February 1, 2010

W&L Men's Basketball Game Notes - Week 10

Generals’ Hoops Report

Games this week:
Game 19: W&L (12-6, 4-5) vs. Emory & Henry (2-17, 0-10) • Wed./7:00 pm
Game 20: W&L (12-6, 4-5) vs. No. 2 Guilford (18-1, 9-1) • Sat./3:00 pm

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The Head General
Adam Hutchinson (Amherst ‘93) is in his seventh season as the head coach at Washington and Lee.  Hutchinson has led W&L to a 67-104 (.392) record, including back-to-back-to-back seasons with double-digit wins for the first time since 1988-1991, as well as back-to-back-to-back-to-back seasons with 10+ wins for the first time since 1987-1991.  Hutchinson was honored as the 2008 ODAC Coach of the Year after leading the Generals to a 15-11 record. Last season, Hutchinson led W&L to a 16-13 mark and the Generals advanced to the title game of the ODAC Tournament for the first time since 1989.  In his 12 seasons as a head coach, Hutchinson is 100-171 (.369) overall.

Century Mark

With the Generals’ 18-point victory over Randolph, head coach Adam Hutchinson notched the  100th victory in his career. He currently holds a career record of 100-171 and his record at W&L stands at 67-104, including 43-30 over the last three seasons. His 67 wins currently place him fourth all-time in wins at Washington and Lee. Verne Canfield, who coached at W&L for 31 years heads the list with 460 wins all-time.

Last time out • W&L 64, Randolph 46 (1/30/10)
Washington and Lee shot 20-for-26 from the foul line and committed just nine turnovers in defeating Randolph College, 64-46, on Saturday afternoon Lynchburg, Va. The win was the 100th in the career of Head Coach Adam Hutchinson, who is now 100-171 (.369) over 12 years as a head coach at Stevens, Case Western and W&L. He is 67-104 (.392) in his seven seasons with the Generals. The Generals trailed 11-9 with 8:37 left in the first half, but used a 13-2 run over the next 6:02 to assume a 22-13 lead with 2:35 remaining en route to a 24-20 lead at halftime. The WildCats closed to within two points on several occasions over the opening seven minutes and change of the second stanza, but a 13-3 run over the next 5:30 gave W&L a 12-point lead (49-37) with 6:44 to play. Sophomore guard Kyle Bond scored six points and first-year guard Jeremy Adkins added five markers during the Generals’ decisive run. Randolph closed to within eight points (51-43) with 3:50 left, but the Generals ended the game with another 13-3 run for the 18-point win. Senior forwards Ben Goetsch and Zac White, and junior guard Jason Cimino all scored 11 points to lead W&L. Goetsch had eight rebounds and White notched seven boards, while Cimino also registered seven assists and five rebounds. First-year guard Hans Harris chipped in a career-high nine points.Randolph shot just 32.7 percent (17-52) from the floor and committed 17 turnovers. The WildCats were paced by first-year guard Colton Hunt, who recorded 15 points and five rebounds.

Scouting Emory & Henry
The Wasps and Generals are squaring off for the 96th time, with the Generals holding a 57-38 advantage in the all-time series. W&L took a 77-72 decision from E&H earlier this season. The Wasps enter the week with an overall record of 2-17 and 0-10 mark in league play. E&H has dropped nine-straight contests with its last win being a 73-70 victory over LaGrange on Dec. 29, 2009. Most recently, E&H fell 94-88 to Bridgewater as the Eagles shot 50.0 percent from the field and connected on 25-37 free throws to post the six-point victory. The Wasps were led by senior guard J.D. Dyson’s game-high 28 points, while first-year guard Jordan Short added 17 points and junior forward Terrance Grigg chipped in 12 markers. On the season, E&H is led by Grigg, who is averaging 17.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Dyson is adding 14.2 points, 4.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game. Grigg’s point total is good for seventh in the league and Dyson is third in assists, while junior guard Bobby Stafford is second in the league with 4.11 assists per game. As a team, the Wasps are yielding an ODAC-high 87.3 points per game and sport a -9.4 rebounding margin on the season.

