W&L Men's Hoops Game Notes - Week 6

W&L Men's Hoops - Week 6

Game 10 Jan. 2 - W&L (7-2) vs. Methodist (3-7); Lexington, Va., 4:00 pm
Game 11: Jan. 3 - W&L (7-2) vs. Wells (3-6)/Oneonta St. (1-6); Lexington, Va., 4:00/6:00 pm
Game 12: Jan. 5 - W&L (7-2) vs. No. 9 Eastern Mennonite (8-1, 2-1); Lexington, Va., 7:00 pm
Game 13: Jan. 8 - W&L (7-2) at No. 3 Virginia Wesleyan (11-0, 2-0); Va. Beach, Va., 2:00 pm

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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 79-110 (.417) 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 112-176 (.388).

Last Time Out  •  W&L 86, emory 75 (12/30/10)
Washington and Lee shot 63.8 percent (30-47) from the floor en route to posting an 86-75 victory over Emory University on Thursday evening at the Woodruff PE Center. The Generals shot 58.3 percent (17-29) from the floor in the first half and closed the first stanza with a 15-4 run over the final 7:55 for a 43-25 lead at the break. W&L's lead swelled to as many as 21 points (48-28) just 2:38 into the second half on a layup by first-year forward Larry Whitaker, but Emory began to slowly creep back into the game and eventually cut it to a one-point contest at 65-64 on a layup by junior guard Justin Resnick with 6:22 left in the game. The Generals responded with a layup by sophomore forward JD Ey the next trip down the court and a three-pointer by sophomore guard Hans Harris a few possessions later gave W&L a 70-64 lead with 5:13 to play.  Sophomore center Taylor Gilfillan hit 1-of-2 free throws at 4:28 for a seven-point lead and another Whitaker layup capped an 8-0 run that gave W&L a 75-66 at the 2:59 mark. The Eagles could come no closer than seven-points the rest of the way as the Generals hit 9-of-10 free throws in the final 1:35 to post the victory. Sophomore guard Jeremy Adkins led Washington and Lee with 15 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field and 6-of-6 from the foul line.  Whitaker posted career-highs in both points (13) and rebounds (8), while Gilfillan and first-year guard Kevin Gill scored 11 points each.  Senior guard Jason Cimino added eight points and six assists.

Last Time Against Methodist  •  W&L 59, Methodist 53 (1/20/10)
Washington and Lee recorded just one field goal in the final 11:17 of the game, but still held on for a 59-53 victory over Methodist University at the Riddle Center. W&L led by seven points (23-16) at the break, but opened the second stanza with an 11-1 run to push out to a 34-17 lead with 14:52 remaining. The Generals scored their last field goal on a dunk by senior forward Zac White with 11:17 left in the game and pushed out to an 18-point lead (48-30) on a pair of free throws by senior forward Andrew Payne with 9:48 left in the game. Methodist began chipping away at the W&L advantage and used an 11-2 run to slice it to a four-point contest (52-48) on a three-pointer by forward Tanner Carnes with 1:21 left in the game. From there, the Generals sunk 8-of-9 shots from the foul line to hold on for the six-point win. Washington and Lee scored its final 15 points from the foul line and finished the game 24-of-37 from the charity stripe. The Generals shot just 34.1 percent (15-44) from the field and committed 22 turnovers. Methodist shot just 35.2 percent (19-54) from the floor and was out-rebounded 41-32 on the evening. White paced W&L with 13 points, five rebounds, three blocks and three steals. Senior forward Ben Goetsch notched 11 points and nine boards, while Payne contributed 10 points. Guards Steven Kerr and Mark Jernigan led the Monarchs with 13 points each. Carnes chipped in 10 points and seven boards.

