THE SERIES: This will be the 20th meeting between W&L and Guilford, with the Quakers holding a 6-13 advantage in the all-time series. Guilford has won each of the past three meetings.
Washington and Lee Men's Basketball Game NotesGame 3 - W&L at Guilford - November 24 - 7:30 pm
LAST MEETING (Guilford 58, W&L 55; 1/31/98; Lexington, Va.): The Generals led 44-43 with 5:10 remaining, but would not lead again as Guilford sunk nine-of-11 free throws in the final 3:33 to clinch the win. Rich Peterson led W&L with a game-high 15 points and 10 rebounds. He also had three assists and two blocks. Jaron Randall paced Guilford with his 14-point performance.
UP NEXT FOR W&L: The Generals will be back in action on December 2, when they face ODAC-rival Hampden-Sydney in a 7:30 pm contest. The Tigers are ranked anywhere from number one to number five nationally in the preseason.
THE HEAD COACHES: Kevin Moore (Brockport St. '83) is in his fourth season as the head coach at W&L and his 12th year of coaching. He claims a 15-59 (.203) record at W&L and a 137-152 (.474) overall mark. Moore came to W&L from Elmira College, where he posted a 122-93 log and took the soaring Eagles to the NCAA Tournament in 1995. The Quakers are led by head coach Jack Jensen (Wake Forest '61) who is in his 29th year at the school. He is 383-372 (.507) at the school and overall. Jensen won an NAIA national championship at Guilford in 1973 with future NBA greats World B. Free and M.L. Carr.
TREMENDOUS TRANSFER: The Generals perimeter game has been helped out tremendously by sophomore guard Chad Braley, a transfer from Transylvania University. Through two games, Braley is shooting 50% from the field and 42% from three-point range, hitting on five-of-12 attempts from beyond the arc. He is tied he team lead in scoring, averaging 15.0 points per game.
W&L vs. THE ODAC: W&L sports a 148-178 (.454) all-time record in the ODAC and is 317-263 (.547) all-time against the current members of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. The following is a breakdown of the Generals vs. the members of the ODAC:
Bridgewater (66-28) Eastern Mennonite (36-17) Emory & Henry (56-24) Guilford (6-13) Hampden-Sydney (40-49) Randolph-Macon (12-38) Roanoke (33-57) Va. Wesleyan (8-14) Lynchburg (60-23) FOR OPENERS: The Washington and Lee men's basketball team opened its season with a pair of losses in the Lon Vardell Classic hosted by Sewanee on November 20-21. The Generals dropped their opener against Sewanee, 91-73, and then were defeated by Maryville, 79-64, in the consolation game. Sewanee was crowned the champion of the tournament, defeating Methodist in the title game. Against Sewanee, the Generals shot just 38.6 percent from the floor, while the Tigers drilled 55.4 percent of their shots. Junior guard Matt Jackson paced W&L is scoring with 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Sophomore guard Chad Braley drilled five three-pointers in his W&L debut, scoring 20 points. Peter Jones led Sewanee with 18 points and six rebounds. In the consolation game against Maryville, the Generals shot much better from the floor (46.9%), but couldn't contain the Fighting Scots, who shot 59.2 percent from the floor and hit 53 percent of their three-pointers. Junior forward Rich Peterson led W&L in scoring with 18 points, followed by junior center Brian Ricketts, who had 11 points and a team-high four rebounds. Chris Houseright notched 22 points to lead Maryville.
SCOUTING GUILFORD: Guilford finished last season with a 7-17 overall record, 4-14 in the ODAC. The Quakers were picked to finish eighth of 10 teams in the ODAC by the league's coaches. Guilford enters the game with W&L with an 0-1 mark after dropping a 99-75 decision to Averett on Saturday evening in Danville, Va. The Quakers were paced by sophomore forward Jon Evans, who scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Freshman forward Brad Woolley scored 20 points in his collegiate debut with the Quakers.
SHOOTING THE LIGHTS OUT: Junior guard Matt Jackson has been shooting the lights out through the first two games, averaging 14.5 points per game and hitting a team-high 53 percent of his shots from the floor, inlcuding 40 percent of his three-point attempts. He is currently second on the team in assists with an average of 2.5 per contest.
DEFENSIVE WOES: The Generals have been allowing an average of 85.0 points per game through their first two games, while opponents have shot 57 percent from the field and 43 percent from three-point range. However, W&L is forcing 19.5 turnovers per game.