November 21, 2011

W&L Men's Basketball Game Notes - Week 2

Game 4: 11/22/11 - W&L (2-1) at Shenandoah (0-1); Winchester, Va., 7:00 pm
Game 5: 11/26/11 - W&L (2-1) vs. Wesley (1-1); Newport News, Va., 5:00 pm
Game 6: 11/27/11 W&L (2-1) Chris. Newport (2-1); Newport News, Va., 4:00 pm

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The Head General
Adam Hutchinson (Amherst, '93) is in his ninth season as the head coach at Washington and Lee. He has led W&L to an 88-122 (.419) record, including four-straight winning campaigns - the first time in over 20 years that W&L has accomplished such a feat. 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 and needs just four wins to pass Harry (Cy) Young for second all-time at W&L. With 12 wins, he would become just the second coach in school history to reach the 100-win plateau. In his 13 seasons of coaching, Hutchinson has an overall record of 121-188 (.392)

Last time out  •   No. 4 Amherst 100, W&L 64
Amherst, Mass.  •  Nov. 19, 2011
Fourth-ranked Amherst College shot nearly 54 percent from the floor and held a 55-31 advantage on the glass in defeating Washington and Lee, 100-64, in the championship game of the Ken Wright '52 Memorial Invitational Tournament hosted by Amherst on Saturday. The Generals made their first two shots from the field and the game was tied at 4-4 just 1:27 into the game.  However, W&L missed each of its next seven shots from the field and turned the ball over three times in that span as a 17-0 Lord Jeffs' run gave them a 21-4 lead just seven minutes into the ball game. Amherst continued its hot shooting throughout the first half, ending the opening 20 minutes with a 61.1 shooting percentage (22-36) and a 57-27 lead. The Lord Jeffs continued their onslaught in the second half, holding the Generals to just 28.9 percent shooting (11-38) in the final 20 minutes and extending their lead to as many as 38 points in cruising to the tournament championship. The Generals, who shot just 30.8 percent (20-65) from the floor and 1-of-17 (.059) from distance, were led by senior guard Kyle Bond, who tied a career-high with 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting.  Sophomore forward Larry Whitaker tallied 12 points and six boards and first-year guard Javon McDonald notched 12 markers on 10-of-12 shooting from the foul line.  Junior forward J.D. Ey chipped in 10 points and six boards in earning all-tournament honors. Sophomore guard Aaron Twomey led the Lord Jeffs with 16 points, seven assists and six rebounds, while junior guard Willy Workman posted 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field.   Junior center Peter Kaasila notched 13 points and eight rebounds and junior guard Allen Williamson totaled 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting.

Scouting Shenandoah
The Hornets enter Tuesday's game with an 0-1 record following an 87-61 loss to Eastern Mennonite. Shenandoah had four of its starters tally at least 10 points, led by sophomore guard Avery Green, who tallied 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting. Sophomore guard Bryce Mitchell had 11 points and first-year guard James Bowens and junior guard Dominic Chappell each tallied 10 markers. Senior forward Justin Long grabbed a team-high eight boards and Green chipped in seven caroms. SU surrendered 47 rebounds to EMU, including 18 on the offensive end and also turned the ball over 32 times, including 10 by Mitchell. Of the Hornets' 61 points, 53 of them were scored by the starting five as the bench netted eight combined points on 3-of-10 shooting from the field.

Scouting Wesley
The Wolverines stand at 1-1 following a 59-57 loss to Lebanon Valley on Sunday. Wesley held a slim two-point lead at the break, but Lebanon Valley shot 60.9 percent (14-23) from the floor in the second half to erase the halftime deficit and earn the win. Junior forward Paul Reynolds paced Wesley with a game-high 22 points to go with eight rebounds. First-year guard JJ Bryant added 10 points and sophomore center David Langan chipped in five points and eight boards. On the season, Reynolds is averaging 19.5 ppg and 10.0 rpg. He is connecting in 57.1 percent (16-28) of his attempts from the field. Bryant (13.5 ppg) and Langan (10.5 ppg) round out the double-digit scorers for the Wolverines

Scouting Christopher Newport
The Captains are 2-1 on the year, having won two straight contests after dropping a 90-88 decision to Randolph-Macon to start the year. Most recently, CNU defeated York 65-56 behind 17 points and seven rebounds from senior guard Conley Taylor. CNU limited York to just 5-for-20 shooting in the first half in building an 11-point lead at the break (30-19). The game featured 75 combined free throws as three CNU players and one York player fouled out. York shot just 24-of-47 (.511) from the line, while the Captains connected on 21-of-28 (.750) of their free throws. On the season, Taylor has posted a team-high 19.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, but he is shooting just 40.5 percent (17-42) from the field and averages 3.3 turnovers per game. Sophomore guard Tra Benefield is averaging 14.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest.


