W&L and Guilford will be meeting for the 22nd time this evening, with the Quakers holding a 13-8 advantage in the all-time series. W&L took both meetings from the Quakers last season.
LAST MEETING W/ GUILFORD (W&L 87, GC 69; 1/30/99; Lexington, Va.):
Four players scored in double-figures led by forward Scott Hudson's career-high 21 points to lead Washington and Lee to an 87-69 win over Guilford. The win snapped a nine-game losing streak for the Generals. The opening half featured six ties and four lead changes before W&L assumed the lead for good with 3:52 remaining in the first half, surging on an 11-3 run to close out the half with a 39-32 lead. The Generals continued their impressive play in the second half, opening with a 10-3 run to take a 49-35 advantage with 14:36 remaining. Guilford would not challenge from that point on, as W&L cruised to the 18-point victory. W&L shot 62.3 percent from the field, including 68 percent in the second half, while Guilford was held to just 40.7 percent shooting for the game. Hudson, who was 9-of-10 from the floor, was joined in double-figures for Washington and Lee by center Rich Peterson, who had 17 points, guard Matt Jackson, who had 15 points, and forward Will Ballard, who had 10 points. Guilford was led by forward Jon Evans, who tallied 15 points and five rebounds.
UP NEXT FOR W&L:
The Generals will return to action on Saturday, when they host Roanoke in a 4:00 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 2-4 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 vs. THE ODAC:
W&L sports a 155-193 (.445) all-time record in the ODAC and is 315-277 (.532) 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 (49-25)
Virginia Wesleyan (9-16)
Guilford is 3-5 overall, 2-1 in the ODAC and is coming off a 73-68 win over Eastern Mennonite on Dec. 11 in Greensboro, N.C. The Quakers forced 27 EMU turnovers and shot 26 free throws as compared to seven for the Royals. Todd Ashworth led Guilford with 19 points and eight rebounds, while Brad Woolley tallied 18 points. Jaron Randall had a game-high eight assists. On the season, Guilford is led by Woolley, who is averaging 15.3 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Ashworth is averaging 10.8 points and a team-high 7.4 rebounds per game. David Zelickson also averages double-figure points (10.3).
LAST TIME OUT:
W&L forced 24 Virginia Wesleyan turnovers and held the Blue Marlins to just 2-of-17 shooting from behind the three-point arc to post a 60-52 win on Sunday afternoon at the Warner Center. After trailing 18-16 at the break, W&L shot 48 percent and scored 44 points in the second half. Sporting a 39-37 advantage with 7:17 remaining in the game, the Generals went on an 8-0 run over the next 2:30 to post a 10-point lead (47-37), before holding on for its second straight win. The Generals were led in scoring by junior guard Chad Braley, who posted 13 points and five rebounds. Seniors Brian Ricketts and Scott Hudson both notched double-doubles in the post as Ricketts totaled 10 points and 11 rebounds and Hudson tallied 10 points and 10 rebounds. Hudson also collected a career-high five blocked shots. Virginia Wesleyan was led by sophomore forward McKinley Ford, who had 16 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore guard Carl Lentz collected 12 points and senior center Ron Yuhasz posted a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Senior forward Brian Ricketts is among the ODAC leaders in rebounding with an average of 9.0 rebounds per game. At Middlebury, Ricketts recorded a career-high 15 rebounds and he matched that effort with another 15-rebound performance at Bridgewater. His total of 54 rebounds on the season is just 34 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 84 career blocks and Plyler is fourth all-time at W&L in career assists (249). Plyler can move into third place with 51 more assists.
The Generals are playing balanced basketball in the early going as seven players are averaging 6.0 points or more on the season. In addition, 10 players are averaging 10 or more minutes of playing time per game. Also, in its six games, W&L has had six different players lead the team in scoring.
AROUND THE ARC:
The Generals have defended the three-point arc well, allowing their opponents to shoot just 17.2 percent from beyond the arc (16-93).