Game 20: Shenandoah (11-8, 3-7 ODAC) at W&L
(6-13, 3-7 ODAC)
Date: Wednesday, February 5, 7:00 pm
Location: Lexington, Va.
Series Record: W&L leads, 9-3
Game 21: Guilford (14-5, 8-2 ODAC) at W&L
(6-13, 3-7 ODAC)
Date: Saturday, February 8, 2:00 pm
Location: Lexington, Va.
Series Record: GC leads, 31-17
LAST TIME OUT • W&L 75,
BRIDGEWATER 66 - (2/1/14)
Washington and Lee held Bridgewater to just two points in the first seven minutes of the second half en route to a 75-66 win at the Warner Center on Saturday. The two teams traded baskets for much of the opening half, but the Generals took a three-point advantage, 13-10, on a three-pointer by junior guard Clay McLean at the 11:37 mark. Following a layup by senior forward David Larson to cut the lead to one (13-12), W&L went on a 13-3 run capped on back-to-back layups by McLean to take a 26-15 lead with 4:19 on the clock. The Eagles responded with seven straight to trim the gap to four, 26-22, but a three-pointer by senior guard Kevin Gill ended the spurt (29-22) with 2:21 left in the half. The squads traded baskets in the final two minutes, and the Blue and White held a 31-26 lead at the break. The Generals opened the second half in a zone, and scored 12 of the first 14 points to take a 43-28 advantage with 13:29 left in the game. During the span, W&L forced the Eagles to shoot 0-for-12 from the floor and 0-for-9 from beyond the arc. Sophomore forward Andrew Franz led W&L over the course of the run with six points. The Blue and White eventually stretched the lead to 18 (51-33) on an old-fashioned three-point play by senior center Drew Kimberly with 10:43 left in the game. Bridgewater made one final push, which included three triples by junior forward Aaron Adams, to cut the deficit to seven, 60-53, with 5:10 remaining. A layup by Franz and two free throws from junior forward Jim Etling pushed the margin back to 11, and the Generals made their free throws down the stretch to hold on for the 75-66 victory. Kimberly notched his sixth double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds. McLean did not miss a shot on Saturday as he went 5-of-5 from the field, including 3-of-3 from downtown, and 6-of-6 from the charity stripe on his way to a game-high 19 points. It marked the second straight game he registered at least 19 points off the bench. Adams scored 18 points for the Eagles on 6-of-8 shooting, and sophomore guard Zach Hunter finished with 16 points and four assists. The Generals shot 21-of-56 (45.7 percent) from the floor, 8-of-16 (50.0 percent) from the three-point line and 25-of-31 (80.6 percent) from the charity stripe. Bridgewater finished at 35.8 percent (24-67) from the field, 27.8 percent (10-36) from three-point range and 72.7 percent (8-11) from the foul line.
LAST TIME AGAINST SHENANDOAH • W&L 61, SHENANDOAH 60 - (2/16/13)
After sinking two free throws, senior forward J.D. Ey stole the inbounds pass and made a quick layup with 14 seconds left in the game to give the Washington and Lee men's basketball team a 61-60 victory over Shenandoah on Saturday at the Warner Center. In a game where Ey scored the 1,000th point of his career, he led all scorers with 23 points and 11 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the year. He scored 19 of his 23 in the second half, and finished 8-of-16 from the field and 7-of-9 from the free throw line. The Generals trailed, 58-50, with 2:09 left in the game after a three-pointer by guard Sharif Almulla. Ey split a pair of free throws on the ensuing possession to cut the lead to seven, 58-51, with 1:52 remaining. The Hornets immediately turned the ball over and forward Jok Asiyo drilled two free throws to trim the deficit to five (58-53) at the 1:35 mark. Forward Shaquille Rodney made one of two free throws to push the lead back to six, 59-53. After an empty possession for both teams, Ey dropped in a layup (59-55) with 52 ticks on the clock. SU missed the front end of a one-and-one, and Ey scored again to bring W&L within two, 59-57, with 37 seconds remaining. Rodney split another pair of free throws, and after an offensive rebound on a missed three-pointer, Ey was fouled and went to the line with the team down three (60-57). After making both and scoring off the steal, the Generals defense did not allow the Hornets to get off a potential game-winning shot. Forward Andrew Franz joined Ey in double figures with 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting. He also notched eight boards, three assists and three steals. Forward Jim Etling came off the bench for eight points and two rebounds. W&L shot 38.2 percent (21-55) from the field, 15.0 percent (3-20) from long distance and 84.2 percent (16-19) from the charity stripe. SU went 20-of-48 (41.7 percent) overall, 12-of-28 (42.9 percent) from behind the arc and 8-of-15 (53.3 percent) from the foul line. Guard Jared Carithers led the Hornets with 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting. Guard Eli McEathron added nine points and two steals.
The Hornets come into Wednesday's game 11-8 overall and 3-7 in the conference. Shenandoah lost at home to Randolph on Saturday, 54-52, which marked the team's fifth loss in its last six games. Senior guard Avery Green led all scorers with 26 points, and also eclipsed the 1,000-career point threshold in the contest. The Hornets are averaging 73.2 points per game on 45.0 percent shooting (493-1,095). Green leads the team and the ODAC at 24.3 points per game and junior guard Jared Carithers adds 15.8 per outing. Junior forward Xavier Alston leads the team in rebounding at 5.8 per contest. The Generals hold the advantage in the all-time series, 9-3, including two victories over Shenandoah last season. W&L won the first six games in the series, which started on February 3, 1977. The Hornets earned their first win over the Generals in 1983 with the teams not playing again until 2000. Washington and Lee is 6-1 all-time at home against Shenandoah.
