Washington and Lee Men's Basketball Game Notes

Game 13 - W&L vs. Randolph-Macon - January 16, 1999 - 3:00 pm
THE SERIES: W&L and Randolph-Macon will be meeting for the 50th time this afternoon, with the Yellow Jackets holding a 37-12 advantage in the all-time series. Randolph-Macon has won each of the last 23 meetings between the two teams. W&L last defeated R-MC on Feb. 9, 1977 (75-73).

LAST MEETING: (RMC 66, W&L 53; Feb. 21, 1998; Salem, Va.): Randolph-Macon ended W&L's season with a 66-53 win over the Generals in the quarterfinal round of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Tournament at the Salem Civic Center. Kelly Dyer, Matt Jackson, and Rich Peterson all scored 12 points for the Generals. Randolph-Macon (19-6) shot 63 percent from the field in the first half to open up a 38-20 halftime lead and stretched the lead to 21 points early in the second half. W&L went on an 11-1 run, keyed by six Dyer points, late in the second half to cut the lead to 60-53 with 3:09 to play. However, the Generals went scoreless down the stretch to end the threat.

UP NEXT FOR W&L: The Generals travel to St. Mary's College in St. Mary's City, Md., on Mon., Jan. 18 for a non-conference game at 7:00 pm.

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 an 18-66 (.214) record at W&L and a 140-160 (.467) 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 Yellow Jackets are led by Hal Nunnally (Randolph-Macon '62), who is in his 23rd season of coaching at Randolph-Macon. Nunnally boasts a 417-229 (.646) all-time record and has recorded 19 winning seasons as the Yellow Jackets' mentor. His teams have also claimed five ODAC titles and his 1976-77 squad advanced to the NCAA Division II National Championship game, finishing second.

W&L's LAST GAME: Washington and Lee let a seven-point second half lead slip away in falling at Lynchburg College by a score of 72-60 in ODAC men's basketball action on Wednesday night. The Generals held a 27-24 lead at halftime and pumped the lead to seven (33-26) with 16:48 left in the game. However, the Hornets went on a furious 21-5 run to turn a seven-point deficit into a 47-38 lead with 7:56 left. Lynchburg went up by 18 at 61-43 with 3:47 left. The Generals made the game interesting by cutting the lead to 66-60 with 43 seconds left, but Lynchburg scored the final six points of the game. W&L was led by junior center Rich Peterson, who scored 12 points. Sophomore guard Will Ballard and junior center Brian Ricketts both chipped in with 10 points apiece. Junior center Scott Hudson scored nine points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Lynchburg was led by forward Dennis Brown, who scored 25 points and guard Chris Whelan, who scored 18 points. The Generals outrebounded Lynchburg 43-36, but the Hornets shot 45 percent from the field, compared to 33 percent for W&L.

W&L vs. THE ODAC: W&L sports a 150-183 (.451) all-time record in the ODAC and is 310-268 (.536) 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 (36-18) Emory & Henry (48-24) Guilford (7-13) Hampden-Sydney (40-50) Lynchburg (60-24) Randolph-Macon (12-38) Roanoke (33-58) Va. Wesleyan (8-15) SCOUTING RANDOLPH-MACON: Randolph-Macon enter's today's contest with a 9-3 overall record, 4-2 in the ODAC. The Yellow Jackets most recently lost to Guilford, 58-57, on Tuesday evening in Greensboro, N.C. R-MC shot just 39.6 percent from the floor and was outrebounded 37-29. Brian Pirttima recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds and Matt Meehan also added 14 points to lead the Yellow Jackets. On the season, Macon is shooting nearly 44 percent from the floor and 75 percent from the foul line. Meehan paces the team in scoring (17.2 ppg.) and rebounding (6.9 rpg.) for the season. He also shoots nearly 88 percent from the free throw line. Following Meehan in the scoring column are Mike LaGuardia (9.9 ppg.), Joe Goldin (9.8 ppg.), Pirttima (9.4 ppg.), and Josh Soper (8.0 ppg.).

LONG TIME COMING: A win over Randolph-Macon has been a long time coming for the Generals, who last beat Macon on Feb. 9, 1977 in the Warner Center. In that time, there have been four U.S. Presidents, W&L went Co-educational, and the W&L men's basketball program has won 280 games and advanced to the NCAA Tournament twice. In addition, senior guard Kevin Cobbin was the only General to have been born before the win over Macon. W&L went 23-5 that season (9-1 ODAC) and played two schools that are now NCAA Division I programs, Madison College (now James Madison University) and UNC-Greensboro.

SWITCH IT AROUND: Through 12 games, the Generals have used seven different lineups and have started 10 different players. In addition, 10 players are averaging better than 10 minutes per game.

GENERALS TURN IN NATION'S BEST FREE THROW SHOOTING PERFORMANCE: In the Generals' loss to Virginia Wesleyan on Jan. 2, they hit 20-of-21 free throw attempts which currently is the best team free throw shooting performance in the NCAA Division III this season. W&L did not miss a free throw after the 14:15 mark of the opening half.


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