W&L Men's Basketball Notes - Week 10

W&L Men's Basketball Notes - Week 10

Game 18: 1/25/12 -  Washington and Lee (10-7, 3-5) vs. Emory & Henry (8-9, 2-7)
Warner Center  •  Lexington, Va.,  7:00 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 a 96-128 (.429) 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. Earlier this season, Hutchinson passed Harry (Cy) Young for second all-time in coaching wins at W&L. With four more 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 129-194 (.399).

Last time out  •   Hampden-Sydney 78, W&L 56  (1/18/12)

Washington and Lee shot 56.1 percent from the floor and three players scored in double figures as W&L snapped a two-game losing streak with an 84-65 win over Ferrum College on Saturday afternoon at the Warner Center. The Generals knocked down 32-of-57 shots from the field, including a 6-of-7 performance by sophomore center Drew Kimberly, in eclipsing the 50.0 percent mark for just the third time all season.  W&L opened the contest hitting six of its first nine shots from the floor, including three buckets from junior forward J.D. Ey in opening a 10-point lead (14-4) by the 16:12 mark. The Blue and White still led by 10 points (19-9), before Ferrum used a 9-0 run behind four points apiece from senior guard Marcus Mayo and junior forward Lamont King to pull to within a single point (19-18) with 9:20 to play in the opening period. The Panthers then tied the contest at 23-23 at the 7:00 minute mark on a triple by senior guard Daryl Hart, before W&L ended the first half on a 22-10 scoring run, capped by a long three from junior forward Jeremy Adkins at the buzzer, to take a 45-33 lead into the break. The Generals hit nine of their final 10 shot attempts to close out the first half and six different players scored during the run. W&L finished the first half with a 61.3 percent mark (19-31) from the field and held a 19-12 edge on the boards. A layup by Kimberly to start the second period put W&L up 14 points (47-33), and the lead never dipped below 13 points as Washington and Lee cruised to the 19-point win. In addition to its season-best shooting percentage, the Generals limited Ferrum to 41.5 percent (22-53) shooting, held a 36-30 edge on the boards and forced the Panthers into 18 turnovers. Kimberly paced W&L with a career-high 14 points. First-year guard Javon McDonald added 13 points on 4-of-6 shooting and Ey totaled 12 points, tied a career-high with seven assists, blocked five shots and grabbed five rebounds. Sophomore forward Larry Whitaker added nine points and six rebounds and Adkins chipped in nine points, four boards and a pair of assists. Mayo led all scorers with 17 points, but was held to just 5-of-15 shooting and committed six turnovers. Hart finished with 12 points on 4-of-11 shooting and King had nine points and a game-high seven rebounds before fouling out.

Last Time Against Emory & Henry  •  W&L 73, E&H 61  •  (1/27/11)
Washington and Lee shot 57.7 percent (30-52) from the floor in posting a 73-61 victory over Emory & Henry in ODAC men's basketball at the King Center. The game was tied at 25-25 with 5:22 left in the first half, but W&L used a 10-0 run over the next 3:58 to take a 35-25 lead with 1:24 left before the break.  The Wasps then scored four straight points on free throws following an intentional foul called on first-year forward Jonathan Rice with just under a minute to play as the Generals carried a 35-29 lead into the half. The Generals began the second stanza with a 14-2 run keyed by a layup and a pair of three-pointers from senior guard Jason Cimino to extend to a 49-31 lead with 16:19 to play.  The Wasps cut it to a nine point game (52-43) on a pair of free throws by first-year forward J.T. Murray with 11:13 remaining but a 10-2 W&L run pushed the lead back to 17 points (62-45) with 7:08 left as the Generals cruised to the win. W&L held a 34-20 advantage on the glass and scored 26 points off of 17 E&H turnovers. Junior guard Jon Guest led all scorers with 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor.  Cimino totaled a season-high 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting, while sophomore center Taylor Gilfillan posted 12 points on 5-of-5 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds. Guard Michael Owens paced Emory & Henry with 12 points, while senior forward Terrance Grigg and guard Malcolm Green notched 11 and 10 points, respectively.

The Wasps have lost two straight and dropped three of four following a 79-68 loss to Lynchburg on Saturday. The Hornets used a 12-3 run five minutes into the second half to turn a 7-point lead into a 16-point advantage (60-44), but E&H countered with a 17-4 scoring run that pulled the Wasps to within three points (64-61) with 6:52 to play. LC put the game away by limiting the Wasps to just seven points down the stretch as E&H made only three of its final eight shots and turned the ball over four times. Junior guard Macolm Green led E&H with a game-high 25 points, including hitting 11-of-12 free throws. Junior forward Armando Murrell added 10 points and five boards. On the season, the  Wasps are averaging 68.9 points per game on 45.3 percent shooting from the field. Green leads the team with 14.4 points on average and first-year guard Damian Edwards is chipping in 11.5 points. Tyler Mullins is averaging 9.9 points on 56.3 percent shooting (54-96) and is grabbing a team-best 5.8 rebounds per game. The Wasps are shooting a league-worst 58.7 percent from the charity stripe (216-373) and also turn the ball over a league-high 20.2 times per game.

