Washington and Lee Men's Basketball Game Notes

Game 14 - W&L at St. Mary's (Md.) - January 18, 1999 - 7:00 pm
THE SERIES: W&L and St. Mary's will be meeting for the third time this evening, with the series tied at 1-1. The two teams met last season in Lexington with St. Mary's emerging victorious by a score of 80-62.

LAST MEETING: (SMCM 80, W&L 62; Jan. 8, 1998; Lexington, Va.): Prince Inniss scored 24 points on 11-of-13 shooting to lead St. Mary's (Md.) past Washington and Lee 80-62. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for W&L. St. Mary's closed the first half with a 9-2 run to take a 35-26 halftime lead and then shot 74 percent from the field in the second half to break the game open. The Seahawks shot 69 percent from the field for the game and Inniss was joined in double figures by Harvey Davis with 14 points. The Generals had four players in double figures, led by Will Ballard with 13 points. Rich Peterson added 12, Scott Hudson had 11 and Kelly Dyer had 10.

UP NEXT FOR W&L: The Generals travel to Emory & Henry College on Wed., Jan. 20 for 7:30 pm contest.

THE HEAD COACH: 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 18-67 (.212) record at W&L and a 140-161 (.465) 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.

W&L's LAST GAME: W&L shot a season-high 59.5 percent from the floor, including 78.9 percent in the second half, but it wouldn't be enough, as Randolph-Macon escaped from the Warner Center with a 59-54 win over W&L in ODAC men's basketball on Saturday afternoon. Randolph-Macon led by seven points (28-21) at the half, and extended its lead to as many as 15 points (43-28) with 12:58 remaining in the game. However, the Generals went on a 15-0 run from that point, capped by a lay-up and subsequent free throw from sophomore guard Chad Braley to knot the score at 43-43. The game would remain nip-and-tuck for the duration as W&L would take leads of 50-48 with 3:55 remaining and 54-53 with 1:48 left. With the score at 54-53 in favor of the Generals, R-MC senior forward Matt Meehan hit a short jumper to make the score 55-54 and the Yellow Jackets would not trail again. Following a W&L turnover and a missed shot by Macon, the Generals had the ball with a chance to take the lead with 21 seconds remaining, but Braley's attempted entry pass to junior center Rich Peterson went out of bounds, giving R-MC the ball. With just three team fouls for the half, W&L was forced to foul multiple times in order to send a Randolph-Macon player to the line and sophomore forward Will Ballard was whistled for an intentional foul giving R-MC a pair of free throws and the ball. Senior forward Brian Pirttima promptly stepped to the line and nocked down both free throws, the Yellow Jackets' first free throws of the game. The Generals then fouled Meehan, who hit both charity tosses to produce the final score of 59-54. W&L was led by Braley, who scored 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting and Peterson, who tallied 12 points. Randolph-Macon was led by Pirttima and junior guard Mike LaGuardia, who both scored 15 points.

W&L vs. THE CAPITAL ATHLETIC CONFERENCE: W&L sports a 33-23 (.589) all-time record against the current members of the Capital Athletic Conference. The following is a breakdown of the Generals vs. the members of the CAC:

Catholic (9-12) Gallaudet (2-0) Goucher (0-0) Mary Washington (7-6) Marymount (2-0) St. Mary's (1-1) Salisbury St. (4-2) York (8-2)

SCOUTING ST. MARY'S: St. Mary's enters tonight's game with a 6-6 overall record, 3-1 in the Capital Athletic Conference. The Seahawks are coming off an 80-67 win over York on Saturday afternoon, their fourth straight win. St. Mary's shot nearly 53 percent from the floor in the game while forcing 26 turnovers. Brandon Jones scored a team-high 18 points and Sheldon Taylor scored 17 points to lead the Seahawks. Taylor also added six assists. On the season, St. Mary's is led by Taylor, who averages 15.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. He is joined in double-figures by Jones, who averages 11.4 points per game. Derrick Heard scores 9.9 points per game and leads the team in rebounding (7.0 per game) and blocks (16).

BRALEY BREAKS OUT OF SLUMP: Sophomore guard Chad Braley broke out a shooting slump on Saturday against Randolph-Macon going 8-of-13 (.615) from the floor. The Generals' leading scorer on the season (13.2 ppg.), Braley had shot just 12-of-42 (.286) from the floor in W&L's previous five games.

SWITCH IT AROUND: Through 13 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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