W&L and Roanoke will be meeting for the 93rd time, with the Maroons holding a 59-33 advantage in the all-time series. Roanoke has taken each of the past nine meetings dating back to a W&L win on Jan. 7, 1995. W&L won that contest 85-65 at the Warner Center.
LAST MEETING W/ ROANOKE (RC 72, W&L 64; 2/13/99; Salem, Va.):
Washington and Lee shot only 9.6 percent from the floor in the first half in losing to Roanoke, 72-64 at the Bast Center, before a crowd of 1,200 fans. The Maroons stormed out to a 10-1 lead with 14:17 remaining in the first half as the Generals did not score their first field goal until 11:31 remained before halftime. Despite scoring only two field goals in the first stanza, W&L trailed only 27-17 at halftime. After the Generals cut the lead to seven on a three-pointer by guard Will Ballard nine seconds into the second half, Roanoke went on a 21-4 run to take a 48-24 lead with 11:51 left in the game. The Generals cut the 24-point lead to just eight on several occasions, but could get no closer as they lost by that same eight-point margin. The Generals atoned for their first half shooting performance by shooting 54.3 percent in the second half (19-35). W&L was led by center Rich Peterson, who posted a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds and Ballard, who also scored 14 points. Forward Bob Bustamante scored 15 points off the bench and made good on both of his three-point attempts. The Maroons were led by guard Robby Pridgen, who scored 20 points off the bench.
UP NEXT FOR W&L:
The Generals will return to action on Sunday, when they host Greensboro in a non-conference game at 3:00 pm.
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 3-4 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 156-193 (.447) all-time record in the ODAC and is 316-277 (.533) 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)
Roanoke is 9-1 overall, 4-0 in the ODAC and is coming off a a 79-76 win over Worcester State in the championship game of the Domino's Lewis-Gale Classic in Salem, Va. Brad Dunleavy led the Maroons with 17 points, five assists, and five steals. He was named tournament MVP. Paris Butler also added 17 points, while Jason Strickland totaled 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. On the season, Roanoke is led by Strickland, who averages 18.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. He is joined in double-figure scoring by Dunleavy (12.3 ppg.) and Colby Leftwich (10.0 ppg.). In all, eleven different players are averaging 10 or more minutes per game and nine players average 5.0 or more points per game.
LAST TIME OUT:
Sophomore forward Bob Bustamante scored a career-high 20 points to help Washington and Lee to a 73-67 win over Guilford on Tuesday evening at the Warner Center. The win was W&L's third in a row. 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, while freshman guard Paul Kindem totaled 14 points and three assists.
Sophomore forward Bob Bustamante had a career night on Tuesday as he hit for 20 points against the Quakers of Guilford. Bustamante hit 4-of-6 three-point attempts and 4-of-4 free throw attempts. He is now shooting a team-best .476 from three-point range and leads the team in scoring with a 10.1 points per game average.
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 87 career blocks and Plyler is fourth all-time at W&L in career assists (254). Plyler can move into third place with 46 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, nine players are averaging 10 or more minutes of playing time per game. Also, in its seven games, W&L has had six different players lead the team in scoring.
The Generals are currently on a three-game win streak and will be looking for their fourth in a row against Roanoke. W&L last pieced together a four-game win streak during the 1989-90 season, the Generals' last winning season (15-12, 8-8 ODAC).