Scouting Methodist
Methodist enterst the W&L Tournament with an overall record of 3-7 and will be seeing its first action since the holiday and exam break. The Monarchs have won 3-of-4 and wrapped up 2010 with an 87-64 win over Covenant College back on Dec. 18. Methodist opened the contest with a 15-2 run in the opening 5:20 before cruising to a 54-25 halftime lead. In the second half, Methodist's lead swelled to as many as 33 points finishing with the 87-64 victory. Senior forward Tanner Carnes paced the Monarchs with 17 points and 11 rebounds while junior guard Mark Jernigan scored 12 points and sophomore guard Steven Kerr added 11 points. Sophomore forward Kyle Combs was also in double figures with 10 points. On the season, the Monarchs are led by Jernigan, who is averaging a team-high 15.0 points per game on 53.5 percent (54-101) shooting from the floor, including 51.6 percent (16-31) from beyond the arc. Carnes is averaging 14.8 points and a team-high 6.0 rebounds per contest and Bryan Hockaday is chipping in 8.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. As a team, Methodist is shooting a solid 44.1 percent 269-610) from the floor and is outrebounding its opponents (38.3-36.4), but the Monarchs average over 20 (20.4) turnovers per game and are hitting just 64.5 percent  (109-169) from the charity stripe.

Scouting Wells
Wells enters 2011 year with a 3-6 ledger, including a 57-49 win over Keuka College on Dec. 8.  Junior forward Terry Harrison led four Express players in double figures with 14 points while adding nine rebounds. First-year forward Mabior Mayen added 12 points, five boards, and five blocks. First-year guard Israel Garcia and junior guard Dave Foltz finished with 10 points apiece. The Express played suffocating defense in the first half, causing 10 turnovers and holding the Storm to just 15 points as Wells entered the break up 31-15. The Storm responded early in the second half, opening with a 16-2 run to trim the lead two (33-31) with 14 minutes to play. A timeout by Wells would settle the Express and they would take over from there, extending their lead to as many as 14 points late in the second half before closing with the eight point victory. On the season, Harrison leads three players averaging at least 10 points per game, with 17.9 markers per contest. Mayen is averaging 14.0 points per game and Foltz checks in at 10.6 points per game. Harrison leads the team with 10.2 rebounds per game and Mayen is second with 9.0 rebounds per game. As a team, Wells averages over 18 turnovers per game and is connecting on just 39.3 percent (226-575) of its field goal attempts, but the Express average 44.1 rebounds per game, while limiting their opponents to 38.8 caroms.

Scouting Oneonta State
The Red Dragons enter with an overall record of 1-6 and have dropped three-straight contests, including a 94-86 game at the hands of Ithaca College on Dec. 11. In that contest, Oneonta had five players score in double figures and shot 47.8 (32-67) for the game, but Ithaca shot 58.3 percent (35-60) and turned the ball over just eight times in posting the victory. Senior guard Brian Hooks was the leading scorer for Oneonta scoring 20 points. Senior guards Troy Talbot and Shane Gillette, and senior center Derek Hahn contributed 18, 12 and 14 points, respectively. Junior guard Terrence Parker was the fifth player in double figures with 10 points. On the season, Talbot is one of three Red Dragons averaging at least 10.0 points per game with a team-high 16.6. Hooks checks in at 14.0 points per game and Hahn is averaging a double-double with 10.6 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. As a team, the Red Dragons are allowing their opponents to shoot 47.8 percent (183-383) from the floor.

Last Time against Eastern Mennonite  •  EMU 83, W&L 62 (2/20/10)
Eastern Mennonite used a 21-7 run in the first half to pull away for an 83-62 win over Washington and Lee at Yoder Arena. The Generals trailed just 14-11 with 10:27 left in the first half following a dunk by forward J.D. Ey. However, the Royals used their decisive run to produce a 35-18 lead with 3:45 left in the first half en route to carrying a 42-28 lead into the break. W&L scored the first two baskets of the second half to pull within 10 points (42-32) with 18:35 left in the contest, but the Royals pushed back out to a 15-point lead (47-32) following a three-pointer by guard D.J. Hinson at the 17:48 mark. EMU carried a double-digit lead throughout the second half in posting the 21-point victory. W&L was led by senior forward Ben Goetsch, who totaled a game-high 21 points and six rebounds. Forward Jeremy Adkins posted 12 points and nine boards, while senior forward Andrew Payne chipped in 12 points and four boards. The Royals were paced by forward Orie Pancione's 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the floor. Guard George Johnson notched 14 points, six rebounds and five assists, while Hinson logged 12 points, six rebounds and five assists. Guard Todd Phillips added 11 points, seven assists and five rebounds.

