Game 11 W&L (6-4, 1-3 ODAC) at Bridgewater (4-6, 1-3 ODAC)
January 13, 2006 7:00 pm
W&L and Bridgewater will be meeting for the 112th time, with the Generals holding a 68-43 advantage in the all-time series. Bridgewater has won each of the last 12 games in the series dating back to the 2000 season and has also won each of the last eight games against W&L at Nininger Hall dating back to a 57-53 W&L win back on Feb. 2, 1998.
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 52-129 (.287) overall record. Hutchinson is assisted by Sean Grant (NYU '02) and Stuart Pradia (Brandeis '05).
LAST TIME OUT:
Roanoke’s Curtis Peery notched a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds as the Maroons edged out the Washington and Lee men’s basketball team, 68-64, in ODAC action on Saturday evening at the Bast Center. The Generals led by as many as 10 points (29-19) with 4:08 to play in the first half, but the Maroons stormed back using a 14-2 run to take a 33-31 lead into the break. The second half was back-and-forth, but W&L assumed a five-point lead (53-48) with 4:53 to play in the contest. However, the Generals could never pull away and RC went up 60-56 with 1:30 to go and hit 8-of-12 free throw attempts down the stretch to secure the victory. Roanoke connected on 26 of its 39 foul shots on the evening, compared to W&L, who shot just 8-of-17 from the charity stripe. The Generals were led by junior forward Greg Bienemann, who scored a team-high 14 points and added nine boards. Sophomore guard Chris McHugh notched a career-high 12 points, while sophomore forward Ben Heller tied a season-high with nine points. Peery paced the Maroons with his double-double, while Keith Carter registered 12 points and A.J. Dowell added nine markers.
LAST MEETING WITH BRIDGEWATER:
Bridgewater College limited Washington and Lee to just 27.7 percent shooting from the floor en route to a 70-47 win over the Generals at the Warner Center. The Eagles led from the opening tip and extended their advantage to as many as 29 points (64-35) in the second half. BC shot 52.9 percent from the floor while its defense recorded 13 steals and blocked eight shots. Washington and Lee was paced by guard Isaiah Goodman and forward Kirk Jones, who scored eight points each. Bridgewater was led by forward Clay Michael, who tallied 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Forward Josh Fox also notched 11 points, while forwards Michael Oblitey and Josh Maupin chipped in 10 points apiece.
The Eagles are 4-6 overall and 1-3 in the ODAC following a 66-60 loss at Lynchburg on Sunday afternoon. Bridgewater committed 16 first-half turnovers and did not score in the first 4:30 of the second half to fall behind 38-25. However, the Eagles battled back to cut it to a 62-60 game with 16 seconds left, but could get no closer. Junior forward Jay Strotman paced BC with 15 points, while freshman guard Dominic Trawick totaled 13 points. Junior forward Josh Fox added 10 points and six boards. For the season, Trawick leads the Eagles in scoring (19.6 ppg), grabs 4.1 rebounds per game and shoots 52.5 percent from the floor, including 48.2 percent from beyond the arc. Fox contributes 13.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per contest, while sophomore forward Michael Oblitey produces 10.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.
STRONG START = STRONG FINISH:
A quick start has been imperative to the Generals winning games. Over the past nine years, W&L is 39-23 (.629) when leading at the half. During that same stretch, W&L has won a total of 54 games, which means that W&L has led at the break in 72 percent of its wins during the last nine years.
There are a number of reasons for W&L's 6-4 start to the season, but one that is hard to overlook is experience. Of the players averaging 12.0 minutes or more per game, there are two seniors (Halkitis, White), two juniors (Bienemann, Kusimo) and three sophomores (Goodman, Jones, McHugh). The big difference is among the five freshmen, which W&L has had to rely on for just 138 of 2000 total minutes this year (6.9%). To put this into perspective, consider that W&L's seven freshmen last season played 1819 of 4675 minutes (39%) and the seven freshman in 2004-05 played 2579 of 5000 minutes (52%).
Senior guard Chris Halkitis lays claim to 829 career points and can become the first General to score 1,000 career points since Cam Dyer '96 with 171 more markers. Additionally, Halkitis is one of the top three-point shooters in school history, having made 145-of-407 (.356) triples for his career. His 145 three's rank second all-time at W&L, just 62 behind all-time leader Mike Holton '91. Halkitis is only averaging 6.9 points per game in 2006-07, but he leads the team with 23 assists and 13 steals.
BIENEMANN THE BETTER MAN:
Junior forward Greg Bienemann is having a tremendous season for W&L and is averaging 20.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, 0.5 blocks and 0.9 assists per game this season. Bienemann has scored in double figures in all 10 games this season and has five games of 20 or more points. The MVP of the W&L Basketball Tournament and the ODAC Player of the Week for the week ending November 26, Bienemann has scored 202 points this season and already claims 770 career points in just 58 games (13.3 ppg).
SENSATIONAL AS A STARTER:
Sophomore guard Chris McHugh has shown flashes of brilliance throughout his first two seasons with the W&L basketball team, but he has really come of age recently after being named a starter. McHugh's first start came on Dec. 29 against King's Point and since that point, he has averaged 10.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. Additionally, over those three games, McHugh has shot 58.8 percent (10-17) from the floor and 60.0 percent (6-10) from three-point range. He notched nine points against King's Point, tied a career-high with 11 points against Emory and set a new career-high with 12 points against Roanoke on Saturday. During those three contests, McHugh has also dished out eight assists and turned the ball over just twice. For the season, he is averaging 5.9 points per game.
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