1996-97 Washington and Lee Men's Basketball Game Recaps


Eastern Mennonite 103, W&L 92
Feb. 19, 1997 -- Harrisonburg, Va.
	The Generals season ended with a 103-92 loss at Eastern 
Mennonite. W&L shot 53 percent from the field and 53 percent from 
three-point range, but the Royals were even hotter, hitting 64 percent 
from the field. W&L placed five players in double figures, led by Rich 
Peterson with 22 points. Tyler Ratcliffe hit a season-high three 
three-pointers to finish with 16 points, Walt Plyler had 13 going 3-for-3 
from three-point range, Gavin Dean had 12 and Scott Hudson scored 10.

Bridgewater 93, W&L 78 Feb. 17, 1997 -- Bridgewater, Va. Washington and Lee battled to overcome a nine-point halftime deficit, but the Eagles shot 79 percent from the field in the second half on 15 of 19 shooting to defeat W&L 93-78. The Eagles also outscored W&L 17-4 from the charity stripe in the second stanza. Scott Hudson had a career-high 19 points for W&L and Kelly Dyer also added 19 points. Rich Peterson had 11 points in just 15 minutes of action because of foul trouble. Peterson, Dyer and Gavin Dean all fouled out of the contest.

Roanoke 82, W&L 54 Feb. 15, 1997 -- Salem, Va. Roanoke opened the game with a 14-4 run and cruised to an 82-54 victory over Washington and Lee before 1,749 fans at the Bast Center. W&L shot just 39 percent from the field and committed 25 turnovers. Kelly Dyer led the Generals with 11 points and Matt Jackson and Rich Peterson each added 10.

Lynchburg 89, W&L 79 Feb. 12, 1997 -- Lynchburg, Va. Lynchburg held off a second-half rally by Washington and Lee to win 89-79 in ODAC action. Lynchburg led 64-47 with 14:13 remaining, but the Generals rallied to trim the lead to just 76-74 on a three-pointer by Tyler Ratcliffe with 4:31 left in the game. Lynchburg stretched the lead to seven before Matt Jackson hit a three-pointer to pull W&L to within 81-77, but Lynchburg answered with an 8-0 run, all on free throws, to pull away. Jackson led the Generals with a career-high 24 points, including 18 in the second half. Kelly Dyer added 14 points and Rich Peterson had 13 points and nine rebounds.

Randolph-Macon 73, W&L 62 Feb. 10, 1997 -- Ashland, Va. Randolph-Macon pulled away from a 38-32 halftime advantage to defeat the Generals 73-62. W&L shot just 39 percent from the field in the second half and committed 19 turnovers in the game. Rich Peterson scored 21 points to lead the Generals.

Eastern Mennonite 97, W&L 94 (ot) Feb. 8, 1997 -- Lexington, Va. Mike McElroy's three-pointer with four seconds remaining in overtime lifted Eastern Mennonite past W&L 97-94. The Generals had tied the game 94-94 with 33 seconds remaining in overtime on a three-point play by freshman center Rich Peterson. W&L trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half, but cut the gap to 45-43 at halftime. W&L took a brief lead early in the second half, but trailed for the majority of the half until Matt Jackson's three-pointer from the top of the key with 1:02 remaining in regulation tied the game 84-84 and forced overtime. Peterson led W&L with 19 points and 10 rebounds and Scott Hudson had a career-high 17.

Va. Wesleyan 88, W&L 62 Feb. 5, 1997 -- Lexington, Va. Virginia Wesleyan used two big runs to pull away for an 88-62 victory over Washington and Lee. The game was tied 24-24 with just over five minutes left in the first half when the Marlins closed the half with an 11-4 run to take a 35-28 lead at the break. Virginia Wesleyan then put the game away by opening the second half with a 19-4 run. W&L committed 25 turnovers in the contest and was outrebounded 26-14 in the second half. Freshman Rich Peterson led W&L with 15 points and added eight rebounds. Also in double figures was Kelly Dyer with 11 points.

Guilford 83, W&L 81 (ot) Feb. 1, 1997 -- Greensboro, N.C. Kenyatta Ramsey's tip-in at the buzzer gave Guilford an 83-81 overtime victory against the Generals. W&L led 38-29 at halftime and held a 72-65 lead with 1:29 remaining in regulation after Walt Plyler scored four straight points for W&L. The Quakers, however, scored the final seven points of regulation to force overtime. Neither team led by more than two in the overtime and Plyler put W&L in position to force a second overtime by drilling a 15-footer with seven seconds remaining to tie the game 81-81. Guilford's Kevin Spainhour drove and shot a 17-footer with three seconds remaining and was off the mark, but Ramsey tipped in the winner as time expired to give the Quakers the win. Matt Jackson and Kelly Dyer each had 14 for W&L and Plyler added a career-high 13.

