THE SERIES: W&L and Bridgewater have met 94 times over the years, with the Generals holding a 66-28 advantage in the all-time series. The teams split their two games last season.
Washington and Lee Men's Basketball Game NotesGame 18 - W&L vs. Bridgewater - February 1, 1999 - 7:30 pm
LAST MEETING: (BC 77, W&L 43; Feb. 16, 1998; Lexington, Va.): Bridgewater used a 15-1 run to open the second half and pulled away for a 77-43 victory over Washington and Lee. Craig Tutt led the Eagles with 15 points. Tutt hit a running jumper with two seconds left in the first half to give the Eagles a 22-17 halftime lead. Bridgewater then held the Generals without a field goal for the first six and a half minutes of the second half to move in front 37-18. Bridgewater shot 55 percent from the floor in the second half. The Generals were led by Rich Peterson with eight points and Scott Hudson added seven points and seven rebounds.
UP NEXT FOR W&L: The Generals will host Virginia Wesleyan on Wed., Feb. 3, 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 141-163 (.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 Eagles are led by head coach Bill Leatherman who is in his 14th year at the school. He is 205-152 (.574) at the school and overall. Twice, Leatherman has led his BC team to an ODAC regular season title and won the ODAC Tournament once. Leatherman has held coaching stints at the high school level, as well as an assistant position at James Madison University. During his time at JMU, Leatherman helped the Dukes to three NCAA Tournament berths.
W&L's LAST GAME: Four players scored in double-figures led by junior forward Scott Hudson's career-high 21 points to lead Washington and Lee to an 87-69 win over Guilford in ODAC men's basketball action at the Warner Center on Saturday afternoon. The win snapped a nine-game losing streak for the Generals. The opening half featured six ties and four lead changes before W&L assumed the lead for good with 3:52 remaining in the first half, surging on an 11-3 run to close out the half with a 39-32 lead. The Generals continued their impressive play in the second half, opening with a 10-3 run to take a 49-35 advantage with 14:36 remaining. Guilford would not challenge from that point on, as W&L cruised to the 18-point victory. W&L shot 62.3 percent from the field, including 68 percent in the second half, while Guilford was held to just 40.7 percent shooting for the game. Hudson, who was 9-of-10 from the floor, was joined in double-figures for Washington and Lee by junior center Rich Peterson, who had 17 points, junior guard Matt Jackson, who had 15 points, and sophomore forward Will Ballard, who had 10 points. Guilford was led by sophomore forward Jon Evans, who tallied 15 points and five rebounds.
W&L vs. THE ODAC: W&L sports a 151-186 (.448) all-time record in the ODAC and is 311-271 (.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 (8-13) Hampden-Sydney (40-51) Lynchburg (60-24) Randolph-Macon (12-39) Roanoke (33-58) Va. Wesleyan (8-15) SCOUTING BRIDGEWATER: Bridgewater enters tonight's game with a 9-9 overall record, 5-7 in the ODAC. The Eagles are coming off a 71-68 overtime loss to Lynchburg on Saturday afternoon. Brad Harrington led BC with 27 points and Williford added 14 points for the Eagles, who were just 2-of-15 from three-point range. On the season, Bridgewater is led by Harrington, who is averaging 20.4 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. Williford averages 16.8 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. The Eagles are a good shooting team, hitting 47.4 percent of their shots, including 36.4 percent from three-point range.
PERFECT PETERSON: Junior center Rich Peterson has been perfect from the field for the last two games, making each of his last 10 field goal attempts. Peterson was 4-of-4 from the floor at Hampden-Sydney and 6-of-6 from the floor vs. Guilford on Saturday. On the season, he is shooting .603 from the floor.
HUDSON COLLECTS A CAREER-HIGH: Junior forward Scott Hudson tallied a career-high 21 points on Saturday against Guilford, eclipsing his old personal-high of 19 points which he set the last time he played Bridgewater (2/17/98). Hudson was 9-of-10 from the floor against Guilford.
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 (223) and junior point guard Walt Plyler is eighth with 209 career assists. Cobbin can move up to fourth all-time with 17 more assists this season, and Plyler can move the fifth all-time with two more assists. Junior forward Scott Hudson is fifth all-time with 65 career blocks and can assume the third position with four more blocks.