W&L and Hampden-Sydney have met 92 times over the years, with the Tigers holding a 40-52 advantage in the all-time series. Sydney took both regular-season meetings last season, as well as a tournament game to post a 3-0 record against the Generals.
LAST MEETING W/ HAMPDEN-SYDNEY (H-SC 89, W&L 72; 2/20/99; Salem, Va.):
Eighth-seeded W&L saw its season come to an end as it fell to top-seeded Hampden-Sydney, 89-72, in the quarterfinals of the ODAC Tournament. The Tigers never trailed during the game and jumped out to a 15-point lead (35-20) with 2:44 left in the first half. The lead was 13 points (39-26) at halftime. H-SC started quickly in the second half and built the lead to 22 points (55-33) with 14:44 left in the game. However, the Generals fought back to cut the lead to as few as 10 points (78-68) with 1:37 remaining in the game, but H-SC outscored W&L 11-4 the rest of the way to claim the 17-point victory. W&L placed four players in double-figure scoring led by guard Will Ballard, who had 18 points. Forward Bob Bustamante scored 15 points and senior guard Kevin Cobbin scored 12 points. Guard Matt Jackson scored 10 points off the bench. The Tigers were led by junior center Jeremy Harris, who recorded a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
UP NEXT FOR W&L:
The Generals return to action next Wednesday as they play their first game in the friendly confines of the Warner Center. W&L hosts Emory & Henry in a 7:00 pm contest.
THE HEAD COACH:
Jeff Lafave (Southern Connecticut St. '93) is in his first season as the interim head coach at W&L and claims an 0-3 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 153-192 (.444) all-time record in the ODAC and is 313-276 (.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 (36-20)
Emory & Henry (48-25)
Virginia. Wesleyan (8-15)
Hampden-Sydney is 4-0 on the season and is ranked No. 1 in Division III by three preseason publications. Most recently, the Tigers defeated Newport News Apprentice in overtime, 72-69, on Monday evening. The Tigers were led by senior guard T.J. Grimes, who tallied 24 points and seven assists. Grimes was joined in double-figure scoring by junior forward Brett Thompson (16 pts., 11 reb.), senior guard Chris Fox (11 pts.), and senior center Jeremy Harris (10 pts.). On the season, Grimes leads H-SC in scoring with an average of 18.8 points per game. Fox averages 12.8 points per game, Harris averages 11.5 points per game, and senior forward Jack Jirak averages 10.8 points and a team-high 6.8 rebounds per game.
LAST TIME OUT:
Sophomore center Kyle Williford tied a career-high with 28 points and Bridgewater used a 17-4 start to the game to post a 78-71 win over Washington and Lee in the ODAC-opener for both teams. W&L came charging back from an 11-point halftime deficit to cut the Eagles' lead to just three points (71-68) with 1:30 remaining in the game, but Bridgewater hit 7-of-8 free throws in the final 1:20 to clinch the win. W&L was led by junior guard Chad Braley, who tallied 22 points, tying a career-high. Braley hit a career-high six three-pointers in nine attempts. Sophomore forward Bob Bustamante scored 14 points and junior guard Will Ballard tallied 10 points. Senior forward Brian Ricketts grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds for the second straight game. For the game, the Generals hit 12-of-24 three-point attempts and turned the ball over a season-low 13 times. Williford posted his 28 points on 14-of-19 shooting from the floor, while senior forward Brad Harrington provided additional scoring punch for the Eagles (3-1, 1-0), tallying 20 points boosted by 12-of-18 free throw shooting.
Senior forward Brian Ricketts leads the ODAC with an average of 11.0 rebounds per game through the first three games this season. At Middlebury on Nov. 23, Ricketts recorded a career-high 15 rebounds and he matched that effort with another 15-rebound performance on Sunday at Bridgewater. His total of 33 rebounds on the season is just 55 away from his total of 88 all of last season.
CLIMBING THE CHARTS:
Senior center Scott Hudson and senior guard Walt Plyler are climbing the W&L career charts this season. Hudson is third in W&L history with 75 career blocks and Plyler is fifth all-time at W&L in career assists (259).
TWO IS NICE, BUT THREE IS BETTER:
Junior guard Chad Braley had a career night at Bridgewater on Sunday, tying a career-high with 22 points. Braley hit a career-high six three-pointers in nine attempts. On the season, six of his 10 made field goals are three's. For his career at W&L, nearly 54 percent of his made field goals and 59 percent of his attempts are from beyond the arc.