W&L Men's Basketball Notes - Week 11

W&L Men's Basketball Notes - Week 11

Game 22: E&H (4-16, 2-10 ODAC) at W&H (10-11, 5-7 ODAC)
Date: Wednesday, February 6, 7:00 pm
Location: Lexington, Va.
Series Record: W&L leads, 73-47

Game 23: W&L (10-11, 5-7 ODAC) at Randolph (17-4, 8-4 ODAC)
Date: Saturday, February 9, 4:30 pm
Location: Lynchburg, Va.
Series Record: Randolph leads, 6-1

Game Notes

LAST TIME OUT  •   #19 H-SC 77, W&L 67 (2/2/13)
Despite shooting 49.0 percent from the field, Washington and Lee lost to 19th-ranked Hampden-Sydney, 77-67, at the Warner Center on Saturday. Junior center Khobi Williamson and senior forward Harrison George combined for 58 points and 20 rebounds to pace the Tigers. In a game with 10 lead changes and nine ties, W&L (10-11, 5-7 ODAC) trailed, 58-57, with 8:11 left in the second half. First-year forward Andrew Franz connected on a jumper from the baseline, which pushed the Blue and White ahead, 59-58. On the ensuing possession, senior forward Fletcher Lumpkin converted an old-fashion three-point play to put the Tigers (19-2, 11-1 ODAC) up two (61-59) with 7:41 remaining. H-SC stretched the lead to four on a basket by George, but a jumper by sophomore forward Jim Etling cut the deficit back to two, 63-61, at the 5:52 mark. Williamson made two free throws and a bucket by George extended the lead to six with 4:15 on the clock. Off an offensive rebound by senior forward J.D. Ey, sophomore guard Javon McDonald drained a triple to trim the lead in half, 67-64, with 3:47 left in the game. The Tigers responded with six straight points and ended the contest on a 10-3 run to reach the final margin. Williamson went 13-of-15 from the field with 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead all players. George added 24 points on 11-of-18 shooting and totaled eight boards and five assists. The duo combined for 70.1 percent of H-SC's points and 52.6 percent of the team's rebounds. McDonald led the Generals with 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including four three-pointers. Ey recorded 11 points and notched six rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block. Franz led the team in assists with seven and had seven points and four rebounds. The Tigers held a 34-28 advantage with four minutes remaining in the first half, but W&L scored the final 10 points of the period to go into the break up 38-34. During the run, Ey made two layups, junior Kevin Gill nailed a triple, Franz connected on a jumper and McDonald canned a free throw. For the game, W&L went 25-of-51 (49.0 percent) from the floor, 10-of-25 (40.0 percent) from three and 7-of-13 (53.8 percent) from the foul line. Hampden-Sydney finished at 53.4 percent (31-58) from the field, 20.0 percent (3-15) from long distance and 70.6 percent (12-17) from the charity stripe. H-SC held a 38 to 18 advantage on the glass. The Generals totaled 17 assists, while the Tigers notched 22.

LAST TIME AGAINST EMORY & HENRY  •  W&L 78, E&H 65 (1/14/13)
Washington and Lee shot 54.3 percent (19-35) from the floor in the second half to end a four-game losing streak with a 78-65 win over Emory & Henry on January 14 at the King Center. The Generals led 33-30 at the break, but hit seven of their first 11 shots from the field in the second half to build a 13-point lead (50-37) with 14:30 left in the game.  Three of the baskets came from distance, including a pair from first-year guard Darren Douglas, who scored eight points during the run. Emory & Henry responded with five straight points to make it an eight-point game (50-42) at the 12:52 mark, but W&L used a 9-0 run over the next 2:43, keyed by four points from junior forward Larry Whitaker, to push out to a 59-42 lead with 10:09 to play.  The Generals continued their hot shooting for the remainder of the game, leading by as many as 20 points in cruising to their 10th win over the Wasps in the last 11 meetings. W&L shot 32-for-63 (.508) for the game and committed just 10 turnovers in the contest.  Douglas led the way with a career-high 19 points that came on 8-of-12 shooting, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc.  First-year forward Andrew Franz also tallied a career-high with 18 points, while Whitaker had 12 points and six boards.  Senior forward J.D. Ey once again stuffed the stat sheet with eight points, six rebounds, five blocks, four assists and one steal. E&H shot 44.4 percent (24-54) from the floor and was led by senior forward Armando Murrell's 17 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the field.  Junior forward Tyler Mullins scored 12 points, while junior guard Stephen Brown and sophomore guard Tyler Driver added 10 points each.

The Wasps enter the game 4-16 overall and 2-10 in the ODAC. Emory & Henry has lost three straight games, and seven of its last eight games. E&H is just 1-7 on the road with its only victory coming at  Shenandoah, 66-56, on January 12. The Wasps played at Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday and lost, 86-63. On Monday, E&H lost at home to Covenant, 62-58. Emory & Henry was led by senior center Armando Murrell with 13 points and five rebounds. First-year guard Myles Turner got a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds while junior forward Charles Smith tallied 10 points and five boards. The Wasps are averaging 64.1 points per game on 41.5 percent (454-1,093) shooting. Murrell leads the team in scoring at 11.1 points per game, while junior forward Tyler Mullins is the team leader in rebounds at 5.5 per game. The Generals lead the all-time series between the two teams, 63-38. W&L has won 11 of the last 12, including a 78-65 victory in Emory on January 14. The Generals have won seven straight at home against the Wasps, with E&H's last victory in Lexington coming on January 25, 2006, 94-75.

