February 10, 2014

W&L Men's Basketball Game Notes - Week 12

Game 22: W&L (6-15, 3-9 ODAC) at Lynchburg (15-6, 8-4 ODAC)
Date: Wednesday, February 12, 7:00 pm
Location: Lynchburg, Va.
Series Record: W&L leads, 78-34

Game 23: W&L (6-15, 3-9 ODAC) at H-SC (12-9, 6-6 ODAC)
Date: Saturday, February 15, 2:00 pm
Location: Hampden-Sydney, Va.
Series Record: H-SC leads, 76-42

Game Notes


LAST TIME OUT  •   GUILFORD 64, W&L 52 - (2/8/14)
Washington and Lee men's basketball shot 33.3 percent (15-45) from the field and turned the ball over 17 times in a 64-52 loss to Guilford on Saturday in the Warner Center. The Quakers opened the game on a 14-3 run, including seven points by first-year forward Alston Furr, in the first 6:52 of the contest. Guilford held at least an eight-point lead over the next five minutes until a layup by senior center Drew Kimberly cut the deficit to six, 18-12, with 8:20 left in the half. The Quakers pushed the lead back out to nine, but the Generals eventually worked the margin to five, 20-25, heading into halftime. Kimberly notched the first bucket of the second half to bring W&L within three (25-22), but Guilford scored the next five points to push the advantage to eight, 30-22, with 17:44 left in the contest. The Quakers remained in control over the next 12 minutes and held a 56-43 lead with 5:46 on the clock. Neither team scored over the next four minutes, but Kimberly started a run for the Blue and White by netting a triple, the first of his career, to cut the advantage to 10 (56-46) with 1:48 left. Following a turnover by Guilford, sophomore forward Andrew Franz netted two free throws. A steal by junior forward Patrick O'Connor led to first-year guard Andy Kleinlein splitting a pair of free throws to close the gap to seven, 56-49, with 56 seconds on the clock. Guilford scored eight of the final 11 points to hold off W&L and seal the 64-52 victory. The Quakers also shot poorly at 39.1 percent (25-64), but took 19 more shots, 64-45, than the Generals due to grabbing 16 offensive rebounds. Guilford out-rebounded W&L for the game, 47-26. Kimberly led the Blue and White with 19 points and eight rebounds. He finished two boards shy of his third consecutive double-double. Despite struggling from the field, Franz was the only other General in double figures. He finished with 10 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals. Furr led the Quakers with 20 points on 7-of-17 shooting. He also notched four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Senior forward Jake Hopkins added a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

LAST TIME AGAINST LYNCHBURG  •   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 January 18 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. Sophomore forward 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 sophomore 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.

SCOUTING LYNCHBURG
The Hornets enter Wednesday's contest 15-6 overall and 8-4 in the ODAC. Lynchburg fell to fourth in the conference after losing at Randolph-Macon on Saturday, 84-72. Senior guard Manny Hernandez led the team with 19 points and five rebounds, while sophomore forward Alex Graves added 18 points and six boards. The Hornets have gone 1-2 in February, after recording a 6-2 record in January. Lynchburg is averaging 81.5 points per game on 45.8 percent shooting (616-1,344). Hernandez  leads the team at 15.8 points per game and Graves adds 11.9 per outing. Graves also leads the team in rebounding at 6.5 per contest. Washington and Lee leads the all-time series between the two teams, 78-34. The Hornets have won the past three meetings, with the Generals winning the previous 11 games over LC, dating back to February 5, 2006. The two squads last played in Lynchburg on January 14, 2012 with the Hornets securing an 88-63 victory.

