Washington and Lee Men's Basketball Game Notes

Game 24 - W&L at Bridgewater - February 15, 1999 - 7:30 pm
THE SERIES: W&L and Bridgewater have met 95 times over the years, with the Generals holding a 67-28 advantage in the all-time series. W&L won the meeting earlier this seasonon Feb. 1, 66-59, in Lexington. The Generals also won the last meeting at Bridgewater, 57-53, on Feb. 2, 1998.

LAST MEETING: (W&L 66, W&L 59; Feb. 1, 1999; Lexington, Va.): 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. 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. 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. Bridgewater was led by junior forward Brad Harrington, who netted 15 points and went over 1,000 career points in the process. Freshman center Kyle Williford had 13 points.

UP NEXT FOR W&L: The Generals could possibly be competing in the ODAC Tournament held Sat., Feb. 20-Mon., Feb 22 in Salem, Va. If the Generals get in as the seventh seed, they would play on Saturday at 6:00 pm. If they are the eighth seed, they would play on Saturday at 1:00 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 143-166 (.463) 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 205-157 (.566) at the school and overall. Twice, Leatherman has led his BC team to an ODAC regular season title and won the ODAC Tournament once.

W&L's LAST GAME: Washington and Lee shot only 9.6 percent from the floor in the first half in losing to Roanoke, 72-64 in ODAC men's basketball action on Saturday night. The Maroons stormed out to a 10-1 lead with 14:17 remaining in the first half, and the Generals did not score their first field goal until 11:31 left before halftime. Despite scoring only two field goals in the first stanza, W&L trailed only 27-17 at halftime. After the Generals cut the lead to seven on a three-pointer by sophomore guard Will Ballard nine seconds into the second half, Roanoke went on a 21-4 run to take a 48-24 lead with 11:51 left in the game. The Generals cut the 24-point lead to just eight on several occasions, but could get no closer as they lost by that same eight-point margin. The Generals atoned for their first half shooting performance by shooting 54.3 percent in the second half (19-35). W&L was led by junior center Rich Peterson, who posted a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds and Ballard, who also scored 14 points. Freshman forward Bob Bustamante scored 15 points off the bench and made good on both of his three-point attempts. The Maroons were led by guard Robby Pridgen, who scored 20 points off the bench.

W&L vs. THE ODAC: W&L sports a 153-190 (.446) all-time record in the ODAC and is 313-274 (.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 (33-59) Virginia. Wesleyan (8-15)

SCOUTING BRIDGEWATER: Bridgewater is 9-14 overall, 5-12 in the ODAC and has dropped each of its last six games dating back to Jan. 25. On Saturday, the Eagles were defeated by Lynchburg, 63-53. BC was led by Brad Harrington, who tallied 17 points and seven rebounds. Kyle Williford totaled 15 points and 12 rebounds in the losing effort. As a team, Bridgewater shot just 36 percent from the floor and 25 percent (5-20) from three-point range. On the season, the Eagles are paced by Harrington, who averages 20.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. He shoots 44 percent from beyond the arc and claims 51 three-point field goals. Williford has posted averages of 16.8 points and 9.5 rebounds and is possibly the front runner for ODAC Rookie of the Year.

KEYS FROM THE LAST MEETING: In the last meeting, the Generals hit 7-of-15 three-pointers and were 13-of-16 from the line as four players scored in double-figures. The Generals controlled much of the post play as Rich Peterson, Scott Hudson, and Brian Ricketts accounted for 30 points, 20 rebounds, and six blocked shots. The Generals also committed just 14 turnovers.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE MAN: Posting double figures in both points and rebounds in each of his last three games, junior center Rich Peterson has been a dominating force. Over the course of the last three games, he is averaging 14.7 points, 12.3 rebounds, 3.0 blocks, 1.0 assists, and 1.0 steals. He had 16 points (8-of-11 shooting) and 10 rebounds at Randolph-Macon (2/8), 16 points and a career-high 14 rebounds against Lynchburg (2/10), and 12 points and 13 rebounds at Roanoke (2/13). On the season, Peterson claims five double-doubles.

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 (235) and junior point guard Walt Plyler is sixth with 221 career assists. Cobbin can move up to fourth all-time with five more assists this season, and Plyler can move into a tie for fifth all-time with 14 more assists. Junior forward Scott Hudson is third all-time with 75 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.

TOURNAMENT SEEDING TALK: The Generals are currently tied with Bridgewater for seventh place in the ODAC standings at 5-12. Lynchburg is currently in ninth place with a 4-13 ODAC mark. If the Generals defeat Bridgewater tonight, they will assure themselves of the seventh seed in the tournament and will face Randolph-Macon on Saturday at 6:00 pm. If Bridgewater wins tonight's game, the Generals' fate will be determined by Lynchburg who is at Hampden-Syndey this evening. A Lynchburg win and a W&L loss would have the Generals finishing as the ninth seed and out of the tournament. A Lynchburg loss coupled with a W&L loss would place the Generals as the eighth seed and they would face Hampden-Sydney on Saturday at 1:00 pm.


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