson then went on a 16-9 run to give the Red Devils a 54-49 lead with 3:33 to play and never looked back as they went on to the seven-point victory. The Generals were led by guards Will Ballard, who scored 15 points and Chad Braley who added 11. Matt Shaffer led the Red Devils with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Dickinson is 1-1 overall after splitting a pair of games in its season-opening Pizza Hut Tip-off Tournament. The Red Devils defeated Pitt-Greensburg, 100-88, in the opener, then fell to Mary Washington, 61-60, in the championship game. In the win over UP-G, Dickinson was led by sophomore center Tom Lesczynski, who registered 22 points and 11 rebounds. Senior guard Jon Skvarka notched 21 points, while sophomore forward Cory Kenny totaled 19 points and five boards. Against UMW, the Red Devils led 41-29 with 16:30 remaining, but saw the Eagles win the game on a three-pointer with two seconds remaining. Sophomore guard Kizmahr Grell paced DC with 23 points on 5-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc. Skvarka added 10 points and five boards.
Oberlin is currently 0-2 on the season after dropping both of its contests at the Brockport Classic over the weekend. The Yoemen fell to Brockport State, 78-66, in the opener and then were defeated by St. Lawrence, 68-60, in the consolation game. In the opening contest, Oberlin was led by senior guard Quinton Spencer's 20 points and 14 rebounds, and sophomore forward Michael Loll's 20 points and 11 boards. In the loss to St. Lawrence, Spencer tallied a team-best 15 points and nine boards, while Loll posted 14 points. Oberlin travels to Baldwin-Wallace on Tuesday, before making the trip to Lexington for Saturday's contest.
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 49 games, meaning that W&L has led at the break in just under 70 percent of its wins during the last nine years.
STRONG START TO THE SEASON:
W&L's season-opening 82-71 win over Denison was its first win to begin a season since defeating Daniel Webster 79-59 to start the 2002-03 campaign. In fact, it was just the fifth time that W&L opened the season with a win since the beginning of the 1991-92 season.
PICKING UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF:
Junior forward Greg Bienemann has picked up right where he left off last season. An Honorable Mention All-ODAC selection a season ago, Bienemann was named to the all-tournament team of the W&L Tip-off Tournament after averaging 13.5 rebounds and 8.0 rebounds per game. He shot 64.7 percent from the floor over the two contests and currently owns a 50.1 career shooting percentage. Bienemann has scored 595 career points in just 50 career games, an average of 11.9 points per contest.
Senior guard Chris Halkitis led the Generals with 15 points in the season-opening win over Denison on Friday evening. Halkitis has often led the team in scoring over his first three seasons and he currently lays claim to 775 career points and can become the first General to score 1,000 career points since Cam Dyer '96 with 225 more markers. Additionally, Halkitis is one of the top three-point shooters in school history, having made 136-of-380 (.358) triples for his career. He is currently tied for second all-time in three-pointers made with Chad Braley '01, 71 three's behind all-time leader Mike Holton '91.
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