W&L Men's Basketball Notes - Week 6

W&L Men's Basketball Notes - Week 6

Game 10: Kenyon (6-5, 1-3 NCAC) at W&L (5-4, 1-1 ODAC)
Date: Wednesday, January 2, 2:00 pm
Location: Lexington, Va.
Series Record: First Meeting

Game 11: Mary Washington (4-6, 0-1 CAC) at W&L (5-4, 1-1 ODAC)
Date: Thursday, January 3, 4:00 pm
Location: Lexington, Va.
Series Record: UMW leads, 8-7

Game 12: Lynchburg (9-2, 0-2 ODAC) at W&L (5-4, 1-1 ODAC)
Date: Saturday, January 5, 2:00 pm
Location: Lexington, Va.
Series Record: W&L leads, 78-32

Game Notes

LAST TIME OUT  •   W&L 70, MARYMOUNT 57 (12/21/12)
Washington and Lee jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the opening 3:42 of the game and never looked back in claiming a 70-57 win over Marymount University in the Daytona Beach Shootout on December 21. Senior forward J.D. Ey scored six points during the game-opening run as the Generals evened their record in the tournament at 1-1. Sophomore guard Javon McDonald also nailed a trio of free throws during the stretch, then drilled a three-pointer at 14:08 that expanded the Generals' lead to double-digits (12-2). The W&L lead grew to 24-8 following a steal and layup by junior forward Larry Whitaker with 6:57 left in the half as the Generals carried a 31-17 lead into the break. Marymount started the second half with a 7-1 run over the first 2:03 to cut it to an eight-point game (32-24) at the 17:57 mark, but W&L responded with a 26-10 run that pushed its lead out to 24 points (58-34) with 6:54 left in the game. Sophomore guard Clay McLean scored seven straight points at one point as the Generals cruised through the second half. As a team, the Generals held a 33-23 rebounding advantage and forced 15 turnovers, 10 of which came during the first half of play. McDonald led W&L in scoring with 18 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the foul line. Ey tallied 17 points on 7-of-7 shooting from the floor, and he also grabbed nine rebounds and blocked two shots. McLean finished with 10 points, while Whitaker had six points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block. Marymount was paced by junior forward Reed Scott's 17 points. Sophomore guard Brenden Cuyler and sophomore guard Jesse Konadu chipped in nine points each.

The Lords enter the W&L Tournament 6-5 overall and 1-3 in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC). Kenyon won its last game against Earlham, 74-68, on December 30, but has dropped two of its last three. Against Earlham, five Kenyon players, led by junior guard Julian Pavlin, reached double-digit scoring marks. Pavlin directed a sustained march to the free-throw line for the Lords, and wrapped up the game with a team-best 15 points. Kenyon sophomore guard Cooper Handelsman was 6-of-8 at the line late in the contest and finished with 10 points and three steals. Sophomore forward John Bray dropped in 14 points, junior guard Ikenna Nwadibia added 13, and sophomore guard Jonathan Amador rounded out the Lords' double-digit scorers with a dozen points. The Lords are 4-1 on the road this year and 1-1 in neutral-site contests. Nwadibia leads the team in scoring at 17.2 points per game, and in rebounds at 9.1 per game. Kenyon averages 68.1 points per game on 40.6 percent (264-651) shooting. This is the first meeting between the Lords and Washington and Lee.

Mary Washington forced 24 Washington and Lee turnovers and committed just eight as it won, 76-50, in non-conference action on January 13, 2003 in Fredericksburg, Va. The 24th-ranked Eagles used a 15-4 run over the final 6:13 of the first half to break a 16-16 deadlock and open up a 31-20 halftime advantage. In the second stanza the Eagles out-scored W&L, 45-30, to coast to the victory. In addition to their turnover advantage, the Eagles also out-shot the Generals, connecting on 32-of-63 shots (50.8 percent) from the field, while W&L only hit on 20-of-55 (36.4 percent). Forward David Will led the Generals with 11 points and four rebounds. Forward Hamill Jones chipped in with eight points and five boards. Pacing the Eagles were Ian Sumers (game-high 18 points, five rebounds) and Cris Hairston (16 points, six rebounds), who combined to score 34 points and collect 11 rebounds. Hairston also distributed five assists.

The Eagles enter the week 4-6 overall and 0-1 in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC). UMW last played in the Montclair State Holiday Tournament on December 28 and 29, finishing second with a loss to Bridgewater State in the finals, 70-60. Mary Washington trailed, 26-24, at halftime, and were out-scored by eight in the second half. Sophomore forward Sean Armstrong gained all-tournament honors by leading the Eagles with 13 points and seven rebounds, while junior guard Dylan Farinet added nine points. First-year forward Lamonte Fields had seven points and six rebounds for UMW. Junior guard Bradley Riester leads the team in scoring at 16.5 points per game. Fields and sophomore guard Taylor Johnson are the team leaders in rebounds at 6.9 per game. The Eagles average 72.5 points per game on 43.2 percent (259-599) shooting. UMW is 1-2 on the road this season and 3-3 in neutral-site games. Mary Washington leads the all-time series over the Generals, 8-7. The teams last played on January 13, 2003 in Fredericksburg, Va., with the Eagles winning 76-50. W&L won the last game at the Warner Center between the two, 61-53, on February 7, 2002.

