W&L and Randolph-Macon will be meeting for the 53rd time, with the Yellow Jackets holding a 40-12 advantage in the all-time series. Randolph-Macon has won each of the last 26 meetings dating back to Feb. 9, 1977. The Generals won that contest, 75-73, in the Warner Center.
LAST MEETING W/ RANDOLPH-MACON (R-MC 80, W&L 64; 1/15/00; Ashland, Va.):
Jamie Rice poured in 25 points to help lead Randolph-Macon College to an 80-64 win over the Generals of Washington and Lee in Ashland. Rice connected on 8-of-11 shots from the floor en route to his game-high point total. He also hit eight-of-eight from the line in the win. Other Yellow Jackets scoring in double-figures included Mike LaGuardia with 19, and Jared Mills with 10. For the game, R-MC shot 49.2 percent from the floor and 90.5 percent from the charity stripe. The Generals were led by senior center Brian Ricketts who tallied 20 points and 10 rebounds in the loss. Ricketts was aided by Will Ballard with 14 points and Scott Hudson with 10 points and seven rebounds. W&L suffered the entire game from cold shooting, ending the contest at only 28.6 percent from the floor. The Generals hit only 3-of-23 from behind the three-point arc.
UP NEXT FOR W&L:
The Generals will return to action on Wednesday, when they travel to Lynchburg for 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 7-11 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 158-197 (.445) all-time record in the ODAC and is 318-281 (.531) 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 (37-20)
Emory & Henry (49-26)
Virginia Wesleyan (9-17)
Randolph-Macon is 11-10 overall, 8-7 in the ODAC. R-MC is coming off a 64-58 win over Lynchburg on Saturday afternoon in Lynchburg, Va. The Yellow Jackets were led by freshman forward Jared Mills, senior guard Mike LaGuardia, and sophomore forward Marshall Rumney, who each tallied 13 points. Mills added 10 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks. On the season, Randolph-Macon is led by LaGuardia, who averages 13.8 points per game. Mills averages 12.5 points and a team-high 7.8 rebounds per game, while freshman forward Jamie Rice averages 11.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. He also leads the team in assists per game (2.8).
LAST TIME OUT:
Washington and Lee snapped a seven game losing streak against Eastern Mennonite and ran its home record to 7-2 on the season with a 56-51 win over the Royals on Saturday afternoon in the Warner Center. W&L led the game by a 17-13 count with 6:11 remaining in the opening half before Eastern Mennonite surged on a 12-0 run over the next 7:11 to take a 25-17 lead with 19:00 remaining in the game. The Royals (9-11, 5-9) pushed their advantage to 11 points (31-20) with 14:18 remaining, however, W&L would come back. The Generals (7-11, 5-8) surged on a 23-6 run over the next 7:48 to take a six-point lead (43-37) that they would not surrender. EMU sliced the W&L lead to one-point (46-45) with 2:47 remaining, but the Generals 8-of-10 free throws from that point on to seal the win. Junior guard Chad Braley led the Generals with a game-high 17 points on 4-of-7 shooting from beyond the three-point arc. Senior forward Scott Hudson tallied nine points and three blocked shots, while senior center Brian Ricketts corralled a team-high eight rebounds. Eastern Mennonite was led by senior forward Quincy Longacre, who tallied 14 points and 12 rebounds. Junior center Neal Lewis also notched a double-double for the Royals, totaling 12 points and 12 rebounds. EMU shot just over 28 percent from the floor, but outrebounded the Generals, 46-32. W&L shot 32 percent from the floor, but made good on 81.8 percent of its free throws (18-of-22).
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.
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 111 career blocks and Plyler is fourth all-time at W&L in career assists (294). Plyler can move into third place with 10 more assists. Ballard is approaching the Top 5 all-time at W&L in career steals (110). He needs 19 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 7-2 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 20.1 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 2.8 steals per game. Together, they have combined to score 31 percent of W&L's points this season. Toussaint Crawford and Scott Hetterman lead the charge. Crawford averages 7.8 points and 1.7 rebounds per game, while Hetterman averages 6.4 points and 3.4 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 12 of his last 21 attempts (.571) from beyond the arc. Against Villa Julie, 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 .389 from three-point range.
Senior center Brian Ricketts has been cleaning the glass this season, leading the ODAC with an average of 8.4 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.