LAST TIME AGAINST HAMPDEN-SYDNEY  •   H-SC 77, W&L 67 - (2/2/13)
Despite shooting 49.0 percent from the field, Washington and Lee men lost to 19th-ranked Hampden-Sydney, 77-67, at the Warner Center on February 2, 2013. Center Khobi Williamson and senior forward Harrison George combined for 58 points and 20 rebounds to pace the Tigers. In a game with 10 lead changes and nine ties, W&L trailed, 58-57, with 8:11 left in the second half. Forward Andrew Franz connected on a jumper from the baseline, which pushed the Blue and White ahead, 59-58. On the ensuing possession, forward Fletcher Lumpkin converted an old-fashioned three-point play to put the Tigers up two (61-59) with 7:41 remaining. H-SC stretched the lead to four on a basket by George, but a jumper by forward Jim Etling cut the deficit back to two, 63-61, at the 5:52 mark. Williamson made two free throws and a bucket by George extended the lead to six with 4:15 on the clock. Off an offensive rebound by senior forward J.D. Ey, guard Javon McDonald drained a triple to trim the lead in half, 67-64, with 3:47 left in the game. The Tigers responded with six straight points and ended the contest on a 10-3 run to reach the final margin. Williamson went 13-of-15 from the field with 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead all players. George added 24 points on 11-of-18 shooting and totaled eight boards and five assists. The duo combined for 70.1 percent of H-SC's points and 52.6 percent of the team's rebounds. McDonald led the Generals with 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including four three-pointers. Ey recorded 11 points and notched six rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block. Franz led the team in assists with seven and had seven points and four rebounds. The Tigers held a 34-28 advantage with four minutes remaining in the first half, but W&L scored the final 10 points of the period to go into the break up 38-34. During the run, Ey made two layups, guard Kevin Gill nailed a triple, Franz connected on a jumper and McDonald canned a free throw. For the game, W&L went 25-of-51 (49.0 percent) from the floor, 10-of-25 (40.0 percent) from three and 7-of-13 (53.8 percent) from the foul line. Hampden-Sydney finished at 53.4 percent (31-58) from the field, 20.0 percent (3-15) from long distance and 70.6 percent (12-17) from the charity stripe. H-SC held a 38-18 advantage on the glass. The Generals totaled 17 assists, while the Tigers notched 22.

SCOUTING HAMPDEN-SYDNEY
The Tigers enter the week 12-9 overall and 6-6 in the ODAC. Hampden-Sydney is currently fifth in the league after defeating Eastern Mennonite on Saturday, 79-68. First-year guard JaVonte Reddick recorded a career-high 20 points in just 18 minutes and junior guard Alex Smith added a career-best 12 points. The Tigers are averaging 74.0 points per game on 46.3 percent shooting (575-1,243). Senior center Khobi Williamson leads the team at 13.6 points per game and sophomore guard Mike Murray adds 11.8 per outing. Williamson also leads the team in rebounding at 8.7 per contest. The Tigers hold a 76-42 advantage in the all-time series with the Generals. H-SC has won the last seven meetings with W&L's last victory coming at home on January 24, 2009, 73-60. The Blue and White has lost 16 straight at H-SC, with the last road victory for the Generals coming on December 3, 1997, 44-42.    

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 118-163 (.420) 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 151-229 (.397) in his 15 seasons.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE DREW
Senior center Drew Kimberly recorded his seventh double-double of the season in a 73-64 loss to Shenandoah on Wednesday at the Warner Center. He finished the game with 17 points and 11 rebounds. It marked the second consecutive game he notched a double-double. Kimberly just missed registering his third straight double-double on Saturday against Guilford. He totaled 19 points and eight rebounds. For the season, he is averaging 13.3 points per contest, and shooting 61.1 percent (107-175) from the field, which is second in the ODAC. Senior forward Colby Heard of Virginia Wesleyan leads the league at 61.4 percent (94-153). Kimberly is also fifth in the conference in rebounds per game at 8.0.

CAN'T CONTAIN CLAY
Junior guard Clay McLean came into Wednesday's game against Shenandoah having scored at least 19 points in each of his last two games. While his shot wasn't falling (he finished with five points) against the Hornets, McLean turned into a distributor and notched a career-high seven assists. He also tied a career-high in rebounds with four and a career-high in steals with three. McLean's previous best in the assist department was four, which he had done twice in his three seasons. The seven assists were also the most a General totaled this season. The previous high was five, done 11 times.      

CENTURY MARK
Senior guard Kevin Gill played in his 100th career game in the loss to Shenandoah. Over the course of his four seasons, he is averaging 6.8 points per game on 41.2 percent from the field and 81.9 percent from the charity stripe. Gill has done the majority of his damage from behind the three-point line and is currently sixth in W&L history in three-pointers made. He is 122-of-334 (36.5 percent) for his career behind the arc. Bryan Watkins '93 is fifth on the all-time made triples' list with 127. Gill is also currently seventh in career three-pointers attempted and eighth in career three-point percentage.

AT THE LINE
Despite shooting 15-of-22 (68.1 percent) from the charity stripe on Saturday, W&L's free throw percentage sits at 72.4 percent (283-391) this season. It puts the Generals second in the ODAC behind league-leading Guilford at 75.8 percent (270-356). The Blue and White has improved in the final five minutes of games and in overtime, connecting on 71-of-95 attempts (74.7 percent).