W&L Men's Basketball Notes - Week 7

W&L Men's Basketball Notes - Week 7

Game 13: W&L (6-6, 1-2 ODAC) at EMU (9-4, 2-2 ODAC)
Date: Wednesday, January 9, 8:00 pm
Location: Harrisonburg, Va.
Series Record: W&L leads, 51-30

Game 14: W&L (6-6, 1-2 ODAC) at H-SC (11-2, 3-1 ODAC)
Date: Saturday, January 12, 2:00 pm
Location: Lexington, Va.
Series Record: H-SC leads, 74-42

Game Notes

LAST TIME OUT  •   LYNCHBURG 68, W&L 67 (1/5/13)
Washington and Lee battled back from a 20-point first-half deficit, but could never get over the hump in falling to Lynchburg, 68-67, on Saturday at the Warner Center. The Generals (6-6, 1-2) shot just 21.9 percent in the first half, trailing 37-17 with 3:12 left in the opening stanza en route to a 41-25 deficit at the break. W&L chipped away at the Lynchburg (11-2, 2-2) lead early in the second half and pulled to within seven points (50-43) following a three-pointer by sophomore guard Javon McDonald and a layup by first-year guard Darren Douglas with 13:28 left in the game. The Hornets pushed back out to an 11-point lead (62-51) on a jump shot by senior forward Michael Wims with 5:57 to play, but W&L used a 9-2 run over the next 2:16 to make it a 64-60 game with 3:41 left. McDonald scored seven points during the stretch, including five straight to begin the run. Senior guard Brandan Connor converted a layup at 3:09 to give LC a 66-60 lead, but McDonald canned his sixth three-pointer of the game to pull the Generals within a single possession of tying the game (66-63).  Senior forward J.D. Ey sliced it to a 66-65 game with a dunk at the 1:46 mark, but junior guard Xavier Parham drilled a pair of free throws to give the Hornets a 68-65 lead with 1:27 to play. A McDonald layup made it a 68-67 game with 1:03 remaining and the Hornets missed a three-pointer and stick-back with 31 seconds left setting up a final possession for W&L. Douglas fired a three-pointer that rimmed in-and-out with 11 seconds left and Wims grabbed the rebound to clinch the win for Lynchburg, its second-straight over the Generals. W&L shot 43.8 percent from the floor in the second half, while holding the Hornets to just 27.6 shooting in the second stanza. However, the Generals were limited by making just 16-of-28 free throws (.571) in the contest. McDonald led W&L with a season-high 25 points on 6-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc. Junior forward Larry Whitaker notched eight points and a season-high 12 rebounds, while first-year Andrew Franz contributed eight points. Ey chipped in seven points, seven rebounds, three blocks and two assists. Senior guard Mike Glover led Lynchburg with 10 points and seven rebounds. Connor, Parham, Wims and senior center Austin Chillemi each scored nine points, while Wims and Chillemi both grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.

W&L was held scoreless for an 8:18 stretch that spanned the halftime break and shot just 30.8 percent from the floor in dropping a 70-53 contest to Eastern Mennonite on February 15, 2012 at the Warner Center. The Generals made good on just 20-of-65 shot attempts, and missed 11 consecutive shots during the aforementioned scoring drought, as EMU turned a 24-18 deficit with 6:13 left in the first half, into a 30-24 lead two minutes into the second half. A three-point play by center Drew Kimberly with 17:45 to play brought the Generals back to within three points, 30-27, but the Blue and White remained stuck on 27 as the Royals scored the game's next 16 points to take a 43-27 lead with 14:19 to play. The Generals managed to trim its deficit to 13 points (45-43) on a triple by guard Kevin Gill at the 11:55 mark. However, guard Adam Burroughs answered with a three of his own and EMU's lead never dipped below 16 points the rest of the game. W&L came out of the gate slowly, missing its first four shots and turning the ball over three times in falling behind 9-0 by the 17:33 mark. A jumper by forward J.D. Ey put W&L on the board, and the team pulled to within a single point (9-8) following a layup by guard Kelton Buchanan. After tying the contest at 16-16 with 9:36 left before the break, the Blue and White surged ahead 24-18 behind four points apiece from Ey and forward Jeremy Adkins before going cold from the field. W&L out-rebounded the Royals, 34-29, including 18-3 on the offensive glass and came up with a season-high 13 steals, but committed 21 turnovers and allowed EMU to shoot 60.0 percent (27-45) from the floor, including 72.7 percent (16-22) in the final 20 minutes. Ey paced the Generals with his ninth double-double of the season, scoring 12 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Gill added 11 points, knocking down 3-of-5 shots from distance and guard Javon McDonald chipped in 10 points and three steals. Forward Owen Longacre led the Royals with 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting. Forward Andrew Thorne added 12 points on perfect 4-of-4 shooting from the field and 4-of-4 shooting from the line, and guard Corey Sheppard added 11 points off the bench, hitting all three of his three-point attempts. Guard Dajon Daniel chipped in nine points and a team-high six rebounds.

The Royals are 9-4 overall and 2-2 in the ODAC entering the week. EMU has won two straight and three of its last four. Eastern Mennonite most recently won 78-71 at Emory & Henry on Saturday. Junior guard Dajon Daniel led four Royals in double figures with 19 points. Senior forward Owen Longacre had 11 points, while senior wing Andrew Thorne and junior wing R.J. Sims each scored 10. Sims also had a game-high three assists. The Royals are 5-1 at home this season with their only loss coming to Randolph-Macon on December 8. EMU is averaging 79.1 points per game on 46.7 percent (383-821) shooting. Thorne leads the team in scoring at 16.3 points per game and rebounding at 7.2 per game. Washington and Lee leads the all-time series between the two teams, 51-30. The two teams split last season's contests with each squad winning on the road. The Generals claimed a 72-65 victory at EMU on January 4 and the Royals responded with a 70-53 win in Lexington on February 15. W&L is 5-5 in its last 10 games against EMU, but the Blue and White has won four of the last six in Harrisonburg.