STRONG START  = STRONG FINISH
Proving that getting off to a strong start is vital, Washington and Lee has recorded a 58-12 (.829) record in its last 70 games when it leads at intermission and has compiled an 92-35 record (.724) over the last 12 years when leading at the break. Holding true to that notion, W&L posted an 11-4 record last season when holding a halftime lead and is 2-0 thus far in 2011-12
 
70 or bust
W&L averaged a hair over 70 points per game last season at 70.5. Proving that the 70-point threshold was vital to the Generals' success, W&L posted an 11-3 mark in games where it scored at least 70 points. However, when the Generals failed to reach 70 points, the result was a dismal 3-10 mark. So far in 2011-12, the Generals are 1-0 when scoring 70 points and 1-1 when failing to reach 70.

Jack of all trades
Junior forward J.D. Ey proved to be one of the most versatile players in the ODAC last season. Ey was one of only two players in the league (H-SC's Ru White) to average at least 9.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals, all while shooting above 50.0 percent from the floor. An Honorable Mention Al-ODAC selection as a sophomore, Ey averaged 9.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.1 steals per game and he shot 56.4% from the floor (110-195), the second-best mark in the ODAC. He has done nothing to diminish that reputation thus far in 2011-12. He has already established new career highs in points (26), rebounds (12) and assists (7) through the season's first three games. Additionally, Ey has already connected on 2-of-5 of his three-point attempts. Last year, Ey did not record his second three pointer until the 25th game of the seson. Below is a brief snapshot of the stat-filling ability of Ey.

Start me Up
Junior forwards J.D. Ey and Jeremy Adkins have seen a great deal action in their first two+ seasons in the Blue and White. Since starting at Randolph-Macon on Jan. 27, 2010, Adkins has appeared in the starting lineup in each of the last 41 contests, while Ey has started 37-straight games and 49 overall.

Brick layers
After shooting a league-low 64.1 percent (373-582) from the free throw line a season ago, the Generals are off to a much better start at the charity Stripe in 2011-12. W&L has connected on 69.8 percent (67-96) of its attempts at the line thus far, including a 25-35 (.714) showing (21-26 in the second half) in the four-point win over Elms. Against Amherst, first-year guard Javon McDonald knocked down 10 of his 12 free-throw attempts, becoming the first General to knock down at least 10 freebies since Greg Bienemann '08 hit on 12-of-15 shots at Bridgewater on Feb. 23, 2008.

Toppling Giants
Washington and Lee has made it a habit of knocking off some the country's best teams over the past several seasons. The Generals have recorded at least one win over a ranked opponent in each of the last three seasons. Last year, it was a 93-92 win over then-10th-ranked Eastern Mennonite. That accumen for defeating ranked foes may come in handy as W&L battles a difficult schedule that features a pair of dates with Preseason No. 1 Virginia Wesleyan, a matchup with No. 4 Amherst, two games against No. 23 Hampden-Sydney, as well as two dates with Eastern Mennonite and one apiece with Randolph-Macon and Christopher Newport, who are all receiving votes in the preseason poll.

Power Outage
After knocking down 8-of-19 three-point attempts (.421) in the season-opening win over Dickinson, the Generals have gone cold from long range in their last two games, hitting on just 4-of-27  (.148) triple attempts. In the loss to Amherst, W&L was good on just 1-of-17 three-point attempts, including an 0-for-4 performance from sophomore guard Devin Dillard and 0-for-2 showings from junior forward J.D. Ey, sophomore forward Larry Whitaker, sophomore guard Kevin Gill and first-year guard Javon McDonald. W&L shot 33.7 percent (106-315) from behind the arc last season and only twice did the Generals make at least eight triples in a game as they did in the season opener.

Block Party
W&L is averaging 4.0 blocks per game (12 total), including 2.3 blocks per game by junior forward J.D. Ey. W&L's  opponents this week have a total of 14 blocks between them, with Ey matching the season total by CNU with seven total blocks. SU blocked a pair of shots in its only game thus far and Wesley has a grand total of five blocks (2.5 bpg).

Century Mark
The 100 points allowed to No. 4 Amherst on Saturday marked the first time since Jan. 23, 2008 that the Generals had allowed as many as 100 points to an opponent. The last time it happened, W&L earned a 115-106 win over Emory & Henry. Under coach Adam Hutchinson, the Generals have allowed at least 100 points on four occasions, posting a 1-3 record is those games.

Double Down
With two double-doubles in the first three games of the season, junior forward J.D. Ey has now recorded a double-double in four of his last seven games dating back to last season. Ey had four double-doubles all of last season. Over that stretch Ey is averaging 15.4 points and 10.1 rebounds to go with 2.3 blocks, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals.

Bond, Kyle Bond
Senior guard Kyle Bond tied a career-high with 13 points in the loss to Amherst. That followed a 10-point performance in W&L's win over Elms. This marked just the second time in his career that he had scored at least 10 points in back-to-back games. The first time was Feb. 2 and Feb. 6 last season when Bond scored 10 and 11 points against Randolph and Greensboro, respectively.

 

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