THE SERIES: W&L and Eastern Mennonite have met 54 times over the years, with the Generals holding a 36-18 advantage in the all-time series. Eastern Mennonite has won each of the last six meetings, including a 77-65 win earlier this season in Harrisonburg.
Washington and Lee Men's Basketball Game NotesGame 20 - W&L vs. Eastern Mennonite - February 6, 1999 - 7:30 pm
LAST MEETING: (EMU 77, W&L 65; Jan. 7, 1999; Harrisonburg, Va.): Senior guard Matt Yoder scored a game-high 20 points to help lead Eastern Mennonite to a 77-65 win in ODAC men's basketball. The Royals jumped out to a 37-24 halftime lead and never looked back, as they cruised to the 12-point victory. EMU shot 48 percent from the floor and 40 percent from beyond the three-point arc. The Generals were led by sophomore guard Chad Braley, who scored 13 points. Freshman guard Ben Johns added nine points. Junior center Rich Peterson scored eight points and grabbed seven rebounds in only 17 minutes of play, while freshman forward Bob Bustamante chipped in with eight points and six rebounds. Junior guard Keion Green added 17 points for EMU.
UP NEXT FOR W&L: The Generals will travel to Randolph-Macon on Monday for a 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 a 142-164 (.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 Royals are led by Tom Baker (Eastern Mennonite '81), who is in his 7th year at EMU and has posted a 61-106 (.365) record. Baker earned ODAC Coach of the Year honors last season when his EMU squad went 16-9 and finished in third place in the ODAC. Baker also spent six seasons as the head basketball coach at Eastern Mennonite High School.
W&L's LAST GAME: Senior center Jason Nickerson (Virginia Beach, Va./Kempsville) scored a game-high 26 points on 8-of-11 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds to help lead Virginia Wesleyan to an 80-71 victory over Washington and Lee in ODAC Men's Basketball on Wednesday evening at the Warner Center. The Marlins shot 57.1 percent for the game, including 66.7 percent in the second half, while outrebounding the Generals 30-23. After trailing 39-30 at the half and despite VWC's hot shooting, W&L was able to take a two-point lead (56-54) with 8:23 remaining in the game on a pair of free throws by junior forward Scott Hudson. However, Virginia Wesleyan would surge on a 10-1 run over the next 3:10 to assume a seven-point lead (64-57) that they would not relinquish. Junior guard Tim Petrillo and senior forward Troy Walton joined Nickerson in double-figure scoring for VWC, adding 17 and 11 points, respectively. Sophomore forward Will Ballard led W&L with 13 points and three assists. Hudson tallied 12 points and senior guard Kevin Cobbin added 11 points.
W&L vs. THE ODAC: W&L sports a 152-187 (.448) 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 (36-19) Emory & Henry (48-25) Guilford (8-13) Hampden-Sydney (40-51) Lynchburg (60-24) Randolph-Macon (12-39) Roanoke (33-58) Virginia. Wesleyan (8-15)
SCOUTING EASTERN MENNONITE: Eastern Mennonite is 11-8 overall and 7-6 in the ODAC. On Wednesday night, the Royals defeated Randolph-Macon, 67-66 on a shot by Keion Green with 2.5 seconds left. The Royals shot 50 percent from the floor and were led by Joel Kauffman's 18 points. Green and Quincy Longacre both tallied 13 points. For the season, the Royals have five players averaging in double-figures led by Kauffman's 15.7 points per game average. He is joined by Matt Yoder (15.2 ppg.), Mike McElroy (14.3 ppg.), Quincy Longacre (12.6 ppg.), Keion Green (12.1 ppg.). McElroy leads the team in rebounding, averaging 6.6 boards per game. The Royals shoot 49.5 percent from the floor and an impressive 75.7 percent from the line. They also outrebound their opponents by an average of 1.6 boards per game.
KEYS FROM THE LAST MEETING: In the last meeting between these two teams, the Generals shot just 36.4 percent from the field and committed 25 turnovers. Rich Peterson was held to just eight points and seven rebounds while playing just 17 minutes because of foul trouble. In addition, W&L took a season-high 27 three-pointers and hit just six on the day. EMU shot 48 percent from the floor and also hit 25-of-36 free throw attempts, while W&L managed just 16 attempts at the line, nailing 11 of them. Matt Yoder led three Royals in double-digit scoring with 20 points. Keion Green tallied 17 points and six steals, while Neal Lewis added 11 points.
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.
FUNDAMENTALS: Despite going 2-2 in their last four games, the Generals have shot just 62.8 percent (54-86) from the free throw line in those games. The best performance during that stretch was a 13-of-16 performance (.813) against Bridgewater on Monday night.
RED HOT FROM THE FIELD: The Generals have been red hot from the floor in the last three games, hitting 53.6 percent of their shots from the floor (83-155). In addition, W&L has committed an average of just 14.7 turnovers per game during the streak.
HIGH MARK IN THE 90'S: W&L shot 62.3 percent from the floor in a win over Guilford last 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 SSEDING TALK: At this point, the Generals can finish as high as fourth in the conference and as low as 10th. W&L has a game remaining against four teams ahead of them in the standings, including Roanoke and Bridgewater, whom are just a half-game in front of the Generals. W&L also has one game against a team that is just 1.5 games below it, Lynchburg.