1997-98 Washington and Lee Men's Basketball Game Recaps


Randolph-Macon 66, W&L 53
Feb. 21, 1998 -- Salem, Va.

Washington and Lee's men's basketball season ended with a 66-53 loss to 
Randolph-Macon in the quarterfinal round of the Old Dominion Athletic 
Conference Tournament at the Salem Civic Center. Kelly Dyer, Matt Jackson 
and Rich Peterson all scored 12 points for the Generals.

Randolph-Macon (19-6) shot 63 percent from the field in the first half to 
open up a 38-20 halftime lead and stretched the lead to 21 points early 
in the second half. W&L went on an 11-1 run, keyed by six Dyer points, 
late in the second half to cut the lead to 60-53 with 3:09 to play, but 
the Generals went scoreless down the stretch to end the threat.

W&L finished the season with a record of 10-15, an eight-game improvement 
over 1996-97, and qualified for the ODAC Tournament for just the second 
time in the last seven years.

W&L (53)
Hudson1 0-0 2, Dyer 5 2-2 12, Plyler 1 1-2 3, Ballard 3 0-0 8, Owsley 0 
0-0 0, Dirmann 2 0-0 4, Cobbin 0 0-1 0, Jackson 3 3-4 12, Cotter 0 0-0 0, 
Peterson 6 0-3 12. Totals 21 6-12 53.

R-MC (66)
Soper 1 1-2 3, Pirttima 2 2-2 7, Meehan 7 4-4 18, Goldin 5 2-3 16, 
McAloon 7 0-0 16, Gerlufsen 3 0-3 6, Talley 0 0-0 0, Brick 0 0-0 0. 
Totals 25 9-14 66.

Halftime score: R-MC 38-20; Three point field goals: W&L 5 (Jackson 3, 
Ballard 2), R-MC 7 (Goldin 4, McAloon 2, Pirttima); Rebounds: W&L 35 
(Jackson 8), R-MC 34 (Meehan, Pirttima 6); Assists: W&L 12 (Plyler, 
Jackson 3), R-MC 17 (Goldin, Gerlufsen 4); Blocks: W&L 2 (Hudson, 
Peterson), R-MC 1 (Pirttima); Steals: W&L 5 (Ballard 2), R-MC 9 (Goldin 4).

Eastern Mennonite 72, W&L 62 Feb. 18, 1998 -- Lexington, Va. Senior forward Troy Gerber scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Eastern Mennonite to a 72-62 victory over Washington and Lee in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference men's basketball game on Wednesday night. The Royals close the regular season with a 16-8 overall record and an 11-7 ODAC mark while W&L finishes 10-14, 7-11. W&L shot just 22 percent from the field in the first half and fell behind 36-19 at halftime. The Royals stretched the lead to 22 points early in the second half before W&L mounted a strong comeback. The Generals pulled to within 61-56 on a three-pointer by senior forward Kelly Dyer with 3:11 remaining in the game, but the Royals went 9-of-12 from the free throw line in the final two and a half minutes to put the game away. Dyer led the Generals with 20 points, including 14 in the second half, and sophomore guard Matt Jackson added 13 points, all in the second half. Junior center Mike McElroy added 13 points and eight rebounds for Eastern Mennonite and senior guard Carey Keyes had 12 points and six assists. W&L opens play in the ODAC Tournament on Saturday night at 6:00 against Randolph-Macon in the Salem (Va.) Civic Center. EMU (72) Hundley 1 0-0 3, Gerber 5 3-5 14, McElroy 6 0-0 13, Keyes 4 1-2 12, Yoder 3 3-4 10, Green 1 0-0 3, Kauffman 2 3-4 8, Caldwell 0 0-0 0, Lewis 4 1-2 9. Totals 26 11-19 72. W&L (62) Owsley 1 0-0 2, Dyer 8 2-2 20, Hudson 2 0-0 4, Dirmann 0 0-0 0, Ballard 3 3-3 10, Plyler 1 2-2 4, Cobbin 0 4-4 4, Jackson 5 0-0 13, Cotter 0 0-0 0, Peterson 2 1-2 5. Totals 22 12-13 62. Halftime score: EMU 36-19; Three point field goals: EMU 9 (Keyes 3, Hundley, Gerber, McElroy, Yoder, Green, Kauffman), W&L 6 (Jackson 3, Dyer 2, Ballard); Rebounds: EMU 43 (Gerber 10), W&L 32 (Hudson 7); Assists: EMU 16 (Keyes 6), W&L 14 (Ballard, Plyler, Jackson 3); Blocks: EMU 3 (3 with 1), W&L 5 (Hudson, Peterson 2); Steals: EMU 5 (Keyes 3), W&L 12 (Owsley 4).
Bridgewater 77, W&L 43 Feb. 16, 1998 -- Lexington, Va. Bridgewater used a 15-1 run to open the second half and pulled away for a 77-43 victory over Washington and Lee in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference men's basketball game on Monday night. Senior guard Craig Tutt led the Eagles (9-15, 5-13 ODAC) with 15 points. Tutt hit a running jumper with two seconds left in the first half to give the Eagles a 22-17 halftime lead. Bridgewater then held the Generals without a field goal for the first six and a half minutes of the second half to move in front 37-18. Bridgewater shot 55 percent from the floor in the second half. The Generals (10-13, 7-10 ODAC) were led by sophomore center Rich Peterson with eight points and sophomore forward Scott Hudson added seven points and seven rebounds. W&L closes the regular season on Wednesday night by hosting Eastern Mennonite and with the loss the Generals will be the No. 7 seed for the ODAC Tournament. W&L will play No. 2 seed Randolph-Macon on Saturday night at 6:00 in the Salem Civic Center. Bridgewater (77) Jones 5 2-4 12, Harrington 4 6-6 14, Orrock 4 1-1 9, Tutt 6 2-2 15, Burnette 0 0-0 0, Bourne 1 1-2 4, Whetzel 1 2-2 4, Reed 0 2-2 2, Snyder 1 0-0 3, Adams 2 2-2 8, Weller 1 0-0 2, Fairchilds 0 4-4 4. Totals 25 22-25 77. W&L (43) Hudson 3 1-3 7, Dyer 3 0-0 6, Peterson 3 2-4 8, Cobbin 1 2-2 4, Ballard 3 0-0 7, Angelillo 0 0-0 0, Dirmann 3 0-0 6, Plyler 0 0-0 0, Titus 0 0-0 0, Jackson 2 1-1 5, Stimpson 0 0-0 0, Cotter 0 0-2 0, Owsley 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 6-12 43. Halftime score: Bridgewater 22-17; Three point field goals: BC 5 (Adams 2, Tutt, Bourne, Snyder), W&L 1 (Ballard); Rebounds: BC 38 (Jones, Tutt 7), W&L 25 (Hudson 7); Assists: BC 13 (Harrington 5), W&L 10 (Plyler 3); Blocks: BC 4 (Orrock 3), W&L 1 (Cotter); Steals: BC 6 (Tutt 2), W&L 4 (Hudson 2).
