H-SC ENDS SEASON FOR THE GENERALS, 89-72 (2/20)

SALEM, Va. -- Eighth-seeded Washington and Lee (6-19, 5-13) saw its menUs basketball season come to an end on Saturday afternoon as they fell to fifth-ranked and top-seeded Hampden-Sydney (23-2, 16-2), 89-72, in the quarterfinals of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Tournament at the Salem Civic Center.

The Tigers never trailed during the game and jumped out to 15-point lead (35-20) with 2:44 left in the first half. The Generals cut the lead to 13 points (39-26) at halftime.

Hampden-Sydney started quickly in the second half and built the lead to 22 points (55-33) with 14:44 left in the game. The Generals slowly fought back and cut the lead to as little as 10 points (78-68) with 1:37 remaining in the game. H-SC outscored W&L 11-4 the remainder of the game to pull away to the 17-point victory.

The Generals placed four players in double-figure scoring. They were led by sophomore guard Will Ballard (Elkin, N.C./ Elkin), who led the way with 18 points. Freshman forward Bob Bustamante (Miami, Fla./ Christopher Columbus) scored 15 points on 3-of-5 three-point shooting. Senior guard Kevin Cobbin (Jacksonville, Fla./ Bolles) scored 12 points in his final game in a General uniform. Junior guard Matt Jackson (Atlanta, Ga./ Westminster) scored 10 points off the bench. The Tigers were led by junior center Jeremy Harris (Farmville, Va./ Fork Union), who recorded a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds.

Hampden-Sydney will face the winner of fourth-seeded Emory and Henry and fifth-seeded Eastern Mennonite in SundayUs semifinal game at 2:00 p.m.


BRIDGEWATER DOWNS W&L, 75-61 IN REGULAR-SEASON FINALE (2/15)

BRIDGEWATER, Va. -- Sophomore forward Will Ballard (Elkin, N.C./Elkin) scored a career-high 21 points, but it wasn't enough as Washington and Lee dropped a 75-61 decision to Bridgewater in the regular season finale for both teams. The loss coupled with a Lynchburg loss to Hampden-Sydney makes the Generals the eighth seed for the ODAC Tournament. They will face No. 1 seed Hampden-Sydney on Saturday at 1:00 pm.

With the game tied at 10-10 with 11:06 remaining in the opening half, Bridgewater (10-14, 6-12) went on a 9-0 run to take a 19-10 lead with 8:19 remaining and it never looked back, posting a 37-25 halftime advantage.

W&L (6-18, 5-13) chipped away and cut the Eagles' lead to six points (62-56) with 2:54 remaining, but the Generals would get no closer.

Freshman center Kyle Williford led Bridgewater with 21 points and 16 rebounds and junior guard Brad Harrington tallied 18 points.

Ballard hit 5-of-7 three-point attempts in posting the career-high and he was followed in the W&L scoring column by junior center Rich Peterson (Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull), who posted 15 points and eight rebounds. Junior forward Scott Hudson (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) tied a career-high with 11 rebounds.

 

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GENERALS RALLY LATE, BUT CAN'T CATCH 'NOKE, 72-64 (2/13)

SALEM, Va. -- Washington and Lee (6-17, 5-12) shot only 9.6 percent from the floor in the first half in losing to Roanoke (11-12, 8-9), 72-64 in ODAC menUs basketball action on Saturday night at the Bast Center, before a crowd of 1,200 fans.

The Maroons stormed out to a 10-1 lead with 14:17 remaining in the first half, and the Generals did not score their first field goal until 11:31 left before halftime. Despite scoring only two field goals in the first stanza, W&L trailed only 27-17 at halftime.

After the Generals cut the lead to seven on a three-pointer by sophomore guard Will Ballard (Elkin, N.C./ Elkin) nine seconds into the second half, Roanoke went on a 21-4 run to take a 48-24 lead with 11:51 left in the game. The Generals cut the 24-point lead to just eight on several occasions, but could get no closer as they lost by that same eight-point margin. The Generals atoned for their first half shooting performance by shooting 54.3 percent in the second half (19-35).

W&L was led by junior center Rich Peterson (Trumbull, Conn./ Trumbull), who posted a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds and Ballard, who also scored 14 points. Freshman forward Bob Bustamante (Miami, Fla./ Christopher Columbus) scored 15 points off the bench and made good on both of his three-point attempts. The Maroons were led by guard Robby Pridgen, who scored 20 points off the bench.

The Generals will travel to Bridgewater to face the Eagles on Monday night in the regular season finale. The 7:30 contest will decide who will be placed as the seventh seed in next weekendUs ODAC Tournament in Salem.


W&L COMES BACK LATE TO BEAT LYNCHBURG, 56-52 (2/10)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Junior center Rich Peterson (Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull) posted a double-double with 16 points and a career-high 14 rebounds to help lead Washington and Lee to a 56-52 win over Lynchburg in ODAC basketball on Wednesday evening at the Warner Center.

