W&L (5-8, 4-6 ODAC); Eastern Mennonite (5-9, 2-7)
W&L and EMU will be meeting for the 57th time, with the Generals holding a 36-20 advantage in the all-time series. EMU has taken each of the last six meetings, including a 84-78 overtime win last season in the Warner Center.
LAST MEETING W/ EASTERN MENNONITE (EMU 85, W&L 78 (OT); 2/6/99; Lexington, Va.):
Sophomore guard Joel Kauffman scored a game-high 27 points,including nine in overtime to help lift Eastern Mennonite to an 84-78 overtime win over W&L at the Warner Center. Kauffman was 17-of-18 from the free throw line in the contest, hitting four charity tosses in the final six seconds of overtime to nail down the victory. The Generals trailed just 79-78 with 49 seconds remaining in the extra session and had two cracks to take the lead, but neither were true. Then, sophomore center Neal Lewis gathered the second missed shot and was fouled by forward Bob Bustamante. W&L senior guard Kevin Cobbin was also hit with a double technical foul on the play, sending Kauffman to the line with the opportunity to nail the door shut for EMU. W&L sent the game to overtime, when sophomore forward Will Ballard tied the game at 68-68 on a three-pointer with six seconds remaining. Junior forward Quincy Longacre also had 17 points and nine rebounds for EMU. W&L was led by sophomore guard Chad Braley who scored 17 points and Ballard, who tallied 15 points.
UP NEXT FOR W&L:
The Generals will return to action on Sunday, when they host Villa Julie in a non-conference game at 3:00 pm.
THE HEAD COACH:
Jeff Lafave (Southern Connecticut St. '93) is in his first season as the interim head coach at W&L and claims a 5-8 record. Lafave was an assistant coach with the W&L program last season after spending three seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. During Lafave's time at Williams, the Ephs advanced to two NCAA Division III "Final Fours" and one "Sweet 16".
W&L vs. THE ODAC:
W&L sports a 157-197 (.444) all-time record in the ODAC and is 317-281 (.530) 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:
Eastern Mennonite (36-20)
Emory & Henry (49-26)
Virginia Wesleyan (9-17)
SCOUTING EASTERN MENNONITE:
Eastern Mennonite is 5-9 overall, 2-7 in the ODAC, and is coming off a 66-64 win over Lynchburg on Thursday evening. The Royals shot nearly 51 percent from the floor, but turned the ball over 24 times. Junior center Neal Lewis led EMU with 12 points and a game-high seven rebounds. Junior guard Joel Kauffman tallied 11 points, while senior guard Keion Green and senior forward Quincy Longacre each scored 10 points. On the season, the Royals are led by Kauffman, who averages 18.6 points and 3.2 assists per game. Longacre averages 16.0 points and a team-high 6.4 rebounds per game.
LAST TIME OUT:
Emory and Henry outscored Washington and Lee 10-2 over the final two minutes of regulation in claiming a 67-59 ODAC victory on Wednesday evening in Emory, Va. The Wasps were led by senior guard Patrick Bailey, who tallied a game-high 23 points, including four three-pointers. Recording a double-double for E&H was center David McManus, who notched 14 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. The Wasps shot only 38 percent from the floor in the contest, but were bolstered by hitting 13-of-16 from the charity stripe, including 11-of-12 in the second half. W&L placed only one player in double-figures. Junior guard Chad Braley came off the bench to score a team-high 11 points. Freshman guard Toussaint Crawford and senior guard Walt Plyler each chipped in nine points to aid the Generals' cause. W&L committed 19 turnovers in the contest and connected on only 17-of-28 free throws. The Generals did win the battle of the boards, however, outrebounding the Wasps by a count of 39-38. Brian Ricketts grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING:
The Generals four overtime game with Lynchburg marked the longest game in W&L history. It also was the first time W&L has played in back-to-back overtime games since the 1979-80. The Greensboro win also snapped a streak of seven consecutive overtime losses dating back to the 1994-95 season.
BACK TO THE 60'S:
Eastern Mennonite claims one of the top scoring offenses in the ODAC, averaging 77.6 points per game. Through the years, W&L has fared well against the Royals when holding their high-powered offense in check. Dating back to 1980, W&L is 11-3 when it holds EMU to less than 70 points. This season, W&L is 3-1 when holding its opponents to 69 points or less.
CLIMBING THE CHARTS:
Senior forward Scott Hudson and senior guard Walt Plyler are climbing the W&L career charts this season. Hudson is third in W&L history with 101 career blocks and Plyler is fourth all-time at W&L in career assists (277). Plyler can move into third place with 23 more assists.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN:
The Generals' game at EMU is the final game in a their current four-game road swing. W&L has played a total of seven road games and is 0-7 away from the friendly confines of the Warner Center. On the other hand, W&L is 5-1 at home, but doesn't play there again until a Jan. 26 meeting with No. 1 Hampden-Sydney. The Generals average 71.7 points at home and 60.7 points on the road.
RICKETTS NAMED ODAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Senior center Brian Ricketts was named the ODAC Player of the Week for the week ending Jan. 16. Ricketts averaged 20.7 points, 12.0 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game over the Generals' three games. He also shot 59.5 percent (22-37) from the floor and 77.3 percent (17-22) from the foul line. In a 96-92 four-overtime win over Lynchburg, Ricketts set career-highs in points (27), rebounds (21), and blocks (6). He then followed that with 20 points and 10 rebounds at Randolph-Macon. Included in his 15 points at Virginia Wesleyan was his first career three-pointer. His 21 rebounds against the Hornets marked the second-highest rebounding total in Division III this season. Entering the week, Ricketts' career-highs were 14 points, 15 rebounds, and three blocked shots, while his career averages entering the season were just 4.4 points and 3.4 rebounds.