THE SERIES: W&L and Emory & Henry will be meeting for the 72nd time this evening, with the Generals holding a 45-26 advantage in the all-time series. However, the Wasps have won each of the last three meetings.
Washington and Lee Men's Basketball Game NotesGame 7 - W&L vs. Emory & Henry - December 9 - 7:30 pm
LAST MEETING: (Emory & Henry 65, W&L 62; 1/21/98; Emory, Va.): W&L trailed by 14 points (36-22) at the break and gave a valient second half effort, oustcoring E&H 43-26 in the second stanza, but it wasn't enough as the Wasps walked away with a 65-62 win in Emory, Va. The Generals were led by Rich Peterson, who shot 9-of-12 from the field and scored a game-high 23 points while grabbing eight rebounds. Will Ballard chipped in with 15 points. Emory & Henry was led by Patrick Moore, who tallied 16 points, hitting four three-pointers in the game.
UP NEXT FOR W&L: The Generals will take a long break for finals and winter vacation before returning to the court on Jan. 2 in Norfolk, Va. W&L will face ODAC-foe Virginia Wesleyan in a 2:00 pm game.
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 17-61 (.218) record at W&L and a 139-154 (.474) 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 Wasps are led by Bob Johnson, who is in his 19th year at E&H and has posted a 274-230 record. He is a three-time South Region Coach of the Year and led the Wasps to a 13-12 record last season, 11-7 in the ODAC.
W&L's LAST GAME: Washington (Mo.) held off a furious W&L rally late in the game to hold on to a 66-64 victory in the championship game of the W&L 250th Celebration Tournament at the Warner Center. Washington (3-4) jumped out to a 24-17 lead with 2:56 remaining in the first half, but the Generals stormed back by scoring the final nine points of the half to take a 26-24 lead into the break. Wash U. took a 31-30 lead with 17:28 left in the game and never relinquished it. The Bears built a 10-point lead, 50-40, with 10:29 left as the Generals (2-4) pecked away for the rest of the game. With 12 seconds remaining, senior point guard Kevin Cobbin hit a lay up to bring the Generals within 66-64. W&L then fouled sophomore guard Ryan Patton, who missed both free throws allowing W&L an opportunity to tie or win the game at the buzzer. Sophomore guard Will Ballard shot a three-pointer, had it blocked, got the rebound, and missed another three-pointer in desparation as time expired on the Generals rally. Wash U. was led by senior center David Cerven, who scored 20 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and earned tournament MVP honors. Sophomore forward Chris Alexander scored 14 points in earning all-tournament team honors as well. W&L was led by sophomore guard Chad Braley, who scored 17 points and junior forward Rich Peterson, who scored 10 points and grabbed eight boards in just 16 minutes of action. Both were named to the all-tournament team. Cobbin added 10 points for W&L.
W&L vs. THE ODAC: W&L sports a 149-179 (.454) all-time record in the ODAC and is 307-265 (.537) 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 (45-26) Guilford (7-13) Hampden-Sydney (40-50) Randolph-Macon (12-38) Roanoke (33-57) Va. Wesleyan (8-14) Lynchburg (60-23)
SCOUTING EMORY & HENRY: Emory & Henry enter's tonight's contest with a 5-1 overall record, 2-0 in the ODAC. Most recently, the Wasps defeated Guilford, 90-87, in Emory, Va. Chris Barbour scored a game-high 18 points on 7-for-7 shooting from the floor. Donald Thurston tallied 16 points and Justin Porterfield totaled 12 asissts. Guilford placed six players in double-figures. On the season, the Wasps are led by Barbour, who is averaging 14.5 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, while shooting 72.2 percent from the floor.
BRALEY REMAINS HOT!: Sophomore guard Chad Braley has continued to stay hot from beyond the arc, hitting on 44 percent (16-36) of his three-point attempts. Overall, Braley is shooting 50 percent from the field and 81 percent from the free throw line. He leads the Generals in scoring with an average of 16.2 points per game.
SLOWING THINGS DOWN: The Generals have begun to play better ball of late and the difference has been the style of play. In its first two games, W&L ran an up-tempo game and allowed an average of 85.0 points per game, while going 0-2. In its last four, W&L has slowed the tempo and held its opponents to an average of 66.5 points per game and has gone 2-2. In their last two, the Generals have surrendered an average of just 63.5 per game.
IS 2-4 MISLEADING?: W&L is 2-4 overall in the early going, but the record may be a bit misleading. The Generals have played three teams, Sewanee, Maryville, and Hampden-Sydney, who have combined six NCAA Tournament appearances in the last three years and Washington (Mo.) is a perennial NCAA Tournament contender.