January 13, 2014

W&L Men's Basketball Game Notes - Week 8

Game 14: Randolph (8-5, 2-2 ODAC) at W&L (5-8, 2-2 ODAC)
Date: Wednesday, January 15, 8:00 pm
Location: Lexington, Va.
Series Record: Randolph leads, 7-1

Game 15: Lynchburg (9-4, 2-2 ODAC) at W&L (5-8, 2-2 ODAC)
Date: Saturday, January 18, 2:00 pm
Location: Lexington, Va.
Series Record: W&L leads, 78-33

Game Notes


LAST TIME OUT  •   W&L 58, E&H 55 - (1/11/14)
Washington and Lee forced Emory & Henry to miss three game-tying three-pointers in the final eight seconds to defeat the Wasps, 58-55, in Emory, Va., on Saturday. Junior forward Patrick O'Connor led the Generals with 14 points and 11 rebounds to tally his first collegiate double-double. He shot 6-of-9 from the field and the 11 rebounds were a career high. The Wasps led by two, 55-53, with 2:59 left on the clock, but following turnovers by each team, sophomore guard Darren Douglas drained a triple from the corner to give W&L a 56-55 edge with 1:51 left. E&H missed a three on its next possession, but the Generals failed to extend the lead on the ensuing play. A foul by junior forward Jim Etling sent first-year forward Stevan Urosevic to the line for a one-and-one, but he missed the first. Senior forward Cameron Coles secured the offensive rebound and was fouled in the process. He went to the line for one-and-one at the 1:10 mark, but also missed the first. The Blue and White grabbed the rebound, but Douglas missed a shot with 39 seconds remaining. Following an E&H timeout, Urosevic was called for an offensive foul with 18 ticks on the clock. The Wasps were forced to foul Etling, who came into the game with the ODAC's top free throw percentage. Etling sank both to extend the margin to three, 58-55, with 16 seconds left. The Wasps came down the court and first-year forward Alex Jones missed a three with eight seconds on the clock. Senior forward Charles Smith grabbed the offensive rebound, but his three-point attempt from the corner sailed long, and the ball went out of bounds off W&L with 0.4 left in the game. First-year guard Ryan Gravely got one final heave off from the top of the key, but it came up short to reach the final margin. Senior center Drew Kimberly ended the game with 10 points and four rebounds, and Etling totaled 10 points, three rebounds and two assists off the bench. Senior guard Stephen Brown led E&H with 10 points, while senior guard Malcolm Green added eight points and grabbed 13 rebounds. W&L shot 39.2 percent (20-52) from the floor, but connected on 15-of-18 (83.3 percent) free throws. The Wasps ended the game 20-of-53 (37.7 percent) from the field and 9-of-13 (69.2 percent) from the line.

LAST TIME AGAINST RANDOLPH  •   RANDOLPH 64, W&L 59 - (2/9/13)
Randolph senior guard Colton Hunt paced four players in double figures with 17 points as the WildCats defeated Washington and Lee for the fifth straight time, claiming a 64-59 ODAC men's basketball victory on February 9, 2013 at the RAD Center. W&L grabbed its first lead of the game at the 9:52 mark of the first half as forward Andrew Franz nailed a three-pointer to give the Generals a 20-19 lead. Randolph used an 8-0 run, featuring five points by Hunt, to push back out to a 27-20 advantage at the 8:19 mark en route to posting a 34-30 lead at the break. The Generals knotted the game at 41-41 with 13:49 remaining on a Franz layup, but the WildCats reclaimed the lead the next time down the floor on a three-pointer by guard Corey Brown and never trailed again. W&L remained within a single possession of tying the game until back-to-back jumpers by guard Mike Ehilegbu and Hunt gave RC a seven-point lead (57-50) with 5:54 to play. The Generals sliced it to a five-point game twice in the final 2:54 but could get no closer as the WildCats improved to 19-4 overall and 10-4 in the ODAC.  Washington and Lee shot 47.1 percent (24-51) from the floor and committed just 11 turnovers in the contest.  The Generals were led by Franz, who scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Guard Javon McDonald tallied 14 points, while forward Patrick O'Connor notched 12 points and grabbed five boards.  Senior forward J.D. Ey chipped in six points, eight rebounds and a career-high 11 assists. Randolph also shot 24-of-51 (.471) from the floor and also committed just 11 turnovers. However, the WildCats knocked down 9-of-22 (.409) attempts from beyond the arc. Hunt grabbed 13 rebounds to go with his 17 points, while Ehilegbu notched 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including 3-of-4 from distance.  Brown and senior center Chris Battaglia both added 14 points.

