Game 26: 2/22/11 - ODAC Tournament First Round
No. 8 Lynchburg College (11-14) vs. No. 9 Washington and Lee (13-12)
Lynchburg, Va. - Turner Gymnasium - 7:00 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 an 85-120 (.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 third-winningest coach in W&L history. In his 12 seasons of coaching, Hutchinson has an overall record of 118-186 (.394).
Last Time Out • No. 14 Eastern Mennonite 94, W&L 82 (2/16/11)
Senior forward Todd Phillips led five Royals in double-digits with 22 points and eight rebounds as 14th-ranked Eastern Mennonite defeated Washington and Lee, 94-82, on Wednesday evening at Yoder Arena. The first half featured eight lead changes and five ties before the Royals wrestled the lead away with 7:55 left on a Phillips' three-pointer. The basket jump-started an 11-2 run that gave EMU a 33-24 lead with 6:00 remaining before the half. However, the Generals would not allow the Royals to pull away and a stick back bucket by first-year forward Larry Whitaker with 12 seconds left made it a three-point game (42-39) at intermission. The Generals grabbed the lead back (43-42) just 1:15 into the second half on a layup by sophomore forward J.D. Ey, but senior center Orie Pancione hit a layup of his own on the next possession to give the Royals the lead for good. The lead slowly grew to 10 points (65-55) following a three-point play by Phillips at the 10:45 mark, but a 4-0 burst cut it to a six-point game (65-59) just 39 seconds later. However, that would be as close as the Generals would get the rest of the way as they dropped their fourth-straight game. Washington and Lee shot 52.2 percent (36-69) from the floor and held a slight 37-35 advantage on the boards. However, the Generals were just 1-of-7 (.143) from beyond the arc and they shot 9-of-15 (.600) from the foul line. Conversely, Eastern Mennonite was 11-of-26 (.423) from three-point range and 25-of-31 (.806) from the free throw line. Ey led the Generals with a career-high 26 points on 12-of-15 shooting from the field. He also grabbed 10 rebounds, dished four assists and blocked four shots. Whitaker posted a career-best 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds, while junior guard Kyle Bond also reached a career-high with 13 markers. First-year forward Jonathan Rice chipped in 11 points and five boards. Phillips was 7-of-10 from the floor and 5-of-8 from three-point range in scoring his team-high 22 points. Senior forward Eli Crawford posted 19 points and eight boards, while senior forward D.J. Hinson registered 14 points. Pancione and senior guard George Johnson both added 13 points.
LAST TIME AGAINST LYNCHBURG • W&L 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 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 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' jump shot, 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.
Lynchburg wrapped up the regular season with an overall record of 11-14 and an ODAC slate of 6-10. The Hornets have dropped two-straight entering the tournament, including a 71-61 decision at the hands of cross-town rival Randolph College on Saturday. The WildCats shot 55.6 percent (25-45) from the floor and limited Lynchburg to just 40.7 percent shooting (24-59). Randolph also boasted a 35-26 advantage on the glass. Junior forward Nate Campbell led Lynchburg with a game-high 15 points, while also grabbing seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Robbie Kaiser added 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc and senior guard Quentin Aldridge chipped in 10 points. On the season, Campbell leads the Hornets with 16.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Sophomore center Austin Chillemi is second on the team with 10.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game and sophomore guard Brandon Connor is averaging 5.7 points, 2.1 assists and 2.1 steals per game.
Last time in ODAC Tournament • No. 3 Virginia Wesleyan 85, No. 6 W&L 80
Third-seeded Virginia Wesleyan used a 14-5 late second half run to pull away for an 85-80 victory over sixth-seeded Washington and Lee in the quarterfinals of the ODAC Men's Basketball 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 (22-4) 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. The Virginia Wesleyan lead swelled to as many as 10 points (77-67) with 1:08 left in the contest, but the Generals went on a 10-3 run over the next 26 seconds to cut it to an 80-77 game with 42 seconds remaining. From there, the Marlins hit 5-of-6 free throws to hold on for the 85-80 win, their 18th-straight victory over W&L. 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.
STRONG START = STRONG FINISH
Proving that getting off to a strong start is vital, Washington and Lee has recorded a 55-12 (.846) record in its last 67 games when it leads at intermission and has compiled an 89-35 record (.730) over the last 11 years when leading at the break. Holding true to that notion, W&L has already posted an 10-4 record this season when leading at the break.
Since the ODAC Tournament expanded to all 11 teams three years ago, W&L has played in the first round play-in games in each season. The Generals hosted Emory & Henry each of the past two seasons and playing the extra game has not seemed to faze them as they have yet to lose a play-in game. Two years ago, W&L erased an 11-point halftime deficit to eke out an 84-81 OT win and last season the Generals cruised past the Wasps, 92-60. On the flip side, Lynchburg is 1-1 in two play-in games. Last season, LC defeated Roanoke, 83-78, and two years ago the Hornets dropped a 68-53 decision to Hampden-Sydney.
BREAKING THE TIE
Tuesday's postseason meeting between the Hornets and the Generals will mark the seventh time the two teams have faced each other in the ODAC Tournament and the first time since 1987. Both teams have won three postseason meetings and LC won the last meeting, 82-80, back in 1987. The Hornets have won three of the last four playoff meetings.
W&L is in the midst of a 10-game winning streak against the Hornets and current member on the Generals' roster has ever lost to LC. The Generals have not lost to Lynchburg since a 62-60 loss at Turner Gymnasium on Jan. 14, 2006.
70 or BUST
W&L is averaging 70.4 points per game this season, good for seventh in the ODAC. The 70.4 points per game is up from the Generals' 67.1 average a year ago. W&L has already reached the 70-point plateau on 13 occasions (posting an 11-2 record in those games) after scoring 70 points or more just 10 times (record of 8-2) all of last season. However, the Generals have reached 70 points just twice in the last seven games, posting a 1-6 record in those seven contests.
