Game 16: EMU (8-7, 3-3 ODAC) at W&L (5-10,
Date: Wednesday, January 22, 7:00 pm
Location: Lexington, Va.
Series Record: W&L leads, 51-32
Game 17: W&L (5-10, 2-4 ODAC) at #17 VWC
(12-3, 5-1 ODAC)
Date: Saturday, January 25, 2:00 pm
Location: Virginia Beach, Va.
Series Record: VWC leads, 43-11
LAST TIME OUT • LYNCHBURG 71,
W&L 66 - (1/18/14)
Washington and Lee was held scoreless for almost five minutes late in the second half as Lynchburg defeated the Generals, 71-66, on Saturday in the Warner Center. The Hornets led 32-28 at halftime, but W&L opened the second period on a 13-4 run. During the spurt, first-year guard Andy Kleinlein nailed two triples from the corner, and sophomore forward Andrew Franz scored seven points, including five straight, to give the Blue and White a 41-36 lead at the 15:59 mark. Lynchburg's Omar Kemp notched the next two baskets, but a layup by sophomore forward Jok Asiyo pushed the lead back to three (43-40) with 14:32 on the clock. The two squads went back and forth over the next couple of possessions, but a three-pointer by guard Darren Douglas gave the Generals a five-point lead, 47-42, with 10:58 remaining. LC tied the game following a layup, a steal and an old-fashioned three-point play on the next trip down the court, but the Blue and White regained a five-point margin (56-51) with 7:32 left in the game on a layup by senior center Drew Kimberly. From there, the Hornets switched to a zone, and went on a 9-0 run that spanned 4:51 to take a 60-56 advantage. Kimberly ended the scoring drought with a dunk (60-58) at the 2:41 mark, but sophomore forward Alex Graves responded with a jumper on the ensuing possession. Following a layup by junior forward Patrick O'Connor to cut the lead to two, 62-60, with 1:48 left, the Hornets recorded the next five points to stretch the advantage to seven (67-60) with 34 ticks on the clock. The Generals hit two three pointers in the final 25 seconds, but couldn't make up difference in the 71-66 loss. Seven different players recorded at least six points for W&L with Kimberly leading with a game-high 18. He also ended the contest with eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Franz totaled 12 points, five rebounds and three assists. The Generals dished out 17 assists, but also had 19 turnovers, which marked the most since December 16. Graves and first-year guard Zack Burnett each scored 13 points to lead the Hornets, while senior forward Gary Boone II added 10 points and five boards. W&L shot 50 percent (9-18) from beyond the arc, while holding LC to 4-of-15 (26.7 percent) from deep. The Generals finished the game at 43.1 percent (22-51) from the floor and at 72.2 percent (13-18) from the foul line. The Hornets went 27-of-68 (39.7 percent) from the field and 13-of-17 (76.5 percent) from the free throw line. Due to Lynchburg's 10 steals and 15 offensive rebounds, the Hornets took 17 more shots than W&L.
