Washington and Lee Men's Basketball Game Notes

Game 23 - W&L at Roanoke - February 13, 1999 - 7:30 pm
THE SERIES: W&L and Roanoke have met 91 times over the years, with the Maroons holding a 58-33 advantage in the all-time series. Roanoke has won each of the last eight meetings between the two teams dating back to the 1994-95 season. The Maroons prevailed in the first meeting this season in Lexington, 72-63.

LAST MEETING: (RC 72, W&L 63; Jan. 9, 1999; Lynchburg, Va.): Trailing 41-30 with 16:04 remaining in the second half, Roanoke used a 20-2 run over the next 6:48 to take a commanding 50-43 lead in posting a 72-63 win over Washington and Lee. Roanoke shot 50 percent in the second half compared to just 34 percent for W&L and outrebounded the Generals 45-40. The Maroons were led offensively by junior guard Paris Butler, who posted a game-high 16 points. He was joined in double-figures by sophomore forward Jason Strickland, who scored 15 points, junior forward Kyle Murphy, who scored 14 points, and sophomore center Alex Phillips, who scored 11 points. The Generals were led by junior forward Scott Hudson, who scored 14 points and hauled in seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Will Ballard tallied 12 points and sophomore guard Chad Braley totaled 10 points for W&L. Junior center Rich Peterson played just six minutes as he was saddled with foul trouble.

UP NEXT FOR W&L: The Generals will travel to Bridgewater on Monday for a 7:30 pm contest with the Eagles, W&L's regular-season finale.

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 143-165 (.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 Maroons are led by Page Moir (Virginia Tech '87), who is in his 10th year at Roanoke and has posted a 176-89 (.664) record. Moir earned the ODAC Coach of the Year award in 1994 and has taken a Roanoke team to the NCAA Tournament on four occasions (1994, 95, 96, 97). Moir's father, Charles, led Roanoke to the 1972 NCAA Division II National Championship.

W&L's LAST GAME: Junior center Rich Peterson posted a double-double with 16 points and a career-high 14 rebounds to help lead Washington and Lee to a 56-52 win over Lynchburg in ODAC basketball on Wednesday evening at the Warner Center. The Generals led by as many as eight points (26-18) in the opening half with 4:31 remaining. However, the Hornets would cut the W&L lead to just four points (32-28) at the half. In the opening 7:05 of the second half, Lynchburg surged on a 20-9 run to take a seven-point lead at 48-41, but the Generals would outscore the Hornets 15-4 the rest of the way to post the win. The victory, coupled with a Bridgewater loss to Randolph-Macon, puts the Generals in a tie with the Eagles for seventh place in the ODAC standings. Sophomore forward Will Ballard also added 16 points and four rebounds for the Generals. The Hornets were led by junior guard Chris Whelan, who scored 13 points and junior guard Jerry O'Hara, who scored 12 points.

W&L vs. THE ODAC: W&L sports a 153-189 (.447) all-time record in the ODAC and is 313-273 (.533) 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 (36-20) Emory & Henry (48-25) Guilford (8-13) Hampden-Sydney (40-51) Lynchburg (61-24) Randolph-Macon (12-40) Roanoke (33-58) Virginia. Wesleyan (8-15)

SCOUTING ROANOKE: Roanoke is 10-12 overall, 7-9 in the ODAC. On Wednesday evening, the Maroons defeated Eastern Mennonite by a score of 93-73. Roanoke was led by Paris Butler, who scored 23 points and nailed 6-of-10 three-point attempts. Brad Dunleavy tallied 13 points as the Maroons only other double-figure scorer. Roanoke hit 12-of-28 three-pointers, while limiting the Royals to just 38.5 percent shooting and forcing 24 turnovers. On the season, Jason Strickland leads the team in scoring with a 12.1 points per game average. He is joined in double-figure scoring by Alex Phillips, who averages 11.8 points per game. Colby Leftwich leads the team in rebounding with an average of 6.0 boards per game.

KEYS FROM THE LAST MEETING: In the last meeting between these two teams, the Generals were outrebounded 25-16 in the second half, being outscored 44-28 in the second period. Many of the Maroons' rebounds were on the offensive end, as they tallied 18 second chance points in the second stanza and 22 for the game. Much of the Roanoke rebounding prowess was due to foul trouble on the Generals' leading rebounder, Rich Peterson. He scored just two points and had one rebound in only six minutes of action. Scott Hudson turned in one of his best performances in a Generals' uniform, totaling 14 points, seven rebounds, and three blocked shots.

PETERSON IS ON A ROLL: Junior center Rich Peterson has been a dominating force in his last six games. Over that span, he is averaging 13.3 points, 9.5 rebounds per game, and 1.8 blocks per game, while shooting 53.6 percent from the field (30-56). To take things further, he is averaging 15.3 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks per game over his last three games and gathered a career-high 14 rebounds on Wednesday against Lynchburg.

IT'S A TEAM GAME: The Generals are 3-1 when four or more players score in double-figures. The lone defeat was an 84-78 overtime loss to Eastern Mennonite last Saturday, when five players scored in double-figures.

FIVE IN DOUBLE DIGITS: In the Generals' loss to Eastern Mennonite, five players scored in double figures for W&L (Braley 17, Ballard 16, Hudson 14, Peterson 14, Cobbin 11). The five players in double figures for W&L was a first since Jan. 22, 1997 at Emory & Henry. The Generals lost that game by a 105-88 count.

IN THE EXTRA FRAME: W&L's overtime game against Eastern Mennonite was its first since dropping a 97-94 decision to Eastern Mennonite on Feb. 8, 1997.

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 (233) and junior point guard Walt Plyler is sixth with 221 career assists. Cobbin can move up to fourth all-time with seven more assists this season, and Plyler can move into a tie for fifth all-time with 12 more assists. Junior forward Scott Hudson is third all-time with 74 career blocks.

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 SEEDING TALK: At this point, the Generals are tied for seventh in the league with Bridgewater as both teams sport a 5-11 conference mark. W&L has nearly assured itself of the eighth and final position and a tournament bid with Wednesday's win over Lynchburg. The Generals would receive a tournament bid if Lynchburg loses once or if W&L were to win once. If the teams were to tie after their remaining games, the season series would be tied at 1-1 and the tiebreaker goes to a points system to determine who would go to the tournament. The Hornets face Hampden-Sydney in the final game of their season and a win would give them more points than the Generals if W&L were to lose its two final games. However, a loss to Hampden-Sydney or a W&L win in either of its two remaining games would assure the Generals of a berth to the tournament. W&L could finish in seventh if it wins both its remaining games or if Bridgewater loses to W&L and Lynchburg. At this point, if the two teams finished in a tie, Bridgewater would win the tiebreaker.


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