Washington and Lee Men's Basketball Game Notes

ODAC Tournament Quarterfinals - Salem Civic Center - Salem, Va.
Game 25 - W&L vs. Hampden-Sydney - February 21, 1999 - 1:00 pm
THE SERIES: W&L and Hampden-Sydney have met 91 times over the years, with the Tigers holding a 51-40 advantage in the all-time series. The Tigers took each of the two meetings thus far this season and each team took one meeting in 1997-98.

LAST MEETING: (H-SC 80, W&L 59; Jan. 27, 1999; Hampden-Sydney, Va.): The Washington and Lee men's basketball team hung tough at Hampden-Sydney, but not close enough as the seventh-ranked Tigers came out victorious, 80-59. The Tigers jumped out to a quick 18-8 lead with 12:35 remaining in the first half and pushed the lead to 16 points (37-21) at halftime. The Generals cut the lead to 15 points (55-40) with 9:39 remaining in the game, but could get no closer as the Tigers cruised to the 21-point victory. Three players registered in double-figure scoring for the Generals. They were led by sophomore guard Chad Braley who scored 16 points and a grabbed a career-high six rebounds. Junior center Rich Peterson scored 13 points on 4-of-4 field goal shooting. Peterson also blocked four H-SC shots. Senior guard Kevin Cobbin added 11 points. The Tigers were paced by junior guard, T.J. Grimes who scored 23 points. The Generals shot 42.3 percent for the game, but improved to shoot 50 percent in the second half. The Tigers shot 39.1 percent from the field for the game but shot 56.3 percent from behind the three-point arc.

FIRST MEETING: (H-SC 84, W&L 59; Dec. 2, 1999; Lexington, Va.): Hampden-Sydney used a balanced scoring attack, placing six players in double-figures in defeating Washington and Lee, 84-59 at the Warner Center. The Tigers led by just five points (18-13) with 10:21 remaining in the opening half before surging on a 20-2 run over the next 7:26 to take a commanding 38-15 lead in posting a 43-23 halftime advantage. The Generals cut Hampden-Sydney's lead to just 11 points (59-48) with 9:01 remaining but could get no closer as the Tigers cruised to the 25-point victory, its closest margin of victory on the season to that point. Junior center Jeremy Harris led Hampden-Sydney in scoring with 12 points. He was joined in double-figures by junior forward Jack Jirak, junior guard T.J. Grimes, and senior guard Alex Robbins who scored 11 points each. Junior guard Chris Fox and sophomore forward Brett Thompson added 10 points a piece. Washington and Lee was led by sophomore guard Chad Braley, who scored 17 points and junior center Rich Peterson, who had 15 points and five assists.

UP NEXT FOR W&L: If the Generals were to lose, the season would be over. If W&L wins, it would face the winner of #4 Emory & Henry and #5 Eastern Mennonite on Sunday at 2:00 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 143-167 (.461) 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 250-103 (.708) 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 153-191 (.445) all-time record in the ODAC and is 313-275 (.532) 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 (67-29) 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)

W&L's LAST GAME: Sophomore forward Will Ballard scored a career-high 21 points, but it wasn't enough as Washington and Lee dropped a 75-61 decision to Bridgewater in the regular season finale for both teams. With the game tied at 10-10 with 11:06 remaining in the opening half, Bridgewater (10-14, 6-12) went on a 9-0 run to take a 19-10 lead with 8:19 remaining and it never looked back, posting a 37-25 halftime advantage. W&L chipped away and cut the Eagles' lead to six points (62-56) with 2:54 remaining, but the Generals would get no closer. Freshman center Kyle Williford led Bridgewater with 21 points and 16 rebounds and junior guard Brad Harrington tallied 18 points. Ballard hit 5-of-7 three-point attempts in posting the career-high and he was followed in the W&L scoring column by junior center Rich Peterson, who posted 15 points and eight rebounds. Junior forward Scott Hudson tied a career-high with 11 rebounds.

W&L IN THE ODAC TOURNAMENT: W&L has played 30 ODAC Tournament games over the years and is 16-14 (.533) all-time in those games, 3-3 against Hampden-Sydney. The Generals have emerged as the ODAC Champion three times, with the last occurring on Feb. 23, 1980 at Hampden-Sydney (58-56). Only Hampden-Sydney and Roanoke have claimed more ODAC Tournament Championships than the Generals. The last meeting between the Tigers and the Generals in the ODAC Tournament occurred in the first round of the tournament on Feb. 18, 1995. H-SC coming out on top, 76-73. The following is a breakdown of the Generals vs. the members of the ODAC in the tournament:

Bridgewater (3-0) Eastern Mennonite (3-0) Emory & Henry (1-0) Guilford (0-0) Hampden-Sydney (3-3) Lynchburg (3-3) Maryville (2-1) Randolph-Macon (0-2) Roanoke (1-4) Virginia Wesleyan (0-1) W&L's LAST ODAC TOURNAMENT GAME: W&L's 1997-98 season ended with a 66-53 loss to Randolph-Macon in the quarterfinal round of the ODAC Tournament at the Salem Civic Center. Kelly Dyer, Matt Jackson and Rich Peterson all scored 12 points for the Generals. Randolph-Macon (19-6) shot 63 percent from the field in the first half to open up a 38-20 halftime lead and stretched the lead to 21 points early in the second half. W&L went on an 11-1 run, keyed by six Dyer points late in the second half, to cut the lead to 60-53 with 3:09 to play. However, the Generals went scoreless down the stretch to end the threat. W&L finished the season with a record of 10-15, an eight-game improvement over 1996-97.

