Washington and Lee Men's Basketball Game Notes

Game 16 - W&L at Hampden-Sydney - January 27, 1999 - 7:30 pm
THE SERIES: W&L and Hampden-Sydney have met 90 times over the years, with Hampden-Sydney holding a 50-40 advantage in the all-time series. H-SC has won each of the last two meetings including an 84-59 win earlier this season in Lexington. However, W&L won the last meeting between the two teams at Hampden-Sydney on Dec. 3, 1997.

LAST MEETING: (H-SC 84, W&L 59; Dec. 2, 1998; Lexington, Va.): Hampden-Sydney used a balanced scoring attack, placing six players in double-figures in defeating Washington and Lee, 84-59. The Tigers led by just five points (18-13) with 10:21 remaining in the opening half before surging on a 20-2 run over the next 7:26 to take a commanding 38-15 lead in posting a 43-23 halftime advantage. The Generals cut H-SC's lead to just 11 points (59-48) with 9:01 remaining but could get no closer as the Tigers cruised to the 25-point victory. Junior center Jeremy Harris led Hampden-Sydney in scoring with 12 points. He was joined in double-figures by junior forward Jack Jirak, junior guard T.J. Grimes, and senior guard Alex Robbins who scored 11 points each. Junior guard Chris Fox and sophomore forward Brett Thompson added 10 points a piece. Washington and Lee was led by sophomore guard Chad Braley, who scored 17 points and junior center Rich Peterson, who had 15 points and five assists.

UP NEXT FOR W&L: The Generals host Guilford on Sat., Jan. 30 for a 2:00 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 a 140-162 (.464) 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 Tigers are led by head coach Tony Shaver (North Carolina '76) who is in his 13th year at the school. He is 243-102 (.704) at the school and overall. Shaver took his 1997-98 Tiger squad to the NCAA Div. III "Sweet 16", the second time he has done so at Hampden-Sydney.

W&L's LAST GAME: Emory & Henry shot 53 percent from the floor and outrebounded W&L 42-29 in avenging an early season loss to the Generals, 92-57, in ODAC men's basketball last Wednesday evening. The Wasps were led by sophomore guard Brian Pruett, who scored 24 points and senior forward Donald Thurston, who scored 18 points. W&L was paced by senior guard Kevin Cobbin's 10 points and sophomore forward Will Ballard's eight points. Junior center Rich Peterson also added eight points for the Generals. W&L hit 22-of-28 (.786) free throws in the game, but could not overcome 34 percent shooting from the floor and 24 turnovers that led to 30 Emory & Henry points.

W&L vs. THE ODAC: W&L sports a 150-185 (.448) all-time record in the ODAC and is 310-270 (.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 (48-25) Guilford (7-13) Hampden-Sydney (40-50) Lynchburg (60-24) Randolph-Macon (12-39) Roanoke (33-58) Va. Wesleyan (8-15)

SCOUTING HAMPDEN-SYDNEY: Hampden-Sydney enters tonight's game with a 15-1 overall record, 9-1 in the ODAC. The Tigers most recently defeated Emory & Henry, 94-77, on Saturday in Emory, Va. The Tigers committed just 12 turnovers and shot nearly 51 percent from the floor in the game. T.J. Grimes led Sydney with a game-high 36 points and eight rebounds. He was joined in double figures by David Hobbs (13 pts.) and Jack Jirak (10 pts.). On the season, Grimes leads the Tigers in scoring, averaging 17.3 points per game. In all, H-SC exhibits a balanced offensive attack as nine players average five or more points per game and 10 players average 10 or more minutes per game. As a team, the Tigers outrebound their opponents by nearly 11 rebounds per game and shoot 48 percent from the floor.

BALLARD ON THE LINE: Sophomore forward Will Ballard has made each of his last 11 free throw attempts dating back to the Dickinson game on Jan. 11. Ballard made 8-of-8 attempts at Lynchburg, didn't attempt any vs. Randolph-Macon, hit his only attempt at St. Mary's, and was 2-of-2 at Emory and Henry. On the season, Ballard is shooting .811 (30-37) from the free throw line.

GENERALS ON THE LINE: As a team, W&L is shooting 69.9 percent (234-335) from the free throw line on the season. If the Generals were to maintain their current percentage for the remainder of the season, it would be their highest season free throw percentage since the 1990-91 season (.703).

CLIMBING THE LADDER: Several Generals are climbing the W&L career lists this season. Senior point guard Kevin Cobbin is currently fifth all-time in career assists (218) and junior point guard Walt Plyler is eighth with 202 career assists. Cobbin can move up to fourth all-time with 22 more assists this season, and Plyler can move the fifth all-time with eight more assists. Junior forward Scott Hudson is fifth all-time with 63 career blocks and can assume the third position with six more blocks.

SWITCH IT AROUND: Through 15 games, the Generals have used seven different starting lineups and have started 10 different players. In addition, 10 players are averaging better than 10 minutes per game.

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