Hampden-Sydney used an 18-3 run over a 7:03 stretch in the first half to turn a two-point lead into a 17-point advantage in defeating Washington and Lee, 78-56, on January 18, 2012 at Fleet Gymnasium. After forward Larry Whitaker made a layup at the 10:38 mark that made the score 10-8 in favor of the Tigers, W&L went cold from the field as the Generals received only a jumper by forward Jeremy Adkins and a free throw from Whitaker, as H-SC assumed a 28-11 lead with 3:25 to play in the opening half. A layup by forward J.D. Ey trimmed the W&L deficit back down to 12 points (30-18) with 1:38 remaining in the first half, but the Tigers used a half-ending 8-1 run, capped by a layup from forward Cam Anderson, to take a 38-19 lead into the break. W&L (9-7, 3-5) shot just 25.8 percent (8-31) in the opening half, compared to a 57.1 percent (16-28) for H-SC. The Tigers also out-rebounded the Generals 24-16 in the opening 20 minutes. The Generals shooting struggles continued into the second period, as the Blue and White made good on just 12-of-32 (.375) shot attempts to finish the contest at 31.7 percent. H-SC cooled off to 48.3 percent (14-29) in the second period, but still finished the contest north of 50.0 percent (30-57). Washington and Lee was led by Ey with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Adkins scored a team-high 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting. The Tigers were led by center Khobi Williamson, who had 12 points and eight rebounds. Anderson and senior guard Ben Jessee each tallied 11 points as 13 different H-SC players dented the scoring column.

The 24th-ranked Tigers are 11-2 overall and 3-1 in the ODAC heading into the week. H-SC lost at Guilford on Saturday, 68-54, which ended the Tigers' nine-game winning streak. Hampden-Sydney struggled to shoot on the day, going 20-of-62 (32.3%) overall, 6-of-28 (21.4%) from three, and 8-of-18 (44.4%) from the free throw line. Sophomore guard Greg Lewis led H-SC with 13 points, junior center Khobi Williamson tallied 12 points and eight rebounds and senior forward Harrison George contributed eight points and nine rebounds. The Tigers are averaging 86.5 points per game on 51.5 percent (436-846) shooting, while out-scoring opponents 23.8 points per contest. H-SC is a perfect 7-0 at home this year with an average margin of victory of 33.1 points. George leads the team at 14.9 points per game. Sophomore forward Cam Anderson averages a team-best 5.5 rebounds per game. The Tigers lead the all-time series with the Generals, 74-42. H-SC has won the last five meetings with W&L's last victory coming at home on January 24, 2009, 73-60. The Blue and White have lost 15 straight at H-SC, with the last road victory for the Generals coming on December 3, 1997, 44-42.    

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 105-141 (.427) 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 138-207 (.400).

Sophomore guard Javon McDonald totaled a season-high 25 points in the loss against Lynchburg on Saturday. He shot 7-of-13 (.538) from the field and 6-of-9 (.667) from behind the arc. In seven of the Generals' 12 games, McDonald has been the team's leading scorer. He has totaled at least 13 points in 10 of the squad's 12 contests. He leads the team in three-pointers made (27) and three-point percentage (.474). He has also attempted 39 more free throws than anyone else on the roster. For the season, he is shooting 41.4 percent (48-116) from the field, 47.4 percent (27-57) from long distance and 73.4 percent (58-79) from the foul line. McDonald is sixth in the conference in points per game, third in three-point percentage and third in free throws made.

The Generals have lost their last two games by a combined two points. After a 72-71 overtime loss to Mary Washington on Thursday, W&L fell to Lynchburg, 68-67 on Saturday. The last time the Blue and White lost consecutive games by one point was during the 2006-07 season. Guilford defeated the Generals on January 31, 2007, 62-61, and then Randolph-Macon beat W&L, 64-63, on February 3. Both games were played at the Warner Center.  

In the last two games, W&L has looked like a different team from the first half to the second. The Generals have struggled in the opening stanza averaging 27 points on 29.8 percent (17-57) shooing from the field and 18.8 percent (6-32) from behind the arc. In the second half, W&L is posting 36.5 points on 49.0 percent (25-51) from the floor and 45.0 percent (9-20) from long distance.

The Generals have hurt opponents with their three-point shooting this season and are second in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference at 39.1 percent (84-215). Randolph leads the league at 40.7 percent (98-241). 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 seven contests. The Blue and White is 4-1 in the games at 50 percent or better and 2-5 when failing to shoot over 30 percent from behind the arc.

In the overtime loss to Mary Washington, two Generals set new career highs. Javon McDonald registered a new personal best in assists with eight. It was the most assists by a General since Jason Cimino '11 notched 10 against Eastern Mennonite on January 5, 2011. First-year guard Darren Douglas totaled 13 points in the loss and it marked the second straight game he set a career high in points.

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 9.7 points and grabbing an ODAC-leading 9.0 rebounds per game. He has recorded a double-double twice this season, at Shenandoah (11/24) and against Bates (12/19). Ey is also getting it done on defense with 2.1 blocks and 1.3 steals per game. He has the Generals' season-high in blocks (4, done twice) and steals (4 vs. Mary Washington). Ey is tied for first in the conference in blocks per game (2.1) with junior forward Trent Batson of Virginia Wesleyan.