Roanoke 74, W&L 67 Feb. 14, 1998 -- Salem, Va. Senior guard Mike Henrich made six three-pointers, including three during a key second half run, to lead Roanoke past 74-67 in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference men's basketball game on Saturday night. W&L (10-12, 7-9 ODAC) stayed in the game thanks to a spectacular night from senior forward Kelly Dyer. Dyer scored a career-high 31 points and tossed in 19 points after intermission. Dyer's 31 points was the most for a W&L player since his older brother, Cam, scored 41 against Randolph-Macon in 1996. W&L trailed just 27-24 at halftime and Dyer opened the second half scoring with a three-pointer to tie the game. Roanoke (12-10, 9-7 ODAC) then went on a 13-0 run, highlighted by three Henrich three-pointers to take a 40-27 lead. W&L closed to within four points in the closing moments, but could get no closer as the Maroons scored their final 10 points from the free throw line. Sophomore center Rich Peterson added 14 points for the Generals, including 12 in the second half. Henrich led Roanoke with 22. W&L (67) Dirmann 1 0-0 2, Plyler 0 0-0 0, Cobbin 0 2-2 2, Jackson 0 0-0 0, Ballard 1 2-4 4, Stimpson 0 0-0 0, Hudson 3 1-2 7, Cotter 0 0-0 0, Owsley 3 1-3 7, Dyer 10 8-8 31, Peterson 7 0-0 14. Totals 25 14-19 67. RC (74) Hungate 3 0-0 7, Henrich 7 2-2 22, Butler 1 0-0 3, Murphy 1 0-1 2, Bullock 1 5-7 7, Riley 2 0-0 4, Dunleavy 1 3-4 5, Ball 1 1-2 3, Detloff 3 1-2 7, Hathaway 4 0-3 8, Leftwich 1 0-0 2, Phillipps 2 0-2 4. Totals 27 12-23 74. Halftime score: Roanoke 27-24; Three point field goals: W&L 3 (Dyer 3), RC 8 (Henrich 6, Hungate, Butler). Complete stats unavailable.
W&L 46, Lynchburg 42 Feb. 11, 1998 -- Lynchburg, Va. Senior forward Kelly Dyer scored a game-high 19 points to lead Washington and Lee past Lynchburg 46-42 in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference men's basketball game on Wednesday night. The Generals (10-11, 7-8 ODAC) clinched one of the eight ODAC Tournament spots with the victory while Lynchburg fell to 7-15, 5-11. 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, freshman guard 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 W&L sopomore guard Walt Ply hit one free throw with 12 seconds left to end a string of five straight W&L misses from the line and give W&L a 44-42 lead. Lynchburg's Jerry O'Hara then missed a baseline jumper and W&L's Matt Jackson grabbed the rebound and hit two free throws with one second left to clinch the victory. Sophomore center Rich Peterson added eight points and seven rebounds for W&L and junior point guard Kevin Cobbin had six assists while committing just two turnovers. O'Hara led Lynchburg with 13. W&L (46) Hudson 2 0-2 4, Dyer 5 8-12 19, Peterson 3 2-3 8, Cobbin 1 1-3 3, Ballard 3 0-0 6, Dirmann 0 0-0 0, Plyler 0 1-2 1, Jackson 1 2-2 5, Stimpson 0 0-1 0, Owsley 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 14-25 46. Lynchburg (42) O'Hara 5 0-0 13, Hunter 2 3-6 7, Ferguson 2 2-2 6, Early 3 0-1 7, Whelan 1 3-4 6, Reighard 1 0-0 3, Desmond 0 0-0 0, Long 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 8-13 42. Halftime score: W&L 19-17; Three point field goals: W&L 2 (Dyer, Jackson), LC 6 (O'Hara 3, Early, Whelan, Reighard); Rebounds: W&L 29 (Peterson 7), LC 34 (Ferguson 10); Assists: W&L 9 (Cobbin 6), LC 10 (Whelan, Desmond 3); Blocks: W&L 2 (Hudson, Peterson); Steals: W&L 6 (Peterson 3), LC 5 (O'Hara 2).
Randolph-Macon 50, W&L 45 Feb. 9, 1998 -- Lexington, Va. Randolph-Macon junior forward Matt Meehan had 16 points and junior guard Joe Goldin had 14 points, including four second-half three-pointers, to lead the Yellow Jackets past Washington and Lee 50-45 in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference men's basketball game on Monday night. W&L (9-11, 6-8 ODAC) took a 40-38 lead on a pair of free throws by senior guard Mike Dirmann with 6:33 to play, but Goldin drained a three-pointer on the next possession to put the Yellow Jackets back in front. Goldin stretched the lead to 48-42 with 2:21 to play on his fourth three-pointer. W&L cut the margin to 48-45 on a three-pointer by freshman guard Eric Owsley with 1:54 remaining and the score remained that way until the final seconds. W&L had a chance to tie, but senior forward Kelly Dyer's three-pointer with six seconds to play bounced off the rim and Sean McAloon grabbed the rebound and then hit two free throws with three seconds remaining to seal the victory for the Yellow Jackets (16-6, 11-5 ODAC). The Generals were led by Dyer with 12 points while sophomore forward Scott Hudson had seven points and a game-high eight rebounds. R-MC (50) Talley 1 0-0 2, Pirttima 2 0-0 4, Meehan 6 3-3 16, Goldin 5 0-0 14, McAloon 2 2-2 6, Gerlufsen 1 0-0 2, Soper 0 0-0 0, Huddleston 0 0-0 0, Brick 3 0-0 6. Totals 20 5-5 50. W&L (45) Hudson 3 1-3 7, Dyer 4 3-4 12, Peterson 2 0-0 4, Dirmann 0 4-4 4, Ballard 1 2-2 4, Plyler 0 0-0 0, Cobbin 2 0-0 4, Jackson 1 0-0 3, Stimpson 0 0-0 0, Cotter 0 0-0 0, Owsley 3 0-0 7. Totals 16 10-13 45. Halftime score: R-MC 21-18; Three point field goals: R-MC (Goldin 4, Meehan), W&L 3 (Dyer, Jackson, Owsley); Rebounds: R-MC 26 (Meehan 6), W&L 31 (Hudson 8); Assists: R-MC 9 (Gerlufsen 3), W&L 11 (Ballard 4); Blocks: R-MC 1 (Brick), W&L 2 (Hudson , Peterson; Steals: R-MC 13 (Talley 3, Goldin 3), W&L 3 (Dyer, Dirmann, Cobbin).