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 72-60 (.545). However, between the second week of January and the second week of February leading up to the ODAC Tournament, the Generals are just 26-30 (.473) 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).
Something about this season's recent struggles may look eerily familiar to some. Since Jan. 29, W&L has posted a record of 1-7. In the 2008-09 season, the Generals posted a 1-8 record from Jan. 28-Feb. 21 leading up to the ODAC Tournament. That season, W&L caught fire at the end of the year, winning three straight ODAC Tournament games to advance to the ODAC Champsionship game for the first time in 20 years, ultimatley falling, 66-62, to Virginia Wesleyan.
Signs of Struggles
Washington and Lee has posted a 1-7 record in its last eight games and a dip in offensive production can be blamed. Over the last eight games, W&L has shot just 43.2 percent (201-465) from the floor in averaging 66.0 points per game. In the season's first 17 games, W&L shot 46.8 percent as a team (456-975) and averaged 72.4 points per game. Three of W&L's five sub-40.0 percent shooting games have occured in the last eight games, including a season-low 33.3 percent (16-48) performance at Randolph-Macon.
Signs of Struggles II
Over W&L's last seven games, junior guard Jon Guest has experienced his own struggles from the field. Immediately prior to the Generals' recent struggles, Guest scord 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting in a 73-61 win at Emory & Henry. Since then, the Generals' third-leading scorer (7.8 ppg) has averaged just 5.1 points per game and is shooting just 30.2 percent (16-53) over the last eight games.
Among the best
Senior guard Jason Cimino, who is averaging 2.7 assists per game this season, has 250 career helpers and needs just nine assists to move past Chris Halkitis and into fifth place all-time at W&L. For his career, Cimino has averaged 2.4 assists per game.
W&L's last eight opponents seem to have no problem finding their range at all. Over the last eight games, the Generals' opponents have combined to shoot a staggering 48.2 percent from beyond the arc (54-112). Virginia Wesleyan began the hot shooting, connecting on 9-of-16 shots (.563) from deep while most recently, Hampden-Sydney and EMU continued the long-range barrage, combining to hit on 20-of-41 (.488) three-point attempts. On the year, the Generals are last in the ODAC in three-point defense, allowing opponents to hit 160-of-402 attempts (.398) from distance. Lynchurg's Robbie Kaiser enters as the third-best three-point shooter in the conference, hitting on 43.2 percent of the his triple attempts (35-81). He connected on 4-of-7 attempts in LC's first meeting with W&L this season.
Sophomore forward J.D. Ey has saved some of his best basketball for late in the season as he as absolutely filled up the box score in recent games. In the Generals' 79-64 loss to Hampden-Sydney last week, Ey notched his third double-double of season with 19 points on 9-of-14 shooting and 12 rebounds. He also added a block and two steals. He followed that up with a career-high 26 points (12-of-15 shooting), 10 rebounds, four blocks, four assists and a steal in W&L's 94-82 loss to No. 14 Eastern Mennonite. His back-to-back double-doubles give him four on the season and he became the first person since Ben Goetsch in January of 2010 to record consecutive double-doubles. On the season, he leads W&L in rebounding (7.2 rpg), steals (1.2 spg), blocks (1.2 bpg), field-goal percentage (.579, 106-183), and he is second on the team in scoring (10.0 bpg) and assists (2.1 apg).
Sophomore forward J.D. Ey's recent hot-shooting stretch has vaulted him up the ODAC leaderboards. He is currently second in the ODAC in field goal percentage at 57.9 percent (106-183). Ey is also first in the ODAC in offensive rebounding (3.0 orpg) second in the conference in blocked shots (1.2 bpg), he is tied for fifth in total rebounding (7.2 rpg) and he ranks among the Top 20 in the league in assists (53, 2.1 apg) and steals (29, 1.2 spg).
STAT FILLER II
W&L's first-round game against Lynchburg will feature two of the more versatile forwards in the conference. W&L sophomore J.D. Ey and Lynchburg junior Nate Campbell are two of just six players in the league to average at least 10.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. Ey is averaging 10.0 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, while Campbell is posting averages of 16.8 ppg and an identical 7.2 rpg. On the season, Campbell has notched seven double-doubles, good for third in the ODAC, while Ey has four double-doubles, good for seventh in the ODAC
First-year forward Larry Whitaker recently recorded his second double-double of the season with a career-high 17 points and 10 boards in a 94-82 loss to No. 14 EMU. With the double-double, Whitaker became the first rookie player to notch multiple double-doubles in his debut campaign since Rich Peterson tallied three double-doubles in the 1996-97 season. On the season, Whitaker is one of three different Generals to record a double-double and W&L is one of three teams in the ODAC (EMU, H-SC) to have at least three different players record a double-double.
W&L senior guard Jason Cimino played some of his best basketball of his career in last season's ODAC Tournament. In the Generals' two tournament games, Cimino averaged 14.0 points on 42.9 percent (9-21) shooting, 2.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds. For his career, Cimino has posted averages of 5.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists in seven ODAC Tournament games.
The Generals have struggled from the free-throw line all season and ended the regular season as the worst free-throw shooting team in the ODAC. As a team, W&L has shot just 64.2 percent (346-539) from the line. Sophomore forward Jeremy Adkins leads the team with an 81.8 percent mark (45-55) from the stripe and first-year guard Kevin Gill is 80.0 percent from the line (16-20). Lynchburg College is currently the league's best free throw shooting team, connecting on 73.6 percent (324-440). Junior forward Nate Campbell leads the Hornets, and is second in the ODAC, with an 89.2 percent mark from the line (58-65).