Game 18: W&L (5-12, 2-6 ODAC) at Roanoke
(7-9, 1-7 ODAC)
Date: Wednesday, January 29, 7:00 pm
Location: Salem, Va.
Series Record: RC leads, 79-44
Game 19: Bridgewater (9-7, 4-4 ODAC) at W&L
(5-12, 2-6 ODAC)
Date: Saturday, February 1, 2:00 pm
Location: Lexington, Va.
Series Record: W&L leads, 73-48
LAST TIME OUT • #17 VIRGINIA
WESLEYAN 85, W&L 54 - (1/25/14)
Virginia Wesleyan blew open a four-point game early in the second half with a 30-13 run en route to the 17th-ranked Marlins posting an 85-54 victory over Washington and Lee in ODAC men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at the Batten Center. The Generals trailed just 34-28 at the half and pulled to within four points (36-32) on a jumper by senior center Drew Kimberly at the 18:13 mark. Virginia Wesleyan sophomore guard Sedric Nady canned a three-pointer the next time down the floor and senior guard D.J. Woodmore added 13 points of his own over the next 8:57 as the Marlins extended to a 66-45 lead with 8:55 remaining in cruising to the win. W&L led by as many as five points in the first half, but VWC closed the opening stanza with a 9-3 surge for the six-point halftime advantage. Kimberly led the Generals with 18 points and nine rebounds, shooting 7-of-11 from the field. Junior forward Patrick O'Connor notched 14 points and five boards while no other W&L player scored more than six points. As a team, the Generals shot just 38.5 percent (20-52) from the floor and 1-of-12 (.083) from the three-point arc. Virginia Wesleyan, which shot 48.4 percent (30-62) from the floor and canned 12 triples in 25 attempts (.480), was paced by Woodmore's 17 points. Senior forward Colby Heard totaled 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting and first-year guard Khory Moore notched 12 points. Senior forward Trent Batson and junior forward Cameron Owens chipped in 10 points apiece.
LAST TIME AGAINST ROANOKE • W&L 87, ROANOKE 84 (OT) - (11/30/13)
Junior forward Patrick O'Connor sank a game-winning 42-foot three-pointer as time expired in overtime to lead Washington and Lee to an 87-84 victory over Roanoke on November 30 in the Warner Center. The Generals trailed 70-65 with 2:04 left in regulation. Sophomore forward Andrew Franz split a pair of free throws at the 1:51 mark to cut the deficit to four. After an empty possession for each team, Franz stole the ball from junior guard Julian Ramirez and made a layup to bring W&L within two, 70-68. The Blue and White forced another turnover, but gave the ball right back to the Maroons with 54 ticks on the clock. Ramirez was fouled, but missed the front end of a 1-and-1. Senior guard Kevin Gill netted a triple on the ensuing possession to give W&L a 71-70 lead with 38 seconds left. Roanoke regained the lead with 23 seconds to go on an old-fashioned three-point play by junior forward Daniel Eacho. The Generals pushed the ball up the floor and O'Connor hit a turn-around jumper with 11.5 remaining to tie the game at 73-73. Ramirez missed a layup with three seconds on the clock to send the game to overtime. O'Connor opened the scoring in the extra period with a triple to take a 76-73 lead. The Maroons tallied the next six points to grab a 79-76 advantage with 2:47 left. O'Connor responded with a layup to cut the lead to one, 79-78, and the team took the lead, 81-79, on a three by Franz with 1:35 on the clock. Ramirez trimmed the deficit to one, 81-80, by splitting a pair of free throws, but Franz extended the advantage to three by making two from the charity stripe with 29.6 seconds remaining. RC was fouled on a rebound with 15 seconds left and first-year guard John Fitchett made both to close the gap to one (83-82). First-year guard Andy Kleinlein was fouled with 9.7 on the clock, but only made one of two. Ramirez raced down the floor and tied the game at 84-84 on a layup with 4.2 left. O'Connor received the in-bounds pass and hurried across mid court. The junior gathered the ball and drilled the three from just inside half court to send the Generals home with the victory. O'Connor finished the game with a career-high 17 points. He also totaled six rebounds and five assists. Franz led W&L with 23 points on 8-of-15 from the field. He also had six rebounds, five assists and three steals. Senior forward Drew Kimberly notched his third double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds and Gill added 11 points. The Generals shot 46.9 percent (30-64) from the field, 38.5 percent (10-26) from long distance and 65.4 percent (17-26) from the foul line. The Maroons had five players in double figures with Ramirez leading with 18. He also registered nine assists, five steals and three rebounds. Eacho recorded a double-double with 15 points and 12 boards. Junior forward Andrew Daniels tallied 17 points, Fitchett netted 10 and sophomore forward Seth Bradley had 11. Roanoke shot 32-of-70 (46.9 percent) from the floor, 11-of-27 (40.7 percent) from behind the arc and 9-of-15 (60.0 percent) from the charity stripe.
The Maroons enter Wednesday's game 7-9 overall and 1-7 in the ODAC after falling at home to Randolph-Macon on Saturday, 70-57. Junior forward Daniel Eacho led Roanoke with 19 points and six rebounds. The Maroons are averaging 75.4 points per game on 45.3 percent shooting (453-1,001). Eacho leads the team in scoring at 17.4 per game, with junior forward Andrew Daniels adding 14.4 per outing. Eacho also has the highest rebounding average and is second in the ODAC at 9.8 per game. The Maroons lead the all-time series with the Generals, 79-44, but W&L has won five straight, including the overtime victory earlier this season. The Blue and White has won seven of the last 10 overall and five of the last six in Salem.
