W&L (4-5, 3-3 ODAC); Lynchburg (4-7, 1-4)
W&L and Lynchburg will be meeting for the 86th time, with the Generals holding a 61-24 advantage in the all-time series. W&L has taken three of the last four meetings, including a 56-52 win last season in the Warner Center.
LAST MEETING W/ LYNCHBURG (W&L 56, LC 52; 2/13/99; Lexington, Va.):
Center Rich Peterson posted a double-double with 16 points and a career-high 14 rebounds to help lead Washington and Lee to a 56-52 win over Lynchburg at the Warner Center. The Generals led by as many as eight points (26-18) in the opening half with 4:31 remaining. However, the Hornets cut the W&L lead to just four points (32-28) at the half. In the opening 7:05 of the second half, Lynchburg surged on a 20-9 run to take a seven-point lead at 48-41, but the Generals outscored the Hornets 15-4 the rest of the way to post the win. The victory, coupled with a Bridgewater loss to Randolph-Macon, assured W&L of a trip to the ODAC Tournament in Salem, Va. Forward Will Ballard also added 16 points and four rebounds for the Generals. The Hornets were led by guard Chris Whelan, who scored 13 points and guard Jerry O'Hara, who scored 12 points.
UP NEXT FOR W&L:
The Generals will return to action on Saturday, when they travel to Randolph-Macon for a 4:00 pm contest with the Yellow Jackets. W&L will then play at Virginia Wesleyan on Sunday. Gametime for that contest is set for 2:00 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 a 4-5 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 156-194 (.446) all-time record in the ODAC and is 316-278 (.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)
Lynchburg is 4-7 overall, 1-4 in the ODAC. The Hornets are coming off a 65-62 overtime loss to Randolph-Macon on Saturday afternoon. Four Hornets scored in double-figures led by senior guard Jerry O'Hara, who scored 12 points. Freshman guard Josh Cobbs tallied 11 points, while sophomore forward James Copsey and senior guard Chris Whelan each scored 10 points. Lynchburg was playing without its leading scorer, Dennis Brown, who was sidelined with an ankle injury. He will play against the Generals. On the season, Brown is averaging 20.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. He is joined in double-figures by Whelan, who averages 10.0 points per game. O'Hara averages 8.4 points and has a team-high 23 assists. On average, Lynchburg is being outrebounded by a margin of 37.5-30.5 and is allowing its opponents to shoot 46.7 percent from the floor.
LAST TIME OUT:
Senior forward Scott Hudson scored a season-high 19 points and claimed a career-high 12 rebounds to lead Washington and Lee to a 75-74 overtime win over Greensboro on Sunday afternoon at the Warner Center. Washington and Lee led by as many as eight points (51-43) with 9:59 remaining in the second half, however, the Pride fought back to tie the game at 66-66 with five seconds remaining. W&L's Brian Ricketts was then fouled by Greensboro junior foward Khalid Greenaway as time expired sending the senior center to the line with a chance to win the game. Ricketts, one of W&L's top free throw shooters (78.4%), missed both free throws and the game went to overtime. In the extra frame, W&L assumed a quick 69-66 advantage as junior guard Chad Braley hit a three-pointer with 4:39 remaining. Greensboro tied the game at 69-69 with 4:12 left, but the Generals would again surge ahead and hold on for the one-point win. Junior guard Will Ballard added a season-high 17 points, while senior point guard Walt Plyler tallied five points and a season-high seven assists. Greensboro was led by senior guard Shannon Scales, who tallied 19 points and nine rebounds. Senior center Marlon Perry scored 17 points and claimed eight rebounds.
ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END:
The Generals' game with Lynchburg will mark their last home game until a Jan. 26 meeting with Hampden-Sydney. W&L will play its next four games on the road, something it hasn't done since playing at Hampden-Sydney on December 1. W&L has played its last five games at home and claims a 4-1 record in those games.
CLIMBING THE CHARTS:
Senior forward Scott Hudson and senior guard Walt Plyler are climbing the W&L career charts this season. Hudson is third in W&L history with 91 career blocks and Plyler is fourth all-time at W&L in career assists (263). Plyler can move into third place with 37 more assists.
HUDSON GOES OFF:
Senior forward Scott Hudson went off against Greensboro, scoring a season-high 19 points, claiming a career-high 12 rebounds, dishing off a pair of assists, blocking three shots, and claiming three steals. Hudson shot 9-of-13 from the field in helping the Generals to their highest scoring output of the season.