THE SERIES: W&L and Lynchburg will be meeting for the 84th time this evening, with W&L holding a 60-23 advantage in the all-time series. W&L won both of the contests between the two teams last season.
Washington and Lee Men's Basketball Game NotesGame 12 - W&L at Lynchburg - January 13, 1999 - 7:30 pm
LAST MEETING: (W&L 46, LC 42; Feb. 11, 1998; Lynchburg, Va.): Kelly Dyer scored a game-high 19 points to lead W&L past Lynchburg 46-42. W&L used a 9-0 run late in the first half to take a 17-12 lead and led 19-17 at halftime. The game remained close for most of the second half and W&L led 41-36 after a basket by Kelly Dyer with 1:50 remaining. After Lynchburg pulled to within 41-39, Will Ballard grabbed an offensive rebound and scored to give W&L a four-point lead with 37 seconds remaining. Lynchburg closed to within 43-42 on a three-pointer by Rodney Early with 14 seconds to play and then Walt Plyler hit one free throw with 12 seconds left to end a string of five straight W&L misses from the line and give the Generals a 44-42 lead. LC's Jerry O'Hara then missed a baseline jumper and Matt Jackson grabbed the rebound and hit two free throws with one second left to clinch the victory. Rich Peterson added eight points and seven rebounds for W&L and Kevin Cobbin had six assists while committing just two turnovers. O'Hara led Lynchburg with 13.
UP NEXT FOR W&L: The Generals will play host to Randolph-Macon on Sat., Jan. 13 at 3:00 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 an 18-65 (.217) record at W&L and a 140-159 (.468) 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 Hornets are led by Joe Davis, who is entering his 20th season of coaching college basketball and claims a 269-254 (.514) career record. Davis is in his eighth season at Lynchburg and is 67-124 (.351) with the Hornets.
W&L's LAST GAME: W&L dropped its fourth game in a row on Monday night, losing a non-conference game at Dickinson College by a score of 60-53. The Generals came back several times throughout the game. With 2:35 left in the first half, they trailed 29-18, but scored the final eight points of the half to cut the Red Devil lead to 29-26 at halftime. The Generals were down 36-28 early in the second half, before going on a 12-2 run that would give them a 40-38 lead with 11:37 to play in the game. Dickinson then went on a 16-9 run to take a 54-49 lead with 3:33 to play and never looked back as they went on to the seven-point victory. The Generals were led by Will Ballard, who scored 15 points and Chad Braley, who added 11. Matt Shaffer led the Red Devils with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
W&L vs. THE ODAC: W&L sports a 150-182 (.452) all-time record in the ODAC and is 310-267 (.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 (36-18) Emory & Henry (48-24) Guilford (7-13) Hampden-Sydney (40-50) Lynchburg (60-23) Randolph-Macon (12-38) Roanoke (33-58) Va. Wesleyan (8-15)
SCOUTING LYNCHBURG: Lynchburg enters tonight's game with a 1-9 overall record, 0-4 in the ODAC. The Hornets are coming off a 78-58 loss to Randolph-Macon on Saturday. Lynchburg was led by Dennis Brown, who scored 20 points and Chris Whelan, who scored 17 points. The Hornets shot just 37.3 percent from the floor and were outrebounded 41-25 in the contest. On the season, the Hornets are led by Brown, a mid-season transfer from Concord College, who is averaging 18.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game through four games. He is joined in double-figure scoring by Whelan (15.6 ppg.) and Jerry O'Hara (10.4 ppg.). The Hornets are shooting just 37.9 percent from the floor and are being outrebounded by an average of 10 rebounds per game.
GENERALS ARE 0 FOR 1999: After ending 1998 with an 80-70 win over Emory & Henry on Dec. 9, the Generals have gone 0-4 in January with conference losses against Virginia Wesleyan, Eastern Mennonite, Roanoke and a non-conference loss at Dickinson. In those four games, W&L has shot just 39.6 percent from the floor.
SWITCH IT AROUND: Through 11 games, the Generals have used six different lineups and have started nine different players. In addition, 10 players are averaging better than 10 minutes per game.
FOUL-PLAGUED PETERSON: Junior center Rich Peterson has been plagued with foul trouble this season, having fouled out of five-of-11 games, including each of his last three. When Peterson collects three fouls or less, he averages 16.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. When Peterson collects four or more fouls, he averages just 10.0 points and 4.1 rebounds per contest.
GENERALS TURN IN NATION'S BEST FREE THROW SHOOTING PERFORMANCE: In the Generals' loss to Virginia Wesleyan on Jan. 2, they hit 20-of-21 free throw attempts which currently is the best team free throw shooting performance in the NCAA Division III this season. W&L did not miss a free throw after the 14:15 mark of the opening half.