Washington and Lee shot just 35.8 percent (19-53) from the field in an 88-63 loss to Lynchburg at Turner Gymnasium on January 14, 2012. The Generals needed nearly 9:00 to score there first field goal of the contest, a jumper by guard Kevin Gill, that put the score at 24-4 in favor of the Hornets. LC made good on nine of its first 14 shots from the floor, including hitting four triples in racing out to the 20-point lead at the 11:36 mark.  W&L began chipping away at the Hornet lead, pulling to within 13 points (29-16) with 5:27 to play on a layup by center Drew Kimberly, but the Hornets used a 14-6 run to go up 43-22 and then took a 45-26 lead into the break. A jump shot by forward J.D. Ey pulled W&L to within 17 points (56-39) with 15:52 to play in the contest, however a three-pointer by guard Manny Hernandez on LC's ensuing possession put Lynchburg back up 20 points (59-39) and the Hornet lead stretched out to as many as 31 points late in the contest. In addition to the 35.8 percent shooting mark, W&L turned the ball over 19 times and was out-rebounded 39-34. Ey led the Generals with 12 points, six rebounds and four assists. Gill added nine points and forward Larry Whitaker chipped in eight points and six boards. LC, which shot 50.8 percent from the field (32-63), including 13-of-27 (.481) from beyond the arc, was led by center Austin Chillemi and forward Brandon Connor, who netted 16 points apiece. Senior forward Nate Campbell tossed in 15 points and Hernandez finished with 10 points off the bench. Chillemi also grabbed seven boards and guard Xavier Parham handed out 11 assists to go with four points and four rebounds.

The Hornets are 9-2 overall and 0-2 in the ODAC entering the week. LC has won four straight games and five of its last six. Lynchburg most recently defeated Marymount at home on December 30, 69-62. The Hornets went undefeated in non-conference play for the first time in their history since they began keeping records in 1976-77. LC is averaging 81.8 points per game (second in the ODAC) on 44.1 percent (317-719) shooting. Junior forward Manny Hernandez leads the team at 14.7 points per game with senior center Austin Chillemi in close second at 13.4 per game. Chillemi is the team leader in rebounds at 7.3 per game. Junior guard Xavier Parham leads the team and the ODAC at 5.7 assists per game. The Hornets are 4-1 on the road this year. Washington and Lee leads the all-time series between the two teams, 78-32. The most recent meeting came last January in Lynchburg with the Hornets earning a 88-63 victory. It ended the Generals' 11-game winning streak over LC, dating back to February 5, 2006. The teams last played in Lexington on January 16, 2011 with W&L defeating the Hornets, 80-73.

Adam Hutchinson (Amherst, '93) is in his 10th season as the head coach at Washington and Lee. He earned his 100th victory at W&L in the season-opening win against Tufts at the John K. Adams Tip-Off Classic. He now has a 104-139 (.428) record, and is the second coach in school history to reach the 100-win plateau. Last season, Hutchinson passed Harry (Cy) Young for second all-time in coaching wins at W&L. The 2008 ODAC Coach of the Year, Hutchinson led his 2009 team to the ODAC Championship game for the first time since 1989. In his 13 seasons of coaching, Hutchinson has an overall record of 137-205 (.401).

The Generals have hurt opponents with their three-point shooting this season and lead the Old Dominion Athletic Conference  at 44.4 percent (64-144). Randolph is second at 41.1 percent (90-219). W&L has been a little Jekyll and Hyde with its long shots, shooting at least 50 percent in five games, but were at or under 30 percent in the other four contests. The Blue and White is 4-1 in the games at 50 percent or better and just 1-3 when failing to shoot over 30 percent from behind the arc. Sophomore guard Javon McDonald leads the Generals at 50.0 percent (19-38), and is third in the conference. Junior guard Mike Ehilegbu of Randolph leads the league at 53.5 percent (23-43).

In its last three games, W&L has made at least 20 free throws in each contest and shot 65-74 (87.8 percent) from the charity stripe. The stretch improved the Generals' season percentage to 73.2 percent (142-194), which leads the ODAC. Roanoke is second at 70.5 percent (177-251). Junior guard Kevin Gill leads Washington and Lee at 85.7 percent (18-21) with junior forward Larry Whitaker right behind him at 85.0 percent (17-20).

The Generals have out-rebounded their opponents in all but one game this season. W&L is averaging 37.2 rebounds per game with 25.2 defensive and 12.0 offensive. The Blue and White is just ninth in the conference in rebounds per game, but lead the league in rebounding margin. The Generals out-rebound the opposition by 7.4 per game. W&L is led by senior forward J.D. Ey (8.8 per game). Ey leads the ODAC, and has two double-digit rebounding games and two double-doubles.  

Senior forward J.D. Ey has picked up from where he left off last season, averaging almost a double-double this year. He is scoring 11.2 points and grabbing 8.8 rebounds per game. He has recorded a double-double twice this season with one at Shenandoah (11/24) and against Bates (12/19). Ey is shooting 53.3 percent (40-75) from the field, 69.2 percent (18-26) from the charity stripe and 30.0 percent (3-10) from long distance. He is also getting it done on defense with 1.9 blocks and 1.1 steals per game. He has the Generals' season-high in blocks (4, done twice) and steals (3 at Rutgers-Newark). Ey is second in the conference in blocks per game. Junior forward Trent Batson of Virginia Wesleyan leads the ODAC at 2.1 per game.

In five of the General's nine games, sophomore guard Javon McDonald has been the team's leading scorer. He has totaled at least 13 points in eight of the team's nine contests, and he has a season-high of 19 points in two games this year. McDonald recorded 19 in the victory at Methodist in only 19 minutes, and totaled 19 at Ferrum on December 3. He leads the team in three-pointers made (19), and has attempted 27 more free throws than anyone else on the roster. For the season, he is shooting 42.9 percent (36-84) from the field, 50.0 percent (19-38) from long distance and 71.7 percent (38-53) from the foul line.