LAST TIME AGAINST EASTERN MENNONITE • EMU 58, W&L 52 - (2/19/13)
Eighth-seeded Washington and Lee shot just 37.3 percent (22-59) from the field in a 58-52 loss to ninth-seeded Eastern Mennonite in the first round of the ODAC Tournament at the Warner Center on February 19, 2013. The Generals led by as many as five, 19-14, in the first, but the Royals (15-11) ended the half on a 12-4 run, highlighted by five points from guard Dajon Daniel, to take a three-point advantage (26-23) into the break. W&L shot 2-of-11 (18.2 percent) from long distance in the first 20 minutes. EMU also struggled in the opening stanza at just 37.5 percent (10-28) from the field and 36.4 percent (4-11) from deep. The Blue and White came out sluggish in the second, and the Royals had doubled their lead (40-34) by the 10:04 mark. W&L responded with six straight points on an old-fashioned three-point play by senior forward J.D. Ey and a behind the arc three from forward Andrew Franz. It tied the game at 40 with 7:52 left in the game. The Royals countered with a 6-0 spurt (46-40), capped on a layup by Daniel with 5:27 on the clock. EMU extended the advantage to eight, 52-44, on a layup by senior wing Andrew Thorne at the 2:09 mark. After the Generals cut it to four, 52-48, with 1:27 left, Eastern Mennonite bounced it back up to eight, 56-48, with 43 ticks on the clock. In one last attempt at a comeback, Ey sunk a layup, and after a steal and two free throws by Franz, the lead was back down to four (56-52) with 27 seconds left. Senior forward Owen Longacre made two free throws for the Royals, and W&L failed to convert on its ensuing possessions to reach the final margin of 58-52. Ey finished with 11 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block in his final game. Franz led all players with 17 points, and forward Patrick O'Connor added nine points off the bench. W&L struggled from three in the game, finishing 3-of-22 (13.6 percent). EMU shot 46.0 percent (23-50) from the floor and 33.3 percent (4-12) from deep. Daniel led the team with 15 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals. Thorne and Longacre each added 12.
SCOUTING EASTERN MENNONITE
The Royals enter Wednesday 8-7 overall and 3-3 in the ODAC, after winning at Emory & Henry on Saturday, 72-58. Junior wing Marcel Crump notched a game-high 26 points, while junior center David Falk recorded a double-double. He finished the game with 21 points and 15 rebounds. EMU is averaging 76.0 points per game on 45.2 percent shooting (403-892). Crump is averaging a team-best 15.7 points per game, while Falk adds 14.4 per outing. Falk leads the team and the ODAC in rebounding at 13.5 per contest. Washington and Lee holds a 51-32 advantage in the all-time series. EMU won both games last season and has claimed the last three games in the series. W&L last defeated EMU in Lexington on January 5, 2011, 93-92.
LAST TIME AGAINST VIRGINIA WESLEYAN • W&L 69, VWC 68 - (1/26/13)
Washington and Lee shot 51.9 percent from the field (27-52) to upend Virginia Wesleyan, 69-68, on January 26, 2013 at the Warner Center. It was the first victory for the Generals over the Marlins since December 2, 2001. W&L led by one with 4:19 left in the game, before forward Patrick O'Connor drilled a three-pointer to push the lead to four, 59-55. Senior point guard Tré Ford netted a pair of free throws on the ensuing possession to get back with two. A layup by senior forward J.D. Ey pushed the advantage to 61-57 with 3:20 remaining. A couple of free throws by senior guard Chris Teasley made it a two-point game with just under three minutes on the clock. After an offensive rebound by forward Andrew Franz, O'Connor nailed a corner three, while being fouled, and connected on the ensuing free throw to stretch the lead to six, 65-59, at the 2:40 mark. Senior guard Kelton Buchanan then notched two free throws to give the Generals an eight-point lead (67-59) with 2:18 on the clock. VWC scored nine of the next 11 points, highlighted by a three and a layup by Teasley to get within one, 69-68, with 25 seconds left. After the layup, Teasley stole the ball as the Generals attempted to break the Marlins' press with 15 ticks left. Teasley looked to have an easy layup to take the lead, but Ey blocked the ball into the stands with 13 seconds on the clock. On the final possession, the Generals defense forced VWC into a long three-point attempt by Ford that missed wide left. Franz led the Generals, coming close to a triple-double. He finished with 18 points (on 8-of-14 shooting), eight rebounds, and seven assists. Ey led the team with 20 points, and had eight rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals. O'Connor added 11 points and six boards. The Marlins jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the first four minutes of the opening half, but W&L responded with an 11-2 run over the next six minutes to take a 13-12 lead at the 9:49 mark. The two teams went back-and-forth over the final 10 minutes of the half, with the Generals taking a 27-26 lead into the break. Along with their 51.9 percent shooting from the floor for the contest, the Generals went 4-of-11 (36.4 percent) from the three-point line and 11-of-16 (68.8 percent) from the charity stripe. VWC ended the game 22-of-63 (35.5 percent) from the field, 3-of-15 (20.0 percent) from long distance and 21-of-25 (84.0 percent) from the foul line. The Marlins outrebounded the Generals, 37-31, but W&L had 19 assists compared to eight for VWC. Senior forward Chris Astorga led the Marlins with 21 points and seven rebounds. Teasley added 16 points and Ford recorded 10. The victory ended a 23-game losing streak to the Marlins, and was the first home win over Virginia Wesleyan for the Generals since January 2, 2000.
