Washington and Lee Men's Basketball Game Notes
Game 5: 12/1 - W&L (4-0) vs. Roanoke (3-1); Salem, Va., 7:30 pm
Game 6: 12/4 - W&L (4-0) vs. Randolph (3-1); Lexington, Va., 2:00 pm
The Head General
Adam Hutchinson (Amherst, '93) is in his eighth season as the head coach at Washington and Lee. He has led W&L to a 76-108 (.413) record, including four-straight winning campaigns - the first time in over 20 years that W&L has accomplished such a feat. He has increased his win total from one year to the next each of the past five seasons. The 2008 ODAC Coach of the Year, Hutchinson led his 2009 team to the ODAC Championship game for the first time since 1989. Hutchinson is currently the fourth-winningest coach in W&L history and if he were to match last season's 17-win total, he would move into a tie with Cy Young (89-61) for second all-time in wins at W&L. In his 12 seasons of coaching, Hutchinson has an overall record of 109-174 (.385).
Last time out • W&L 87, Averett 78 (11/27/10)
Washington and Lee connected on a season-high 11 three pointers and committed just four turnovers in posting an 87-78 win over Averett University on Saturday afternoon at the Warner Center. W&L, which entered the contest having hit just 6-of-20 attempts from three-point range in the season's first three games, hit 10-of-16 attempts from beyond the arc in the game's first 20 minutes and finished the game 11-for-23 from distance. Junior guard Jon Guest began the three-point barrage with a triple at the 18:14 mark that gave W&L a 7-2 lead. The Generals would then connect on treys on 4-of-5 possessions, capped by sophomore forward Hans Harris' third made triple of the first half at the 12:38 mark that gave the Generals a 23-15 lead. Averett then reeled off a 15-5 scoring run, capped by a triple from junior guard Victor Cortes that gave the Cougars a 30-28 lead with 6:12 left in the opening half. However, back-to-back threes from Harris and first-year guard Kevin Gill pushed W&L back in front, 34-30, and the Generals would maintain that four-point advantage at the break, 45-41. W&L opened the second half on a 13-6 scoring run to assume a 58-47 lead on a Harris layup with 15:46 to play, but AU cut into the Generals' lead and pulled to within four points (63-59) on a pair of free throws from junior forward Kenny Hart. First-year forward Jonathan Rice responded with a three-point play to put the Generals back up seven points (66-59) with 9:54 to play and W&L never led by less than seven the rest of the way. Harris led the Generals with a career-high 20 points on 6-of-8 shooting from three-point range. Guest added a career-high 14 points and sophomore center Taylor Gilfillan chipped in a career-high 11 points. Sophomore forward J.D. Ey grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds to go with eight points, six assists and two blocks. Cortes led Averett with 20 points. Sophomore center Nick Ford had 14 points, Hart added 13 and sophomore guard Steven Terry registered 12 markers. Cortes, Hart, Ford, and first-year center Paul Porter all had six rebounds as the Cougars outrebounded the Generals 42-29.
Last Time against Roanoke • W&L 75, Roanoke 53 (2/17/10)
Washington and Lee opened the game with a 14-0 run and guard Jeremy Adkins scored a career-high 23 points as the Generals defeated Roanoke College, 75-53, at the Warner Center. W&L held the Maroons scoreless for the game's first 6:59 in opening up a 14-0 lead following a lay up from senior forward Ben Goetsch. RC scored it first basket at the 13:01 mark to make it a 14-2 contest and W&L promptly scored eight of the game's next nine points to assume its largest lead of the first half (19) at 22-3 with 10:08 left en route to a 34-22 lead at the break. W&L kept Roanoke at bay in the second half, letting its lead slip below double digits just twice, the last time coming on a layup from sophomore forward Michael McGeough with 14:53 to play that put the score at 41-32 in favor of the Generals. On the ensuing possession, guard Jason Cimino answered with a three-pointer to put the Generals back up by 12 points and W&L never looked back. Adkins connected on 5-of-7 three-pointers and 9-of-15 shot attempts overall in posting a new career-high in points. He also added five rebounds. Goetsch notched his seventh double-double of the season with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Cimino totaled eight points and five assists. Roanoke was led by forward Logan Singleton, who registered 15 points and seven rebounds. Guard Matt Crizer added points 10 points, five rebounds and four steals.