Last time against Emory & Henry • W&L 77, E&H 72 • 11/28/09
Senior forward Zac White recorded a career-high 27 points as Washington and Lee rallied from a 14-point second half deficit to defeat Emory & Henry, 77-72, at the King Center. The game was closely contested through most of the first half, but Emory & Henry took a seven-point lead, 36-29, going into the half after recording an 8-1 run in the final two minutes. Junior forward Thomas Larmier hit a three pointer while junior guard Josh Rigney added five points during that run, adding to the Wasps 57.7 percent (15-for-26) shooting from the field in the first half. The Wasps opened up the second half on a 10-3 run to build their largest lead of the game, 14, at 46-32 at the 17:41 mark. However, the Generals chipped away at the lead with White leading the scoring, notching 14 points over the next 8:36 to pull the Generals to within two points. A jumper from first-year guard Hans Harris tied the game at 55-55 with 8:04 remaining, and Harris would add the go-ahead jumper at 7:24 to put the Generals up for good at 57-55. With the win, the Generals recorded their fifth victory at the King Center since 1990. White went 9-for-15 (60.0 percent) from the field and 8-for-11 (72.7 percent) from the line, including 20 points in the second half, en-route to posting his career high in points. Fellow senior forward Ben Goetsch added his first double-double of the season with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Emory & Henry was paced by senior guard JD Dyson, who notched 17 points and six assists, while junior forward Terrance Grigg added 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Scouting Guilford
The Quakers and Generals are meeting for the 42nd time with the Quakers holding a 26-15 advantage in the all-time series. The two teams split a pair of meetings last season, including an 82-76 double-overtime victory for W&L in the quarterfinal round of last season’s ODAC Tournament. The Quakers enter this week with an overall record of 18-2, and ODAC-mark of 9-1 and they are currently riding a 14-game winning streak. Guilford is currently ranked No. 2 in the D3hoops.com Top 25 and by all accounts will ascend to the No. 1 spot when the poll is released later this week. Most recently, the Quakers defeated then-No.9 Randolph-Macon, 82-73, on Saturday. GC outscored the Yellow Jackets 48-33 in the second half after falling behind by six points at the break. Senior center Tyler Sanborn led GC with 26 points and 13 rebounds and senior guards Rhett Bonner and Clay Henson added 22 and 13 points, respectively, while both Bonner and Henson handed out four assists. On the season, Sanborn leads the way with 19.9 points and a league-leading 13.7 rebounds per game. Henson is averaging 18.5 points per game and Bonner is chipping in 14.7 points per game. Henson leads the league with 58 three-point field goals made and Bonner is second in the league with a 43.8 percent (39-89) mark from beyond the arc.

Last time against Guilford • W&L 82, Guilford 76 (2OT) • 2/27/09
Senior guard Isaiah Goodman scored a career-high 24 points in leading eighth-seeded Washington and Lee to an upset of top-seeded and 19th-ranked Guilford, 82-76 in double-overtime, in the quarterfinals of the ODAC Tournament at the Salem Civic Center. W&L’s upset of the top-seed marked just the second time that a No. 8 seed defeated the No. 1 seed in the ODAC Tournament. W&L held a slim 30-28 lead at half despite shooting just 36.7 percent (11-30) and being outrebounded, 23-15, in the opening half. The Generals  forced the Quakers into 12 first-half turnovers, and connected on five three-pointers in the opening period in holding a two-point edge at the break. The Generals held a slight lead for much of the second period and following a free throw from senior guard Chris McHugh to put W&L up 61-55 with 1:42 remaining, the Quakers ran off seven-straight points to take a 62-61 lead on a free throw from guard Rhett Bonner with 20 seconds remaining. Forward Zac White was fouled with six seconds showing on the clock and tied the game at 62-62 by splitting a pair of free throws to force overtime. In the first overtime period, Goodman gave W&L a 69-66 lead on a three-pointer with 34 seconds left. Bonner converted a layup for the Quakers on the next possession to cut it to a one-point General lead with 13 seconds left, but W&L senior forward Ben Heller split a pair of free-throws with 12 seconds left to put W&L up 70-68. Guilford senior forward George Neville tied the game at 70-70 and forced second overtime when he hit a lay-up with five seconds remaining.
Bonner opened the overtime period with a layup to give the Quakers a 72-70 lead at the 4:15 mark, but McHugh hit his fifth three-pointer on the ensuing possession to put the Generals up for good, 73-72, at the 3:57 mark. W&L closed out the game connecting on 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch. McHugh scored 18 points for the Generals on 5-of-11 shooting from three-point territory. Heller added 14 points and seven rebounds, while White scored eight points, grabbed five boards and blocked four shots. Bonner led Guilford with a game-high 28 points, including 10-of-11 at the charity stripe. Neville added 16 points and 12 rebounds, center Tyler Sanborn added 11 points and 21 rebounds. Guard Clay Henson chipped in 14 points.

STRONG START = STRONG FINISH
W&L is 41-7 (.854) in its last 48 games when leading at the break and has compiled a 75-29 (.721) record over the past 11 years when it leads at the break. W&L has won a total of 98 games during that stretch, meaning that the Generals have led at halftime in just over 75 percent of their wins during the last 11 years.

Hit on 20
Entering this season, senior forward Ben Goetsch had never recorded a 20-point game, with 19 being his career high. However, Goetsch has already posted games of 29 points, 27 points, 23 points, 21 points (on two occasions) and 20 points this season and W&L has already had an individual reach at least 20 points on nine different occasions, eclipsing the six 20-point games from a season ago. However, Goetsch is in the midst of his longest sub-20-point scoring streak, having not reached 20 points since Jan. 13, when he notched 21 points in an overtime win over Lynchburg -- a span of five games.

Outrebounded
In the Generals’ eight-point win over then-No. 9 Randolph-Macon last week, W&L was outrebounded 39-29, yet managed to pull off the upset. Over the last two seasons, W&L has been outrebounded by at least 10 boards on seven occasions. Whats interesting is that over the last two seasons, the Generals have posted three wins over ranked teams and, in each of the those victories, W&L lost the rebounding battle by at least 10 boards. Last season, W&L defeated then-No. 18 Roanoke, 68-66, despite the Maroons holding a 34-23 advantage on the boards. In the quarterfinal round of the ODAC Tournament, then-No. 19 Guilford outrebounded the Generals, 52-38, but W&L pulled out an 82-76 double-overtime win.

