THE SERIES: W&L and Eastern Mennonite will be meeting for the 54th time this evening, with the Generals holding a 36-17 advantage in the all-time series. EMU has taken each of the last five games between the two teams, with W&L last defeating the Royals 100-79 on Feb. 3, 1996 in the Warner Center.
Washington and Lee Men's Basketball Game NotesGame 9 - W&L at Eastern Mennonite - January 5, 1999 - 7:00 pm
LAST MEETING: (EMU 72, W&L 62; 2/18/98; Lexington, Va.): EMU placed four players in double-figures and shot 52 percent from the field en route to a 72-62 win over the Generals in W&L's final regular season game. Troy Gerber led the Royals with 14 points and 10 rebounds and Kelly Dyer paced W&L with 20 points. Eastern Mennonite outrebounded the Generals 43-32 and hit 9-of-20 three-point attempts in the contest.
UP NEXT FOR W&L: The Generals will return to the court on Saturday, Jan. 9, when they host arch-rival Roanoke in a 4:00 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 18-62 (.225) record at W&L and a 140-155 (.475) 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 Royals are led by Tom Baker (Eastern Mennonite '81), who is in his seventh year at EMU and has posted a 55-101 (.353) record heading into Tuesday's game with Bridgewater. Baker earned ODAC Coach of the Year honors after leading the Royals to a 16-9 record last season, 11-7 in the ODAC.
W&L's LAST GAME: Junior center Rich Peterson scored a season-high 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the floor, but it wasn't enough as Washington and Lee fell to Virginia Wesleyan, 82-75, in ODAC men's basketball on Saturday afternoon. Peterson also hit all six of his free throw attempts and gathered nine rebounds and two blocks in the contest. As a team, the Generals (3-5, 2-2) hit 20-of-21 free throws (95%) and shot 46 percent from the floor, but the Marlins (6-1, 3-0) nailed 54 percent of their shots, including 53 percent of their three-point attempts (9-17). Junior forwards Brian Ricketts and Scott Hudson each scored 10 points for W&L. VWC was led by senior guard Troy Walton, who had 21 points and junior guard Tim Petrillo, who had 20 points.
W&L vs. THE ODAC: W&L sports a 150-180 (.455) all-time record in the ODAC and is 310-265 (.539) 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 (8-15) SCOUTING EASTERN MENNONITE: Eastern Mennonite is 5-3 overall, 1-1 in the ODAC entering a contest with Bridgewater on Tuesday, Jan. 5, before hosting the Generals. The Royals claim five players averaging in double-figures led by senior forward Matt Yoder (17.8 ppg.) and sophomore guard Joel Kauffman (17.1 ppg.). Senior center Mike McElroy (Buena Vista, Va./Parry McCluer) averages 15.8 points and a team-high 7.8 rebounds per game.
DEAD AIM: In the Generals' loss to Virginia Wesleyan on Jan. 2, they were deadly from the free throw stripe, hitting 20-of-21 (.950) of their charity tosses, including the final 19 they took in the game. W&L's only miss from the line occurred at the 14:15 mark of the opening half.
PETERSON TAKES CHARGE: Junior center Rich Peterson took charge against Viginia Wesleyan, hitting 10-of-12 shots from the field and all six of his free throws in tallying a season-high 26 points. Peterson also gathered nine rebounds, blocked two shots, and held the ODAC's-leading scorer, Jason Nickerson, to just eight points. Over his last three games, Peterson is averaging 17.3 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.
PREMIER POST PLAY: The Generals established their post game at Virginia Wesleyan, with center Rich Peterson and forwards Brian Ricketts and Scott Hudson. All told, the trio accounted for 46 of the Generals' 75 points and combined for 19 of their 33 rebounds.
BUSTAMANTE PROVIDES BOOST OFF THE BENCH: Freshman forward Bob Bustamante has provided the Generals with a nice boost from the bench of late, averaging 9.7 points and 4.7 rebounds over his last three games. He also leads the team in free throw percentage, hitting 16-of-19 attempts (.842) from the line.