January 6, 2014

W&L Men's Basketball Notes - Week 7

Game 12: Ferrum (3-8) at W&L (4-7)
Date: Wednesday, January 8, 7:30 pm
Location: Lexington, Va.
Series Record: Series tied, 4-4

Game 13: W&L (4-7, 1-2 ODAC) at E&H (2-9, 0-2 ODAC)
Date: Saturday, January 11, 2:00 pm
Location: Emory, Va.
Series Record: W&L leads, 64-38

Game Notes


LAST TIME OUT  •   CHICAGO 86, W&L 74 - (1/4/14)
The University of Chicago scored 13 of the final 17 points in an 86-74 victory over Washington and Lee on Saturday in Chicago. Junior forward Jim Etling scored a career-high 15 points off the bench to lead three double-digit scorers for the Generals. The Maroons had six players with at least eight points led by junior guard Royce Muskeyvalley's 22 and senior forward Charlie Hughes' 17. In the first half, Chicago took a 16-9 lead with 12:04 left before intermission. W&L went on a 7-0 spurt to tie the game (16-16) off of four points by Etling and a three-pointer by sophomore guard Darren Douglas. For the final 10 minutes of the half, the two teams went back and forth with the Generals taking a 42-41 lead into the break off a three-pointer by sophomore forward Jok Asiyo. The squads were still even through most of the second half, as the score was tied 63-63 with 10:39 remaining following a triple by first-year guard Austin Piatt and a three from Hughes. The Maroons took a 72-65 lead with 6:55 on the clock, but a 5-2 W&L run in the next minute to cut the deficit to three, 73-70. Over the final six minutes, Chicago outscored the Generals, 13-4, to reach the final margin. Chicago hit 11 triples in the game on 30 attempts (36.7 percent) with Hughes knocking down 5-of-8. The team shot 47.6 percent (30-63) from the field and outrebounded the Generals, 33-29. W&L shot 54.9 percent (28-51) from the floor and 58.3 percent (7-12) from behind the three-point line. Etling finished 4-of-7 from the field and was a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe. Senior center Drew Kimberly led the team on the glass with six rebounds, along with 12 points, and sophomore forward Andrew Franz and first-year guard Andy Kleinlein tied for the team lead in assists with four.

LAST TIME AGAINST FERRUM  •   FERRUM 77, W&L 72 - (11/15/13)
Ferrum recovered from a 16-point halftime deficit to post a 77-72 victory over Washington and Lee in the opening game of the W&L Men's Basketball Tip-Off Tournament on November 15, 2013 at the Warner Center. The Generals shot 55.9 percent (19-34) in the first half, closing the opening 20 minutes with a 15-0 run to assume a 46-30 lead at the break.  Senior guard Kevin Gill scored the final five points on the half to finish the opening stanza with 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting. After a scoreless first half in which he was saddled with two early fouls, junior forward Jamal Pullen scored the first five points of the second half, keying a 19-6 Ferrum run that sliced the W&L lead to just three points (52-49) at the 13:28 mark. W&L scored two-straight baskets to push back out to a 7-point lead (56-49) and maintained a 66-61 advantage with just 3:45 left in the contest. However, the Panthers used a jumper and a three-pointer by sophomore guard Jordan Mann to knot the game at 69-69 with 2:43 remaining. After the Generals missed a three-pointer with 2:27 left, Pullen drilled another triple seven seconds later to cap an 8-0 run and give the Panthers their first of the game (69-66) with 2:20 to play.  The Generals cut it to a 1-point game (69-68) on a pair of free throws by senior center Drew Kimberly with 1:15 to play, but Ferrum knocked down 8-of-11 charity tosses in the final 1:14 to hold on for the win. Washington and Lee shot just 35.7 percent (10-28) in the second half and committed 13 turnovers in the final 20 minutes. Gill led the way with 19 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the floor.  Kimberly finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while sophomore forward Andrew Franz and junior guard Clay McLean tallied 13 points each. Ferrum shot 57.7 percent (15-26) in the second half, including 7-of-11 (.636) from distance. Guard Ricky Estrada and sophomore center Rashawn Speas both scored a team-high 13 points, while senior guard Brian Clarke finished with 12 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds.  Pullen added 11 points and five boards.

