W&L Men's Basketball Game Notes - Week 13

W&L Men's Basketball Game Notes - Week 13

Game 23: W&L (6-16, 3-10 ODAC) at Lynchburg (16-6, 9-4 ODAC)
Date: Monday, February 17, 7:00 pm
Location: Lynchburg, Va.
Series Record: W&L leads, 78-34

Game 24: W&L (6-16, 3-10 ODAC) at Randolph (12-10, 6-7 ODAC)
Date: Wednesday, February 19, 7:00 pm
Location: Lynchburg, Va.
Series Record: RC leads, 8-1

Game 25: #21 R-MC (18-5, 12-2 ODAC) at W&L (6-16, 3-10 ODAC)
Date: Saturday, February 22, 7:00 pm
Location: Lexington, Va.
Series Record: R-MC leads, 64-15

Game Notes

LAST TIME OUT  •   HAMPDEN-SYDNEY 69, W&L 57 - (2/15/14)
Washington and Lee jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the opening 2:48 of the game, but could not take advantage in falling to Hampden-Sydney by a score of 69-57 on Saturday at Fleet Gymnasium. W&L's quick lead came courtesy of a layup from first-year guard Andy Kleinlein, a triple by junior forward Jim Etling and an old-fashioned three-point play by sophomore forward Andrew Franz. The Generals' lead was short-lived, however, as the Tigers immediately responded with an 11-0 run over the next 2:00 to take an 11-8 lead at the 15:12 mark. First-year guard Javonte Reddick canned a pair of three-pointers during the run, while junior guard Greg Lewis also hit from distance. Sophomore guard Darren Douglas temporarily stopped the surge with a jumper at 14:07, but five straight points from junior guard Alex Smith gave H-SC a 16-10 lead with 12:38 left in the first half. W&L took the lead back (18-16) with another 8-0 run that featured a three-pointer by junior guard Clay McLean and a three-point play from Franz. Hampden-Sydney took the lead back with 8:52 left, but the Generals remained within two possessions of even on the scoreboard until the Tigers closed the half with a 7-0 run for a 36-26 lead at the break. H-SC's lead swelled to as many as 17 points (47-30) just 4:12 into the second half, but the Generals closed the gap to single digits on a three-pointer by senior guard Kevin Gill with 9:40 left in the game. However, that was as close as the Generals would get the rest of the way as they dropped their third straight contest. For the game, W&L shot just 37.5 percent (18-48) from the floor and 19.0 percent (4-21) from distance. The Generals were also out-rebounded, 43-20. Franz was the lone player in double-figures, scoring 20 points.  McLean added nine points on 6-of-8 shooting from the foul line. Sophomore guard Mike Murray led the Tigers with 13 points. Senior center Khobi Williamson tallied 11 points and seven rebounds, while Reddick notched 10 points and six boards.

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.

The Hornets enter the week 16-6 overall and 9-4 in the ODAC. Lynchburg is currently fourth in the ODAC after winning at Shenandoah on Saturday, 74-67. Sophomore forward Alex Graves led the team with 18 points and 13 rebounds, while sophomore forward Austen Arnold added 17 points and five boards.   The Hornets are averaging 81.2 points per game on 46.1 percent shooting (644-1,396). Senior guard Manny Hernandez leads the team at 15.6 points per game and Graves adds 12.2 per outing. Graves also leads the team in rebounding at 6.8 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.     

Washington and Lee was outscored, 23-13, in the final 14 minutes on January 15 in a 56-52 loss to Randolph at the Warner Center. The Generals opened the second half down, 30-25, but ripped off the first eight points on a three by sophomore guard Darren Douglas, a triple by senior guard Kevin Gill and a jumper by junior forward Patrick O'Connor to take a 33-30 lead with 16:23 left. The WildCats' Dylan Shiflett made a layup, but another three by Douglas stretched the advantage to four (36-32). W&L eventually pushed the margin to six, 39-33 on an old fashioned three-point play by Douglas at the 13:44 mark. Randolph tallied nine straight points over the next three minutes to take a 42-39 lead with 10:40 remaining. Neither team scored in the next two minutes, but senior center Drew Kimberly cut the lead to one on a layup with 8:37 on the clock. The WildCats pushed out to a 47-43 advantage with 5:59 left on a triple by first-year guard Jake Simmons and a layup by sophomore center Lucas Smith. The Generals cut the lead to three (50-47) on a layup by Gill at the 1:48 mark. Each team failed to convert on its next possession, but a foul by Gill with 46 seconds left sent sophomore guard Evan Horn to the line. Horn split a pair of free throws (51-47), but the Blue and White turned the ball over the next trip down. After another W&L foul, the Wildcats missed the front end of a one-and-one and O'Connor cut the lead to two, 51-49, on a layup with 21 ticks on the clock. The Generals fouled again, and sophomore guard Corey Brown split a pair of freebies, which gave W&L a chance to tie the game with 17 seconds remaining. Following a couple of screens, Gill came free at the top of the key from five feet beyond the arc, but his three-point attempt with seven seconds left sailed long. W&L went into full on foul mode, but did not come any closer than two before reaching the final margin, 56-52. Brown of Randolph led all scorers with 15 points on 11 shots. Simmons notched 12 points and grabbed four rebounds. Kimberly recorded his fifth double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds, to go with three blocks and three assists. Douglas set a then season-high with 12 points and O'Connor added 13 points and eight rebounds. The Wildcats made 10 triples in the contest, including seven in the first half. W&L dominated in points in the paint, 34-14, but Randolph held a 16-4 edge in points off turnovers.