Hampden-Sydney 87, W&L 59 Jan. 29, 1997 -- Hampden-Sydney, Va. Hampden-Sydney forced W&L into 27 turnovers and rolled to an 87-59 victory over the Generals. W&L shot just 27 percent from the field in the first half to fall behind 36-19 at the break. The Generals cut the lead to nine on two occasions in the first half, but got no closer. Rich Peterson led W&L's effort with 14 points and seven rebounds and Kelly Dyer added 13 points.

Bridgewater 79, W&L 63 Jan. 24, 1997 -- Lexington, Va. Bridgewater senior guard Scott Powers scored all 23 of his points in the second half to lead the Eagles past the Generals 79-63 in an ODAC game. The Generals trailed just 29-25 at halftime, but Bridgewater shot 66 percent from the field in the second half. W&L trailed just 49-42 with 12:19 remaining, but the Eagles scored 10 straight points, eight by Powers, to put the game out of reach. Kelly Dyer led the Generals with 19 points and seven rebounds. Senior guard Chris Couzen, playing his final game because of a shoulder injury that will require surgery, scored seven points to go over the 800-point mark for his career.

Emory & Henry 105, W&L 88 Jan. 22, 1997 -- Lexington, Va. The Generals scored a season-high points, but Emory & Henry went over the century mark to defeat the Generals 105-88. The Wasps shot 54 percent from the field in the first half, including 5-for-10 from three-point range, to lead 53-39 at the break and cruised to the victory. W&L had 48 rebounds in the game, including 22 offensive rebounds, but was hurt by just 45 percent shooting and 20 turnovers. Matt Jackson matched his career-high of 17 points and Rich Peterson added 16. Also in double figures were Tyler Ratcliffe with 13 and Gavin Dean and Kelly Dyer with 10 each. Randolph-Macon 87, W&L 76 Jan. 18, 1997 -- Lexington, Va. Randolph-Macon sophomore Matt Meehan scored 24 of his career-high 36 points in the second half to lead the Yellow Jackets past W&L 87-76 in the Warner Center. W&L led by as many as eight points in the first half and took a 35-31 lead into the break. The Yellow Jackets took over the game in the second half, shooting 65 percent from the field to tally 56 points in the half. Kelly Dyer led the Generals with 20 points while Matt Jackson (13) and Rich Peterson (12) both scored in double figures as well. Lynchburg 83, W&L 77 Jan. 15, 1997 -- Lexington, Va. Otis Tucker scored 31 points, including all nine points of a 9-2 Hornet run in the closing minutes, to lead Lynchburg past Washington and Lee 83-77 in an ODAC game. W&L took a 71-70 lead on Matt Jackson's jumper with 4:48 remaining, but Tucker ignited the 9-2 run over the next four minutes to secure the win for Lynchburg. Freshman Rich Peterson had his second straight double-double for W&L, scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Jackson added career-highs of 17 points and seven rebounds and Gavin Dean added 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting. Roanoke 91, W&L 77 Jan. 11, 1997 -- Lexington, Va. The Generals gave nationally ranked Roanoke a run before falling 91-77 in the Warner Center. The Generals trailed just 62-57 with 11:55 remaining, but the Maroons went on a 14-2 run over the next five minutes to take control of the contest. Freshman center Rich Peterson led the Generals with a career-high 28 points, including 20 in the first half, and also grabbed 11 rebounds. Freshman forward Scott Hudson also had a career-high, scoring 15 points. Haverford 63, W&L 57 Jan. 6, 1997 -- Lexington, Va. Haverford went on a 16-3 run early in the second half to key a 63-57 victory over Washington and Lee. The Generals led 30-25 at the half, but went scoreless for a seven minute stretch early in the second half to allow the Fords to pull ahead. W&L pulled to within 48-47 on a basket by freshman Rich Peterson with 5:48 remaining, but Haverford's Robert Weinert scored six straight points to end the W&L threat. Weinert had a game-high 21 points. Kelly Dyer led W&L 13 points while Scott Hudson had 10 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. Peterson had nine points and nine rebounds. Virginia Wesleyan 88, W&L 68 Jan. 4, 1997 -- Norfolk, Va. Tim Petrillo scored 14 points to lead seven Virginia Wesleyan players in double figures in an 88-68 victory over Washington and Lee. The Generals trailed just 37-33 at the half, but the Marlins scored the first 11 points of the second half to take command. W&L cut the margin to 60-53 on a three-point play by freshman Scott Hudson with 9:07 to play, but got no closer. Kelly Dyer led the Generals with 12 points while