W&L (6-10); Shenandoah (9-8)
Washington and Lee and Shenandoah will be meeting for the eighth time, with the Generals holding a 6-1 advantage in the all-time series. The two teams have not met since the 1982-83 season when the Hornets downed W&L, 82-66.
LAST MEETING W/ SHENANDOAH (SU 82, W&L 66; 2/10/83; Winchester, Va.):
Washington and Lee shot 50 percent from the floor and outrebounded Shenandoah 40-20, but it wasn't enough as W&L fell to the Hornets, 82-66. SU hit 30-of-35 free throws as compared to 8-of-9 from the line for the Generals. W&L was led by Brian Hanson, who scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Frank Epps tallied 14 points and 10 boards, while John Graves also notched 14 points. Shenandoah was led by Soni Brown, who scored 23 points and Jason Veals, who scored 20 points.
UP NEXT FOR W&L:
The Generals will return to action on Saturday, when play host to Eastern Mennonite in a 3:00 pm game.
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 6-10 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 DIXIE CONFERENCE:
W&L sports a 30-6 (.833) all-time record against the current members of the DIAC, 1-0 this season. The following is a breakdown of the Generals vs. the members of the Dixie:
Christopher Newport (2-0)
N.C. Wesleyan (5-0)
Shenandoah is 9-8 overall and is coming off a 79-72 win over Averett College on Sunday afternoon. The Hornets shot 18-of-21 from the foul line and committed just 12 turnovers in the contest. Senior forward Derek Helman led the Hornets with 26 points and seven rebounds. He was joined in double-figures by junior guard Ted Davis (12 pts.) and sophomore guard Tyson Thompson (10 pts.). Thompson added five assists. On the season, Shenandoah is led by Helman, who averages 14.4 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Davis and Thompson both average 11.6 points per outing, with Thompson leading the Hornets in assists per game (5.2) and steals per game (2.5).
LAST TIME OUT:
Washington and Lee shot a season-best 50 percent from the floor, including 10-of-15 (.667) from three-point range in defeating Villa Julie College, 80-69, on Sunday afternoon in the Warner Center. The Generals (6-10) shot 53.8 percent from the field and 80 percent from the three-point arc (8-10) in the opening stanza, but led just 40-39 at the half. However, in the second half, W&L held the Mustangs (4-13) to just 30 percent shooting in ending its five-game losing skid. The Generals placed five players in double-figures led by junior guard Chad Braley, who scored 16 points on 5-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc. Senior center Brian Ricketts tallied 13 points and 10 rebounds, while senior forward Scott Hudson notched 11 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore foward Bob Bustamante and freshman guard Scott Hetterman each scored 10 points. Villa Julie was led by freshman guard Steve Johnson, who tallied 18 points and nine 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 season. The Greensboro win also snapped a streak of seven consecutive overtime losses dating back to the 1994-95 season. W&L is 2-1 in overtimes this season.
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 107 career blocks and Plyler is fourth all-time at W&L in career assists (288). Plyler can move into third place with 12 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 6-2 record in the Warner Center this season. On the flip side, W&L is 0-8 on the road.
Junior guard Chad Braley broke out against Villa Julie on Sunday afternoon, hitting all five of his three-point attempts, breaking the school record for three-point percentage. The old record of 83.3 percent (5-6) had been held by Mike Holton since the 1988-89 season. Braley has a team-best 28 triples this season and is shooting a team-best .378 from beyond the arc.
Senior center Brian Ricketts has been cleaning the glass this season, leading the ODAC with an average of 8.8 rebounds per game. Should he continue at this pace and finish the season at 8.8 rebounds per game, he would claim the highest single-season rebounding average at W&L since Brian Hanson's 8.8 average during the 1980-81 season. Should he finish higher than 8.8 per game, he would have the highest total since Skip Lichtfuss' 9.9 average during the 1973-74 season.