Washington and Lee Men's Basketball Game Notes

Game 17 - W&L vs. Guilford - January 30, 1999 - 2:00 pm
THE SERIES: W&L and Guilford have met 20 times over the years, with Guilford holding a 13-7 advantage in the all-time series. W&L won the last meeting between the two teams, 67-55, in Greensboro, N.C., earlier this season.

LAST MEETING: (W&L 67, GC 55; Nov. 24, 1998; Greensboro, N.C.): Trailing by as many as eight points late in the first half, W&L used a 14-4 run to start the second half and take a five-point lead with 14:32 remaining in cruising to a 67-55 win over Guilford in the ODAC opener for both teams. The Generals were led offensively by junior forward Rich Peterson, who scored a game-high 16 points on six-of-eight shooting and hauled in eight rebounds. Matt Jackson tallied 13 points and sophomore Chad Braley scored 11 points, nine coming on three-pointers. Senior point guard Kevin Cobbin tied a career-high with seven assists. Sophomore forward Jon Evans led Guilford with 14 points and five rebounds. He was joined in double figures by sophomore center John Ashworth, who tallied 13 points and eight rebounds.

UP NEXT FOR W&L: The Generals host Bridgewater on Mon, Feb. 1 at 7:30 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 a 140-163 (.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 Quakers are led by head coach Jack Jensen (Wake Forest '61) who is in his 29th year at the school. He is 386-385 (.501) 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.

W&L's LAST GAME: The Washington and Lee men's basketball team hung tough at Hampden-Sydney, but not close enough as the seventh-ranked Tigers came out victorious on Wednesday evening, 80-59. The Tigers jumped out to a quick 18-8 lead with 12:35 remaining in the first half and pushed the lead to 16 points (37-21) at halftime. The Generals cut the lead to 15 (55-40) with 9:39 remaining in the game, but could get no closer as the Tigers cruised to the 21-point victory. Three players registered in double-figure scoring for the Generals. They were led by sophomore guard Chad Braley who scored 16 points and a grabbed a career-high six rebounds. Junior center Rich Peterson scored 13 points on 4-of-4 field goal shooting. Peterson blocked four H-SC shots, which gave him the most blocked shots in a game by any ODAC player this season. Senior guard Kevin Cobbin added 11 points. The Tigers were paced by junior guard T.J. Grimes, who scored 23 points. The Generals shot 42.3 percent for the game, but improved to shoot 50 percent in the second half. The Tigers shot 39.1 percent from the field for the game but shot 56.3 percent from behind the three-point arc.

W&L vs. THE ODAC: W&L sports a 150-186 (.446) all-time record in the ODAC and is 310-271 (.534) 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 (40-51) Lynchburg (60-24) Randolph-Macon (12-39) Roanoke (33-58) Va. Wesleyan (8-15)

SCOUTING GUILFORD: Prior to Friday night's game with Randolph-Macon, Guilford claimed a 3-14 overall record, 2-10 in the ODAC. The Quakers suffered an 81-71 loss at Lynchburg on Monday evening. Jon Evans scored 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the loss, while Brad Woolley and Matt Welborn each scored 10 points for the Quakers. On the season, Evans leads the team in scoring (17.6 ppg.) and rebounding (9.3 rpg.). Woolley joins him in double-figures, averaging 10.9 points per game.

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, was 2-of-2 at Emory and Henry, and didn't attempt any at Hampden-Sydney. 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 69.4 percent (247-356) 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 (219) and junior point guard Walt Plyler is eighth with 204 career assists. Cobbin can move up to fourth all-time with 21 more assists this season, and Plyler can move the fifth all-time with six more assists. Junior forward Scott Hudson is fifth all-time with 63 career blocks and can assume the third position with six more blocks.

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