Roanoke topped Stevenson, 92-84 in non-conference action on Saturday, improving to 3-1 on the season. The Maroons held a 50-15 advantage in points off the bench and forced 27 turnovers. Senior guard Matt Crizer's buzzer-beater capped a 14-2 run over the final four minutes of the first half to send the Maroons into the break with a 47-36 lead. A 17-6 run over the first six minutes of the the second half increased the lead to 64-42, as RC held off a late Stevenson rally. Crizer led three Maroons in double figures, tying a career-high with 21 points and adding five steals. Sophomore gaurd Kwasi Amponsah recorded a career-best 17 points and first-year forward Jack Hamilton added 12 points and six rebounds. On the season, Roanoke is averaging a league-high 90.0 points per game on 45.7 percent (128-280) shooting from the floor. Senior guard Melvin Felix leads the Maroons with 17.0 points per game, while Crizer is averaging 10.8 points per contest. Amponsah is averaging 9.8 points and a team-high 5.3 rebounds per game.
Last Time against Randolph • 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. 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 the break. 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. Guard Kyle Bond scored six points and 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 guard Jason Cimino all scored 11 points to lead W&L. Cimino also registered seven assists and five rebounds. Randolph shot just 32.7 percent (17-52) from the floor and committed 17 turnovers. The WildCats were paced by guard Colton Hunt, who recorded 15 points and five rebounds.
Randolph College enters the week with a 3-1 overall record following an 80-64 victory over Shenandoah on Saturday. With the game tied 34-34 at the break, SU went up by six points (40-34) before the WildCats chipped away at the lead tying the game at 47 with 13:17 left. The WildCats then scored the next seven points to push their advantage to as many as 17 points with just over a minute to play, outscoring the Hornets 46-30 in the second frame. First-year forward Mike Ehilegbu and sophomore guard Colton Hunt each finished with a team-high 14 points. Hunt added nine boards and four steals. Senior guard Caleb Pearson chalked up 13 points and junior forward Derrick Woods-Morrow posted a double-double of 10 points and a game-high 12 boards. Randolph currently leads the ODAC in scoring margin, outscoring its opponents by and average of 22.5 points per game. Additionally, the WildCats are the league's second-stingiest defense allowing an average of just 51.8 points per game. Hunt is the lone WildCat averaging in double figures, posting 14.5 points per night. Woods-Morrow checks in at 8.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Senior guards Timmy Clarke and Pete Hamilton are each posting 6.8 points per game.
Strong start = Strong finish
Proving that getting off to a strong start is vital, Washington and Lee has recorded a 49-8 (.860) record in its last 57 games when it leads at intermission and has compiled an 83-30 record (.735) over the last 11 years when leading at the break. Holding true to that notion, W&L has already posted a 3-0 record this season when leading at the break.
Under Head Coach Adam Hutchinson, the Generals have posted a 4-3 record in their ODAC openers, including wins in each of their last three league opening games. W&L has not lost its first ODAC game of the season since falling, 63-58, to Randolph-Macon back in 2006.
From 1998-2008, Washington and Lee had not defeated a ranked opponent in basketball. However, two years ago W&L knocked off a pair of them (No. 18 Roanoke, 68-66; No. 17 Guilford, 82-76) and last season, the Generals defeated another ranked foe, downing No. 9 Randolph-Macon, 65-57. , W&L will look to complete the trifecta this season as four of its conference foes are currently ranked in the d3hoops.com Top 25 (No. 2 Randolph-Macon, No. 3 Eastern Mennonite, No. 12 Virginia Wesleyan, No. 19 Guilford).
