W&L Men's Hoops Game Notes - Week 8

W&L Men's Hoops Game Notes - Week 8

Game 16: 1/19/11
W&L (11-4, 4-3) vs. Hampden-Sydney (8-6, 1-5); Lexington, Va., 7:00 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 an 83-112 (.426) 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 116-178 (.395).

Last Time Out  •  Washington and Lee 80, Lynchburg 73 (1/16/11)
Washington and Lee had four players score in double figures and the Generals withstood a late charge from Lynchburg College in pulling out an 80-73 win over the Hornets on Sunday evening at the Warner Center. Sophomore forward Jeremy Adkins led W&L with 19 points and his jumper on an inbounds pass under the W&L basket gave the Generals a 74-71 lead with 52 seconds remaining after the Hornets (6-9, 6-10 ODAC) had managed pull to within a single point (72-71). W&L, which had used a 12-5 run to close out the first half and take a 39-35 lead into the break, enjoyed an eight-point margin (62-54) with 6:44 left to play following a layup from sophomore forward J.D. Ey. However, three-consecutive three pointers from Lynchburg, the last coming from sophomore guard Robby Kaiser, cut the Generals' lead to 64-63 with 4:28 left to play. Trailing 72-67 with 2:01 on the clock, LC received a jump shot from sophomore forward Michael Wims and a pair of free throws from first-year guard Andrew Simmons to pull to within one point (72-71) and set up Adkins' aforementioned jump shot. Following Adkins' jumper, W&L hit on 4-of-5 free throws down the stretch in defeating Lynchburg to the 10th-consecutive time. For the game, the Generals shot 50.0 percent (31-62) from the floor and outrebounds the Hornets 35-26. LC also shot 50.0 percent (27-54) from the floor and both teams notched 15 turnovers and 13 assists. Joining Adkins in double figures for the Generals were junior guard Jon Guest with 16 points, Ey (14) and first-year forward Larry Whitaker, who notched 13 points to go with a career-high 14 rebounds to record his first career double-double. Senior guard Jason Cimino registered seven assists and Adkins also grabbed five rebounds. Lynchburg, which led by as many as seven points early in the first half, was led by junior forward Nate Campbell, who scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Kaiser chipped in 16 points, Simmons totaled 13 points and Wims totaled nine points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Last Time against Hampden-Sydney  •  Hampden-Sydney 73,Washington and Lee 66 (1/23/10)
Hampden-Sydney forward Harrison George scored a game-high 24 points to lead the Tigers to a 73-66 victory over Washington and Lee at Fleet Gymnasium. The Generals shot 50.0 percent (23-46) from the floor, but could not overcome 21 turnovers and 21-of-32 shooting from the foul line by H-SC. The Tigers (8-9, 4-5) led 34-29 at halftime and pushed their advantage to as many as 18 points (57-39) with 10:34 remaining in the game. W&L then went on a 21-5 run to cut it to a two-point game (62-60) with 3:35 left but could get no closer as the Tigers pulled away for the seven-point win. Senior forward Zac White led W&L with 15 points and five rebounds, while senior forward Ben Goetsch totaled 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field. Senior forward Andrew Payne chipped in nine points. George also grabbed seven rebounds and was joined in double figures by senior forward Turner King, who notched 11 points.

Handicapping Hampden-Sydney
Hampden-Sydney is currently sporting an overall record of 8-6 and an ODAC slate of 1-5. The Tigers, picked to finish fourth in the ODAC this season, have struggled of late in dropping three of their last four contests. Over that span, H-SC has shot just 42.6 percent (92-216) from the field, including just 27.4 percent (20-73) from three-point range. Additionally, the Tigers have turned the ball over 17.5 times on average during their recent swoon. Most recently, Hampden-Sydney fell to Bridgewater, 53-48. H-SC saw a late-game comeback come up just short. After falling behind 47-30 midway through the second half, the Tigers closed the game on an18-6 run but ultimately came up just short. H-SC was led by junior guard Ru White, who notched his first-career double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore forward Alex Potapov chipped in 12 points and senior forward Colin O'Neill contributed eight points and eight rebounds. On the season, the Tigers are led by sophomore forward Harrison George, who leads the team with 19.8 points and 8.2 rebounds. He currently ranks first in the ODAC in scoring and third in rebounding. White is second on the team in scoring (12.9 ppg) and rebounding (6.2 rpg) and junior guard Ben Jessee is averaging 11.7 markers per contest. As a team, Hampden-Sydney has the league's best rebounding margin (+7.1), a positive scoring margin (+5.2) and the Tigers rank third in the league in assists. However, H-SC has the second-worst turnover margin in the league (-3.21) and its 17.7 turnovers per game are tied for the second-most in the league.

