Washington and Lee Men's Basketball Game Notes

Game 5 - W&L vs. Emory & Henry - December 8 - 7:00 pm

W&L and Emory & Henry have met 73 times over the years, with the Generals holding a 48-25 advantage in the all-time series. The two teams split last season as W&L won 80-70 in Lexington, Va., and E&H won 92-57 in Emory, Va. W&L has won three of the last four meetings in Lexington, Va., including two in a row.

LAST MEETING W/ EMORY & HENRY (E&H 92, W&L 57; 1/20/99; Emory, Va.):
Emory & Henry shot 53 percent from the floor and outrebounded W&L 42-29 in avenging an early season loss to the Generals, 92-57. The Wasps were led by guard Brian Pruett, who scored 24 points and forward Donald Thurston, who scored 18 points. W&L was paced by guard Kevin Cobbin's 10 points and forward Will Ballard's eight points. Center Rich Peterson also added eight points for the Generals. W&L hit 22-of-28 (.786) free throws in the game, but could not overcome 34 percent shooting from the floor and 24 turnovers that led to 30 Emory & Henry points.

The Generals will break for exams and the holidays before returning to the court on Sunday, January 2 when they take on Virginia Wesleyan. Tip time is set for 3:00 pm.

Jeff Lafave (Southern Connecticut St. '93) is in his first season as the interim head coach at W&L and claims an 0-4 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 sports a 153-193 (.442) all-time record in the ODAC and is 313-277 (.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:

Bridgewater (67-30)
Eastern Mennonite (36-20)
Emory & Henry (48-25)
Guilford (8-13)
Hampden-Sydney (40-53)
Lynchburg (61-24)
Randolph-Macon (12-40)
Roanoke (33-59)
Virginia Wesleyan (8-15)

Emory & Henry is 3-4 on the season after having gone 1-1 in the Washington University Lopota Classic over the weekend. The Wasps defeated Whittier, 76-73, before falling to the host Bears, 83-63. Junior guard Brian Pruett led E&H with 20 points and 10 rebounds against Wash. U. He was joined in double-figures by senior center David McManus (12) and senior guard Patrick Bailey (11). On the season, Pruett is averaging a team-high 18.1 points per game. McManus isn't far behind, averaging 14.4 points and a team-best 7.4 rebounds per game.

The Washington and Lee men's basketball team dropped an 82-50 loss to the Tigers of Hampden-Sydney College on Wednesday night in Hampden-Sydney, Va. Hampden-Sydney entered the contest ranked No. 2 in the latest Division III national poll. The Tigers jumped ahead early and cruised into halftime with a 42-23 lead over the Generals. They continued to pour it on in the second half, outscoring the Generals 40-27 for the 82-50 margin of victory. W&L was led by sophomore forward Bob Bustamante, who posted team-highs in both points (10) and rebounds (7). Freshman guard Toussaint Crawford also tossed in 10 points for the Generals. The Tigers were led by Jack Jirak and Matt McKeag, each of whom tallied 15 points on the game. Brett Thompson led Hampden-Sydney on the boards with 11 carroms. The Tigers outrebounded W&L 55-27 on the night.

Senior forward Brian Ricketts is among the ODAC leaders in rebounding with an average of 9.0 rebounds per game through the first four 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 Nov. 28 at Bridgewater. His total of 36 rebounds on the season is just 52 away from his total of 88 all of last season.

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 78 career blocks and Plyler is fifth all-time at W&L in career assists (260).

Junior guard Chad Braley had a career night at Bridgewater on Nov. 28, tying a career-high with 22 points. Braley hit a career-high six three-pointers in nine attempts. On the season, six of his 11 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.

The Generals have defended the three-point arc well, allowing their opponents to shoot just 22.8 percent from beyond the arc (13-57). On the flip side, W&L is shooting 31.3 percent from three-point range, hitting 20-of-64 long range attempts. Junior guard Chad Braley and sophomore forward Bob Bustamante lead the team with six and five three-pointers, respectively. Braley is 6-of-14 (.429) and Bustamante is 5-of-12 (.417).


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