W&L and EMU will be meeting for the 58th time, with the Generals holding a 36-21 advantage in the all-time series. EMU has taken each of the last seven meetings, including a 71-62 overtime win earlier this season in Harrisonburg, Va. Each of the last two meetings have gone to overtime.
LAST MEETING W/ EASTERN MENNONITE (EMU 71, W&L 62; 1/22/00; Harrisonburg, Va.):
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 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.
UP NEXT FOR W&L:
The Generals will return to action on Monday, when they play host to Randolph-Macon in a 7:00 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 6-11 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 9-10 overall, 5-8 in the ODAC, and is coming off an 84-82 win over Randolph-Macon on Wednesday evening in Harrisonburg, Va. The Royals shot 53 percent from the floor and were led by junior center Neal Lewis, who scored 17 points and claimed six rebounds. Senior forward Quincy Longacre and senior guard Keion Green tallied 15 points each. On the season, junior guard Joel Kauffman leads the team in scoring with a 17.6 points per game average. He is joined in double-figures by Longacre, who averages 16.2 points and a team-high 6.8 rebounds per game.
LAST TIME OUT:
Ted Davis hit 11-of-13 shots from the floor on his way to a game-high 24 points in leading the Shenandoah College Hornets to a 73-67 victory over Washington and Lee in men's basketball action on Wednesday evening. The Hornets trailed by as many as seven points in the first period (19-12), but closed the half on a 9-0 run to take a 37-33 lead going into the break. W&L would never regain the lead, as Shenandoah connected on 12-of-14 foul shots in the second half to secure the non-conference victory. Tyson Thompson chipped in 18 points for the Hornets, including 8-of-9 from the charity stripe. The Generals were led by freshman guard Scott Hetterman, who tallied career-highs in points (16) and rebounds (7). Two other W&L players scored in double-figures, as junior guard Will Ballard amassed 13 points and junior guard Chad Braley connected for 11, including three treys. For the game, Shenandoah hit 23-of-25 foul shots for 92 percent. The Hornets shot 46 percent from the floor while holding W&L to just 40 percent. Shenandoah outrebounded the Generals by a count of 36-34.
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.
IF IT GOES TO AN EXTRA FRAME:
W&L has played in three overtime affairs this season and claims a 2-1 record in those contests. Eastern Mennonite, however, was the one team to beat the Generals in an extra period. W&L's last two games with the Royals have gone to overtime, with EMU taking both meetings.
BALLARD IN THE CLUTCH:
Junior guard Will Ballard has been clutch for the Generals in the past two games with EMU, hitting a three-pointer in the waning seconds of each game to send them into overtime. Overall, Ballard has fared well against the Royals, averaging 11.4 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.
CLIMBING THE CHARTS:
Senior forward Scott Hudson, senior guard Walt Plyler, and junior guard Will Ballard are climbing the W&L career charts this season. Hudson is third in W&L history with 108 career blocks and Plyler is fourth all-time at W&L in career assists (290). Plyler can move into third place with 10 more assists. Ballard is approaching the Top 5 all-time at W&L in career steals (108). He needs 21 more to jump into fifth place.
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 0-9 on the road.
THEY'RE ALMOST SOPHOMORES NOW:
It was once said that the best thing about freshman is that they turn into sophomores. In some cases that's true, but not when speaking of the W&L freshman class. The Generals' seven freshmen have combined to average 20.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 2.7 steals per game. Together, they have combined to score 31.4 percent of W&L's points this season. Toussaint Crawford and Scott Hetterman lead the charge. Crawford averages 8.0 points and 1.7 rebounds per game, while Hetterman averages 6.6 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. Hetterman is coming off a career-best performance against Shenandoah in which he tallied 16 points, seven rebounds, and three assists. Crawford had led the team in scoring in four games and posted a high of 27 points against Lynchburg.
Junior guard Chad Braley leads the team with 31 made three-pointers. Braley has been especially potent of late, hitting eight of his last 14 attempts (.571) from beyond the arc. Against Villa Julie last Sunday afternoon, Braley broke the school record for three-point field goal percentage with a 5-for-5 performance from the land of triples. The old record of 83.3 percent (5-6) had been held by Mike Holton since the 1988-89 season. On the season, Braley is shooting a team-best .373 from three-point range.
Senior center Brian Ricketts has been cleaning the glass this season, leading the ODAC with an average of 8.5 rebounds per game. Should he continue at this pace, he would claim the highest single-season rebounding average at W&L since Brian Hanson's 8.8 average during the 1980-81 season.