Eastern Mennonite 87, W&L 70 Feb. 7, 1998 -- Harrisonburg, Va. Eastern Mennonite scored 55 second half points against Washington and Lee's nationally ranked defense and defeated the Generals 87-70 in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference men's basketball game on Saturday afternoon. W&L came into the game allowing just 58.1 points per game, second in the latest NCAA Division III statistics. Eastern Mennonite (13-6, 8-5 ODAC) had four players in double figures, led by senior guard Carey Keyes with 21 points. Senior forward Troy Gerber added 12 points to go over the 1,000 point mark for his career and now has 1,003 points. W&L (9-10, 6-7 ODAC) was led by senior forward Kelly Dyer with a career-high 26 points. Dyer scored 15 of his points in the first half as the Generals moved out to a 39-32 halftime lead. Dyer scored nine points in the final 2:38 of the first half, including a three-pointer at the buzzer to help the Generals close the half with a 21-7 run. In the second half the Generals shot just 31 percent from the floor and Eastern Mennonite shot 60 percent while hitting 21 of 24 from the free throw line. W&L (70) Hudson 5 1-3 11, Dyer 12 1-1 26, Peterson 1 3-4 5, Cobbin 1 0-0 2, Ballard 5 0-0 13, Plyler 0 0-0 0, Jackson 0 1-2 1, Cotter 0 0-0 0, Miller 0 0-0 0, Owsley 3 4-4 12. Totals 27 10-14 70. EMU (87) Gerber 5 0-0 12, Longacre 3 2-2 8, McElroy 4 4-6 12, Keyes 7 5-5 21, Yoder 4 3-4 12, Green 2 2-2 6, Croegaert 1 0-0 2, Coleman 0 0-0 0, Hundley 0 0-0 0, Werner 0 0-0 0, Kauffman 2 4-4 8, Mullet 0 0-0 0, Caldwell 0 0-0 0, Lewis 2 2-2 6. Totals 30 22-25 87. Halftime score: W&L 39-32; Three point field goals: W&L 6 (Ballard 3, Owsley 2, Dyer), EMU 5 (Gerber 2, Keyes 2, Yoder); Rebounds: W&L 26 (Owsley 5), EMU 37 (Longacre, McElroy 8); Assists: W&L 19 (Cobbin 4), EMU 16 (McElroy 5); Blocks: W&L 5 (Hudson 4), EMU 5 (Longacre 2); Steals: W&L 7 (Hudson, Owsley 2), EMU 5 (5 with 1).
Va. Wesleyan 68, W&L 57 Feb. 4, 1998 -- Norfolk, Va. Virginia Wesleyan held off a late Washington and Lee rally to defeat the Generals 68-57 in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference men's basketball game on Wednesday night. Junior forward Jason Nickerson led four Marlins in double figures with 14 points. W&L (9-9, 6-6) trailed 56-41 with 6:07 to play in the game, but then went on a 16-5 run to pull within 61-57 with 1:52 remaining. Senior forward Kelly Dyer, who led the Generals with 16 points, scored 12 of the Generals points during the run and his three-pointer cut the lead to four. However, Nickerson then scored on an inside basket and the Marlins (13-6, 9-5 ODAC) iced the game by hitting 5-of-6 from the line in the final 31 seconds. Rich Peterson added 13 points for the Generals on 5-of-7 shooting and Scott Hudson had nine points and seven rebounds. W&L (57) Hudson 4 1-2 9, Dyer 6 3-3 16, Peterson 5 3-4 13, Cobbin 2 2-2 6, Ballard 1 4-4 6, Plyler 0 0-0 0, Jackson 1 0-0 2, Cotter 0 0-0 0, Owsley 2 0-0 5. Totals 21 13-15 57. VWC (68) Nickerson 7 0-0 14, DeMont 2 0-0 4, Petrillo 4 3-4 12, Clough 1 0-1 2, Baird 1 0-0 3, Hale 1 0-0 3, Hamlin 1 1-2 3, Walton 4 2-2 12, Slight 2 1-2 5, Bradford 0 0-0 0, Yuhasz 3 3-4 10. Totals 26 10-15 68. Halftime score: Tied 30-30; Three point field goals: W&L 2 (Dyer, Owsley), VWC 6 (Walton 2, Petrillo, Baird, Hale, Yuhasz); Rebounds: W&L 28 (Hudson 7), VWC 31 (Nickerson, Slight 6); Assists: W&L 12 (Ballard 3), VWC 17 (Petrillo 6); Blocks: W&L 3 (Hudson 2), VWC 1 (Hamlin); Steals: W&L 8 (Ballard 4), VWC 9 (Slight 4).
W&L 57, Bridgewater 53 Feb. 2, 1998 -- Bridgewater, Va. Washington and Lee rallied from a four-point halftime deficit to defeat Bridgewater 57-53 and pick up a key Old Dominion Athletic Conference men's basketball victory on Monday night. The Generals (9-8, 6-5 ODAC) moved three games ahead of the Eagles (8-11, 3-10 ODAC) in the victory column. W&L trailed 30-26 at the half, but opened the second half with an 8-0 spurt that was keyed by three pointers from senior forward Kelly Dyer and freshman guard Will Ballard to take a 34-30 lead. W&L stretched its lead to as many a 11 points following a three-point play by Rich Peterson that gave the Generals a 48-37 lead with 8:33 to play. Bridgewater then went on a 14-2 run over the next seven minutes, taking a 51-50 lead on a layup by Brad Harrington with 1:46 remaining. Peterson then scored on an offensive rebound with 1:11 left as W&L regained the lead. Bridgewater turned it over on its next possession and then Ballard drilled a three-pointer from the left coner with 22 seconds remaining to put w&L in front 55-51. After the Eagles pulled to within 55-53, W&L freshman guard Eric Owsley iced the victory by hitting a pair of free throws with five seconds left on the clock. W&L was led by sophomore center Scott Hudson with 17 points, including 15 of W&L's 26 first half points. Dyer was limited to 18 minutes because of foul trouble, but scored all 12 of his points in the second half. Peterson was held to eight points, but had a career-high seven assists. W&L (57) Hudson 8 1-1 17, Dyer 5 0-0 12, Peterson 3 2-3 8, Cobbin 1 0-0 2, Ballard 3 0-0 8, Plyler 0 0-0 0, Jackson 2 0-0 5, Stimpson 0 0-0 0, Cotter 0 0-0 0, Owsley 1 2-2 5. Totals 23 5-6 57. Bridgewater (53) Harrington 5 2-4 12, Weller 0 0-0 0, Jones 5 3-5 13, Tutt 6 1-3 14, Reed 0 0-0 0, Bourne 1 0-0 2, Whetzel 2 0-0 4, Burnette 0 0-0 0, Snyder 0 0-0 0, Adams 0 0-0 0, Fairchilds 0 0-0 0, Orrock 3 2-2 8. Totals 22 8-14 53. Halftime score: BC 30-26; Three point field goals: W&L 6 (Dyer 2, Ballard 2, Jackson, Owsley), BC 1 (Tutt); Rebounds: W&L 23 (Hudson, Ballard 5), BC 29 (Harrington 7); Assists: W&L 17 (Peterson 7), BC 8 (Tutt 3); Blocks: W&L 2 (Peterson 2), BC 3 (Weller 2); Steals: W&L 7 (Peterson, Plyler 2), BC 9 (Tutt 3).
