February 7, 2011

W&L Men's Hoops Game Notes - Week 11

Game 21: 2/7/11 - W&L (12-8) at Greensboro (11-9); Greensboro, N.C., 7:30 pm

Game 22: 2/9/11 - W&L at Guilford; Greensboro, N.C., 7:00 pm

Game 23: 2/12/11 - W&L vs. Bridgewater; Lexington, Va., 2:00 pm

PDF version of notes here.

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 84-116 (.424) 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 117-182 (.394).

Last time out  •  No. 11 Randolph- Macon 72, W&L 41 (2/5/11)
Randolph-Macon used a 33-5 second-half run to produce a 72-41 victory over Washington and Lee on Saturday afternoon at Crenshaw Gymnasium. The 11th-ranked Yellow Jackets held a 31-26 lead at the break and the Generals scattered three early jumpers around a single Macon basket to cut it to a one-point game (33-32) with 17:53 remaining in the game.  However, W&L went 2-for-13 from the field over the next 12:34 of game action in falling behind 66-37 with 5:19 to play as the Yellow Jackets cruised to the 31-point victory. After shooting 43.5 percent (10-23) from the floor in the first half, the Generals hit just 6-of-25 (.240) in the second stanza en route to a shooting a season-low 33.3 percent (16-48) from the floor.  Conversely, Randolph-Macon shot 50.9 percent (29-57) from the floor and held a 36-29 advantage on the glass. First-year forward Drew Kimberly, sophomore forward J.D. Ey and sophomore guard Jeremy Adkins led the Generals with seven points apiece.  Kimberly's point total tied a career-high, while his eight rebounds were also a career-best. Forward Danny Jones led the Yellow Jackets with 21 points on 8-of-8 shooting from the floor.  Center Brandon Braxton had 12 points and five boards, while guard Calvin Croskey totaled 10 points.

Last Time against Greensboro  •  W&L 67, Greensboro 55 (11/15/09)
Senior forward Ben Goetsch scored a career-high 29 points to lead Washington and Lee to a 67-55 win over Greensboro at the Warner Center.  W&L opened up a 14-8 advantage in the first half following a made free throw from Goetsch at the 14:40 mark. However, a 10-0 run by the Pride over the next 6:08 gave Greensboro an 18-14 advantage with 8:32 to play in the opening half. Greensboro would stretch its lead to as many as five (25-20) before the Generals closed the first half on a 6-0 run, capped by a Goetsch three-pointer, to take a 26-25 lead into the break. The Generals extended their lead to seven points (34-27) following a layup by Goetsch at the 18:16 mark of the second half. The Pride responded with a 12-4 run to grab a 39-38 lead with 12:22 remaining in the game. Forward Hans Harris then knocked down back-to-back three pointers to put W&L back on top, 44-39, with 10:29 to go and the Generals never trailed again as they steadily pulled away for the 12-point win. On the game, the Generals forced Greensboro into 17 turnovers while committing just 12 themselves. They also out-rebounded the Pride (38-37) and had 15 assists to Greensboro's seven. Goetsch finished 11-for-18 from the floor and 6-for 10 from the line. Guard Jon Guest added 12 points, five rebounds, four steals and a pair of assists for W&L, and senior forward Zac White chipped in 10 points, six rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Greensboro was led by center Lewis Owenby, who notched a team-high 14 points and added eight rebounds. Guard Andre Porter chipped in 10 points and three steals.

Scouting Greensboro
The Pride enters the week with an overall record of 11-9 and Greensboro has won four of its last five games following a 78-67 2OT loss against Ferrum on Saturday. In that contest, Greensboro let a three-point halftime lead slip away and the Pride's first-year guard Damian Dixon hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime. Dixon came through once again for Greensboro when his jumper with seven seconds remaining in the first overtime knotted the game at 65-65 and forced a second OT. However, in the second overtime Ferrum shot a perfect 4-for-4 from the field and limited the Pride to 1-of-3 shooting and forced three turnovers to seal the win. Dixon finished with a team-high 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting. Daren Dexter added 18 points and eight boards, while senior center Lewis Owenby chipped in six points, seven rebounds and five blocked shots. On the season, Dexter and Dixon lead the way in scoring with 15.6 and 11.5 points per game, respectively. Dexter is also averaging a team-best 6.9 rebounds per game and Owenby is chipping in 6.2 points, 4.9 boards and 2.6 blocks per game. As a team, Greensboro has a slight propensity to turn the ball over, averaging 17.2 miscues a game and the Pride are out-rebounded by over two boards per contest.