Proving that getting off to a strong start is vital, Washington and Lee has recorded a 66-13 (.835) record in its last 78 games when it leads at intermission and has compiled a 99-36 record (.733) 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 10-1 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 9-1 when scoring at least 70 points and 1-6 when failing to reach 70.

Fine Fifteen
In 27 games last season, W&L saw seven different players score at least 15 points in a game a total of 17 times, led by eight such performances from forward Jeremy Adkins. In 17 games thus far, the Generals have already had five different players record at least 15 points in a game a total of 19 times, led by J.D. Ey and Javon McDonald with nine and seven games, respectively, of at least 15 points. For Ey, the nine 15+ point performances exceed his output from his first two seasons combined. Adkins has four such games already.

Home Sweet Home
The Generals return home to play each of their next four games at home following a stretch of four straight games away from the Warner Center. Washington and Lee boasts a 37-21(.638) record at home since the start of the 2007-08 season, including this season's 4-2 home ledger.

Home Sweet Home II
With W&L in the midst of a five-game homestand, look for the Generals' offensive efficieny to perk up. W&L features a 44.6 percent shooting mark in home games (160-359) compared to a 39.7 percent mark (253-580) on the road. Additionally, the Generals' prowess from behind the arc jumps to 40.2 percent (45-112) at home, compared to 28.7 (49-171) away from the Warner Center. First-year guard Javon McDonald boasts some of the largest Home/Road differences as he has a .490 FG/.500 3FG/16.2 ppg home line and a .277 FG/.243 3FG/8.2 ppg road line.

Fine First-Year
With his seven 15+ point performances in the season's first 17 games, first-year guard Javon McDonald has accomplished something that not many first-years have done in recent years. The last first-year to record at least 15 points three times in his debut season was Isaiah Goodman '09, who did it four times in the 2005-06 season. Femi Kusimo '08 did so four times as well in the 04-05 season. Greg Bienemann '08 and Chris Halkitis '07 each had eight such games as first-years, the highest totals under coach Adam Hutchinson which puts McDonald in a position to be the most profilic scoring rookie under Hutchinson.

Turnover Battle
Despite being the one of the league's worst shooting teams, W&L has proven to be reliable when it comes to taking care of the basketball. The Generals are third in the conference with just 15.3 turnovers per game. Oddly enough though, the Generals average more turnovers in wins (16.1) than they do in losses (14.1). This week, the Blue and White face the most turnover prone team in the league, as E&H averages better than 20 (20.2) giveaways per game.

Double-Digit Drought
Sophomore forward Larry Whitaker opened the season scoring at least 10 points five of the Generals' first eight games, including a 21-point outburst in an 80-65 win over Shenandoah. Since then however, he has notched at least 10 points in only one of W&L's last nine games. Additionally, after averaging 8.5 rebounds through the first half of the season, including four games of at least 10 rebounds, Whitaker has averaged just 5.2 rebounds in the last nine games without a single 10-rebound game.

Stinging the Wasps
Washington and Lee has posted five straight wins over the Wasps, and have featured a strong offense in doing so. In the last five wins over the Wasps, the Generals are averaging 80.6 points, have posted an average margin of victory of 14.2 points and are shooting 45.9 percent from the field as a team.

We Go as You Go
Junior forward J.D. Ey, who leads the Generals in seemingly every statistical category, sees a nearly 20 point dip in his shooting percentage in W&L wins compared to its losses. In 10 wins this season, Ey is shooting 54.2 percent from the floor and averaging 16.1 points, compared to 39.2 percent shooting and 11.0 points in its seven losses. He is not the only player whose success is vital to a W&L win. Junior forward Jeremy Adkins posts won-loss shooting splits of .457/.333 from the field and .511/200 from beyond the arc. He also sees his scoring average go from 13.0 points in a win, to 6.7 points in a loss.

Double Double Machine
With a league-leading six double doubles on the season, junior forward J.D. Ey now has 10 career double doubles. With two more, he would tie Ben Goetsch '10 for the most double doubles in a season  (8) under Coach Hutchinson. As of the Jan. 19, and the latest NCAA Statistical Rankings, Ey is ranked 41st nationally with his six double doubles. Additionally, he was 39th in rebounding (9.4 rpg) and 24th in blocked shots (2.2 bpg).

Depth Charge
Washington and Lee features a lineup rotation that goes as deep as 12 players most games. That depth has been vital to the success of the Generals this season, as W&L's bench has outscored the opposition's reserves 468-398 on the season. Junior forward Jeremy Adkins and sophomore guard Kevin Gill, who were each in the starting lineup for all or most of the season's first nine games, have been coming off the bench of late. Additionally, junior forward Matt Gaeta and first-year guard Clay McClean have seen their minutes and production increase of late. Gaeta has averaged 4.8 points in 10.3 minutes over the last four games, while McClean has averaged 6.0 points in 14.0 minutes over the last four contests.