freshman guard Mike Faber helped spark the Generals with career-high totals of 11 points and three steals. Emory & Henry 78, W&L 73 Dec. 11, 1996 -- Lexington, Va. Jason Light scored 26 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Emory & Henry past Washington and Lee 78-73. The Generals led by as many as 12 points in the first half, but Light scored eight points in the final four minutes of the first half to cut the W&L lead to 38-36. E&H opened up an eight-point lead in the second half, but came back to tie the game 64-64 on a pair of free throws by Gavin Dean with 5:46 remaining. W&L trailed 76-73 with 10 seconds remaining when a game-tying three-point attempt by Kelly Dyer went in and out and Light then iced the game with two free throws. Kevin Cobbin led the Generals with a career-high 16 points and W&L got 12 points from Chris Couzen and 11 from Dyer. VMI 112, W&L 67 Dec. 7, 1996 -- Lexington, Va. Maurice Spencer scored 32 points, hitting 6-of-8 from three-point range, to lead the Division I Keydets past the Generals in a battle of the two Lexington schools. W&L led 3-2 early in the game after a three-pointer by Kelly Dyer, but Spencer's first three-pointer put the Keydets up for good and they moved out to a 25-6 lead early. Rich Peterson led the Generals with 11 points and Scott Hudson had 10 points and six rebounds. W&L 79, Guilford 78 Dec. 6, 1996 -- Lexington, Va. Walt Plyler's free throw with two seconds left lifted Washington and Lee past Guilford 79-78 in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference game. W&L led 78-69 with 3:48 remaining, but the Quakers scored nine straight points to tie the game before Plyler's game-winning free throw. Freshman Rich Peterson led the Generals with a career-high 20 points, Kelly Dyer added 14 points and Brian Ricketts had 10 points and nine rebounds. Hampden-Sydney 91, W&L 87 Dec. 4, 1996 -- Lexington, Va. Hampden-Sydney rallied from an 11-point deficit with less than three minutes to play to force overtime and then went on to defeat the Generals 91-87. Hampden-Sydney's Chris Fox was 1-for-14 from the field until hitting his next four shots and scoring 10 points in the final three minutes of regulation. Rich Peterson led the Generals with 17 points and eight rebounds and Matt Jackson had 15 points. Pomona-Pitzer 73, W&L 62 Nov. 30, 1996 -- Claremont, Calif. Pomona-Pitzer placed four players in double figures to defeat Washington and Lee 73-62 in the championship game of the West Coast Classic. Pomona-Pitzer led 20-18 late in the first half and then held W&L scoreless for six plus minutes to move out to a 31-21 halftime lead. The Sagehens led by as many as 20 before W&L rallied to cut the gap to nine points with four minutes remaining, but the Generals got no closer. Freshman center Rich Peterson led the Generals with 16 points and freshman guard Matt Jackson added 13. W&L 83, Claremont Mudd Scripps 81 Nov. 29, 1996 -- Claremont, Calif. Rich Peterson blocked a layup attempt with two seconds remaining to preserve an 83-81 Washington and Lee victory over Claremont Mudd Scripps in the opening round of the West Coast Classic. W&L led by as many as 17 points in the second half before holding off the late Stag rally. Senior guard Chris Couzen led the Generals with 24 points and went 7-for-7 from the free throw line in the final two minutes. Peterson added 17 points and freshman guard Matt Jackson had 15 points with two crucial free throws in the final minute. Elmira 88, W&L 81 Nov. 24, 1996 -- Elmira, N.Y. Elmira used two big second half spurts to overcome a 44-36 Washington and Lee halftime lead and defeat the Generals 88-81 in the consolation game of the Elmira Tip Off Classic. Elmira scored the first 12 points of the second half and then used a 14-point run to help open a 14-point second half lead with just under 10 minutes remaining. W&L closed to within 74-70 on Kelly Dyer's three-pointer with 5:23 remaining, but would get no closer. Dyer led the Generals with a career-high 22 points and nine rebounds and Rich Peterson added 13 points. Bloomfield 68, W&L 64 Nov. 23, 1996 -- Elmira, N.Y. Bloomfield's Kirk Kassebaum hit a three-pointer with 28 seconds remaining to break a 64-64 tie and help the Deacons to a 68-64 victory over Washington and Lee. W&L led by as many as 10 points in the first half and Bloomfield's first lead of the game since the opening minute did not come until 3:20 remained. Kelly Dyer led the Generals with 21 points and Brian Ricketts had 14 points and eight rebounds.


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