Scouting Eastern Mennonite  
The Royals enter the week with an overall record of 8-2, including a 2-1 mark in the ODAC. EMU is ranked No. 9 in the latest D3hoops.com Top 25 and is coming off a 103-68 dismantling of Bluefield back on Dec. 12. In that contest, 12 different Royals scored, including a team-high 18 points from senior guard George Johnson. Junior forward Eli Crawford, senior guard Todd Phillips and first-year guard Adam Burroughs tallied 13 points apiece and sophomore forward Owen Longacre notched 11 points as EMU shot 57.1 percent (32-56) for the game and forced 22 Bluefied turnovers. On the season, the Royals feature one of the country's most prolific offenses as they score an average of 88.0 points per game - good for 13th in Div. III. Phillips leads the way with a team-best 16.1 points per game, while Johnson  (15.6), Hinson (11.4) and Crawford (10.1) are all averaging in double figures as well. Crawford is also averaging  a team-high 6.3 rebounds per game.

Last Time against Virginia Wesleyan  •  VWC 85, W&L 80 (2/26/10)
Third-seeded VWC used a 14-5 second half run to pull away for an 85-80 victory over sixth-seeded W&L in the quarterfinals of the ODAC Tournament at the Salem Civic Center. The Generals took a 24-21 lead on a three-pointer by guard Kyle Bond with 7:32 left in the first half and didn't trail again until the 11th-ranked Marlins took a short-lived one-point lead (43-42) with 15:51 left in the contest. W&L wrestled the lead back just 21 seconds later on a layup by senior forward Andrew Payne and led 54-51 following a three-pointer by guard Jason Cimino at the 10:43 mark. VWC senior guard Stephen Fields drilled a three-pointer to tie the score on the next possession and ignite the Marlins' run that turned a three-point deficit into a six-point lead (65-59) with 6:49 left in the game. Senior forward Ben Goetsch led W&L with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Cimino scored a career-high 18 points and tied a career-high with six rebounds. Payne finished with 11 points, six rebounds and three assists. Fields paced Virginia Wesleyan with 30 points on 11-of-11 shooting from the free throw line. He also totaled nine rebounds, three assists and three steals. Guard Chris Teasley registered 19 points, while forward Chris Astorga posted 12 markers. Forward Donald Vaughn added 11 points and six rebounds.

Scouting Virginia Wesleyan  
The Marlins enter the week 11-0 and ranked third in the D3hoops.com Top 25. Back on Dec. 17 , VWC defeated N.C. Wesleyan, 76-64, as the Marlins forced 23 turnovers and held a 41-23 advantage on the boards. Junior forward Donald Vaughn led the Marlins with 22 points and 12 rebounds, sophomore guard Tre Ford posted 12 points and sophomore forward Chris Astorga and sophomore guard Chris Teasley notched 11 and 10 points, respectively. For the year, Astorga leads the Marlins with 12.9 points per game and is followed closely by first-year guard DJ Woodmore (12.8), Teasley (12.4) and Vaughn (12.1). Vaughn also ranks among the league leaders with 8.4 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game. Teasley is averaging 3.9 assists and 2.2 steals per game.

Strong start = Strong finish
Proving that getting off to a strong start is vital, Washington and Lee has recorded a 51-10 (.862) record in its last 61 games when it leads at intermission and has compiled an 85-33 record (.737) over the last 11 years when leading at the break. Holding true to that notion, W&L has already posted a 5-2 record this season when leading at the break.

Giant Killers
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.  This week, W&L will look to complete the trifecta as two of its conference foes are currently ranked in the d3hoops.com Top 25 in No. 3 Virginia Wesleyan and No. 9 Eastern Mennonite.

Depth Charge
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 4.8 points per game, led by sophomore forward Jeremy Adkins at 11.3 points per game. Sophomore forward J.D. Ey is second in scoring, at 9.1 ppg., and leads the Generals with 8.6 rebounds per game.

First Impressions
First-year forwards Jonathan Rice and Larry Whitaker  and rookie guard Kevin Gill have made quite an impression in the early going. Among the first three players off the bench, each is averaging better than 13 minutes per game, led by Gill's 20.7 mpg. Rice has proven to be an effective presence in the post, averaging 8.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in 18.2 minutes per game. Whitaker is third on the team with 4.2 rebounds per game and his 13 offensive rebounds are also third on the team. Gill is averaging 6.6 points per game is second on the team in three pointers made (11) and three-point percentage (.393, 11-28).

