Washington and Lee Men's Basketball Game Notes

Game 15 - W&L at Emory & Henry - January 20, 1999 - 7:30 pm
THE SERIES: W&L and Emory & Henry have met 72 times over the years, with W&L holding a 48-24 advantage in the all-time series. W&L has won three straight meetings against the Wasps, including an 80-70 win earlier this season in Lexington.

LAST MEETING: (W&L 80, E&H 70; Dec. 9, 1998; Lexington, Va.): Four players scored in double-figures to help lead Washington & Lee over Emory & Henry, 80-70. W&L never trailed in the contest and shot 50 percent (13-26) in the first half to build a 34-26 halftime lead. Emory & Henry closed the W&L lead to just one point (48-47) with 11:28 in the second half, but the Generals pulled away to surmount another double-digit lead (66-56) with 6:23 remaining. The Wasps did not give in, however, as they again cut into the Generals' lead, making it a three-point game (73-70) with just 1:07 remaining. W&L then reeled off seven-straight points to walk away with the 10-point victory. The Generals were led by Rich Peterson, who posted 16 points and 12 rebounds and Bob Bustamante, who posted career-highs in points (16) and rebounds (8). Chad Braley scored in double figures for the seventh consecutive game, tallying 15 points and Kevin Cobbin chipped in with 12 points and three assists. Emory & Henry was led by Justin Porterfield, who scored 18 points and Chris Barbour, who tallied 15 points.

UP NEXT FOR W&L: The Generals travel to Hampden-Sydney College on Wed., Jan. 27 for 7:30 pm contest.

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 18-67 (.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. The Wasps are led by Bob Johnson, who is in his 19th year at E&H and has posted a 277-234 record. He is a three-time South Region Coach of the Year and led the Wasps to a 13-12 record last season, 11-7 in the ODAC.

W&L's LAST GAME: Washington and Lee let a five-point halftime lead slip away in falling at St. Mary's College (Md.) by a score of 81-63 on Monday evening. Backed by Will Ballard's 17 first half points, the Generals built 36-31 lead at halftime. W&L was also aided by their team three-point shooting, connecting on 7-of-11 attempts in the first half. St. Mary's, however, went on a 17-4 run to open the second half and build a 48-40 lead with just under 14 minutes remaining in the game. W&L cut the lead to 53-49 with 9:30 left in the game, but the Seahawks made a subsequent 17-2 run to give them a 19-point lead as they rolled to the 18-point victory. The Generals were led by Ballard, who scored a career-high 19 points, including four three-pointers on four attempts. Scott Hudson chipped in with 13 points and five rebounds, while Chad Braley added 11 points of his own. St. Mary's was led by Brandon Jones, who paced all scorers with 21 points.

W&L vs. THE ODAC: W&L sports a 150-184 (.449) all-time record in the ODAC and is 310-269 (.535) 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 (12-39) Roanoke (33-58) Va. Wesleyan (8-15)

SCOUTING EMORY & HENRY: Emory & Henry enters tonight's game with an 8-5 overall record, 5-2 in the ODAC. E&H most recently played at Lynchburg on Sunday, defeating the Hornets, 77-63. Chris Barbour led the Wasps with 27 points and 15 rebounds. He was 7-12 from the field and 13-13 from the free throw line in the game. Donald Thurston and Bryan Pruett each tallied 12 points. On the season, Pruett leads the team in scoring, averaging 14.6 points per game. Barbour isn't far behind, averaging 14.4 points per game to go with 7.5 rebounds per game and Thurston averages 12.2 ppg. The Wasps shoot nearly 46 percent from the floor as a team and average 39.0 rebounds per game (+4.5 differential).

BALLARD EXPLODES FOR CAREER-HIGH 19 POINTS: Sophomore forward Will Ballard had a breakthrough game at St. Mary's on Monday evening, totaling a career-high 19 points. Ballard was 7-for-10 from the field and 4-for-4 from three-point range in the game.

THE STROKE IS BACK: W&L has appeared to find its stroke in each of the last two games, shooting better than 47 percent from the floor in both and averaging nearly 53 percent shooting over those two games. The Generals also hit a season-high 10 three-point field goals in their last game at St. Mary's.

SWITCH IT AROUND: Through 14 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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