W&L Men's Hoops Game Notes - Week 9

W&L Men's Hoops Game Notes - Week 9

Game 17:
1/26/11 - W&L (11-5, 4-4) vs. Emory & Henry (3-14, 0-9); Emory, Va., 7:00 pm


Game 18:
1/29/11 - W&L (11-5, 4-4) vs. No. 2 Va. Wes. (16-1, 7-1); Lexington, 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 an 83-113 (.422) 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 116-179 (.393).

Last Time Out  •  Hampden-Sydney 72, W&L 66 (1/19/11)
Hampden-Sydney held Washington and Lee to a season-low 36.5 percent (23-63) shooting from the floor, including 28.0 percent (7-25) in the first half, in posting a 72-66 win over the Generals on Wednesday evening at the Warner Center. Holding a slim 4-2 advantage at the 16:22 mark, W&L was held scoreless over the game's next 8:00 as H-SC assumed a 9-4 lead at the 8:22 mark. The Generals missed seven-consecutive shots until sophomore forward J.D. Ey converted a layup to pull W&L to within three points (9-6) with just over 8:00 on the clock. An 11-6 run by the Tigers gave H-SC its largest lead of the first half at 20-12 with 3:46 remaining. W&L promptly reeled off seven-straight points of its own to make it a 20-19 game following a pair of free throws from junior guard Kyle Bond with 2:20 to play. Hampden-Sydney scored the last three points of the first half to take a 23-19 lead at intermission. H-SC opened the second period on an 11-2 spurt to assume a 10-point lead (32-22) at the 16:58 mark. The Generals managed to pull to within five points (32-27) just over a minute later, but the Tigers outscored the Generals, 12-2 over the next 3:33, and grabbed their largest lead of the game (15) at 44-29 with 12:32 showing on the clock. Washington and Lee cut the deficit to five points several times in the game's final minute, but the Generals were unable to pull any closer. For the Generals, the 36.5 percent shooting percentage marked their lowest of the season, while their 16.7 percent (3-18) mark from three-point range was tied for the second-worst of the season. H-SC shot 50.0 percent (24-48) as a team, including 59.3 percent (16-27) in the second half. W&L was led by Ey, who tallied a team-high 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Junior guard Jon Guest tallied 12 points and sophomore forward Jeremy Adkins chipped in 11 points. First-year forward Jonathan Rice contributed seven points and a game-high eight rebounds, while Ey and first-year forward Larry Whitaker grabbed seven rebounds apiece.

Last Time against Emory & Henry  •  W&L 92, E&H 60 (2/23/10)
Washington and Lee had four players score in double figures and the Generals knocked off Emory & Henry, 92-60, in first-round action of the ODAC Tournament at the Warner Center. The Generals used a 33-7 run over the final 13:24 of the first half to assume a 43-23 lead at the break and to cruise to their 17th win of the season. The Generals forced 10 E&H turnovers during the decisive run and limited the Wasps to 3-of-12 shooting during that span. W&L shot 45.3 percent (26-64) from the field in posting a season-high for points scored and they also outrebounded E&H, 46-25, including 20-6 on the offensive glass. Senior forward Andrew Payne led W&L with a career-high 21 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the floor and 9-of-12 shooting from the line. Guard Jon Guest matched a season-high with 12 points, senior forward Ben Goetsch chipped in 11 points and guard Jason Cimino added 10 markers, all in the first half. Forward J.D. Ey grabbed a season-high 11 boards and chipped in eight points. Forward Terrance Grigg led the Wasps with 20 points, while sophomore guard Michael Owens registered 10 markers. Forward Josh Cunningham chipped in eight points and five boards.

Evaluating Emory & henry
Emory & Henry enters the week with an overall record of 3-14, including an 0-9 mark in the ODAC. E&H has dropped its last seven games and most recently fell, 67-53, at Lynchburg on Saturday afternoon. E&H shot just 38.0 percent (18-48) in the contest and turned the ball over 18 times, leading to 25 LC points. Senior forward Terrence Grigg led the Wasps with 11 points and three steals. First-year forward Tyler Mullins added six points and six boards. On the season, Grigg is scoring a team-high 15.4 points per game as E&H is the league's lowest-scoring team at 58.5 points per game. The Wasps are also shooting just 39.2 percent as a team (351-896), the second-lowest mark in the ODAC, and their -6.0 turnover margin is also the lowest in the conference. Grigg is also averaging a team-high 4.8 rebounds per game, while senior guard Bobby Stafford is contributing 7.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and a league-high 4.5 assists per game.

