THE SERIES: W&L and Virginia Wesleyan will be meeting for the 23rd time this afternoon, with the Marlins holding a 14-8 advantage in the all-time series. VWC has taken eight of the last nine meetings, with the teams splitting their two games last season. The Generals posted a 59-53 win in Lexington and the Marlins notched a 68-57 win in Norfolk. The Generals have not beaten VWC in Norfolk since the 1990-91 season (81-51).
Washington and Lee Men's Basketball Game NotesGame 8 - W&L at Virginia Wesleyan - January 2, 1999 - 2:00 pm
LAST MEETING: (VWC 68, W&L 57; 2/4/98; Norfolk, Va.): Knotted at 30-30 at the break, Virginia Wesleyan outscored W&L 38-27 in the second half to post a 68-57 win in Norfolk. VWC had four players in double-figures led by Jason Nickerson, who scored 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Kelly Dyer paced the Generals with 16 points and was joined in double-figures by Rich Peterson (13). W&L hit just 2-of-11 three-point attempts in the game.
UP NEXT FOR W&L: The Generals will return to the court on Thursday, Jan. 7, when they travel to Harrisonburg, Va., to face Eastern Mennonite in a 7:00 pm contest.
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 an 18-61 (.228) record at W&L and a 140-154 (.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 Marlins are led by Terry Butterfield (Eckerd '79), who is in his 10th year at VWC and has posted a 132-108 (.550) record. Butterfield was named the 1992 ODAC Coach of the Year after leading the Marlins to their first-ever ODAC title and their first NCAA Tournament birth since 1982.
W&L's LAST GAME: Four players scored in double-figures to help lead Washington & Lee over Emory & Henry, 80-70, in ODAC men's basketball. W&L never trailed in the contest and shot 50 percent (13-26) in the first half to build a 34-26 halftime lead. Emory & Henry closed the W&L lead to just one point (48-47) with 11:28 in the second half, but the Generals pulled away to surmount another double-digit lead (66-56) with 6:23 remaining. The Wasps (5-2, 2-1) did not give in, however, as they again cut into the Generals (3-4, 2-1) lead, making it a three-point game (73-70) with just 1:07 remaining. W&L then reeled off seven-straight points to walk away with the 10-point victory. W&L out-rebounded the Wasps, 44-31, in the contest and shot 37 free throws as opposed to 22 for E&H. The Generals were led by junior center Rich Peterson, who posted 16 points and 12 rebounds and freshman forward Bob Bustamante, who posted career-highs in points (16) and rebounds (8). Sophomore guard Chad Braley scored in double figures for the seventh-consecutive game this season, tallying 15 points and senior guard Kevin Cobbin chipped in with 12 points and three assists. Emory & Henry was led by junior guard Justin Porterfield, who scored 18 points and senior center Chris Barbour, who tallied 15 points.
W&L vs. THE ODAC: W&L sports a 150-179 (.456) all-time record in the ODAC and is 310-264 (.540) 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 (48-24) Guilford (7-13) Hampden-Sydney (40-50) Lynchburg (60-23) Randolph-Macon (12-38) Roanoke (33-57) Va. Wesleyan (8-14)
SCOUTING VIRGINIA WESLEYAN: Virginia Wesleyan enter's tonight's contest with a 5-1 overall record, 2-0 in the ODAC. Most recently, the Marlins defeated Salisbury State, 90-74, on December 7 in Norfolk, Va. Jason Nickerson led the way for the Marlins as he continued his accurate shooting from the field. He netted 31 points to compliment 14 rebounds for a double-double as the senior connected on 14-of-20 attempts. Nickerson and fellow senior Tim Petrillo are each averaging a league-best 24.0 points per game. They are joined in double-figures by senior Troy Walton, who is averaging 15.2 points per game. Nickerson leads the ODAC in shooting (64.8%) and is third in the league in rebounding (9.5 rpg.). Petrillo also paces the league in steals (5.1 spg.) and is second in three-point field goal shooting (44.2%). As a team, the Marlins lead the league in field goal percentage (51.5%) and have made a league-best 49 three-pointers.
BRALEY BARRAGE: Sophomore guard Chad Braley has been a constant in the Generals' lineup thus far on the season, averaging a team-best 16.0 points per game on 49 percent shooting. Braley, a transfer from Transylvania University, has scored in double-figures every game he's played at W&L (7 games) and had a season-best 22 points in a 74-61 win over Middlebury in the W&L 250th Tournament on Dec. 5.
FOCUSING ON FUNDAMENTALS: The Generals have won two of their last three games and have done so by playing fundamental basketball. During that stretch, W&L has shot nearly 46 percent from the field and 72 percent from the free throw line. The Generals outrebounded its opponents in those games 114-87 and shot 42 more free throws. In addition, the Generals 80-70 win over Emory & Henry, marked the first game in the Kevin Moore era that W&L led a game from start to finish.