Guilford 58, W&L 55 Jan. 31, 1998 -- Lexington, Va. Guilford freshman guard Jaron Randall scored 11 of his team-high 14 points in the second half as the Quakers overcame a five-point halftime deficit to defeat Washington and Lee 58-55 in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference men's basketball game on Saturday afternoon. Randall made the key play of the game when he stole the ball at midcourt and converted a layup and free throw to give the Quakers a 50-46 lead with 2:32 remaining in the contest. W&L closed to within 57-55 on a three-pointer by senior forward Kelly Dyer with eight seconds remaining and then fouled Guilford's Kenyatta Ramsey. Ramsey made the first free throw to put the Quakers in front by three, but missed the second and W&L got one final chance, but junior point guard Kevin Cobbin's three-point attempt rolled off the rim as time expired. Also scoring in double figures for Guilford (5-14, 3-11 ODAC) was freshman forward Jon Evans with 12. W&L (8-8, 5-5 ODAC) was led by sophomore Rich Peterson with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Dyer added 11 and sophomore center Scott Hudson had 10. The Generals hit just 9-of-20 from the free throw line in the contest and the Quakers hit on nine of their final 11 free attempts in the final five minutes the game. Guilford (58) Evans 6 0-2 12, Cress 0 2-4 2, Robinson 3 0-0 6, Randall 4 5-7 14, Zelickson 2 1-3 6, Ramsey 3 3-5 9, Heybruck 2 0-0 4, Norris 0 0-0 0, Ashworth 1 3-4 5. Totals 21 14-25 58. W&L (55) Dyer 5 0-0 11, Peterson 5 5-13 15, Hudson 4 2-4 10, Cobbin 1 0-0 2, Ballard 2 2-2 7, Plyler 0 0-0 0, Jackson 1 0-0 3, Stimpson 1 0-0 3, Cotter 0 0-0 0, Owsley 2 0-1 4. Totals 21 9-20 55. Halftime score: W&L 26-21; Three point field goals: GC 2 (Randall, Zelickson), W&L 4 (Dyer, Ballard, Jackson, Stimpson); Rebounds: GC 38 (Zelickson 8), W&L 33 (Peterson 10); Assists: GC 8 (Randall 3), W&L 14 (Peterson, Cobbin 3); Blocks: GC 1 (Heybruck), W&L 5 (Peterson, Hudson 2); Steals: GC 8 (Randall 3), W&L 6 (Ballard, Owsley 2).
Hampden-Sydney 68, W&L 61 Jan. 28, 1998 -- Lexington, Va. Hampden-Sydney sophomore guard T.J. Grimes scored 21 points and the Tigers defeated Washington and Lee 68-61 in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference men's basketball game on Wednesday night. Grimes, one of four Tigers in double figures, went 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the final 75 seconds to help hold off a late W&L rally. Hampden-Sydney (15-2, 9-2 ODAC) used a 14-0 run over the end of the first half and the start of the second half to take command of the game. W&L (8-7, 5-4 ODAC) trailed just 24-20 with 3:45 remaining in the first half after a three-pointer by sophomore guard Matt Jackson, but then went scoreless for the remainder of the half as the Tigers took a 31-20 halftime lead. H-SC then scored the first seven points of the second half, highlighted by a three-pointer from junior guard Alex Robbins. W&L trailed by as many as 18 points in the second half, but rallied late in the game to cut the lead to 66-61 with 29 seconds left after a layup by sophomore center Rich Peterson. W&L junior guard Kevin Cobbin then stole the ensuing inbounds pass, but his three-point attempt was off the mark and the Tigers sealed the game on a pair of free throws by Grimes. The Generals were led by Peterson who scored 19 points and matched his career-high of 11 rebounds. Freshman guard Will Ballard added 13 points and senior forward Kelly Dyer had 10. Joining Grimes in double figures for the Tigers were sophomore center Jeremy Harris with 13, sophomore guard Chris Fox with 12 and Robbins with 10. Hampden-Sydney, which shot 1-for-15 from three-point range in a 44-42 loss to W&L on December 3, made 9-of-17 from beyond the arc, including a 4-for-6 effort from Grimes. H-SC (68) Garst 3 0-0 6, Sharp 0 0-0 0, Harris 4 4-6 13, Grimes 5 7-7 21, Robbins 4 0-0 10, Fox 4 2-5 12, Thomas 0 0-0 0, Jirak 1 1-2 3, Thompson 1 1-3, Hobbs 0 0-2 0. Totals 22 15-25 68. W&L (61) Owsley 0 0-0 0, Dyer 5 0-0 10, Hudson 2 0-0 4, Plyler 0 0-0 0, Ballard 5 3-4 13, Cobbin 2 2-3 6, Jackson 2 3-3 9, Cotter 0 0-0 0, Peterson 7 5-6 19. Totals 23 13-16 61. Halftime score: H-SC 31-20; Three point field goals: H-SC 9 (Grimes 4, Robins 2, Fox 2, Harris), W&L 2 (Jackson 2); Rebounds: H-SC 33 (Garst 7), W&L 34 (Peterson 11); Blocks: H-SC 5 (Grimes 2), W&L 3 (Peterson 3); Steals: H-SC 6 (Garst, Fox 2), W&L 7 (Ballard 3).
W&L 65, Emory & Henry 62 Jan. 21, 1998 -- Emory, Va. Washington and Lee overcame a 14-point halftime deficit to defeat Emory & Henry 65-62 in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference men's basketball game on Wednesday night. Sophomore center Rich Peterson scored 17 of his season-high 23 points in the second half to spark the Generals to the victory. W&L (8-6, 5-3 ODAC) took a 62-60 lead on freshman guard Will Ballard's open court steal and layup and extended its lead to 63-60 following a free throw by freshman guard Eric Owsley. Emory & Henry (5-8, 3-5 ODAC) closed the gap to 63-62 on a layup by Donald Thurston with 47 seconds remaining, but W&L senior forward Kelly Dyer hit a 15-foot baseline jumper with 15 seconds left to increase the lead to 65-62. E&H missed two three-point attempts on its final possession. Dyer scored all 12 of his points in the second half to help the Generals overcome a 36-22 halftime deficit. Ballard had 15 points and a season-high five steals. Emory & Henry was led by freshman guard Patrick Moore who scored 16 points and hit four three-pointers in the first hlaf. Patrick Bailey added 10 points, including a pair of three-pointers. W&L will be idle until hosting Hampden-Sydney on January 28. W&L (65) Dirmann 0 0-0 0, Plyler 0 3-4 3, Cobbin 0 0-0 0, Jackson 0 0-0 0, Ballard 5 3-3 15, Hudson 3 0-0 6, Cotter 0 0-0, Miller 0 0-0, Owsley 2 2-4 6, Dyer 6 0-0 12, Peterson 9 5-5 23. Totals 25 13-17 65. E&H (62) Moore 6 0-2 16, Porterfield 2 3-3 8, Bailey 2 4-4 10, McCoy 0 0-0 0, Pruett 1 2-2 4, R. Thurston 0 1-2 1, D. Thurston 2 0-0 4, Childress 4 0-0 8, McManus 1 2-2 4, Smith 1 0-0 2, Barbour 2 1-4 5. Totals 21 13-19 62. Halftime Score: E&H 36-22; Three point field goals: W&L 2 (Ballard 2), E&H 7 (Moore 4, Bailey 2, Porterfield); Rebounds: W&L 34 (Peterson 8), E&H 31 (Barbour 10); Assists: W&L 13 (Plyler 6), E&H 18 (R. Thurston 4), Blocks: W&L 2 (Owsley, Peterson), E&H 2 (R. Thurston, McManus), Steals: W&L 9 (Ballard 5), E&H 15 (Porterfield, Barbour 4).