LAST TIME AGAINST GUILFORD  •  W&L 71, GUILFORD 67 (12/8/10)
Washington and Lee held Guilford to 32.8 percent (21-64) shooting from the floor and weathered 34 points, 23 coming in the second half, from GC sophomore guard Josh Pittman in posting a 71-67 win over the Quakers at the Warner Center. Pittman tallied 34 of the Quakers' 67 points on 9-of-18 shooting, including 7-of-14 from beyond the arc, but W&L held the rest of the team to just 12-of-46 (.261) from the field while hitting on 40.7 percent (22-54) of its own field goal tries, including 48.1 percent (13-27) in the second half. After a sluggish start that saw both teams combine to connect on just four of their first 22 shots from the floor, W&L opened up a 10-point lead (26-16) with 4:50 to play in the opening half on a three pointer from sophomore forward Hans Harris. Guilford managed to pull to within six points by the halftime break (27-21) as Pittman knocked down one of his seven triples with 39 seconds remaining in the opening period. The Quakers started quickly in the second half, knotting the score at 29-29 just under two minutes into the period on a layup from senior guard T.C. Anderson, forcing the Generals to call  timeout. Following the stoppage, the Generals scored the next 10 points of the contest, bookended by triples from sophomore forward Jeremy Adkins and junior guard Kyle Bond, to assume a 39-29 lead with 14:43 showing on the clock. The Generals' lead remained a comfortable 12 points (57-45) with 6:32 left to play, but Pittman scored 15 of Guilford's next 17 points and the Quakers pulled even at 62-62 with 2:11 left. On the ensuing possession, first-year forward Jonathan Rice snared an offensive rebounded and converted a layup to give W&L a 64-62 lead and Adkins drilled another triple following a GC missed shot to give Washington and Lee a 67-62 lead en route to the four-point win. Adkins led W&L with 17 points and added four rebounds. Rice totaled 11 points and eight rebounds, sophomore forward JD Ey nearly had a double-double with nine points and nine boards and first-year guard Kevin Gill chipped in nine points as well. For Guilford, Pittman added four rebounds to his 34-point effort, which included a perfect 9-for-9 showing at the charity stripe. Anderson added eight points, five steals and three assists, and junior forward Tobi Akinsola grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.

Scouting Guilford
Guilford is 14-7 overall entering the week and sports an 8-4 mark in league play. The Quakers have won four of their last five games, including a 72-70 OT victory over Roanoke on Wednesday. GC was outscored, 44-29 in the second half and RC's Matt Crizer hit a game-tying three pointer with 25 seconds left to play to force overtime. Despite making just one field goal in overtime, Guilford shot 6-of-10 from the line to eke out the victory. Junior guard Gabriel Lowder led the Quakers with 20 points and nine rebounds, senior guard T.C. Anderson added 11 points and five steals and junior forward Brad Monroe had 10 points. Sophomore guard Josh Pittman, the league's third-leading scorer, was held to just seven points on 3-of-14 shooting, including 1-of-8 from beyond the arc. On the season, Pittman is averaging 17.6 points per game and senior forward Tobi Akinsola is chipping in 11.5 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. Anderson is posting 6.5 points, 3.0 assists and 2.1 steals per game. As a team, GC is third-best defensive team in the league, allowing just 61.2 points per game and they limit opponents to just 38.7 percent shooting from the floor.

Last Time against Bridgewater  •  W&L 75, Bridgewater 71 (2/13/10)
Washington and Lee withstood a late Bridgewater rally as the Generals pulled out a 75-71 victory over the Eagles at Nininger Hall. Holding a four-point advantage at the break (35-31), W&L opened the second half on a 16-7 run to assume a 51-38 lead at the 11:47 mark following a dunk from forward J.D. Ey. The Generals  still held a 13-point advantage (63-50) with 4:14 to play before BC went on a 14-3 run over the next 2:31 to pull within three points at 67-64 with 1:43 remaining. Bridgewater senior guard Dominic Trawick and senior forward Jake Johnson scored 12 of BC's 14 points during the run. However, the Generals composed themselves and responded by connecting on 8-of-10 free throws down the stretch to secure the win and earn a split of the regular-season series with the Eagles. For the game, W&L attempted 39 (26-39) free throws to just 15 (5-15) for the Eagles. Senior forward Ben Goetsch led W&L with 18 points, while adding six rebounds. Ey finished with season-highs in points (14) and rebounds (9), while guard Jeremy Adkins chipped in 14 points and guard Jason Cimino totaled five points, six assists and four steals. Trawick, posted a game-high 25 points, but shot just 10-of-27 from the field, including 3-of-12 from beyond the arc. He also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and had five assists. Johnson added 17 points and five rebounds and guard Kyle Hammond registered 12 points.

