W&L (5-7, 4-5 ODAC); Emory & Henry (4-9, 2-5)
W&L and Emory & Henry will be meeting for the 75th time, with the Generals holding a 49-25 advantage in the all-time series. W&L has taken four of the last five meetings, including a 67-53 win earlier this season in the Warner Center. However, the last time W&L traveled to Emory & Henry, it was defeated by the Wasps, 92-57.
LAST MEETING W/ EMORY & HENRY (W&L 67, E&H 53; 12/8/99; Lexington, Va.):
Washington and Lee, playing its first home game of the season, posted a 21-4 lead in the first 7:52 of the game and cruised to a 67-53 win over Emory & Henry. The win was the first in the career of head coach Jeff Lafave. The Generals shot 55.2 percent in the first half, while holding the Wasps to just 25 percent shooting in mounting a 40-16 halftime advantage. Freshman forward Scott Hetterman led W&L with 13 points. He was joined in double-figures by senior forward Brian Ricketts, who tallied 12 points and seven rebounds. Senior guard Walt Plyler collected a game-high six assists. Emory & Henry was led by senior center David McManus, who totaled a game-high 16 points.
UP NEXT FOR W&L:
The Generals will return to action on Saturday, when they travel to Eastern Mennonite for a 3:00 pm contest with the Royals.
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 5-7 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 157-196 (.445) all-time record in the ODAC and is 317-280 (.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:
Eastern Mennonite (36-20)
Emory & Henry (49-25)
Virginia Wesleyan (9-17)
SCOUTING EMORY & HENRY:
Emory & Henry is 4-9 overall, 2-5 in the ODAC, and is coming off a 70-53 loss to Lynchburg on Sunday afternoon. The Wasps shot just 33 percent from the floor and 25 percent from three-point range. Sophomore guard Scott Laird led E&H with nine points, while junior guard Bryan Pruett tallied eight points. On the season, the Wasps are led by Pruett, who averages 14.4 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. He is followed by senior center David McManus' 13.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. E&H is allowing an average of 77.5 points per game and is shooting just 36.7 percent from the floor.
LAST TIME OUT:
Tim Petrillo poured in a game-high 23 points and five assists in leading Virginia Wesleyan to a 76-69 win over the Washington and Lee men's basketball team in Norfolk, Va. The loss was the second consecutive ODAC defeat handed to the Generals. The Blue Marlins connected on 8-of 20 three-pointers during the contest. Other Va. Wesleyan players tallying double figures in points were McKinley Ford with 12, James Wallace with 11, and Ron Yuhasz with 10. Yuhasz also grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. The Generals were led by senior center Brian Ricketts who tallied 15 points and five rebounds in the loss. Other W&L players making significant contributions included freshmen Toussaint Crawford with 14 points and Will Cotter with 12. Will Ballard and Scott Hudson each tallied 10 points, while Hudson snagged a team-high six rebounds. On the afternoon, W&L shot 42 percent from the floor and committed a season-low nine turnovers.
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING:
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.
Freshman guard Toussaint Crawford has been impressive to say the least. Crawford scored a career-high 27 points on 12-of-18 shooting in the Generals' win over Lynchburg and tallied 14 points in W&L's last game at Virginia Wesleyan. He is currently second on the team in scoring (8.8 ppg.) and is shooting 44.3 percent from the floor.
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 98 career blocks and Plyler is fourth all-time at W&L in career assists (275). Plyler can move into third place with 25 more assists.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN:
The Generals' game at Emory & Henry is the third in a current four-game road swing. W&L has played a total of six road games and is 0-6 away from the friendly confines of the Warner Center. On the other hand, W&L is 5-1 at home, but doesn't play there again until a Jan. 26 meeting with No. 1 Hampden-Sydney.
RICKETTS REELS OFF ONE HECK OF A WEEK:
Senior center Brian Ricketts had a career week last week, averaging 20.7 points, 12.0 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game in the Generals' three games. He also shot 59.5 percent (22-37) from the floor and 77.3 percent (17-22) from the foul line. In a 96-92 four-overtime win over Lynchburg, Ricketts set career-highs in points (27), rebounds (21), and blocks (6). He then followed that with 20 points and 10 rebounds at Randolph-Macon. Included in his 15 points at Virginia Wesleyan was his first career three-pointer. Entering the week, Ricketts' career-highs were 14 points, 15 rebounds, and three blocked shots, while his career averages entering the season were just 4.4 points and 3.4 rebounds.