THE SERIES: W&L and Virginia Wesleyan have met 23 times over the years, with the Marlins holding a 15-8 advantage in the all-time series. Virginia Wesleyan has won each of the last two meetings, but the Generals won the last game in Lexington, 59-53, on Jan. 5, 1998.
Washington and Lee Men's Basketball Game NotesGame 19 - W&L vs. Virginia Wesleyan - February 3, 1999 - 7:30 pm
LAST MEETING: (VWC 82, W&L 75; Jan. 2, 1998; Norfolk, Va.): Rich Peterson scored a season-high 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the floor, but it wasn't enough as W&L fell to Virginia Wesleyan, 82-75. Peterson also hit all six of his free throw attempts and gathered nine rebounds and two blocks in the contest. As a team, the Generals (3-5, 2-2) hit 20-of-21 free throws (95%) and shot 46 percent from the floor, but the Marlins (6-1, 3-0) nailed 54 percent of their shots, including 53 percent of their three-point attempts (9-17). Junior forwards Brian Ricketts and Scott Hudson each scored 10 points for W&L. VWC was led by senior guard Troy Walton, who had 21 points and junior guard Tim Petrillo, who had 20 points.
UP NEXT FOR W&L: The Generals will host Eastern Mennonite on Saturday 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 142-163 (.466) 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 Marlins are led by Terry Butterfield (Eckerd '79), who is in his 10th year at VWC and has posted a 141-112 (.557) record. Butterfield was named the 1992 ODAC Coach of the Year after leading the Marlins to their first-ever ODAC title and their first NCAA Tournament birth since 1982.
W&L's LAST GAME: Trailing by five points (49-44) with 7:57 remaining in the game, Washington and Lee went on a 19-4 run over the next 7:16 to take a 10-point lead (63-53) in posting a 66-59 win over Bridgewater on Monday evening at the Warner Center. The Generals trailed 25-14 with 6:42 remaining in the opening half before surging on a 20-4 run to take a 34-29 lead at halftime. Bridgewater then went on a 17-10 run of its own to start the second half and produce a five-point lead setting up the game's decisive run. The Generals shot 58.3 percent in the first half and 48.9 percent for the game, while the Eagles hit 50 percent in the second half and 44 percent for the game. W&L had four players score in double-figures led by sophomore forward Will Ballard, who scored 14 points. Sophomore guard Chad Braley tallied 13 points, junior center Rich Peterson had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and junior forward Scott Hudson totaled 11 points and four blocks. Brad Harrington scored 15 points and Kyle Williford had 13 points to lead the Eagles.
W&L vs. THE ODAC: W&L sports a 152-186 (.450) all-time record in the ODAC and is 312-271 (.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 (67-28) 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 VIRGINIA WESLEYAN: Virginia Wesleyan is 14-4 overall, 9-3 in the ODAC after defeating Newport News Apprentice, 89-83 on Monday. The Marlins got 27 points and 11 rebounds from Jason Nickerson to go with a game-high three steals. He connected on 10-of-17 shots from the floor as Tim Petrillo hit for 18 points. McKinley Ford also had a double-double for VWC with 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Troy Walton added 12 points for the Blue Marlins. On the season, Nickerson leads the ODAC in scoring (21.6 ppg.), rebounding (9.9 rpg.), and field goal percentage (.682), while Petrillo is third in the league in scoring (20.0 ppg.) and tied for the league-lead in steals (2.4 spg.). VWC averages 84.1 points per game and shoots nearly 50 percent from the floor (.496).
KEYS FROM THE LAST MEETING: In the last meeting between these two teams, the Generals received 46 points and 19 rebounds in the post from the trio of Rich Peterson (26 pts., 9 reb.), Brian Ricketts (10 pts., 4 reb.), and Scott Hudson (10 pts., 6 reb.). Peterson was 10-of-12 from the floor. W&L also went 20-of-21 from the free throw line and outrebounded the Marlins 33-26. The Generals held Jason Nickerson to just eight points and seven rebounds on 4-of-9 shooting. As a team, the Marlins shot 54.2 percent from the field and hit 9-of-17 three-point attempts.
CALL HIM BUTTER BECAUSE HE'S ON A ROLL: Junior center Rich Peterson has been nearly perfect from the field in the past three games, making 15 of his last 16 shots from the floor (.938). He is currently shooting .614 from the floor on the season and made 10-of-12 field goal attempts for 26 points the last time W&L played Virginia Wesleyan.
IT'S A TEAM GAME: The Generals had four players score in double-figures on Monday night against Bridgewater, the third time this season that they have done so. The Generals are also 3-0 in games in which four players reach double figures.
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 (229) and junior point guard Walt Plyler is eighth with 210 career assists. Cobbin can move up to fourth all-time with 11 more assists this season, and Plyler can move the fifth all-time with one more assist. Junior forward Scott Hudson is third all-time with 69 career blocks.
KEYS TO THE TWO-GAME WIN STREAK: The Generals have been red hot from the floor in the last two games, hitting 56 percent of their shots (56-100) and 42 percent (11-26) of their three-point attempts. In addition, W&L has committed an average of just 12.5 turnovers per game during the streak. On the defensive end, the Generals have held their opponents to just 42 percent shooting and have forced an average of 15.5 turnovers per game.
HIGH MARK IN THE 90'S: W&L shot 62.3 percent from the floor in a win over Guilford on Saturday. That marked the Generals' best shooting performance in the 1990's. The school record for field goal percentage is 68.0 percent set against Shenandoah during the 1981-82 season.
EARLY TOURNAMENT TALK: At this point, the Generals can finish as high as third in the conference if they win each of their remaining games (6) and Virginia Wesleyan loses all of their remaining games (6), coupled with Eastern Mennonite and Emory and Henry losing three of their final six games and Bridgewater and Roanoke winning just four of their next five games. W&L can also finish as low as 10th and miss an ODAC Tournament bid if Guilford wins three of their remaining four conference games and if W&L goes winless the rest of the way. The Generals would also miss a bid if they were to lose to Lynchburg again and the two teams tied at the end of the season. If W&L were to go 3-3 the rest of the way, they would have a 7-11 conference record and could finish no lower than ninth in the league, but no higher than fourth if Eastern Mennonite and Emory & Henry were to win less than two of their final six conference matchups.