The WildCats enter the week 12-10 overall and 6-7 in the ODAC. Randolph holds down the eighth spot in the conference, following a 76-69 loss at Eastern Mennonite on Saturday. Senior guard Mike Ehilegbu led all players with 27 points in the defeat. The WildCats have lost two straight since defeating Emory & Henry on February 5. Randolph is averaging 62.9 points per game on 44.0 percent shooting (480-1,090). Ehilegbu leads the team at 14.0 points per game and sophomore guard Corey Brown adds 10.1 per outing. Ehilegbu also leads the team in rebounding at 6.5 per contest. Randolph leads the all-time series against the Generals, 8-1. The first meeting took place on January 31, 2009 in Lexington. RC won the contest, 63-60. The WildCats have won the last six games with W&L's only victory over Randolph coming on the road, 64-46, on January 30, 2010. The Wildcats are a perfect 3-1 at home against the Generals.

Washington and Lee forced Randolph-Macon to shoot 33.9 percent from the floor, but the Yellow Jackets held a 16-0 advantage in second-chance points to secure a 66-56 victory in Ashland on December 4, 2013. The two squads went back and forth early in the first half, but an Andrew Franz layup at the 8:14 mark gave the Generals an 18-17 lead. After a couple of free throws for R-MC, first-year guard Andy Kleinlein banked in a runner to regain a one-point advantage (20-19). The Yellow Jackets scored the next eight points and finished the half on a 14-7 run to take a 33-27 lead into intermission. Randolph-Macon was the aggressor to start the second and stretched the lead to 41-31 on a layup by junior guard Connor Sullivan with 15:55 remaining. The Generals cut the lead to seven, 53-46, at the 5:17 mark, but R-MC scored four straight to bounce the lead back to double digits (57-46) with 4:02 left. The Blue and White made one final push, and a Kleinlein triple with 1:26 left closed the gap to five, 59-54. W&L went into foul mode to extend the game, but the Yellow Jackets made 7-of-10 free throws in the final 1:08 to reach the final margin, 66-56. Franz led the Generals with 12 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Senior center Drew Kimberly added nine points and five rebounds, and junior guard Clay McLean totaled nine points, three steals and two rebounds. Junior guard Marcus Badger and Sullivan led R-MC with 12 points and junior forward Joe Hassell contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds. Sullivan also added four steals. The Generals shot 20-of-53 (37.7 percent) from the field, 2-of-14 (14.3 percent) from behind the arc and 14-of-18 (77.8 percent) from the charity stripe. R-MC shot 33.9 percent (20-59) from the floor, 29.4 percent (5-17) from long range and 67.7 percent (21-of-31) from the foul line.

The 21st-ranked Yellow Jackets are 18-5 overall and 12-2 in the ODAC entering the week. Randolph-Macon is the top team in the ODAC and, most recently, beat Emory & Henry at home on Saturday, 65-39. Senior forward Andrew Simon finished with 18 points and nine rebounds to lead the team. The Yellow Jackets have won 14 out of their last 15 games. R-MC is averaging 79.4 points per game on 45.7 percent shooting (652-1,427). Simon leads the team at 15.8 points per game and junior guard Connor Sullivan adds 11.9 per outing. Simon also leads the team in rebounding at 7.6 per contest. Randolph-Macon leads the all-time series with W&L, 64-15. The Yellow Jackets have won nine of the last 12 games, including the contest earlier this season. W&L last played R-MC at home on February 4, 2012, and the Generals upset the 21st-ranked Yellow Jackets, 78-56.

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 118-164 (.418) 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 151-230 (.396) in his 15 seasons.
Saturday's game against Randolph-Macon will mark the final home game for senior center Drew Kimberly and senior guard Kevin Gill. Over the course of their four seasons, the duo have led the Generals to 47 victories and 22 conference wins. Gill has played in 102 games with 32 starts, and has totaled 686 points, 189 rebounds, 110 assists and made 123 three-pointers. Kimberly has played in 72 games with 51 starts. He has recorded 519 points, 343 rebounds, 38 blocks and has a career field goal percentage of 57.1.  

Entering the final week of the regular season, a lot is still to be determined on who the Generals will play to start the ODAC Tournament. W&L will compete in the play-in game on Tuesday, February 25, as only the Top 4 seeds receive a bye to the conference quarterfinals. The Blue and White is currently 11th, which would force the team on the road in the opening round. With three victories this week, the Generals could move as high as eighth, but would need the teams in front of them to stumble down the stretch. The fifth through the eighth seeds in the tournament serve as hosts for the first-round games.