SCOUTING RANDOLPH
The WildCats are 8-5 overall and 2-2 in the ODAC, entering Wednesday's contest. Randolph lost at Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday, 75-46, which ended a two-game winning streak for the WildCats. Sophomore guards Corey Brown and Seth Wimbish each registered eight points to lead Randolph. The WildCats are averaging 62.9 points per game on 43.5 percent shooting (282-648). Senior guard MIke Ehilegbu leads the team in scoring at 11.3 per game, with sophomore guard Zach Desgain adding 9.8 points per outing. Ehilegbu also has the highest rebounding average at 6.2 per game. The WildCats will attempt to slow the game down against W&L, as they average an ODAC low 49.8 shots per game. Randolph leads the all-time series against the Generals, 7-1. The first meeting took place on January 31, 2009 in Lexington. RC won the contest, 63-60. The WildCats have won the last five games with W&L's only victory over Randolph coming on the road, 64-46, on January 30, 2010. The Wildcats are a perfect 4-0 in the Warner Center with their last victory coming last season.

LAST TIME AGAINST LYNCHBURG  •   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 January 5, 2013 at the Warner Center. The Generals 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 lead early in the second half and pulled to within seven points (50-43) following a three-pointer by guard Javon McDonald and a layup by 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 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 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. Forward Larry Whitaker notched eight points and a season-high 12 rebounds, while 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.

SCOUTING LYNCHBURG
The Hornets enter the week 9-4 overall and 2-2 in the ODAC. Lynchburg lost at home to Randolph-Macon on Saturday, 81-72. Senior guard Manny Hernandez registered a team-high 21 points to go with eight rebounds. Sophomore forward Alex Graves added 17 points, five rebounds and a career-high four blocks. Lynchburg is averaging 83.8 points per game on 47.2 percent shooting (398-844). Hernandez leads the team in scoring at 18.5 per game, with Graves adding 10.5 per contest. Graves also has the highest rebounding average at 6.3 per game. The Hornets play at one of the fastest paces in the conference, taking 64.9 shots per game. Washington and Lee leads the all-time series between the two teams, 78-33. The Hornets have won the past two meetings, with the Generals winning the previous 11 games over LC, dating back to February 5, 2006. The teams played in Lexington last year with Lynchburg coming out on top.

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 117-156 (.429) 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. In a 58-55 victory at Emory & Henry on Saturday, he recorded the 150th win in his career. He has an overall record of 150-222 (.403) in his 15 seasons.

LET'S GIVE HIM A PAT ON THE BACK
In the 58-55 win at Emory & Henry, junior forward Patrick O'Connor recorded his first collegiate double-double. He notched 14 points and 11 rebounds as he led the team in both categories. He finished the game 6-of-9 from the field and also had one assist and one steal. O'Connor has started every game this season for the Generals and is averaging 8.1 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. He is shooting 50.6 percent (43-85) from the floor. Senior center Drew Kimberly is the only other W&L player with a double-double this year.

THROUGH THE RIM WITH JIM
Junior forward Jim Etling has scored in double figures in each of the last two games he has played. Against Emory and Henry on Saturday, he tallied 10 points, three rebounds and two assists. He finished a perfect 6-of-6 from the foul line and improved his team-leading free throw percentage to 94.3 (33-35). He also leads the ODAC with senior guard Manny Hernandez of Lynchburg a distant second at 81.4 percent (57-70). 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) coming in the 2005-06 season. To qualify for the record, a player has to average at least two free throw makes per contest. Etling notched a career-high 15 points in an 86-74 loss at Chicago on January 4. 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.

AT THE LINE
The Generals shot 83.8 percent (15-of-18) from the line in the win at E&H, which marked their best percentage in a game this season with at least 15 attempts. For the season, W&L is second in the conference in free throw percentage at 72.6 percent (170-234). Guilford leads the league at 73.5 percent (194-264). W&L has improved in the final five minutes of games and in overtime, connecting on 44-of-59 attempts (74.6 percent).  

DYNAMIC DREW
Drew Kimberly has registered at least 10 points in six straight games and is averaging 11.9 per game this season. He is shooting 61.5 percent (59-96) from the field, which is the third-best mark in the ODAC. Senior center Dylan Shiflett of Randolph has an ODAC-best field goal percentage of 64.7 (44-68).

CHASING RECORDS
Senior guard Kevin Gill came into the season with 95 career three-pointers. He is 21-of-71 from downtown through 13 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 312.

INTERVIEWS WITH THE GENERALS
Following each game, coach Adam Hutchinson or a W&L player will take a minute to answer some questions about the 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.