Strong start = Strong finish
Proving that getting off to a strong start is vital, Washington and Lee has recorded a 54-10 (.839) record in its last 64 games when it leads at intermission and has compiled an 88-33 record (.723) over the last 11 years when leading at the break. Holding true to that notion, W&L has already posted an 9-2 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.  Thus far in the 2010-11 season, the Generals are 1-1 against ranked foes following their 93-92 win over No. 10 Eastern Mennonite and a 71-61 loss to No. 3 Virginia Wesleyan. As the rankings currently stand, W&L will have three more opportunities to defeat a ranked foe as the Generals face EMU (#14), Virginia Wesleyan (#2) and Randolph-Macon (#11) one time each.

70 or Bust
W&L is averaging 72.8 points per game this season, good for fifth in the ODAC. The 72.8 points per game is up from the Generals' 67.1 average a year ago. W&L has already reached the 70-point plateau on nine occasions (posting a perfect 9-0 record in those games) after scoring 70 points or more just 10 times (record of 8-2) all of last season.

Distribution Network
Senior guard Jason CImino posted career-bests last season in assists (96), assists per game (3.6) and assist/turnover ratio (1.8). This season, Cimino has continuted his efficient running of the offense nearly matching his assists pace from a season ago (3.4 apg) while his assist/turnover ratio is currently 2.0 and the second-best mark in the league. He recently set a new career-high with 10 assists and he has notched at least four helpers four times this season. For his career, Cimino has handed out four assists in a game 26 times and W&L is 23-3 all-time when he does.

Balancing Act
The Generals' balance has been a catalyst to their success thus far in 2010-11. W&L has already had nine different players record at least 10 points in a game a total of 42 times. Last season, W&L only had eight players record at least 10 points in a single game and a General notched double-digits a total of 61 times - 37 of them coming from either Ben Goetsch or Zac White. Sophomore forward forward Jeremy Adkins and junior guard Jon Guest have each notched nine double-digit scoring games and five different players have done so at least five times already. All of last season, W&L only had four different players record at least 10 points on five or more different occasions.

Imperfect 10
Junior guard Jon Guest and sophomore forward Jeremy Adkins have each scored at least 10 points in a single game a team-best nine times. Guest is currently on a streak of four-straight games with 10 or more points, while Adkins has alternated scoring 10 or more points in back-to-back games before dipping below 10 for a game for the last 11 games. The Generals are currently 7-2 when Adkins scores at least 10 points, including 5-1 in the last six such games. When Guest scores at least 10 points, W&L is just 5-4 overall and when both players reach 10 points the Blue and White have posted a 3-2 record.

Imperfect 10 II
Washington and Lee has had at least one first-year player score at least 10 points in a game 11 times thus far. Forward Jonathan Rice leads the newbies with six such efforts, forward Larry Whitaker has done it three times and guard Kevin Gill has two efforts of 10 points or more. When at least one of them scores 10 points W&L is 8-2, and when two of them do it, the Generals are 2-0.

Top 10
In keeping with the "10" theme, it turns out that Washington and Lee has players ranked in the Top 10 in the ODAC in diferent categories a total of 10 times. A quick look W&L players among the league leaders:

Player            Stat                            ODAC Rank
J.D. Ey            Rebounds                   7.1 rpg., Sixth
J.D. Ey            FG Percentage            .569 (58-102), Eighth
J.D. Ey            Blocks                       1.3 bpg., Second
J.D. Ey            Offensive Rebounds    2.7 orpg., Third
J.D. Ey            Defensive Rebounds   4.4 drpg., Eighth
Jason Cimino   Assists                      3.4 apg., Third
Jason CImino   Assist/Turnover Ratio 2.0 A/TO, Second
Jeremy Adkins  FT Percentage          .811 (30-37), Fifth
Jeremy Adkins  3-PT Percentage       .411 (23-56), Seventh
Hans Harris      3-PT Percentage       .452 (14-31), Second

Rarified Air
Senior guard Jason Cimino has nearly assured himself of something that no other W&L player has accomplished since 1990. With three more regular-season wins, W&L will guarantee itself a winning season for the fourth year in a row, making Cimino the first W&L player to play on a team with a winning record all four years since the 1990 senior class.

    1990 Seniors    Jason Cimino     
         15-10               15-11
         16-10               16-13
          20-7                17-10
         15-12             11-4 (thus far)
       66-39 (.629)    59-38 (.608)

Stat Stuffer
J.D. Ey has proven to be Mr. Reliable for the Generals through the season's first 13 games. The sophomore forward is currently ranked in the Top 10 in the ODAC in five different categories and he is ranked first or second on the team in five seperate categories. Already, he has surpassed his block and assist totals from last season and is on pace to demolish last year's marks of 159 points (139), 154 rebounds (106) and 23 steals (17).