Randolph-Macon 49, W&L 34 Jan. 18, 1998 -- Ashland, Va. Randolph-Macon junior center Matt Meehan scored 10 points, all in the second half, as the Yellow Jackets defeated Washington and Lee 49-34 in a low-scoring Old Dominion Athletic Conference men's basketball game on Sunday afternoon. The Yellow Jackets improved to 11-3 overall and 6-2 in the ODAC to retain sole possession of second place in the league. W&L (7-6, 4-3 ODAC) was led by senior forward Kelly Dyer with 13 points, including a pair of three-pointers. Sophomore center Scott Hudson added eight points and eight rebounds for the Generals. Joe Goldin scored nine points for the Yellow Jackets, making three three-pointers. Randolph-Macon went 17-for-19 from the free throw line, including an 8-for-8 performance by Meehan. W&L (34) Dirmann 0 0-0 0, Plyler 0 0-0 0, Cobbin 0 0-0 0, Ballard 3 0-0 6, Hudson 3 2-4 8, Cotter 0 0-0 0, Owsley 0 0-0 0, Dyer 5 1-1 13, Peterson 1 3-4 5, Miller 1 0-0 2. Totals 13 6-9 34. Randolph-Macon (49) Gerlufsen 1 2-2 4, Goldin 3 0-1 9, McAloon 2 4-4 8, Talley 1 0-0 2, Soper 3 0-0 6, Pirttima 1 2-2 5, Meehan 1 8-8 10, Brick 2 1-2 5. Totals 14 17-19 49. Halftime score: Randolph-Macon 21-14; Three point field goals: W&L 2 (Dyer 2), R-MC 4 (Goldin 3, Pirttima); Rebounds: W&L 26 (Hudson 8), R-MC 32 (Meehan 6); Assists: W&L 8 (Plyler, Dyer 2), R-MC 9 (Soper 3); Blocks: W&L 3 (Hudson 2), R-MC 2 (Goldin, Pirttima); Steals: W&L 6 (Ballard 2, Hudson 2), R-MC 7 (Soper 3).
W&L 55, Lynchburg 41 Jan. 14, 1998 -- Lexington, Va. Sophomore center Rich Peterson scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Washington and Lee past Lynchburg 55-41 in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference men's basketball game on Wednesday night. The Generals won their second straight game to improve to 7-5 overall and 4-2 in the ODAC while Lynchburg fell to 4-7, 2-3. W&L made only two of its first 11 shots and fell behind 12-4 with 9:09 to play in the first half before Peterson got hot. After W&L closed the gap to 12-8, Peterson scored 11 points in a span of just three and a half minutes, his last bucket giving the Generals a 21-19 lead with 2:55 to play in the first half. W&L moved out to a 26-21 halftime lead and then shot 58 percent from the floor in the second half to break the game open. Senior forward Kelly Dyer added 12 points for the Generals who outrebounded the Hornets 30-18. Lynchburg was led by Chris Whelan with 14 points. Lynchburg (41) O'Hara 1 2-2 5, Hunter 1 0-2 2, Ferguson 2 0-0 4, Early 2 1-2 5, Whelan 6 1-2 14, Wells 0 0-0 0, Hull 0 0-0 0, Reighard 0 0-0 0, Desmond 2 0-0 6, Saguirian 0 0-0 0, Gaddy 1 0-0 2, Long 1 0-0 3. Totals 16 4-8 41. W&L (55) Owsley 2 4-4 9, Dyer 5 2-2 12, Hudson 2 3-4 7, Cobbin 1 0-0 2, Ballard 1 0-0 2, Angelillo 0 0-0 0, Dirmann 0 0-0 0, Plyler 2 2-2 6, Jackson 0 0-0 0, Stimpson 0 0-0 0, Cotter 0 0-0 0, Peterson 8 1-1 17. Totals 21 12-13 55. Halftime score: W&L 26-21; Three point field goals: LC 5 (Desmond 2, O'Hara Whelan, Long), W&L 1 (Owsley); Rebounds: LC 18 (Whelan 4), W&L 30 (Peterson 8); Assists: LC 6 (Reighard 2), W&L 12 (Hudson, Cobbin, Ballard 2); Blocks: LC 3 (3 with 1); Steals: LC 5 (Reighard 2), W&L 10 (Ballard 4).
W&L 69, Dickinson 55 Jan. 12, 1998 -- Lexington, Va. Sophomore center Rich Peterson scored 14 points to lead four Washington and Lee players in double figures and the Generals defeated Dickinson (Pa.) College 69-55 in a nonconference men's basketball game on Monday night. The Generals (6-5) went on a 14-0 run early in the first half to take a 24-10 lead at the 10:45 mark and led by double digits for the remainder of the contest. W&L led by as many as 23 points in the second half before the Red Devils made a late push to cut the lead to 12 points with 3:50 to play. Dickinson (5-6) was led by senior Nate Brought with 16 points and five rebounds while Nikki Edmund added 10 points. Also scoring in double figures for th Generals were Kevin Cobbin with 13, Will Ballard with 12 and Kelly Dyer with 12. The Generals outrebounded Dickinson 44-25, led by Peterson with a season-high nine boards. W&L resumes Old Dominion Athletic Conference play on Wednesday night against Lynchburg in Lexington. Dickinson (55) Ellis 1 0-0 2, DeArment 2 0-0 5, Brought 7 2-3 16, Sheker 1 0-0 3, Edmund 4 2-3 10, Selby 0 1-2 1, Tyler 3 1-2 8, Curry 2 2-2 8, Weidler 1 0-0 2, Kelly 0 0-0 0, Rebert 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 8-12 55. Washington and Lee (69) Owsley 0 2-2 2, Dyer 5 1-2 12, Hudson 2 2-2 6, Cobbin 2 8-8 13, Ballard 4 2-2 12, Angelillo 0 0-0 0, Dirmann 0 3-4 3, Plyler 2 2-2 7, Titus 0 0-2 0, Jackson 0 0-0 0, Stimpson 0 0-0 0, Cotter 0 0-0 0, Peterson 5 4-7 14. Totals 20 24-31 69. Halftime Score: W&L 37-21; Three point field goals: DC 5 (Curry 2, DeArment, Sheker, Tyler), W&L 5 (Ballard 2, Dyer, Cobbin, Plyler); Rebounds: DC 25 (Brought 5), W&L 44 (Peterson 9); Assists: Dickinson 17 (DeArment 6), W&L 12 (Cobbin 3); Blocks: DC 4 (Edmund 3), W&L 2 (Dyer, Hudson); Steals: DC 9 (3 with 2), W&L 6 (Owsley, Dyer, Hudson, Cobbin, Cotter, Peterson).
Roanoke 72, W&L 62 Jan. 10, 1998 -- Lexington, Va. Dewayne Bullock scored 20 points to lead four Roanoke players in double figures as the Maroons defeated W&L 72-62 in an ODAC game on Saturday evening. Kelly Dyer matched his season-high with 21 points to lead the Generals (5-5, 3-2 ODAC). Roanoke (5-5, 2-2 ODAC) overcame a 37-32 halftime deficit to defeat the Generals. The Maroons forced the Generals into 23 turnovers in the contest while making just 10 turnovers themselves. Scott Hudson had a big night for the Generals with 14 points and nine rebounds. Roanoke (72) Murphy 2 5-7 10, Detloff 5 2-5 12, Hathaway 0 1-2 1, Hungate 3-8 4-7 10, Bullock 7 4-5 20, Henrich 2 1-2 7, Butler 1 0-0 3, Dunleavy 0 0-0 0, Strickland 0 1-2 1, Leftwich 0 0-0 0, Phillips 2 4-6 8. Totals 22 22-36 72. W&L (62) Owsley 0 0-0 0, Dyer 8 5-6 21, Hudson 6 2-3 14, Cobbin 2 1-2 5, Ballard 3 2-2 10, Plyler 1 2-3 4, Jackson 2 0-0 4, Stimpson 0 2-2 2, Cotter 0 0-0 0, Peterson 1 0-3 2. Totals 23 14-21 62. Halftime Score: W&L 37-32; Three point field goals: RC 6 (Bullock 2, Henrich 2, Murphy, Butler); W&L 2 (Ballard 2); Rebounds: RC 30 (3 with 5), W&L 37 (Hudson 9); Assists: RC 14 (Hungate 6), W&L 16 (Cobbin 6); Blocks: RC 3 (Phillips 2), W&L 2 (Hudson 2); Steals: RC 13 (2 with 4), W&L 6 (Cobbin, Plyler 2).