Washington and Lee dropped its first home game to Randolph, 67-52, on December 1 at the Warner Center. The Generals shot just 31.0 percent (18-58) from the floor and 55.6 percent (10-18) from the free throw line in their first ODAC loss of the season. Despite the poor shooting, W&L was within three, 44-41, with 11:01 left in the second half. Over the next three minutes, neither team scored a basket. The Generals missed three shots, including a Javon McDonald three-pointer that would have tied the game. W&L also had two turnovers during the stretch. The WildCats missed four shots and had one turnover as well. Randolph ended the scoring drought with two free throws by junior guard Mike Ehilegbu to inch the lead to 46-41 with 8:13 remaining. Another minute would go by before the WildCats pushed the advantage to seven, 48-41, on a layup by first-year guard Evan Horn. W&L cut the deficit to three, 54-51, with 4:08 left in the game on a couple of three-pointers by McDonald and a jumper by Jonathan Rice. It would be the closest the Generals would get as Randolph went on an 8-0 run to stretch the lead to 11 (62-51) with 1:14 left in the game. W&L went into foul mode to try and extend the game, but the WildCats made 5-of-6 free throws to seal the victory, 67-52. Randolph senior guard Colton Hunt led all scorers with 23 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field and hitting 9-of-10 from the charity stripe. Ehilegbu added 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting with three buckets from long distance. McDonald led the Generals with 13 points on 3-of-10 shooting. All three of his field goals came from behind the arc. Senior forward J.D. Ey led all players with nine rebounds. He also had six points, a steal and a block. First-year forward Andrew Franz was the second-highest scorer for W&L with eight points on 11 shots. He also grabbed five boards and had two steals. The WildCats shot 44.9 percent (22-49) for the game, and made a living at the foul line, going 18-of-20 (90 percent) on the day. Randolph had nine assists and 12 turnovers, while the Blue and White totaled seven assists and 16 turnovers. W&L held a slight advantage on the glass, 37-35.

The WildCats enter the week with a 17-4 record overall and an 8-4 mark in the ODAC. Randolph has won two of its last three, but lost at home to Eastern Mennonite on Saturday, 76-75. Senior center Chris Battaglia posted a career-high of 24 points to go with a career-high 12 rebounds. Senior guard Colton Hunt finished with 17 points on five-of-eight shooting, picked up five rebounds and three assists, and first-year guard Evan Horn tied his career-high with 11 points, dishing out four assists and picking up two steals as well. RC is averaging 71.9 points per game on 47.9 percent (526-1,098) shooting. Hunt leads the conference in points per game at 26.0 and is second in all of Division III. Hunt also grabs a team-best 6.9 rebounds per game. Randolph leads the all-time series against the Generals, 6-1. The first meeting took place on January 31, 2009 in Lexington. RC won the contest, 63-60. The WildCats have won the last four games with W&L's only victory over Randolph coming on the road, 64-46, on January 30, 2010. The Wildcats are 2-1 at home against W&L. The two teams played earlier this season in Lexington, with RC winning, 67-52.

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 109-146 (.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 142-212 (.401).

Rookie forward Andrew Franz continues to improve in the second half of the season. Over his last three games, he is averaging 14.7 points per game on 18-of-40 (45.0 percent) shooting, 6.3 rebounds per game and 5.7 assists per game. For the season, Franz is at 10.1 ppg (third among first-years in the ODAC) on 45.2 percent (76-168) shooting. He also contributes 4.0 rpg and 2.0 apg.

Javon McDonald continues to do most of his damage from long distance. The sophomore guard is third in the ODAC in three-point percentage at 45.4 percent (44-97). Senior guard Kwasi Amponsah of Roanoke leads the league at 46.1 percent (41-89). McDonald is also fifth in the conference in three-point makes. In the last two games, he has made seven three's in 14 attempts. He is leading the Generals in scoring at 12.1 points per game on 40.6 percent (73-180) shooting. He has nine double-digit scoring games, two 20-point games and a season-high of 25 points against Lynchburg on January 5.

In the double overtime loss at Bridgewater, senior forward J.D. Ey tied his career high with 21 rebounds. He also added 10 points for his fourth double-double of the season. Ey previously grabbed 21 rebounds at Elms on November 18, 2011. He is the only W&L player to record at least 20 rebounds since 2000. The 21 rebounds marked the ODAC game-high with the next closest being 15. Ey leads the ODAC in rebounds per game (9.3) and blocks per game (2.3). He is also ninth in steals per game (1.7).

Earlier this season, J.D. Ey moved to second in W&L history in blocks, and now has 161 in his career.  Rob Smitherman '81 holds the all-time record with 190. Ey is moving closer to jumping into  the Top 5 in steals. After his three-steal performance against Hampden-Sydney, Ey has 133 in his career, and is one away from fifth on the all-time list. Isaiah Goodman '09 currently holds down the spot with 134. Ey is also approaching 1,000 points and would become the 22nd player in program history to reach the mark. For his career, he has totaled 969 points, 783 rebounds, 161 blocks, 133 steals and 217 assists. Ey is the only player in W&L history with at least 900 points, 700 rebounds, 200 assists, 150 blocks and 100 steals.

The Generals had a season-high 29 turnovers compared to only 12 assists in the double-overtime loss at Bridgewater. The Eagles converted the miscues into 31 points in the one-point game. W&L is 2-4 this season when it has 20-or-more turnovers. Saturday's loss to Hampden-Sydney marked the first time all season the Generals lost when having a positive assist-to-turnover ratio. The Blue and White entered the game 5-0 when having more assists than turnovers.

Following each game, coach Adam Hutchinson takes a minute to answer some questions about his team's performance. The interview is normally up 20 minutes after the game and can be found at http://www.youtube.com/user/wlusports. All archived interviews can be found there as well.