LAST TIME AGAINST BRIDGEWATER • BRIDGEWATER 67, W&L 66 (2OT) - (1/30/13)
Guard Zach Hunter hit a pair of free throws with eight seconds remaining in double-overtime to lift Bridgewater to a 67-66 victory over Washington and Lee in ODAC men's basketball action on January 30, 2013 at Nininger Hall. Hunter connected on both free throw attempts with 1:48 left in the second extra session to give the Eagles a 65-63 lead. However, W&L guard Javon McDonald hit a three-pointer with 42 seconds remaining to give the Generals a one-point lead (66-65). Bridgewater called a timeout with eight seconds remaining on the game clock and two seconds on the shot clock to set up a look at the basket. However, McDonald was whistled for a foul on the inbounds pass and Hunter made good from the charity stripe for the lead. Senior forward J.D. Ey missed a runner from just inside the free throw line with two seconds left and the Eagles claimed the win. The Generals seemed to be in control of the contest with 9:46 remaining in regulation as a 25-6 run gave them a commanding 48-30 lead. Forward Andrew Franz nailed a pair of three-pointers and tallied 13 total points during the stretch. However, W&L failed to score for the next 6:38, missing five field goal attempts and committing seven turnovers across that span as the Eagles used an 18-0 run, featuring five points each from guard Kyle Welty and guard Tavis Stapleton, to knot the game at 48-48. The run was part of a 23-5 surge by Bridgewater over the final 9:46 that tied the game at 63-63 following regulation. W&L had claimed a three-point lead (63-60) following a layup by center Drew Kimberly with 1:37 left, but Stapleton knotted the score with a three-pointer at the 57-second mark. Ey missed a jumper with 24 seconds left and Stapleton missed at the buzzer, sending the game into the first overtime. W&L missed its first two field goal attempts, failed on two front ends of 1-and-1 free throws and committed three turnovers in the opening 3:24 of overtime as Bridgewater claimed an eight-point lead (61-53) with 1:36 left in the first overtime. The Generals closed the extra frame on an 8-0 run, however, knotting the game on a three-pointer by guard Kevin Gill, a dunk by Ey and a triple by McDonald with 1:00 remaining. Stapleton missed a three-pointer with 21 seconds left and the Eagles got the offensive rebound, but turned the ball over with six seconds remaining. W&L failed to get off a last second shot, sending the teams into double-overtime. Washington and Lee shot just 39.3 percent (24-61) from the floor, but was truly hampered by 8-of-18 (.444) shooting from the foul line and 29 turnovers, 18 of which occurred in the second half and overtimes. Franz scored a team-best 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Generals. Ey finished with 10 points and tied a career-high with 21 rebounds. Stapleton scored a game-high 21 points to lead Bridgewater. Forward Ed Reddick notched 12 points and Hunter tallied 10 points to go along with nine steals. The Eagles later vacated their victory due to playing an ineligible player.
The Eagles come into the week 9-7 overall and 4-4 in the conference. Bridgewater lost at home to Lynchburg on Saturday, 84-78. Junior forward Ed Reddick notched a career-high 29 points and grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds for a double-double. The Eagles are averaging 69.1 points per game on 42.0 percent shooting (418-995). Reddick leads the team at 14.6 points per game and senior guard Tavis Stapleton adds 12.2 per outing. Reddick also leads the team in rebounding at 6.6 per contest. The Generals lead the all-time series over the Eagles, 73-48. Bridgewater has won the last three games and six of the last 10 against W&L. The Eagles have also claimed three straight in Lexington.
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 117-160 (.422) 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 150-226 (.399) in his 15 seasons.
For 10 consecutive games, senior center Drew Kimberly has registered at least 10 points, and he has had at least 15 points in five of those contests. On Wednesday against EMU, he finished with 17 points and five rebounds on 6-of-11 shooting. Against Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday, he notched 18 points and nine rebounds, while shooting 7-of-11 from the floor. For the season, he is averaging 12.9 points per contest. He is shooting 62.2 percent (84-135) from the field, which is the top mark in the ODAC. Kimberly is also sixth in the conference in rebounds per game at 7.8. Junior center David Falk of Eastern Mennonite leads the league at 13.5 per outing.
In an 80-74 loss to Eastern Mennonite on Wednesday, Andrew Franz scored 21 points, on 7-of-14 shooting, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out three assists. His 21 points put him over 500 for his career. In two seasons, he has totaled 524 points in 42 games for an average of 12.5 per contest. This season, Franz leads the team and is 12th in the ODAC at 13.5 points per outing. He is also 13th in the conference in rebounds per game (6.2) and eighth in the league in assists per contest (3.2).
Against the Royals, the Blue and White allowed its opponent to shoot over 50.0 percent from the floor for the first time this season. EMU finished the game 29-of-55 (52.7 percent) from the field on its way to the victory. The Generals have held opponents under 40.0 percent eight times this season, and are fifth in the conference in opponents' field goal percentage at 42.1 percent.
THROUGH THE RIM WITH JIM
Junior forward Jim Etling has made his last 16 attempts from the charity stripe to improve his team and ODAC-leading free throw percentage to 94.9 (37-39). In the conference, forward Jake Hopkins of Guilford is a distant second at 81.4 percent (35-43). 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, Washington and Lee is second in the conference in free throw percentage at 71.5 percent (218-305). Guilford leads the league at 74.8 percent (231-309). The Blue and White has improved in the final five minutes of games and in overtime, connecting on 53-of-73 attempts (72.6 percent).