St. Mary's 80, W&L 62 Jan. 8, 1998 -- Lexington, Va. Junior forward Prince Inniss scored 24 points on 11-of-13 shooting to lead St. Mary's (Md.) past Washington and Lee 80-62 in a nonconference men's basketball game on Thursday night. The Seahawks won their sixth straight game to improve to 6-3for the season while W&L had a three-game winning streak snapped to fall to 5-4. St. Mary's closed the first half with a 9-2 run to take a 35-26 halftime lead and then shot 74 percent from the field in the second half to break the game open. The Seahawks shot 69 percent from the field for the game and Inniss was joined in double figures by Harvey Davis with 14 points. The Generals had four players in double figures, led by freshman guard Will Ballard with a career-high 13 points. Rich Peterson added 12, Scott Hudson had 11 and Kelly Dyer had 10. W&L hosts archrival Roanoke on Saturday evening at 7:30. St. Mary's (80) Taylor 4 1-2 9, Inniss 11 1-2 24, Heard 2-3 1-1 5, Henson 3 2-2 8, Davis 6 0-0 14, Bryan 1 0-0 2, Robinson 1 0-2 3, Kankam 0 0-0 0, Nicolini 0 0-0 0, Adasi 1 0-0 2, Mackall 0 0-0 0, Conklin 2 2-4 7, Meckley 2 2-2 6. Totals 33 9-15 80. W&L (62) Owsley 0 0-0 0, Dyer 3 4-4 10, Hudson 5 1-1 11, Cobbin 2 1-3 5, Ballard 5 2-2 13, Angelillo 0 0-0 0, Dirmann 0 0-0 0, Plyler 0 0-0 0, Titus 0 0-0 0, Jackson 2 0-0 6, Stimpson 0 0-0 0, Cotter 1 3-4 5, Peterson 5 2-7 12. Totals 23 13-22 62. Halftime score: St. Mary's 35-26; Three point field goals: St. Mary's 5 (Davis 2), W&L 3 (Jackson 2); Rebounds: St. Mary's 26 (Henson 6), W&L 19 (Hudson, Peterson 4); Assists: St. Mary's 20 (Henson 8), W&L 15 (Plyler 6); Blocks: St. Mary's 4 (Inniss 2), W&L 2 (Hudson, Peterson); Steals: St. Mary's 11 (Robinson, Conklin 2), W&L 6 (Cobbin, Ballard 2).
W&L 59, Va. Wesleyan 53 Jan. 5, 1998 -- Lexington, Va. Washington and Lee sophomore guard Matt Jackson scored 18 points as the Generals overcame a 13-point second half deficit to defeat Virginia Wesleyan 59-53 in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference men's basketball game on Monday night. The victory moved W&L (5-3, 3-1 ODAC) into sole possession of first place in the league. The Marlins are now 6-2, 3-2 ODAC. W&L shot just 22 percent from the field in the first half as Virginia Wesleyan moved out to a 24-13 halftime lead. The Marlins stretched the lead to 13 points at 29-16 with 17:59 to play, but W&L went on a 16-4 to pull within one point with 12:38 remaining. After W&L took a four-point lead, the Marlins battled back and took a 53-47 lead on a three-pointer by Tim Petrillo with 3:45 remaining. W&L then outscored the Marlins 12-0 to finish the game. W&L broke a 53-53 tie on a rebound and follow shot by senior forward Kelly Dyer with 25 seconds remaining and the Marlins turned it over on their next possession. Jackson then hit two free throws with six seconds remaining to ice the game and W&L guard Kevin Cobbin scored on a breakaway layup as time expired to close the scoring. Jackson scored 12 of his game-high 18 points in the second half as the Generals shot 59 percent from the floor in the second stanza. Rich Peterson added 11 points in his first game since November after missing four games with a broken finger. Va. Wesleyan (53) DeMont 2 0-0 4, Nickerson 6 0-2 12, Petrillo 4-7 2-3 10, Clough 1 0-0 2, Baird 0 0-0 0, Hale 0 0-0 0, Hamlin 2-8 1-2 5, Walton 4 0-0 11, Slight 1 0-0 2, Bradford 0 0-0 0, Yuhasz 3-4 0-0 7. Totals 23 1-6 53. W&L (59) Owsley 3 0-0 6, Dyer 3 1-2 7, Hudson 2 1-2 5, Cobbin 4 0-1 8, Ballard 0 0-0 0, Plyler 0 4-4 4, Jackson 7 2-2 18, Peterson 3 5-6 11. Totals 22 13-17 59. Halftime Score: Va. Wesleyan 24-13. Three-point field goals: Va. Wesleyan 6 (Walton 3,Petrillo 2, Yuhasz), W&L 2 (Jackson 2). Rebounds: VWC 29 (Nickerson 9), W&L 30 (Cobbin, Plyler 5); Assists: VWC 10 (Clough 3), W&L 14 (Plyler 5); Blocks: VWC 3 (DeMont, Nickerson, Slight); Steals: VWC 12 (Clough 3), W&L 9 (Cobbin, Ballard, Peterson 2).
W&L 57, Emory & Henry 54 Dec. 9, 1997 -- Lexington, Va. Sophomore guard Walt Plyler hit five free throws in the final two minutes of regulation to lead Washington and Lee past Emory & Henry 57-54 in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference men's basketball game on Tuesday night. Emory & Henry (4-3, 2-1 ODAC) trailed by as many as 11 points in the second half, but rallied to tie the game 51-51 on a layup by freshman Anthony McCoy with 2:11 remaining. Plyler then hit his five straight free throws to give W&L a 56-51 lead with 15 seconds remaining. E&H pulled to within 56-54 on a three-pointer by Patrick Moore with nine seconds to play. W&L junior guard Kevin Cobbin hit a free throw one second later to give the Generals a three-point lead and the Wasps final three-point attempt was off the mark. Cobbin and sophomore center Scott Hudson led W&L (4-3, 2-1 ODAC) with 12 points each and Hudson also blocked four shots, including one with W&L leading by three points and under 20 seconds to play to set up Plyer's final two free throws. Emory & Henry, which shot only 28 percent in the first half, was led by Ronald and Donald Thurston with 10 points each. Ronald Thurston also added a game-high eight rebounds. E&H (54) Moore 1 0-0 3, R. Thurston 5 0-0 10, Barbour 3 3-6 9, Porterfield 3 0-2 7, Childress 4 1-2 9, Bralley 0 0-0 0, McCoy 1 0-0 2, Thompson 0 0-0 0, McManus 0 0-0 0, D. Thurston 3 4-4 10, Smith 2 0-0 4. Totals 22 8-14 54. W&L (57) Owsley 0 0-0 0, Dyer 3 2-2 9, Hudson 5 2-5 12, Cobbin 3 5-6 12, Ballard 2 4-4 9, Plyer 0 5-6 5, Jackson 1 2-6 5, Cotter 0 0-0 0, Ricketts 2 1-2 5. Totals 16 21-31 57. Halftime Score: W&L 25-18; Rebounds: E&H 36 (R. Thurston 8), W&L 32 (Hudson 6, Ballard 6); Assists: E&H 9 (Porterfield 7), W&L 14 (Dyer 4, Cobbin 4); Blocked Shots: E&H 3 (McManus 3), W&L 5 (Hudson 4); Steals: E&H 5 (Moore 2), W&L 7 (Cobbin 3).