LAST TIME AGAINST GUILFORD • GUILFORD 76, W&L 65 - (11/23/13)
Washington and Lee shot just 38.3 percent (23-60) from the floor and was out-rebounded 46-29 in falling to Guilford by a score of 76-65 on November 23 at Ragan-Brown Field House. W&L trailed just 12-9 with 15:11 remaining in the first half following a three-pointer by first-year forward Blake Cranor. However, the Generals missed each of their next five shots from the floor leading to a 13-0 Quaker run that gave them a 25-9 lead at the 11:15 mark. W&L went on an immediate 7-0 run sparked by a triple from senior guard Kevin Gill, but an 11-2 surge capped by four straight points from sophomore center Zeb Richardson gave GC a 36-18 lead with 4:09 left as the Quakers carried a 41-25 lead into the break. The Generals could not mount a charge early in the second half and Guilford pushed out to a 20-point lead (54-34) on a dunk by Richardson with 14:09 remaining. Gill again sparked a run for W&L when he canned a triple with 10:53 left in the game. It was the first points in a 13-4 run that cut it to a 60-53 game with 6:33 remaining. Junior forward Patrick O'Connor followed Gill's basket with four straight points and sophomore forward Andrew Franz added five points of his own during the surge. However, that would be as close as the Generals would get as the Quakers improved to 5-0 overall and 1-0 in the ODAC. Gill led the Generals with 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting from behind the arc and 6-of-12 overall. Franz finished with 15 points and five rebounds, while O'Connor tallied a then career-high 14 points, five boards, four assists and three blocks. Senior forward Jake Hopkins notched 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Quakers. First-year forward Trever Hyatt totaled 15 markers as well, while Richardson posted 13 points and nine rebounds. Junior guard Matt McCarthy added 11 points and six assists.
The Quakers enter the week 14-5 overall and 8-2 in the ODAC. Guilford lost at Randolph-Macon on Saturday, 103-58, which ended a three-game winning streak. Junior guard Matt McCarthy led the Quakers with 15 points and sophomore center Zeb Richardson added 12. Guilford is averaging 73.3 points per game on 42.1 percent shooting (510-1,211). McCarthy leads the team at 16.0 points per game and senior forward Jake Hopkins adds 12.0 per outing. Hopkins also leads the team in rebounding at 8.9 per contest. Guilford holds the advantage in the all-time series with the Generals, 31-17, including a 76-65 victory earlier this season in Greensboro. The Quakers have won nine of the last 12 in the series. W&L beat Guilford last year in Lexington, 62-58.
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 118-161 (.423) 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 151-227 (.399) in his 15 seasons.
Senior center Drew Kimberly recorded his sixth double-double of the season in a 75-66 victory over Bridgewater on Saturday. He finished the game with 15 points and 11 rebounds. He is averaging 12.8 points per contest, and shooting 61.2 percent (93-152) from the field, which is second in the ODAC. Senior forward Colby Heard of Virginia Wesleyan leads the league at 61.4 percent (81-132). Kimberly is also fifth in the conference in rebounds per game at 7.8.
On Thursday, Drew Kimberly was named to the 2013-14 Capital One Division III Academic All-District Men's Basketball squad. He was selected to the five-member District 5 team, and it marked Kimberly's first time receiving the honor. He is the first W&L men's basketball player to garner the recognition since Ben Goetsch earned the honor during the 2009-10 season. The criteria for the Capital One Academic All-District program states that a player must be of sophomore academic standing, be a starter or important reserve and claim a GPA of at least a 3.30 on a 4.0 scale. Kimberly will move onto the national ballot where he has a chance at earning Academic All-America honors.
WAIT, WHO WAS THAT?
Fans that watched the Generals last week may have been a little confused as to who was wearing number 12 for the W&L. It was still junior guard Clay McLean dawning number 12, but a haircut gave the point guard a new look. The change suited McLean as he tied a career-high with 20 points off the bench at Roanoke on Wednesday. It marked the first time a W&L player scored 20 points in a reserve role since Drew Kimberly did it last season at Eastern Mennonite on January 8, 2013. McLean followed that performance with 19 points in the victory over Bridgewater. In the game, he went 5-of-5 from the floor, 3-of-3 from beyond the arc and 6-of-6 at the free throw line.
FOULING OUT FRANZ
In a 69-62 loss at Roanoke on Wednesday, sophomore forward Andrew Franz became the first General this season to foul out of a game when he picked up his fifth with 1:05 left in the contest. It ended a streak of 31 straight games without a W&L player being fouled out of a game. J.D. Ey '13 was the last player to do so at Eastern Mennonite in overtime on January 9, 2013. The 24 fouls called against W&L at Roanoke were the most this season.
THROUGH THE RIM WITH JIM
Junior forward Jim Etling has made his last 18 attempts from the charity stripe to improve his team and ODAC-leading free throw percentage to 94.1 (39-41). In the conference, guard Manny Hernandez of Lynchburg is a distant second at 83.3 percent (75-90). Etling is currently just off the 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
W&L connected on 25-of-31 from the charity stripe on Saturday to improve its free throw percentage to 72.2 percent (254-352) this season. It puts the Generals second in the ODAC behind league-leading Guilford at 75.0 percent (249-332). The Blue and White has improved in the final five minutes of games and in overtime, connecting on 65-of-88 attempts (73.9 percent).