Focus on the Positives
W&L is currently one of five teams in the ODAC to boast postive rebounding, scoring and turnover margins. The Generals are seventh in the league with a +4.3 scoring margin, fifth with a +1.9 rebounding margin and fourth with a +2.0 turnover margin. Given the importance of the three aforementioned stats, it should come as no surprise that the five teams that share positive ratios in each stat are also the top five teams in the ODAC and boast a combined record of 60-16 (.789) - Virginia Wesleyan (16-0), Randolph-Macon (14-2), Randolph (10-4), W&L (11-4) and Guilford (10-6)

Lights out
W&L has shot better than 50.0 percent from the floor in six different games this season, including five of its last seven and a stretch of four-straight games from 12/30/10-1/5/11. The Generals have won all six games in which they have shot 50.0 percent or better. This comes a season after posting just one 50.0 or better shooting night and the last time W&L shot 50.0 or better in four-straight games was a four-game stretch from Jan.19-27, 2008. Since coach Hutchinson took over, the Generals have shot 50.0 percent or better on 41 occasions, posting a 32-9 mark when doing so.

Got Windex?
On the season, the Generals have posted a + 2.0 rebounding margin on average (36.1-34.1). That margin is due to a prodigious rebounding rate W&L's last six games. Through eight games, W&L had been outrebounded 288-279 for a margin of - 1.1 rpg. Over the last six games however, the Generals have posted a 223-192 advantage, or an average of 37.2-32.0. What is odd about the streak is that the Generals' leading rebounder, sophomore forward J.D. Ey, has averaged just 4.8 rebounds over that time. Picking up the slack, among others, has been first-year forward Larry Whitaker, who has averaged 7.3 caroms over that time, including career-high 14 rebounds against Lynchburg on Sunday.

Whitaker on the Glass
The 14 rebounds snared by first-year forward Larry Whitaker in the Generals' 80-73 win over Lynchburg marked the most boards grabbed by a General in a single game since Femi Kusimo '08 grabbed 15 in a 64-60 loss at Guilford on Feb. 6, 2008.

Quality over Quantity
Washington and Lee currently ranks dead last in the ODAC with 67 three-point field goals made (4.8/game). However, it is not the quantity of long-range shots that W&L is concerned with, rather the efficiency of their long-range shooting. The Generals are currently ranked second in the league in three-point percentage at 36.0 percent (67-186) and have three players connecting on 37.5 percent or better on long-range attempts. Sophomore forward Hans Harris is second in the ODAC at 45.2 percent on triples (14-31). Sophomore forward Jeremy Adkins is seventh at 41.1 percent (23-56) and first-year guard Kevin Gill is 13th in the ODAC at 37.5 percent, (15-40). Combined, these three are connecting on 40.9 percent of their attempts from distance (52-127), while the rest of the Generals are a paltry 15-of-59 (.254)

In the Generals 10-point loss to Virginia Wesleyan, W&L was held without a blocked shot for the first time in 25 games. That was followed up by a 0-shot block effort in the Generals' 80-73 win over Lynchurg on Sunday. Since Coach Hutchinson took the reins at W&L, the Generals have not recorded a blocked shot in a game on 16 occasions, posting a 4-12 record in such games. W&L currently features two of ODAC's best shot blockers in sophomore forward J.D. Ey (2nd, 1.4 bpg) and sophomore center Taylor Gilfillan (11th, 0.8 bpg).

Spread the Wealth
Of the 11 teams in the ODAC, W&L is one of nine of them to average at 70.0 points per game. W&L's leading scorer, sophomore forward Jeremy Adkins, is scoring 11.3 points per game on average. The 11.3 points per game is the lowest average for the leading scorer for any of the teams in the league. Also, the Generals are one of two teams that score 70 points for more and have only one player averaging 10 points or more  (Randolph). However, the Generals' dependence on their leading scorer is far less than that of the rest of the league. A brief look at the league's top scoring teams and their dependence on their leading scorer.

Team             PPG     # avg. 10+    Scoring Leader (% of team's ppg)    
EMU              88.7           4              G. Johnson, 17.9 ppg (20.2%)
Roanoke        78.6           2              M. Felix, 17.9 ppg (22.8%)
H-SC             73.7           3              H. George, 19.8 (26.9%)
Va. Wes.        73.6           4              C. Astorga, 12.4 (16.8%)
W&L             72.8          1              J. Adkins, 11.3 (15.5%)
R-MC             72.8           3             D. Jones, 14.8 (20.3%)
Lynchburg      70.9           2             N. Campbell, 16.0 (22.6%)
Bridgewater   70.4          2              R. Maloney, 14.6 (20.7%)
Randolph       70.1          1              C. Hunt, 15.7 (22.4%)