Forcing the issue
If Washington and Lee can’t win the rebounding battle when it defeats a Top 25 team, it has made up for that in amping up the defensive intensity and forcing its opponents into more miscues than it commits. W&L has averaged 12.0 turnovers in its last three wins over ranked teams, while the Generals have forced their opponent into an average of 18.7 giveaways per game. On Wednesday, the Generals committed 12 turnovers and forced R-MC into 17.

Home sweet home
Washington and Lee returns home to play its next three games in the friendly confines of the Warner Center following five-straight games on the road. W&L posted a 3-2 record on what was its longest road trip since a five-game road swing to open the 1997-98 season. The Generals have posted a 6-3 record at the Warner Center thus far, and are 30-19 at home over the last four seasons.

Stat stuffer
Senior forward Zac White is perhaps the most versatile player on the Generals’ roster and the numbers back that up. White, who is second on the team in scoring (12.4 ppg) and rebounding (5.3 rpg), is also the only General to average at least one block, one assist and one steal per game. White currently leads the team in blocks (32), steals (24) and is third in assists (18).

Four score
Junior guard Jason Cimino, who is averaging 3.9 assists per contest, has recorded four or more helpers on 11 occasions this season and has already racked up 70 assists, far surpassing the 34 dimes he dropped as a sophomore. When Cimino passes out at least four helpers, the Generals have posted a record of 8-3.

Brick layers
Many of the W&L men’s basketball players may want to condsider a second career as a mason, as the Generals have proven quite adept at brick laying this winter. Currently, the Generals rank dead last in the ODAC in field goal percentage (.411), three-point percentage (.283), next to last in free-throw percentage (.652), and, as a result of that inability to put the ball in the basket, the Generals are the lowest scoring team in the league at 63.7 points per game.

Tinkering
Coach Hutchinson has been experimenting with his starting lineup over the past several games in an attempt to inject some energy into the league’s most anemic offense (63.7 ppg). Over the team’s first 12 games of the season, the Generals featured just two different starting lineups. However, Hutchinson has trotted out a different starting five in three of the last six games. On the season, W&L has featured five different starting lineups and nine different players have started in at least one contest. Only senior forward Ben Goetsch has been in the starting five in every game. Additionally, Hutchinson as started four different first-years and has had at least two first-years in the starting lineup in each of the last four games.

First-year Starters
As noted above, there have been at least two first-years in the starting lineup in each of the last four games and their performances have warranted coach Hutchinson’s faith in them. First-year guard Jeremy Adkins notched a career-high 14 points in a 65-57 upset of then-No. 9 Randolph-Macon and first-year forward Hans Harris notched a career-high nine points in an 18-point win over Randolph.

Butter fingers
Following a six-game stretch in which the Generals averaged 20.8 turnovers per game and posted a 2-4 record, W&L has averaged just 10.5 turnovers over its last two games - both wins - while forcing 17 miscues by its opponent in each of the last two contests. On the season, the Generals are fourth in the ODAC in turnover margin (+ 1.17).

Off the Pine
Senior forward Zac White, who started most of last season and had been in the starting lineup in each of W&L’s first 14 contests, found himself coming off the bench in two of the Generals last four contests. White, who is averaging 12.4 points per game, seems to have regained his scoring touch with the move. White has recorded games of 13 points, 15 points, 10 points and 11 points since the move, this after he averaged 8.3 points and reached double figures in scoring on just one occasion in W&L’s previous four games. Since becoming a regular member of the rotation as a sophomore, White has started in 37 contests and he has come off the bench in 35 contests. Over the past three seasons, White averages 9.8 points per game when he starts and 6.0 points per game when he is summoned off the bench.

Five Alive
Junior guard Jason Cimino has put together a career year thus far. Cimino has already notched new single-game career-highs in points (17), steals (6) and tied his assist mark (7). He has also upped his per game average in nearly every stastic across the board and is on pace to record more points and assists this season than he did in his first two campaigns combined. He currently ranks in the Top 5 in the ODAC in assist/turnover ratio (1st, 1.8), free-throw percentage (5th, .884) and assists per game (5th, 3.9). Here is a brief look at Cimino’s career averages compared to his 2009-10 output.

Year(s)         GP    PPG    APG    A/TO    RPG    SPG     FT%       
2007-2009    54    2.8    1.6       1.1      1.7     0.7     .672
2009-2010    18    6.2    3.9       1.8      2.4     1.3     .884

Dog days of winter
Over the past three full seasons, the Generals have notched an overall record of 42-38 (.525) , but just a 9-19 (.321) mark in the month of February. Last season, the Generals entered the month of February with a 12-6 record and posted a 4-6 mark, including three wins in the ODAC Tournament, en route to finishing 16-13. Two seasons ago W&L’s ledger stood at 11-5 entering February and it finished 15-11. W&L will look to buck the trend of the February swoon as they once again enter the final full month of the season with record of 12-6.