W&L 55, Occidental 46 Dec. 6, 1997 -- St. Louis, Mo. Senior forward Kelly Dyer scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Washington and Lee to a 55-46 victory over Occidenal (Calif.) College in the consolation game of the 14th Annual Lopata Classic at Washington University. W&L evened its record at 3-3 and will close out the first academic term of the year next Tuesday night (December 9) in its home opener against Emory & Henry at 7:30 in the Warner Center. The Generals closed the first half with a 6-0 run to take a 25-18 halftime lead and stretched their lead to as many as 12 points before the Tigers (2-3) rallied behind the hot shooting of sophomore forward Eli Engle. Engle finished with a game-high 19 points and scored 12 points in a 15-3 run by the Tigers that tied the game 38-38. W&L junior point guard Kevin Cobbin then scored on a short jumper on the next possession to regain the lead for the Generals and Occidental was never able to even the score again. Cobbin finished with a season-high 12 points and Dyer scored 10 of his points in the final 8:14 of the game. W&L went 5-of-7 from the line in the final minute to secure the victory. The Generals outrebounded the Tigers 43-25 with Dyer and sophomore center Scott Hudson each grabbing nine boards. Occidental, which made 14 three-pointers in a 99-96 loss to Babson in the opening round, was held to just 4-for-20 shooting from beyond the arc. W&L (55) Owsley 1 0-0 2, Dyer 7 3-4 17, Hudson 4 2-3 10, Cobbin 3 6-9 12, Ballard 2 0-0 4, Plyler 0 0-0 0, Jackson 3 0-0 8, Stimpson 0 0-0 0, Cotter 1 0-0 2, Ricketts 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 11-16 55. Occidental (46) Nave 1 0-0 3, Engle 7 3-4 19, Watkins 1 1-2 3, Newhall 3 3-4 9, Vyborg 2 0-0 4, Rork 1 0-0 3, Chapman 0 0-0 0, Gulezian 0 0-0 0, Winn 2 1-1 5, Miller 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 8-11 46. Halftime Score: W&L 25-18; Three-point field goals: W&L 2 (Jackson 2), Occidental 4 (Engle 2, Nave, Rork); Rebounds: W&L 43 (Dyer 9, Hudson 9), Occidental 25 (Newhall 5); Assists: W&L 11 (Plyler 3), Occidental 9 (Newhall 5); Blocked Shots: W&L 1 (Hudson), Occidental 1 (Nave); Steals: W&L 9 (Hudson 3), Occidental 9 (Engle 4).
Washington (Mo.) 81, W&L 56 Dec. 5, 1997 -- St. Louis, Mo. Washington (Mo.) University held Washington and Lee scoreless for nearly 14 minutes in the first half and defeated the Generals 81-56 in the opening round of the 14th Annual Lopata Classic. W&L (2-3) will play Occidental (Calif.) College in the consolation game on Saturday at 6:00. Babson (Mass.) University defeated Occidental 99-96 in the other first round game. W&L's Kelly Dyer scored on a basket with 17:17 remaining in the first half and then the Generals went scoreless until the 3:26 mark when freshman guard Eric Owsley hit a pair of free throws to end the scoring drought. The Bears led 37-14 at halftime. Owsley led the Generals with a career-high 17 points with 13 of those coming in the second half as he hit three three-pointers. Dyer and Scott Hudson each added eight points and Hudson led the Generals with seven rebounds. W&L shot just 22 percent from the field in the first half and 30 percent for the game. W&L (56) Owsley 5 4-4 17, Dyer 3 2-2 8, Hudson 2 4-8 8, Cobbin 2 2-3 6, Ballard 1 0-0 2, Angelillo 0 0-0 0, Dirmann 0 0-0 0, Plyler 1 3-4 5, Jackson 1 0-0 2, Stimpson 1 0-0 3, Cotter 1 1-2 3, Ricketts 1 0-0 2. Totals 18 16-23 56. Washington (81) Reynolds 5 0-1 12, Cerven 2 0-0 4, Greear 2 2-2 6, Philipp 4 2-2 13, Prunty 0 2-2 2, Panek 5 0-0 13, Day 0 0-0 0, Earnest 0 0-2 0, Laur 2 0-0 5, Heidbrink 2 5-6 9, Alexander 2 0-0 4, Fisher 0 1-2 1, Cooper 0 0-2 0, Funches 1 2-4 4. Totals 28 14-23 81. Halftime Score: Washington 37-14. Three point field goals: W&L 4 (Owsley 3, Stimpson), Washington 11 (Philipp 3, Panek 3, Reynolds 2, Greear, Patton, Laur); Rebounds: W&L 27 (Hudson 7), Washington 43 (Alexander 6, Funches 6); Assists: W&L 12 (Plyler 5), Washington 21 (Philipp 5); Blocked Shots: W&L 1 (Ballard), Washington 7 (Greear 2, Funches 2); Steals: W&L 12 (Hudson 2, Cobbin 2, Ballard 2), Washington 11 (Cerven 3, Patton 3).
W&L 44, Hampden-Sydney 42 Dec. 3, 1997 -- Hampden-Sydney, Va. Senior forward Kelly Dyer scored 21 points as Washington and Lee stunned Hampden-Sydney 44-42 in Old Dominion Athletic Conference men's basketball on Wednesday evening. The Tigers were ranked as high as fifth in Division III in the preseason and came into the game with a 3-0 record. W&L (2-2, 1-1 in the ODAC) snapped a string of 15 consecutive lossess to the Tigers that dated to a 77-63 W&L victory on February 20, 1990. Hampden-Sydney came into the game averaging 98.7 points per game, but was held to just 13 points in the first half as W&L jumped out to a 19-13 halftime advantage. Hampden-Sydney led by as many as five points in the second half and took a 42-41 lead on Jack Jirak's basket with 1:16 remaining. Dyer tied the game on a free throw with 45 seconds remaining and the Generals took a 43-42 lead with 12 seconds left on a free throw by Scott Hudson. The Tigers got one final shot, but a short jumper in the lane bounced off the rim and W&L got the rebound. Kevin Cobbin scored the final point on a free throw with two-tenths of a second on the clock. W&L won the game despite playing without leading scorer Rich Peterson who sat out the game with a broken finger. W&L (44) Plyler 1 1-1 3, Cobin 1 3-5 5, Jackson 0 0-0 0, Ballard 1 0-1 2, Hudson 4 1-4 9, Cotter 0 0-0 0, Owsley 2 0-0 4, Dyer 7 3-6 21, Ricketts 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 8-17 44. H-SC (42) Harris 5 2-3 12, Grimes 3 0-0 7, Robbins 3 0-0 6, Fox 1 0-0 2, Garst 1 2-4 4, Swann 0 0-0 0, Habenicht 0 0-0 0, Jirak 2 0-0 4, Thompson 0 0-0 0, Hobbs 1 1-1 3, Sharp 2 0-0 4. Totals 18 5-8 42. Halftime Score: W&L 19-13; Three point field goals: W&L 4 (Dyer 4), H-SC 1 (Grimes); Rebounds: W&L 30 (Plyler 5, Cobbin 4), H-SC 43 (Jirak 8); Assists: W&L 7 (Cobbin 3), H-SC 14 (Fox 3); Blocked Shots: W&L 0, H-SC 5 (5 with 1); Steals: W&L 9 (Plyler 3), H-SC 7 (Grimes 2, Jirak 2).