SCOUTING VIRGINIA WESLEYAN
The Marlins come into the week as the 17th-ranked team in the country. Virginia Wesleyan is 12-3 overall and 5-1 in the conference. VWC handed Guilford its first conference loss of the season on Saturday, 84-59, and it marked the third straight win for the Marlins. First-year guard Khory Moore led the team with a career-high 21 points off the bench. Virginia Wesleyan is averaging 84.1 points per game on 44.3 percent shooting (445-1,004). Senior guard DJ Woodmore leads the team in scoring at 20.9 per game, with senior forward Colby Heard adding 10.4 per contest. Heard also has the highest rebounding average at 6.1 per game. VWC leads the all-time series with the Generals, 43-11. W&L's win last season snapped the Marlins 23-game win streak over the Blue and White. The Generals have lost nine straight in Virginia Beach. W&L last won at Virginia Wesleyan on December 2, 2001, 57-55.
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 117-158 (.425) 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 January 11, he recorded the 150th win in his career. He has an overall record of 150-224 (.401) in his 15 seasons.
Senior center Drew Kimberly recorded his fifth double-double of the season on Wednesday when he totaled 12 points and 10 rebounds in a loss to Randolph. He followed that with 18 points and eight rebounds against Lynchburg on Saturday, and now has registered at least 10 points in eight straight games. For the season, he is averaging 12.3 points per contest. He is shooting 62.8 percent (71-113) from the field, which is the top mark in the ODAC. Kimberly is also fifth in the conference in rebounds per game at 7.9. Junior center David Falk of Eastern Mennonite leads the league at 13.5 per outing.
DISHING OUT DIMES
Saturday's game against Lynchburg marked the eighth time this season the Blue and White totaled at least 15 assists. In comparison, the Generals only had nine games all of last season where they recorded 15-or-more helpers. Through 15 games last season, W&L had 186 assists (12.4 per game) and 252 turnovers (16.8 per contest). In 15 contests this campaign, the Generals have 223 assists (14.9 per outing) and 207 turnovers (13.8 per game). Sophomore Andrew Franz leads the team and is sixth in the conference at 3.3 assists per contest.
DUAL THREAT DARREN
In the 56-52 loss to Randolph on Wednesday, sophomore guard Darren Douglas recorded a season-high 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting. He also played 39 of 40 minutes, which is the second-most by a General this year and the most by a W&L player in a regulation game. Last week, Douglas also held Randolph's Mike Ehilegbu to three points and Lynchburg's Manny Hernandez to one point. Ehilegbu entered the game averaging 11.3 per game, while Hernandez was at 18.1 per contest.
THROUGH THE RIM WITH JIM
Junior forward Jim Etling has made his last 12 attempts from the charity stripe to improve his team and ODAC-leading free throw percentage to 94.3 (33-35). In the conference, senior guard Manny Hernandez of Lynchburg a distant second at 81.8 percent (63-77). 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 .
AT THE LINE
For the season, W&L is second in the conference in free throw percentage at 71.9 percent (187-260). Guilford leads the league at 73.3 percent (209-285). The Blue and White has improved in the final five minutes of games and in overtime, connecting on 44-of-59 attempts (74.6 percent).