Scouting Bridgewater
Bridgewater begins the week with an overall record of 6-15 and and ODAC ledger of 2-10. The Eagles have lost five games  in a row and nine of their last 11. Most recently, BC fell to Lynchburg, 74-60. Lynchburg held BC to just 33.3 percent (18-54) shooting for the contest while shooting 44.3 percent (27-61) as a team. After being down eight points at the break (37-29), BC rallied to pull to within two points (48-46) with 12:08 showing on the clock, but the Hornets quickly went on a 12-2 run to assume a 60-48 lead with 9:24 to play en route to the victory. Junior guard Cody Griffith led the Eagles with 13 points and senior center Rick Maloney chipped in 11 points. Maloney also grabbed a team-high six boards. For the season, Maloney leads three players scoring in double figures with 13.1 points per game. Senior guard Kyle Hammond checks in at 11.4 ppg and Griffith is averaging 10.1 points each time out. Maloney is also grabbing 8.2 boards per game, good for the best mark in the ODAC. As a team, Bridgewater is shooting a league-low 38.2 percent (501-1,326) from the field, as well as a league-low 29.6 percent from three-point range (110-371).
 
STRONG START  = STRONG FINISH
Proving that getting off to a strong start is vital, Washington and Lee has recorded a 55-10 (.846) record in its last 65 games when it leads at intermission and has compiled an 89-33 record (.730) over the last 11 years when leading at the break. Holding true to that notion, W&L has already posted an 10-2 record this season when leading at the break.
 
70 or bust
W&L is averaging 70.5 points per game this season, good for seventh in the ODAC. The 70.5 points per game is up from the Generals' 67.1 average a year ago. W&L has already reached the 70-point plateau on 11 occasions (posting a 10-1 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 averaging 2.9 assists per game, while his assist/turnover ratio is currently 1.5 and tied for 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. For his career, Cimino has 241 assists and is just 18 helpers away from taking over fifth place all-time at W&L.

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 54 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 11 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.

A 10 Spot
Junior guard Jon Guest is currently third on the team in scoring with an average of 8.4 points per game. He has recorded at least 10 points on 11 occasions this year after scoring in double figures just four times over his first two seasons. Additionally, he has scored at least 10 points in six of W&L's last nine games, including a career-high 16 in the Generals' 80-73 win over Lynchburg. Over the span, he has seen his scoring average rise from 7.2 ppg to his current mark of 8.4 ppg.

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 71-56 (.568). However, between the second week of January and the second week of February leading up to the ODAC Tournament, the Generals are just 25-26 (.490) over the past five years. Taking out the month-long slump which seems to hit every year, W&L has a record of 46-30 (.605).

Rarified Air
Senior guard Jason Cimino has nearly assured himself of something that no other W&L player has accomplished since 1990. With one more regular-season win, 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                12-8 (thus far)
    66-39 (.629)     60-42 (.588)

Picking up the Pace
J.D. Ey currently leads the Generals, and ranks among the league leaders, with 7.1 rebounds per game. Through the season's first eight games, the sophomore forward was averaging 8.9 rebounds, but over the next seven games he grabbed at least seven boards in a game just once. Ey seems to have regained his touch around the glass, having snared at least seven boards in each of the last four of the last five games, including 10 in the Generals' 89-78 loss to No. 7 Virginia Wesleyan.

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 Ben Goetsch grabbed 18 agaisnt Emory last season. It also just the second time that a a General has grabbed at least 14 caroms in a 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 (5.3 rpg), has averaged 6.1 rebounds per game over his last 10 games after posting 4.3 boards per game over the season's first 10 games.

Follow the leader
Sophomore forward J.D. Ey did something rather extradordinary in the Generals' loss to Randolph last week. He posted team-highs in points (11), rebounds (8), assists (4), blocks (2) and steals (2). It is unknown the last time that a General accomplished this feat, though Ey nearly did it earlier in the season when the posted team-highs in points (14), rebounds (6), steals (3) and blocks (2). First-year forward Jonathan Rice beat out Ey for the assist lead by one. On the season, Ey leads W&L in rebounding (7.1 rpg), blocks (1.2 bpg) and he is second in scoring (9.3 ppg), assists (2.2 apg) and steals (1.2 spg).

Power Outtage
The Generals have dropped four of their last five contests and the way they have been shooting the basketball can be attributed to some of their struggles. W&L is shooting just 39.1 percent (88-225) combined in its last four losses. The Generals have been held below 40.0 percent shooting in three of the those four losses, including a season-low 33.3 percent (41-72) in their 72-41 loss at No. 11 Randolph-Macon. Prior to the recent stretch, W&L had shot below 40.0 percent just once in the season's first 13 games.

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