Last Time Against Virginia Wesleyan  •  Virginia Wesleyan 71, W&L 61 (1/8/11)
The Washington and Lee men's basketball team saw its five-game winning streak snapped with a 71-61 loss to third-ranked Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon at the Batten Center. The Generals (10-3, 3-2) grabbed the early advantage on a three-pointer by sophomore guard Jeremy Adkins just 37 seconds into the game and held the lead until the Marlins wrestled it away on a layup by junior forward Donald Vaughn with 8:48 left in the first half.  VWC held the lead until sophomore guard Hans Harris tied it at 25-25 with 46 seconds left in the first half, but the Marlins carried a 28-25 lead into the break following a three-pointer by sophomore forward Chris Teasley with 12 seconds left in the half. Virginia Wesleyan started the second stanza with a 14-7 run to post its largest lead of the game at 42-32 with 14:31 left to play, but a quick 6-0 burst keyed by a three-point play from first-year forward Jonathan Rice (and a triple from Harris cut it back to four points (42-38) just 1:19 later.  However, the Marlins pushed back out to a nine-point advantage (47-38) shortly thereafter and continued to hold a two-possession lead until a layup by senior guard Jason Cimino sliced it to a 57-54 game with 4:00 remaining. W&L remained within striking distance, trailing just 65-61 with 49 seconds remaining, but VWC drilled four foul shots and added a late layup for the final margin. W&L committed only nine turnovers in the contest, but shot just 38.5 percent (25-65) from the floor and was out-rebounded by the Marlins, 45-34. The Generals were paced by first-year forward Larry Whitaker, who tied a career-high with 13 points and grabbed five rebounds. Junior guard Jon Guest totaled 12 points, while sophomore forward J.D. Ey chipped in eight points and a team-best 10 rebounds. Virginia Wesleyan was led by Teasley, who notched 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting.  Sophomore forward Chris Astorga tallied 16 points and nine boards, while Vaughn totaled 12 points and 10 rebounds.  First-year guard D.J. Woodmore added 12 points and six rebounds.

Scouting Virginia Wesleyan
The Marlins begin the week as the No. 2 team in the D3hoops.com Top 25. VWC recently dropped its first game of the year, 64-61, at Guilford and is currently sporting an overall record of 16-1. In the loss to Guilford, the Marlins fell behind by as many as seven in the first half, before rebounding to grab a five-point lead in the second half. However, Guilford limited Virginia Wesleyan to just 1-for-8 shooting in the game's final 4:27 to turn a 58-55 deficit into a 64-61 upset. First-year guard DJ Woodmore led the Marlins with 15 points and eight rebounds. Junior guard Ed Roberts and sophomore guard Tre' Ford each tallied 11 points. For the season, Woodmore is leading four Marlins averaging at least 11.0 points per game with 12.5 markers each time out. Sophomore forward Chris Astorga (12.0), sophmore guard Chris Teasley (11.9) and junior forward Donald Vaughn (11.2) round out the Marlins' leading scorers. Vaughn is also second in the ODAC with 8.2 rebounds per game and he leads the conference with 2.6 blocked shots per game.

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 sixth in the ODAC. The 72.4 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
Last season, senior guard Jason CImino posted career-bests 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 (3.3 apg) while his assist/turnover ratio is currently 1.8 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 45 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 10 times. Guest is currently on a streak of five-straight games with 10 or more points. The Generals are currently 7-3 when Adkins scores at least 10 points, including 5-2 in the last seven such games. When Guest scores at least 10 points, W&L is just 5-5 overall and when both players reach 10 points the Blue and White have posted a 3-3 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.

A 20 Spot
In the Generals' 72-66 loss to Hampedn-Sydney last week, W&L was limited to just 19 first-half points. It was the first time since Dec. 2, 2009 that the Generals failed to reach at least 20 points in the opening half and the 10th time overall that W&L has failed to do so under Coach Hutchinson. W&L is 1-9 in those 10 games.

Dog Days of Winter
While the "dog days" often refer to the summer months, the winter months seem to have an effect on the Generals. Over the past five seasons (including this year), W&L has posted an overall record of 70-53 (.569). However, between the second week of January and the second week of February leading up to the ODAC Tournament the Generals are just 24-23 (.511) over the past five years. Taking out the month-long slump which seems to hit every year, W&L would have a record of 46-30 (.605).

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 (152), 154 rebounds (113) and 23 steals (19).

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 +3.6 scoring margin, fourth with a +2.3 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 67-18 (.788) - Virginia Wesleyan (16-1), Randolph-Macon (16-2), Randolph (12-4), W&L (11-5) and Guilford (12-6)

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 eight 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.

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. Whitaker, who is currently 12th in the ODAC in rebounding (5.6 rpg), has averaged 7.2 rebounds per game over his last nine games after posting 3.4 boards per game over the season's first seven games.