THE SERIES: This will be the 90th meeting between W&L and Hampden-Sydney, with the Tigers holding a 49-40 advantage in the all-time series. Hampden-Sydney has won 16 of the last 17 meetings. The Generals defeated H-SC, 44-22, last season in Hampden-Sydney, Va., to put an end to the Tigers 15-game winning streak over W&L.
Washington and Lee Men's Basketball Game NotesGame 4 - W&L vs. Hampden-Sydney - December 2 - 7:30 pm
LAST MEETING (Hampden-Sydney 68, W&L 61; 1/28/98; Lexington, Va.): T.J. Grimes led four Tigers in double figures with 21 points as Hampden-Sydney defeated the Generals 68-61. The Generals trailed by 11 points at the half (31-20) an by as many as 18 in the second half, but were able to cut the Tigers lead to just five with 29 seconds left. However, the Tigers held on for the win. Rich Peterson paced the Generals with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
UP NEXT FOR W&L: The Generals will host the W&L 250th Celebration Tournament Dec. 5-6. W&L will face Middlebury on Dec. 5 at 3:30 pm and Skidmore will take on Washington (Mo.) at 1:00 pm. The consolation and championship games will take place on Dec. 6 at 1:00 and 3:30 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 16-59 (.213) record at W&L and a 138-152 (.476) 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 Tigers are led by head coach Tony Shaver (North Carolina '76) who is in his 13th year at the school. He is 232-101 (.697) at the school and overall. Shaver took his 1997-98 Tiger squad to the NCAA Div. III "Sweet 16", the second time he has done so at Hampden-Sydney.
W&L vs. THE ODAC: W&L sports a 149-178 (.456) all-time record in the ODAC and is 318-263 (.547) 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 (36-17) Emory & Henry (56-24) Guilford (7-13) Hampden-Sydney (40-49) Randolph-Macon (12-38) Roanoke (33-57) Va. Wesleyan (8-14) Lynchburg (60-23)
W&L's LAST GAME: 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 record 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.
SCOUTING HAMPDEN-SYDNEY: Hampden-Sydney is 4-0 on the young season and is outscoring its opponents by an average of 41 points per game. The Tigers are also averaging over 100 points per game on offense. Most recently, Sydney defeated Newport News Apprentice, 105-76 on Monday evening. According to the preseason rankings, the Tigers are no worse than sixth in the country and are ranked No. 1 in the country by Columbus Multimedia. T.J. Grimes leads H-SC in scoring with an average of 16.5 points per game. Brett Thompson (11.5 ppg.) and Alex Robbins (11.0 ppg.) join Grimes in double-figures.
PETERSON NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior forward Rich Peterson was named the ODAC Player of the Week for the week ending November 29. Against Guilford, Peterson scored 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting, hauled in eight rebounds, and collected three steals. For the season, he leads the Generals in scoring (15.3 ppg.), field goal percentage (.571), and rebounding (5.7). Peterson was the ODAC Rookie of the Year for the 1996-97 season.
TREMENDOUS TRANSFER: Sophomore guard Chad Braley continued his assault from beyond the three-point arc at Guilford, nailing three more triples in seven attempts. He currently has made eight from beyond the arc in just three games, an average of 2.7 per game. Braley is shooting 42 percent from beyond the arc (8-19) and 47 percent overall.
WINNING WEDNESDAYS: The Generals posted four of their 10 wins last season on Wednesdays, including a 44-42 win over Hampden-Sydney on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 1997.
OPEN HOUSE: Since the Warner Center opened in 1971, the Generals are 17-9 (.654) in home openers, 0-1 against Hampden-Sydney.