SCOUTING FERRUM
The Panthers enter Wednesday's contest 3-8 overall, but defeated the Generals, 77-72, in the season-opening game for both teams in November. In its most recent game on Saturday, Ferrum lost at Maryville, 85-74. Junior forward Jamal Pullen led the Panthers with 21 points and eight rebounds, while sophomore center Rashawn Speas added 17 points and 12 boards. Ferrum is averaging 75.5 points per game on 45.2 percent shooting (299-661). Pullen leads the team in scoring at 20.4 per game, with senior guard Brian Clarke adding 15.2 points. Pullen has the highest rebounding average at 6.2 per game. The two teams are tied, 4-4, in the all-time series, with the Panthers winning the last two contests. The teams first met on December 31, 2007 at the Warner Center with the Generals earning a 71-67 victory. Ferrum earned its first win in the series a year later in Lexington. The Generals are 3-2 all-time at home against the Panthers.

LAST TIME AGAINST EMORY & HENRY  •   W&L 74, E&H 44 - (2/6/13)
Behind a team-record 15 three-pointers, and a season-high 27 points from forward Andrew Franz, Washington and Lee cruised to a 74-44 victory over Emory & Henry on February 6, 2013 at the Warner Center. The Generals connected on 15-of-27 (51.7 percent) triples, including 11 in the second half. The previous record was 14 done twice (at Guilford in 2007 and at home against Methodist in 2011). W&L took control of the game in the first eight minutes, outscoring the Wasps, 15-2, by the 12:30 mark. Franz netted six of the 15 with senior forward J.D. Ey, forward Jim Etling, guard Kevin Gill and guard Javon McDonald each scoring a bucket. E&H cut the deficit to eight, 20-12, on a free throw by forward Tyler Mullins with 5:59 left in the first. But, the Generals responded with a 13-7 spurt to end the half with a 33-19 advantage. The Wasps' senior forward Armando Murrell scored the first four points of the second half to cut the lead to 10 (33-23) with 18:54 remaining in the game. The Blue and White put the game away with an 18-4 run, which included four triples, to take a 51-27 advantage with 11:03 left. The Generals set the record on their final shot of the game when senior forward Matt Gaeta drained a three from the top of the key with 47 ticks on the clock. Franz scored 17 of his 27 points in the first half, and ended the game shooting 11-of-16 with four three's. He also grabbed seven rebounds. Gill tallied 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting with five three-pointers. McDonald had 12 points (four triples) and three assists. Ey totaled a game-high 13 rebounds and a team-high four assists. The Generals shot 53.7 percent (29-54) from the field and connected on their only free throw of the game. W&L notched 21 assists compared to 13 turnovers, and outrebounded Emory & Henry, 37-26. W&L had five players make a triple and three with at least four makes. The Generals bench totaled 38 points, with E&H only recording nine. Murrell led the Wasps with 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Guard Myles Turner added nine points, six rebounds and three assists.

SCOUTING EMORY & HENRY
The Wasps are 2-9 overall and 0-2 in the ODAC entering the week. Emory & Henry lost at Shenandoah, 72-60, on Saturday, which marked its seventh straight loss. Senior forward Charles Smith led the team with 16 points and seven rebounds, while first-year guard Drew Henry notched 12 points and seven rebounds. E&H is averaging 76.0 points per game on 43.4 percent shooting (308-709). Senior guard Malcolm Green leads the team in scoring at 13.5 per game, with Smith adding 12.0. Senior forward Tyler Mullins has the highest rebounding average at 5.3 per game.  The Generals lead the all-time series between the two teams, 64-38. W&L has won 12 of the last 13, including both games last season. The Generals have won four straight at E&H, with the Wasps last home victory coming on February 4, 2009, 73-68.