The Generals led by as many as eight points (26-18) in the opening half with 4:31 remaining. However, the Hornets (4-18, 3-13) would cut the W&L lead to just four points (32-28) at the half.

In the opening 7:05 of the second half, Lynchburg surged on a 20-9 run to take a seven-point lead at 48-41, but the Generals would outscore the Hornets 15-4 the rest of the way to post the win.

The victory, coupled with a Bridgewater loss to Randolph-Macon, puts the Generals in a tie with the Eagles for seventh place in the ODAC standings.

Sophomore forward Will Ballard (Elkin, N.C./Elkin) also added 16 points and four rebounds for the Generals (6-16, 5-11).

The Hornets were led by junior guard Chris Whelan (Great Falls, Va./Herndon), who scored 13 points and junior guard Jerry OUHara (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield), who scored 12 points.

The Generals will be in action again on Saturday when they travel to Salem, Va., for a 7:30 pm contest with arch-rival Roanoke College.


GENERALS STUNG BY R-MC 81-44 (2/8)

ASHLAND, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men's basketball team (5-16, 4-11 ODAC) trailed Randolph-Macon (18-4, 13-3 ODAC) 38-9 at halftime and never caught up in losing at Crenshaw Gymnasium on Monday night by a final score of 81-44.

The Generals shot only 12.5 percent (3-of-24) from the floor in the first half, while the Yellow Jackets shot 52.2 percent (12-of-23), as R-MC took the 29-point halftime lead. The Yellow Jackets outscored W&L 43-35 in the second half, running away with the 37-point victory.

W&L was led by junior center Rich Peterson (Trumbull, Conn./ Trumbull), who posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Randolph-Macon's senior forward Matt Meehan (Ramstein, Germany/ Ramstein American) paced the Yellow Jackets with a double-double of his own, scoring 18 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.

The Generals will host Lynchburg (5-16, 4-13 ODAC) on Wednesday evening in the Warner Center. Tip-off will be at 7:30. The game will have major implications on the W&L's position in the upcoming ODAC Tournament. The game will be the final home contest in the career of senior guard Kevin Cobbin (Jacksonville, Fla./ Bolles).


EMU DOWNS W&L IN OVERTIME 84-78 (2/6)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Sophomore guard Joel Kauffman (Baxter, Ky./Harlan) scored a game-high 27 points, including nine in overtime to help lift Eastern Mennonite to an 84-78 overtime win over W&L in ODAC menÕs basketball on Saturday evening at the Warner Cente r.

Kauffman was 17-of-18 from the free throw line in the contest, hitting four charity tosses in the final six seconds of overtime to nail down the victory.

The Generals (5-15, 4-10) trailed just 79-78 with 49 seconds remaining in the extra session and had two cracks to take the lead, but neither were true. Then, sophomore center Neal Lewis (Glen Allen, Va./Benedictine) gathered the second missed shot and wa s fouled by W&L freshman forward Bob Bustamante (Miami, Fla./Christopher Columbus). W&L senior guard Kevin Cobbin (Jacksonville, Fla./Bolles School) was also hit with a double technical foul on the play, sending Kauffman to the line with the opportunity to nail the door shut for EMU (12-8, 8-6).

W&L sent the game to overtime, when sophomore forward Will Ballard (Elkin, N.C./Elkin) tied the game at 68-68 on a three-pointer with six seconds remaining.

Junior forward Quincy Longacre (Telford, Pa./Christopher Dock) also had 17 points and nine rebounds for EMU.

W&L was led by sophomore guard Chad Braley (Huntington, W.Va./Paul Blazer) who scored 17 points and Ballard, who tallied 15 points.

The Generals will be in action again on Monday, when they travel to Randolph-Macon for a 7:30 pm contest.

 

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VIRGINIA WESLEYAN 80, W&L 71 IN ODAC MENÕS BASKETBALL (2/3)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Senior center Jason Nickerson (Virginia Beach, Va./Kempsville) scored a game-high 26 points on 8-of-11 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds to help lead Virginia Wesleyan to an 80-71 victory over Washington and Lee in ODAC Men's Basketball o n Wednesday evening at the Warner Center.

The Marlins (15-4, 10-3) shot 57.1 percent for the game, including 66.7 percent in the second half, while outrebounding the Generals (5-14, 4-9) 30-23.

After trailing 39-30 at the half and despite VWC's hot shooting, W&L was able to take a two-point lead (56-54) with 8:23 remaining in the game on a pair of free throws by junior forward Scott Hudson (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge). However, Virginia Wesleyan would surge on a 10-1 run over the next 3:10 to assume a seven-point lead (64-57) that they would not relinquish.

Junior guard Tim Petrillo (Woodbury, N.J./West Deptford) and senior forward Troy Walton (St. Johnsbury, Vt./St. Johnsbury) joined Nickerson in double-figure scoring for VWC, adding 17 and 11 points, respectively.

