Washington and Lee Men's Basketball Game Notes

Game 11 - W&L at Randolph-Macon - January 15 - 4:00 pm

Game 12 - W&L at Virginia Wesleyan - January 16 - 2:00 pm

W&L (5-5, 4-3 ODAC); Randolph-Macon (6-6, 3-3); Virginia Wesleyan (3-9, 1-6)

W&L and Randolph-Macon will be meeting for the 52nd time, with the Yellow Jackets holding a 39-12 advantage in the all-time series. Randolph-Macon has won each of the last 25 meetings dating back to Feb. 9, 1977. The Generals won that contest, 75-73, in the Warner Center. W&L and Virginia Wesleyan will be meeting for the 26th time, with the Marlins holding a 16-9 advantage in the all-time series. W&L defeated the Marlins, 60-52, earlier this season in Lexington.

LAST MEETING W/ RANDOLPH-MACON (R-MC 81, W&L 44; 2/8/99; Ashland, Va.):
Washington and Lee trailed Randolph-Macon 38-9 at halftime and never caught up in losing at Crenshaw Gymnasium, 81-44. The Generals shot only 12.5 percent (3-of-24) from the floor in the first half, while the Yellow Jackets shot 52.2 percent (12-of-23) in taking the 29-point halftime lead. The Yellow Jackets outscored W&L 43-35 in the second half, running away with the 37-point victory. W&L was led by center Rich Peterson, who posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Randolph-Macon forward Matt Meehan paced the Yellow Jackets with a double-double of his own, scoring 18 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.

LAST MEETING W/ VIRGINIA WESLEYAN (W&L 60, VWC 52; 1/2/00; Lexington, Va.):
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. 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.

Following its two-game road trip against Macon and Wesleyan, W&L's next contest will take place on Wednesday at Emory & Henry. Game time is set for 7:00 pm.

Jeff Lafave (S. Connecticut St. '93) is in his first season as the interim head coach at W&L and claims a 5-5 overall 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. While at Williams, Lafave helped the Ephs advance to two NCAA Div. III "Final Fours" and one "Sweet 16".

W&L sports a 157-194 (.447) all-time record in the ODAC and is 317-278 (.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:

Bridgewater (67-30)
Eastern Mennonite (36-20)
Emory & Henry (49-25)
Guilford (9-13)
Hampden-Sydney (40-53)
Lynchburg (62-24)
Randolph-Macon (12-40)
Roanoke (33-60)
Virginia Wesleyan (9-16)

Randolph-Macon (6-6, 3-3) is coming off a 53-45 win over Guilford on Tuesday evening. The Yellow Jackets were led by sophomore forward Marshall Rumney, who scored 13 points in 12 minutes of action. On the season, Macon is led by senior guard Mike LaGuardia, who averages 13.3 points per game. He is joined in double-figures by freshman forward Jared Mills (12.6 ppg.) and freshman forward Jamie Rice (10.0 ppg.). Mills leads the team in rebounding (7.6 rpg.). Virginia Wesleyan was 3-9 overall, 1-6 in the ODAC heading into Saturday's game with Roanoke. The Marlins are led in scoring by senior forward Ron Yuhasz, who averages 20.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Senior guard Tim Perillo is back in the lineup after recovering from a firecracker accident and is averaging 18.7 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.

Senior center Brian Ricketts posted career-highs in points (27), rebounds (21), and blocks (6) to help lead Washington and Lee to a 96-92 four-overtime win over Lynchburg on Wednesday evening at the Warner Center. The Generals Trailed by as many as 16 points (41-25) with 16:34 remaining in regulation, but outscored the Hornets 32-14 over the next 13:47 to take a 57-55 lead with 3:47 remaining. The two teams then ended the second half tied, 60-60. Both teams had numerous opportunities to win the game in the four overtimes, but no team could take control until Ricketts broke a 90-90 tie on a layup with 36 seconds remaining in the fourth overtime. Ricketts then made 3-of-4 free throws in the final 11 seconds to seal the win. Freshman guard Toussaint Crawford also tallied a career-high 27 points on 12-of-18 shooting. Junior guard Chad Braley amassed 15 points, including four three-pointers that helped the Generals slice into their second half deficit. Sophomore forward Bob Bustamante added 11 points and seven rebounds. Lynchburg was led by senior forward Dennis Brown. Brown tallied a game-high 32 points and 10 rebounds. Senior forward Jerry O'Hara scored 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the loss. For the game, Washington and Lee shot just 48.6 percent from the foul line (18-37), while Lynchburg shot 63 percent (17-27).

After playing its last six games at home, W&L will now take to the road for its next four. In its home-stand, the Generals posted a 5-1 mark. W&L played its first four games of the season on the road and was 0-4 in those contests.

The Generals four overtime game with Lynchburg marked the longest game in W&L history. It also was the first time W&L has played in back-to-back overtime games since the 1979-80. The Greensboro win also snapped a streak of seven consecutive overtime losses dating back to the 1994-95 season.

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 94 career blocks and Plyler is fourth all-time at W&L in career assists (270). Plyler can move into third place with 30 more assists.

Senior center Brian Ricketts had a game to remember on Wednesday evening as he notched career-highs in points (27), rebounds (21), and blocks (6). He played 58 minutes of the 60 minutes and scored 16 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and blocked three shots in the overtimes alone. Ricketts' career-highs heading into the game were 14 points, 15 rebounds, and three blocks. He leads the ODAC in rebounding (9.5 rpg.) and has already eclipsed his total number of rebounds from all of last season. He had 88 rebounds in 1998-99 and claims 95 boards this season.


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