Stat Stuffer
J.D. Ey has proven to be Mr. Reliable for the Generals through the season's first eight games. The sophomore forward is currently second on the team with a scoring average of 9.1 points per game and is leading the Generals  and the ODAC with 8.6 rebounds per game. In addition to leading the way in those two categories, he tops the squad with 16 blocks (2nd in ODAC),  19 assists and 13 steals. In fact, he has nearly more blocked shots (16) then the rest of the team combined (18). He is on pace to far surpass last season's block (15), steal (23) and assist (24) totals having totaled 19 assists, 16 rejections and 13 steals already.

Board Work
Sophomore forward J.D. Ey is currently tops in the ODAC with 8.6 rebounds per game and is tied for second in the ODAC with 3.3 offensive rebounds per game. He recently recorded at least 10 boards in four-consecutive games, becoming the first General to grab at least 10 rebounds in four-straight games since Greg Croghan '75 did so from Jan. 14-25, 1975. Ey has led the Generals in rebounding in eight of W&L's nine games.

Handle the Rock
In their 87-78 win over Averett, the Generals turned the ball over a season-low four times and forced 14 turnovers - a +10 TO margin. On the season, W&L is averaging a league-low 13.4 turnovers per game. The Generals turnover margin stands at + 3.5 per game on the season, good for third in the ODAC.

Dry Spell
After ranking among the league leaders in free-throw percentage at 84.7 percent (61-72) a season ago, senior guard Jason Cimino finds himself hitting on just 40.0 percent (6-15) of his charity tosses, including just 1-of-8 in the final five minutes of games this season. As a team, the Generals are connecting on 63.0 percent (145-230) of their free throws - the second-lowest mark in the conference. Lynchburg leads the ODAC with a 72.6 percent (143-197) success rate at the charity stripe.

Dry Spell II
Despite the aforementioned low free-throw percentage as a team, W&L features two of the league's most proficient shooters from the charity stripe. Sophomore forward Jeremy Adkins is currently ranked third in the league, connecting on 85.7 percent of his tosses (24-28) and junior guard Kyle Bond ranks sixth in the ODAC at .800 (20-25).  Aside from those two, the Generals are hitting on just 57.1 percent of their free throws (101-177). Adkins has connected on his last 17 free-throw attempts, his last miss coming in a 67-62 win over Haverford on  Nov. 19.  Bond has made his last 14 tosses, having not missed since a 75-62 win over Roanoke on Dec. 1.

Seven Up
With their 86-75 victory over Emory, W&L improved to 7-1 under coach Hutchinson in its first game following the winter break. The Generals have not lost such a game since Hutchinson's first season, a 49-48 loss to Trinity (Conn.).

Tournament time
Following their trip to Atlanta to take on Emory, the Generals come back to Lexington to take part in the annual W&L Invitational. The Generals have yet to lose a game in their own tournament, which began in the 2004-05 season, posting a perfect 10-0 mark. Last season, W&L posted wins over Swarthmore (59-48) and Emory (76-65). All-time, the Generals have posted a scoring margin of  +128 in the tournament, an average of 70.9-58.1 (12.8 ppg).

Lights out
In the Generals 11-point win over Emory last week, W&L shot an astounding 63.8 percent from the floor, connecting on 30-of-47 attempts from the field. It was a balanced effort, as no General took more than six shots individually and 10 different players made the scoring column. It marked the first time since a Nov. 25, 2008 contest against Delaware Valley that a W&L team shot 60.0 percent or better from the floor.

Welcome Back
After opening the season with a 20-point performance in W&L's 74-72 victory over Dickinson, sophomore forward Jeremy Adkins scored a total of just 21 points on 7-of-22 (.318) shooting over his next three games combined. However, his shooting woes seem to be behind him as over W&L's last five games, Adkins as averaged 12.2 points per game on 46.5 (20-43) shooting from the floor. Over that time, Adkins has seen his scoring average rise from 10.3 to 11.3 points per game.