W&L's LAST ODAC TOURNAMENT GAME vs. SYDNEY (2/8/95): Hampden Sydney (23-2) led by 13 points (39-26) at halftime, but the Generals fought back to take a 55-53 lead with 9:17 remaining on a pair of free throws by Mark Connelly. The game would remain nip-and-tuck for the duration, but Sydney would pull out the win, 76-73, via a pair of free throws in the final 33 seconds by Ryan Odom. W&L (10-15) was outrebounded H-SC 46-27 in the contest and shot nearly 58 percent in the second half. Connelly led W&L with 18 points and Cam Dyer totaled 16 points and 12 rebounds. Odom led Sydney with 16 points, while Nate Schwab and Todd Keer each tallied 15 points.

W&L's TOURNAMENT HISTORY WITH HAMPDEN-SYDNEY: W&L and Hampden-Sydney have met six times in the ODAC Tournament with the series tied at 3-3. Of the six games, three have been determined by three points or less with the Tigers prevailing in two of those three games. The average margin of victory in the six-game series is 8.8 points with the largest margin of victory (21 points) being an 87-66 win by Hampden-Sydney on Feb. 25, 1989 in the championship game.

SCOUTING HAMPDEN-SYDNEY: Hampden-Sydney is 22-2 overall and earned the tournament's No. 1 seeding by posting a 16-2 ODAC record. On Monday evening, the Tigers defeated Lynchburg, 80-40, in their regular season finale. T.J. Grimes scored a game-high 23 points, hitting 5-of-7 three-point attempts. Jeremy Harris added 10 points and David Hobbs contributed with 11 rebounds. On the season, Grimes leads the Tigers in scoring with a 17.8 points per game average. He also collects an average of 3.2 rebounds per game and claims 54 assists, fourth-best on the team. Harris averages 10.0 points and 4.6 rebounds. In all, five players average better than 8.0 points per game. As a team, Hampden-Sydney shoots 47 percent from the floor and outrebounds its opponents by 10.2 boards per game. The Tigers also average just 13.4 turnovers per game.

KEYS FROM THE LAST MEETING: In the last meeting, Sydney outrebounded the Generals, 49-31 and hit 9-of-16 three-point attempts as opposed to 2-of-9 three-point shooting for W&L. The Tigers also committed just 12 turnovers and had 13 different players enter the scoring column.

BALLARD IS RED HOT: Nobody on the Generals' team has been hotter over the past couple of weeks than sophomore guard/forward Will Ballard. He has scored in double-figures in seven of his last eight games and is averaging 15.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.9 steals during that stretch. He is also shooting 46.1 percent from the field and 51.6 percent from three-point range (16-31) during those seven games and scored a career-high 21 points on Monday evening at Bridgewater. On the season, Ballard is averaging 11.0 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. He shoots 47.5 percent from three-point range (29-61) which would rank him among the top three-point marksmen in the ODAC if he had enough attempts.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE MAN: Junior center Rich Peterson has posted double-doubles in three of his last four games and just missed his fourth consecutive double-double on Monday evening at Bridgewater when he totaled 15 points and eight rebounds. During those four games, Peterson is averaging 14.8 points, 11.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.5 blocks per game, while shooting 52.3 percent from the floor. He also collected a career-high 14 rebounds against Lynchburg on Feb. 10.

BEYOND THE ARC: The Generals are currently shooting 34.0 percent from beyond the three-point arc, the best single-season percentage since the 1992-93 season when they hit 34.4 percent of their long range bombs. In all, nine different players have dialed long distance led by sophomore guard Chad Braley, who claims 46 three's, the best single-season total by a W&L player since the 1994-95 season (47 - Jon Coffman).

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 on Feb. 6, when five players scored in 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 (236) and junior point guard Walt Plyler is sixth with 225 career assists. Cobbin can move up to fourth all-time with four more assists this season, and Plyler can move into a tie for fifth all-time with 11 more assists. Junior forward Scott Hudson is third all-time with 76 career blocks. Junior center Rich Peterson claims 873 career points and can become the 21st player all-time at W&L to score 1,000 career points with 127 more points.

HIGH MARK IN THE 90'S: W&L shot 62.3 percent from the floor in a win over Guilford on Jan. 30. 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.

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