W&L and Guilford will be meeting for the 23rd time, with the Quakers holding a 14-8 advantage in the series. W&L has won the last three meetings, including a 73-67 win earlier this season in Lexington.
LAST MEETING W/ GUILFORD (W&L 73, GC 67; 1/4/00; Lexington, Va.):
Sophomore forward Bob Bustamante scored a career-high 20 points to help W&L to a 73-67 win over Guilford at the Warner Center. The Generals trailed by three points (33-30) at the half, but took the lead at 41-40 with 13:32 remaining and never looked back. The lead swelled to as many as 11 points (63-52) with 4:10 remaining, but Guilford clawed back to cut its deficit to just four points (66-62) with 56 seconds remaining. However, junior guard Chad Braley hit six-of-six free throws in the final 55 seconds the seal the win for W&L. Braley ended the game with 12 points. Senior center Brian Ricketts chipped in with 11 points and seven rebounds. Guilford was led by junior guard David Zelickson's 15 points. Junior center Todd Ashworth tallied 10 points and 14 rebounds.
UP NEXT FOR W&L:
The Generals will return to action on Saturday in the ODAC Tournament. W&L will either play at 1:00 pm vs. Hampden-Sydney or at 8:00 pm against Bridgewater.
THE HEAD COACH:
Jeff Lafave (Southern Connecticut St. '93) is in his first season as the interim head coach at W&L. 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.
W&L vs. THE ODAC:
W&L sports a 158-201 (.440) all-time record in the ODAC and is 318-284 (.528) 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)
Guilford enters its game with W&L sporting a 6-17 overall record, 4-13 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. The Quakers are coming off a 66-62 loss to Roanoke on Monday evening. The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for Guilford. Sophomore guard Brad Woolley led the Quakers with 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Junior center Todd Ashworth tallied nine points and 11 rebounds, while sophomore forward Matt Lewis scored nine points and grabbed nine boards. Guilford shot just 29 percent from the field, but beat the Maroons on the boards, 54-44. On the season, Woolley leads the team in scoring, averaging 12.3 points per game. Freshman guard Paul Kindem averages 10.7 points, while Ashworth leads the team in rebounding (7.1 rpg.). Guilford shoots just 39 percent from the floor and 60.6 percent from the free throw stripe.
LAST TIME OUT:
Bridgewater held W&L to just 16 points on 15.6 percent shooting from the floor in the second half in erasing a seven-point (29-22) halftime deficit en route to defeating the Generals, 59-45, at the Warner Center. The Eagles began to second half on a 9-0 run over the first 3:45 to take a 31-29 lead and continued to extend that lead in cruising to the win. Bridgewater was led by senior forward Brad Harrington, who scored 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the floor. Sophomore center Kyle Williford scored 10 points, collected eight rebounds, blocked six shots, and dished out five assists, while junior forward Shane Burnette scored eight points and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds. Washington and Lee was paced by freshman guard Toussaint Crawford, who scored 14 points. Senior center Brian Ricketts scored six points and collected a team-high eight rebounds. Bridgewater shot 56.5 percent in the second half and outrebounded the Generals, 42-32.
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING:
W&L has played in five overtime games this season, a new school record. In addition, W&L has played in a total of eight overtime periods after having defeated Lynchburg in four overtimes earlier this season, also a school record. W&L has also played in back-to-back overtime games twice this season, marking the first time that has happened to the Generals since the 1979-80 season.
IF IT GOES TO AN EXTRA FRAME:
W&L's record in overtime games this season is 2-3. The Generals began the season 2-0 in overtimes, but have dropped each of their last three, all in conference contests. W&L is 2-1 in overtime games at home, 0-2 on the road. W&L's overtime win over Greensboro snapped a streak of seven consecutive overtime losses dating back to the 1994-95 season.
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 115 career blocks and Plyler is third all-time at W&L in career assists (308). Ballard can jump into fifth place all-time in steals with 16 more thefts. He currently has 113 for his career.
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 7-4 record in the Warner Center this season. On the flip side, W&L is 0-11 on the road and hasn't won in an opponents' gym since a 67-55 victory over Guilford on Nov. 24, 1998. W&L is 1-22 on the road over the last two seasons.
The Generals have featured a balanced attack this season as eight players are averaging 5.0 points or more per game. Seven different players have led the team in scoring. However, W&L has no players averaging in double figures. In research dating back until the 1948-49 season, W&L has never had a season in which no player averaged in double figures. The Generals' high scorer this season is junior guard Will Ballard, who is averaging 9.1 points per game.
THEY'RE ALMOST SOPHOMORES NOW:
Al McGuire once said that the best thing about freshman is that they become 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 22.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 3.0 steals per game. Together, they have combined to score 34.6 percent of W&L's points this season. Toussaint Crawford, Scott Hetterman, and Ryan Small lead the charge. Crawford averages 8.0 points and 1.8 rebounds per game, Hetterman averages 6.7 points and 3.6 rebounds per game, while Small averages 5.6 points and 2.3 rebunds per game. Small is coming off a career-best 17-point, five-rebound performance last Wednesday at Lynchburg, while Hetterman compiled his best game at Shenandoah. He tallied 16 points, seven rebounds, and three assists. Crawford had led the team in scoring in six games and posted a high of 27 points in the first meeting with Lynchburg.
The W&L-Guilford game holds a great deal of significance in the ODAC Tournament seedings. If the numbers are any indication, this could be a good one. Guilford leads the series 14-8, but the Generals have taken each of the last three meetings. Eight games in the series have been decided by six points or less and the average scoring in this series has Guilford leading, 75.3 to 72.9. The average margin of victory for either team in the series is less than 10 points (GC - 9.4 pts., W&L - 9.8 pts.). However, W&L is 1-9 all-time against the Quakers in Greensboro, N.C.
Senior center Brian Ricketts has been cleaning the glass this season, leading the ODAC with an average of 8.7 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.
WHERE CAN THE GENERALS FINISH?:
The W&L-Guilford game is the final regular-season game to be played in the ODAC this season. All eyes will be on this one as several teams will find out if they will make the trip to Salem as a participant or a fan. However, W&L is not one of them. A W&L loss would make the Generals the number eight seed and they would square off against top-seeded Hampden-Sydney on Saturday at 1:00 pm. A W&L win would make the Generals the number six seed and they would then meet third-seeded Bridgewater on Saturday at 8:00 pm.