Game 8 W&L (4-3) vs. Kings Point (5-2)
December 29, 2006 6:00 pm
Games 9 W&L (4-3) vs. Emory (5-3) or Hood (7-2)
December 30, 2006 6:00 or 8:00 pm
W&L has never met King's Point or Hood on the hardwood and carries a 7-7 overall record against Emory. The Generals and Eagles met last season in Atlanta, Ga., which resulted in a 76-71 victory for Emory.
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 50-128 (.281) overall record. Hutchinson is assisted by Sean Grant (NYU '02) and Stuart Pradia (Brandeis '05).
LAST TIME OUT:
Washington and Lee used a 10-2 run to take a 30-20 lead with 5:13 left in the first half and never trailed again in defeating Eastern Mennonite, 81-77, at the Warner Center. W&L took a 40-31 lead into halftime and upped its advantage to as many as 12 points (72-60) with 3:31 remaining in the game. However, the Royals methodically chipped away at the lead, cutting it to just two points (72-70) with 29 seconds remaining in the game, but could get no closer. The two teams were called for 57 total fouls and combined to shoot 70 free throws in the contest. The Generals were led by junior forward Greg Bienemann, who tallied 25 points and six rebounds before fouling out with 3:34 remaining in the game. Senior guard Chris Halkitis totaled a season-high 18 points, four assists and three steals, while junior forward Femi Kusimo notched 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the floor. Eastern Mennonite was paced by senior forward Jason Sager, who posted 25 points and seven rebounds. Lyons recorded 21 points, while junior forward Brad Parkes chipped in 10 points and seven boards.
LAST MEETING WITH EMORY:
Emory University outscored Washington and Lee, 13-7, in the final 3:38 en route to a 76-71 win over the Generals in Atlanta, Ga. W&L led 14-7 with 16:04 left the first half, but the Eagles went on a 15-2 run over the next 5:10 to take a 22-16 advantage. The Generals responded with their own 15-2 spurt to take a seven-point lead at 31-24 with 4:12 remaining and headed into halftime with a 37-32 edge. In the second half, W&L maintained the lead until a three-pointer by senior forward Jeff Hall at the 11:09 mark gave Emory a 52-51 advantage. The teams would exchange the lead over the next several minutes and a pair of free throws by guard Chris Halkitis gave W&L a 64-63 advantage with 3:38 remaining. It would be the Generals’ last lead in the game as the Eagles went on the aforementioned 13-7 run to close out the contest. Halkitis finished with a team-high 19 points, while forward Greg Bienemann notched a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Femi Kusimo chipped in with 11 points and six boards. Emory was led by Hall, who tallied a game-high 25 points. Guard Spiros Ferderigos added 17 points, four rebounds, and three steals.
SCOUTING THE TOURNAMENT FIELD:
The Eagles are 5-3 overall after falling to Maryville in their last outing back on December 9. Emory was led by senior forward Eric Barvin, who totaled 10 points, three assists, two blocks and two steals. For the season, senior guard Adrian Sosa leads the team in scoring with an average of 17.3 points per game. Junior guard Spiros Federigos contributes 16.0 points and 5.1 rebounds per outing, while junior guard Dan Smith adds 10.1 points per game.
The Blazers sport a 7-2 overall record after downing Catholic, 79-73, back on December 9. Hood was led by junior center Jesse Gutekunst, who tallied 22 points and 16 rebounds. For the season, sophomore guard Ryan Junghans leads the team in scoring (18.0 ppg) and is the top outside threat, having hit 27-of-54 (.500) three-point attempts. Gutekunst averages 16.7 points and 9.6 rebounds per contest, while senior forward Sean Robine averages 11.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.
The Mariners are 5-2 overall and defeated the College of Staten Island, 70-67, in their last outing on December 13. USMMA was paced by senior guard Brian Kelly, who totaled 26 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the floor. Sophomore guard Pat Grace chipped in 17 points and seven boards. On the year, Kelly leads the Mariners in scoring (17.6 ppg) and rebounding (7.3 rpg). Grace averages 11.6 points and claims 22 assists and just four turnovers. Sophomore guard Matt Oaks adds 9.6 points and 4.0 rebounds per contest.
STRONG START = STRONG FINISH:
A quick start has been imperative to the Generals winning games. Over the past nine years, W&L is 37-23 (.617) when leading at the half. During that same stretch, W&L has won a total of 52 games, which means that W&L has led at the break in 71 percent of its wins during the last nine years.
Senior guard Chris Halkitis lays claim to 810 career points and can become the first General to score 1,000 career points since Cam Dyer '96 with 190 more markers. Additionally, Halkitis is one of the top three-point shooters in school history, having made 141-of-395 (.357) triples for his career. His 141 three's rank second all-time at W&L, just 66 behind the Generals' all-time leader, Mike Holton '91. Halkitis is only averaging 7.1 points per game in 2006, but he leads the team with 17 assists and 13 steals.
TWENTY TIMES THREE:
Junior forward Greg Bienemann is having a tremendous season for W&L and is averaging 20.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, 0.7 blocks and 0.9 assists per game this season. He is shooting 60.9 percent (56-92) from the floor this season and has scored in double figures in every game this season. In fact, he recently completed a stretch of three-straight 20-point games, the first General to notch 20+ points in at least two-straight games since Brian Ricketts '00 did so during the 1999-2000 season. An All-Tournament selection at the season-opening W&L Invitational and the ODAC Player of the Week for the week ending November 26, Bienemann has scored 146 points this season and already claims 714 career points in just 55 games (13.0 ppg).
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