THE HEAD GENERAL
Adam Hutchinson (Amherst, '93) is in his 11th season as the head coach at Washington and Lee. He earned his 100th victory at W&L in the 2012-13 season-opening win against Tufts at the John K. Adams Tip-Off Classic. He now has a 116-155 (.428) record, and is the second coach in school history to reach the 100-win plateau. In 2011-12, 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. He is approaching his 150th career victory, as he has an overall record of 149-221 (.403) in his 14 seasons.

DYNAMIC DREW
Over his last four games, senior center Drew Kimberly is averaging 14.3 points per game on 21-of-36 (58.3 percent) from the field. He is also totaling 7.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 blocks per game. His play during the W&L Holiday Tournament earned him a spot on the All-Tournament Team. In the loss against fifth-ranked Williams, he scored a game-high 16 points. For the season, he is averaging 12.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per contest at 62.0 percent shooting. Kimberly is fifth in the ODAC in rebounds per game and second in the league in field goal percentage. Junior center David Falk of Eastern Mennonite leads the conference in rebounding at 13.9 per game and center Dylan Shiflett of Randolph has an ODAC-best field goal percentage of 66.7.

PUTTING IT THROUGH THE RIM WITH JIM
Junior forward Jim Etling notched a career-high 15 points in an 86-74 loss at Chicago on Saturday. He was the team's leading scorer, playing 17 minutes off the bench. He finished 4-of-7 from the field and 6-of-6 from the charity stripe. Etling's previous career-high was 13 points, which he set earlier this season against Southern Virginia on November 16. He is 27-of-29 (93.1 percent) from the foul line this year, which leads the team and is second in the ODAC in free throw percentage. Brandon Mitchell of Virginia Weslyan has the top mark in the conference at 95.7 percent (22-of-23). Etling is currently on pace to set the W&L single-season free throw percentage record. John Mumper holds the mark at 87.0 percent (47-54) during the 2005-06 season. To qualify for the record, a player has to average at least two free throw makes per contest.

COLLEGIATE FIRSTS
In an 87-48 win over Cairn, Washington and Lee had four players score their first collegiate points. Sophomore guard Franklin Wolfe led the quartet with nine points. Along with Wolfe, first-year guard Austin Piatt notched three points and first-year forwards Peter Rathmell and Ryan McDonnell each totaled two points.

MARGIN OF VICTORY
The Generals secured a 39-point victory on December 29 over Cairn, 87-48, in the opening game of the W&L Holiday Tournament. It was their first win by at least 30 points this season and the first since defeating Emory & Henry at home, 74-44, on February 6, 2013. The Blue and White almost secured its first victory of at least 40 points since defeating N.Y. Maritime by 67 points, 115-48, on January 8, 1988.

CHASING RECORDS
Senior guard Kevin Gill came into the season with 95 career three-pointers. He is 21-of-68 from downtown through 11 games and now has 116 triples in four seasons, which is tied for sixth in the history of the program. Jon Coffman '96 also finished his career with 116. Bryan Watkins '93 is fifth all-time with 127 makes. Gill is also seventh in career three-point attempts with 309.

TAKING CARE OF THE ROCK
In the loss against Williams, W&L committed a season-low five turnovers, which marked the fewest giveaways since the team had four in a home victory over Averett, 87-78, on November 27, 2010. This is the second time this season W&L has committed less than seven turnovers in a game. The Generals turned the ball over six times in a loss at Guilford. The last time the Generals lost with five-or-fewer turnovers was when they fell at Virginia Wesleyan, 71-70, on January 10, 2009, with only four. The Blue and White are fifth in the ODAC in turnovers per game at 13.6. Randolph-Macon leads the league at just 11.8 per contest.