W&L (5-9, 4-7 ODAC); Hampden-Sydney (16-0, 10-0)
W&L and Hampden-Sydney have met 93 times over the years, with the Tigers holding a 53-40 advantage in the all-time series. Sydney has taken each of the last five meetings, including an 82-50 win over the Generals earlier this season in Hampden-Sydney, Va.
LAST MEETING W/ HAMPDEN-SYDNEY (H-SC 82, W&L 50; 12/1/99; Hampden-Sydney, Va.):
The Washington and Lee men's basketball team dropped an 82-50 loss to Hampden-Sydney in Hampden-Sydney, Va. The Tigers entered the contest ranked No. 2 in Division III. Hampden-Sydney jumped ahead early and cruised into halftime with a 42-23 lead over the Generals. They continued to pour it on in the second half, outscoring the Generals 40-27 for the 82-50 margin of victory. W&L was led by sophomore forward Bob Bustamante, who posted team-highs in both points (10) and rebounds (7). Freshman guard Toussaint Crawford also tossed in 10 points for the Generals. The Tigers were led by Jack Jirak and Matt McKeag, each of whom tallied 15 points on the game. Brett Thompson led Hampden-Sydney on the boards with 11. The Tigers outrebounded W&L 55-27 on the night.
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 5-9 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 157-198 (.442) all-time record in the ODAC and is 317-282 (.529) 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 (36-21)
Emory & Henry (49-26)
Virginia Wesleyan (9-17)
Hampden-Sydney enters its game with W&L 16-0 overall and 10-0 in the ODAC. The Tigers are ranked No. 1 in Division III. Sydney prevailed over Emory & Henry, 97-63, in its last game on Saturday afternoon. Senior center Jeremy Harris led four players in double-figures with 17 points. Senior guard T.J. Grimes scored 13 points, while a pair of seniors in forward Jack Jirak and guard Chris Fox each tallied 10 points. On the season, Grimes leads the team in scoring with a 16.9 points per game average. Fox averages 12.2 points, Jirak averages 12.1 points, and Harris averages 11.4 points. No player averages more than 5.5 rebounds per game, however, the Tigers are outrebounding their opponents by almost 10 boards per game. As a team, Sydney shoots 50.1 percent from the floor, averages 91.9 points per game, and forces an average of 23 turnovers per contest from its opponents.
LAST TIME OUT:
Eastern Mennonite shot just 36 percent from the floor, but hit 33-of-44 free throws to claim a 71-62 overtime win over Washington and Lee on Saturday afternoon in Harrisonburg, Va. In a nip-and-tuck game throughout, EMU held a three-point lead (57-54) with 4.2 seconds remaining in regulation. W&L junior forward Will Ballard then hit a leaning three-pointer with 0.9 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime. In the extra frame, EMU hit 10-of-14 free throws and held W&L to just five points to claim the win. The Royals were led by Joel Kaufman's game-high 24 points on 10-of-11 shooting from the foul line. Quincy Longacre tallied 19 points and 11 rebounds and Neal Lewis notched 15 points and 10 rebounds to help the Eastern Mennonite cause. For the game, Eastern Mennonite turned the ball over 25 times, but outrebounded W&L, 51-36. Washington and Lee was led by sophomore forward Bob Bustamante, who scored 15 points. Senior center Scott Hudson tallied 14 points and nine rebounds, while Ballard finished the game with 10 points.
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.
Junior guard Will Ballard hit a leaning three-pointer with 0.9 seconds remaining in regulation to send the Generals' game with Eastern Mennonite into overtime. The shot marked the second time in as many games that Ballard hit a shot at or near the buzzer to send a game into overtime against the Royals. Ballard canned a three in the waning seconds of the Generals' final game with EMU last season to send that game into an extra session.
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 103 career blocks and Plyler is fourth all-time at W&L in career assists (283). Plyler can move into third place with 17 more assists.
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME; THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME:
Judy Garland knew what she was talking about. The Generals have enjoyed the comforts of home, posting a 5-1 record in the Warner Center this season. W&L is coming off a four-game road swing in which it went 0-4 and shot 34.9 percent from the floor (91-261).
TAKIN' CARE OF THE BALL:
Despite going 0-4 on the road in its last four games, W&L took good care of the ball, turning it over an average of just 13.0 times per contest. In a 76-69 loss to Virginia Wesleyan on Jan. 16, W&L had only eight turnovers, a season-low.
SPREADIN' THE WEALTH:
The Generals have spread the wealth this season as seven different players have led the team in scoring in a game and eight different players are averaging over 4.6 points per game. In addition, 10 different players are averaging 10.0 or more minutes per game.