November 23, 2011

W&L Men's Basketball Notes - Point Plaza Invitational

Game 5: 11/26/11 - W&L (3-1) vs. Wesley (1-1); Newport News, Va., 5:00 pm
Game 6: 11/27/11 W&L (2-1) Chris. Newport (2-2); 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 89-122 (.422) 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 11 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 122-188 (.394).

Last time out  •   W&L 80, Shenandoah 65
Winchester, Va  •  Nov. 22, 2011
Washington and Lee saw four starters score in double figures and the Generals led wire-to-wire in posting an 80-65 win over Shenandoah on Tuesday evening at Shingleton Gymnasium. A pair of free throws by junior forward J.D. Ey just 16 seconds into the contest gave W&L a 2-0 lead that it would never surrender. In the first half, the Generals would go up by as many as 13 points (23-10) on a pair of free throws by sophomore forward Larry Whitaker at the 10:36 mark. The Hornets (0-2) trimmed the W&L lead to seven points (27-20) following a three pointer from Dominic Chappell with 5:48 to play in the opening period. The W&L lead remained at seven points (33-26) with 1:58 left, but back-to-back three pointers by junior forward Jeremy Adkins gave the Generals a 39-26 lead at the 1:17 mark. SU's Avery Green made a short jumper with 26 seconds to play to produce a 39-28 score at the break. In the second period, SU crept as close as six points as late as the 12:13 mark, but the Generals, behind 15 second-half points from Whitaker and 12 second-half points from Ey, were able to keep the Hornets at bay until pulling away late. Whitaker and Ey combined to shoot 12-of-19 from the floor and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line in the second half alone. Also, the duo each grabbed nine boards in the second period as W&L outrebounded SU, 24-8, in the final 20 minutes and 45-26 for the game, including 17-3 on the offensive glass.  Whitaker finished the contest with a career-high 21 points, to go with 11 rebounds for his third-career double-double. Ey finished with 18 points, nine rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks in another well-rounded effort. Adkins added 14 points, including 4-of-9 shooting from deep, and sophomore guard Kevin Gill chipped in 11 points. Gill and Adkins each grabbed five boards and senior guard Kyle Bond handed out five assists off the bench. SU was led by Chappell, who scored a team-high 18 points and grabbed five rebounds. Bryce Mitchell tallied 12 points, James Bowens registered 11 and Green 10 for the Hornets.

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 2-2 on the year, having most recently lost to Mary Washington, 86-82 on Tuesday. Senior guard Conley Taylor led the Captains with 26 points on 11-of-21 shooting, sophomore guard Tra Benefield added 25 points and junior forward Luc Atangana chipped in nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds. UMW went to the line 27 times, connecting in 19, compared to just 14 attempts (9 makes) for CNU in squeaking out the four-point win. CNU outrebounded UMW, 42-36, but turned the ball over 22 times. On the season, Taylor has posted a team-high 20.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, while shooting 44.4 percent (28-63) from the field. Benefield is averaging 16.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest.

Strong Start = Strong Finish
Proving that getting off to a strong start is vital, Washington and Lee has recorded a 59-12 (.831) record in its last 71 games when it leads at intermission and has compiled an 93-35 record (.727) 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 3-0 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 2-0 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 (21) and assists (7) through the season's first four 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 42 contests, while Ey has started 38 straight games and 50 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 72.0 percent (77-107) 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.

Fluctuations
After knocking down 8-of-19 three-point attempts (.421) in the season-opening win over Dickinson, the Generals went cold from long range in their next 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. However, the Generals dialed back in against Shenandoah, knocking down 40.0 percent (8-20) of their three-point attempts. 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.

Block Party
W&L is averaging 3.8 blocks per game (15 total), including 2.3 blocks per game by junior forward J.D. Ey. W&L's  opponents this week have a total of 17 blocks between them, with Ey nearly matching the season total by CNU of 10 total blocks. 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 four games of the season, junior forward J.D. Ey has now recorded a double-double in four of his last eight games dating back to last season. Ey had four double-doubles all of last season. Over that stretch Ey is averaging 15.8 points and 10.0 rebounds to go with 2.3 blocks, 2.3 assists and 1.4 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. Additionally, Bond set a new career-best with five assists in W&L's 15-point win over Shenandoah on Tuesday.

 

 

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