Guilford 60, W&L 52 Nov. 25, 1997 -- Greensboro, N.C. Guilford freshman Jon Evans scored seven of his team-high 13 points in the final 1:22 of the game as the Quakers held off a late Washington and Lee to defeat the Generals 60-52 in both teams ODAC men's basketball opener. W&L (1-2) trailed by as many as 12 points in the second half before rallying to tie the game 48-48 on a three-pointer by sophomore guard Matt Jackson with 2:20 to play. Less than a minute later Jackson hit a free throw to tie the game 50-50 ith 1:26 to play, but the Quakers then went on a 10-0 run, scoring eight of the points from the free throw line. Sophomore center Rich Peterson led the Generals with 16 points, but W&L struggled with 25 turnovers. The Generals were also outrebounded 34-22. W&L (52) Hudson 3 2-4 8, Owsley 0 0-0 0, Peterson 6 4-8 16, Cobbin 1 0-0 2, Ballard 3 2-3 8, Dyer 2 0-0 4, Stimpson 0 0-0 0, Cotter 0 1-2 1, Jackson 2 3-4 8, Plyler 2 0-0 4. Totals 19 12-21 52. Guilford (60) Ashworth 3 2-2 8, Heybrook 4 0-0 8, Robinson 1 0-0 2, Randall 4 3-4 11, Zelickson 2 3-4 8, Evans 4 5-6 13, Ramsey 0 4-4 4, Cress 3 0-0 6, Gunter 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 17-20 60. Halftime Score: Guilford 25-22; Three-point field goals: WL 2 (Jackson 2), GC 1 (Zelickson); Rebounds: W&L 22 (Cobbin 5), GC 34 (Ashworth, Zelickson 6); Assists: W&L 13 (Cobbin 6), GC 5 (Heybrook 2); Blocks: W&L 2 (Hudson, Peterson), GC 4 (Heybrook 2); Steals: W&L 14 (Ballard 4), GC 15 (Evans 6).
Haverford 59, W&L 52 Nov. 22, 1997 -- Haverford, Pa. Phin Barnes scored 14 of his game-high 16 points in the second half as Haverford defeated Washington and Lee 59-52 in the championship game of the Equinox Classic in men's basketball. W&L (1-1) pulled to within 48-47 on a basket by sophomore center Rich Peterson with 1:33 remaining, but Barnes was then fouled on a three-point attempt and hit all three free throws to give the Fords (2-0) a 51-47 lead. W&L got a pair of free throws from freshman guard Will Ballard with 55 seconds remaining to trim the margin to two points, but Barnes rebounded a missed shot by Kijauna Saunders and scored to give Haverford a 53-49 lead and the Generals got no closer. Sophomore forward Scott Hudson led the Generals with 13 points, hitting all six of his shots from the field. Peterson, who led the Generals with 15 points in a 50-48 win over Swarthmore on Friday night, added 10 points and was named to the all-tournament team. The Generals open Old Dominion Athletic Conference play on Tuesday night at Guilford. Washington and Lee (52) Owsley 1 0-0 2, Hudson 6 1-1 13, Peterson 4 2-3 10, Cobbin 1 3-6 6, Ballard 0 2-2 2, Ricketts 0 0-0 0, Jackson 3 1-1 8, Plyler 1 0-0 3, Dyer 4 0-0 8. Totals 20 9-13 52. Haverford (59) Barnes 6 4-4 16, Kanabar 4 5-6 14, Saunders 2 0-0 5, Mulvaney 0 0-2 0, Weinert 3 2-2 10, Maggiotto 3 3-5 9, McCarthy 2 0-1 5, Wells 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 14-20 59. Halftime Score: Haverford 26-22; Three-point field goals: W&L 3 (Cobbin, Jackson, Plyler), Haverford 5 (Weinert 2, Kanabar, Saunders, McCarthy); Rebounds: W&L 27 (Peterson, Hudson 6), Haverford 28 (Kanabar 11); Assists: W&L 14 (Jackson, Plyler 5), Haverford 12 (Barnes 5); Blocks: W&L 4 (Hudson 2), Haverford 3 (Barnes, Kanabar, Weinert); Steals: W&L 3 (Cobbin 2), Haverford 5 (Barnes 5).
Washington and Lee 50, Swarthmore 48 Nov. 21, 1997 -- Swarthmore, Pa. Junior guard Kevin Cobbin hit two free throws with six seconds remaining to lift Washington and Lee past Swarthmore 50-48 in the opening round of the Equinox Classic. W&L (1-0) will play Haverford (1-0) in the championship game on Saturday at 3:00 pm. W&L led by as many as 11 points before Swarthmore (0-1) rallied behind five second-half three-pointers, including two by forward Mike Schall in the final five minutes. The Garnet tied the game 48-48 on a backdoor layup by J.T. Haskins with 10 seconds remaining, but as Cobbin raced up the sideline he was fouled. Cobbin hit both free throws to give the Generals a two-point lead and a three-point attempt by Swarthmore's Tim Schofield bounced off the rim as time expired. Sophomore center Rich Peterson led the Generals with 15 points and seven rebounds and Scott Hudson added 12 points. W&L outrebounded Swarthmore 33-24. Washington and Lee (50) Plyler 0 0-1 0, Cobbin 1 5-6 7, Jackson 1 0-0 3, Ballard 2 0-0 4, Hudson 5 2-2 12, Owsley 2 0-0 5, Dyer 1 0-0 2, Peterson 6 3-5 15, Ricketts 0 2-2 2. Totals 18 12-16 50. Swarthmore (48) Rouse 1 0-0 3, Westbrook 1 0-0 3, Haskins 6 5-6 18, Schofield 3 0-0 8, Holtmeier 0 0-0 0, Kennedy 0 0-0 0, Morrell 1 0-0 2, Delatush 1 2-2 4, Schall 4 0-0 10. Totals 17 7-8 48. Halftime Score: W&L 17-16. Three-point field goals: W&L 2 (Jackson, Owsley); Swarthmore 7 (Schofield 2, Schall 2, Rouse, Westbrook, Haskins). Rebounds: W&L 33 (Peterson 7), Swarthmore 24 (Haskins, Delatush 5); Assists: W&L 12 (Ballard 5), Swarthmore 10 (Westbrook 4); Blocks: W&L 3 (Ballard, Hudson, Owsley), Swarthmore 1 (Schall); Steals: W&L 7 (Cobbin 4), Swarthmore 11 (Haskns, Delatush 3).
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