Out of the Gates
W&L, which has opened the season 4-0, will be in search of its first 5-0 start to a season since the 1987-88 campaign, when the Generals won their first six games en route to a 16-10 finish to the season. Should W&L win its fifth-straight game, it would be the Generals' longest winning streak since a 6-game run from Jan. 19-Feb. 2, 2008.
Taking The Defensive
Last season, Washington and Lee led the ODAC in points allowed, surrendering an average of just 64.0 points per game. Thus far in the 2010-11 campaign, the Generals are surrendering an average of 64.2 points per game (4th in ODAC), including just 45 in a 59-45 win over Swarthmore. That defensive effort was the sixth time under coach Hutchinson that a W&L defense has allowed fewer than 50 points to its opponent and the Generals are 5-1 in those games. Randolph College is currently second the league with 51.8 points allowed on average.
Entering the season, depth did not figure to be too large a concern for the Generals as 17 players are currently on the roster. Thus far, W&L features 10 different players averaging at least 10 minutes per game and coach Hutchinson used 11 players in the first half alone of the season-opener against Dickinson. With that depth comes balance, as all 10 players that are currently in the rotation are scoring at least 4.0 points per game, led by sophomore forwards Jeremy Adkins and Hans Harris at 10.7 ppg apiece. Sophomore forward J.D. Ey is averaging 10.0 points per game.
A Fine Debut
First-year forward Jonathan Rice made quite an impression in his first collegiate game. In W&L's season-opening 74-72 win over Dickinson, Rice scored 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting in just 13 minutes off the bench. He became the first W&L rookie to score in double figures in a season-opener since Isaiah Goodman '09 scored 15 points in the first game of the 2005-06 season.
Harris Heats up
Washington and Lee caught fire in its 87-78 win over Averett on Saturday, connecting on a season-high 11 three-pointers, including 10-of-16 in the first half. Sophomore forward Hans Harris led the barrage, connecting on on 6-of-8 attempts from distance - just one short of tying the school record. Entering the game, W&L had made just 6-of-20 shots from beyond the arc in its first three outings and its opponents had made more triples (21) than W&L had even attempted (20). Of W&L's 17 three-point field goals made thus far, Harris (7) and sophomore forward Jeremy Adkins (6) have combined to make 13 of them.
"D" Meet "O"
While Washington and Lee is once again among the league leaders in points allowed (64.2), Roanoke is currently leading the ODAC in scoring, pumping in an averge of 90.0 points per game. Helping the Maroons score at such a prodigious rate is the fact that they average a league-high 45.8 rebounds per game as well as a league-best 15.3 steals per night.
J.D. Ey has proven to be Mr. Reliable for the Generals through the season's first four games. The sophomore forward is currently third on the team with a scoring average of 10.0 points per game and is leading the Generals with 7.5 rebounds per game. In addition to leading the way in those two categories, he tops the sqaud with 2.5 blocks, 2.2 assists and 2.0 steals per game. He is on pace to far surpass last season's block (15), steal (23) and assist (24) totals.
Handle the Rock
In W&L's 87-78 win over Averett, the Generals turned the ball over just four times, forced 14 Cougar turnovers and handed out a season-high 19 assists, including a career-high six helpers from sophomore forward J.D. Ey. On the season, the Generals currently lead the ODAC in turnover margin at +8.00, averaging 12 turnovers committed compared to 20 turnovers forced per game. Additionally, the 19-4 assist/turnover ratio of 4.75 was the highest single-game ratio the Generals have recorded under coach Hutchinson.
Pass the Rock
The 19 assists that W&L recorded against Averett was the most since also racking up 19 helpers on Jan. 7, 2009 against Emory & Henry. The Generals have not had 20 assists in a single game since Nov. 11, 2008 (also against E&H) - a span of 54 games and counting.