Sophomore forward Will Ballard (Elkin, N.C./Elkin) led W&L with 13 points and three assists. Hudson tallied 12 points and senior guard Kevin Cobbin (Jacksonville, Fla./Bolles School) added 11 points.

W&L will be in action again on Saturday, when it hosts Eastern Mennonite in a 7:30 pm game.

 

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W&L MEN'S BASKETBALL DOWNS BRIDGEWATER, 66-59 (2/1)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Trailing by five points (49-44) with 7:57 remaining in the game, Washington and Lee went on a 19-4 run over the next 7:16 to take a 10-point lead (63-53) in posting a 66-59 win over Bridgewater in ODAC men's basketball on Monday evening at the Warner Center.

The Generals (5-13, 4-8) trailed 25-14 with 6:42 remaining in the opening half before surging on a 20-4 run to take a 34-29 lead at halftime. Bridgewater (9-10, 5-8) then went on a 17-10 run of its own to start the second half and produce a five-point le ad setting up the game's decisive run.

The Generals shot 58.3 percent in the first half and 48.9 percent for the game, while the Eagles hit 50 percent in the second half and 44 percent for the game.

W&L had four players score in double-figures led by sophomore forward Will Ballard (Elkin, N.C./Elkin), who scored 14 points. Sophomore guard Chad Braley (Huntington, W.Va./Paul Blazer) tallied 13 points, junior center Rich Peterson (Trumbull, Conn./Trum bull) had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and junior forward Scott Hudson (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) totaled 11 points and four blocks. Peterson has made 15 of his last 16 shots from the floor.

Bridgewater was led by junior forward Brad Harrington (Richmond, Va./Monacan), who netted 15 points and went over 1,000 career points in the process. Freshman center Kyle Williford (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville) had 13 points.

The Generals will be in action again on Wednesday when they host Virginia Wesleyan in a 7:30 pm contest.

 

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W&L BREAKS OUT OF SLUMP, DOWNS GUILFORD, 87-69 (1/30)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Four players scored in double-figures led by junior forward Scott Hudson's (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) career-high 21 points to lead Washington and Lee to an 87-69 win over Guilford in ODAC men's basketball action at the Warner Center on Saturday afternoon.

The win snapped a nine-game losing streak for the Generals (4-13, 3-8).

The opening half featured six ties and four lead changes before W&L assumed the lead for good with 3:52 remaining in the first half, surging on an 11-3 run to close out the half with a 39-32 lead.

The Generals continued their impressive play in the second half, opening with a 10-3 run to take a 49-35 advantage with 14:36 remaining. Guilford (3-16, 2-12) would not challenge from that point on, as W&L cruised to the 18-point victory.

W&L shot 62.3 percent from the field, including 68 percent in the second half, while Guilford was held to just 40.7 percent shooting for the game.

Hudson, who was 9-of-10 from the floor, was joined in double-figures for Washington and Lee by junior center Rich Peterson (Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull), who had 17 points, junior guard Matt Jackson (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster), who had 15 points, and sophomor e forward Will Ballard (Elkin, N.C./Elkin), who had 10 points.

Guilford was led by sophomore forward Jon Evans (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville), who tallied 15 points and five rebounds.

The Generals will be in action again on Mon., Feb. 1, when they host Bridgewater College in a 7:30 pm contest.

 

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GENERALS FALL SHORT OF CATCHING TIGERS BY TAILS, 80-59 (1/27)

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men's basketball team (3-13, 2-8 ODAC) hung tough at Hampden-Sydney (16-1, 10-1 ODAC), but not close enough as the seventh-ranked Tigers came out victorious on Wednesday evening, 80-59.

The Tigers jumped out to a quick 18-8 lead with 12:35 remaining in the first half and pushed the lead to 16 (37-21) at halftime. The Generals cut the lead to 15 (55-40) with 9:39 remaining in the game, but could get no closer as the Tigers cruised to the 21-point victory.

Three players registered in double-figure scoring for the Generals. They were led by sophomore guard Chad Braley (Huntington, W.Va./ Paul Blazer) who scored 16 points and a grabbed a career-high six rebounds. Junior center Rich Peterson (Trumbull, Conn./ Trumbull) scored 13 points on 4-of-4 field goal shooting. Peterson blocked four H-SC shots, which gave him the most blocked shots in a game by any Old Dominion Athletic Conference player this season. Senior guard Kevin Cobbin (Jacksonville, Fla./ Bolles) added 11 points. The Tigers were paced by junior guard T.J. Grimes (Onancock, Va./ Nandua), who scored 23 points.

The Generals shot 42.3 percent for the game, but improved to shoot 50 percent in the second half. The Tigers shot 39.1 percent from the field for the game but shot 56.3 percent from behind the three-point arc.

W&L will look to get back on the winning track when it hosts Guilford on Saturday afternoon at the Warner Center. Tip-off will be at 2:00. The Generals won at Guilford in this season's previous meeting, 67-55 on Nov. 24.

 

EMORY & HENRY AVENGES EARLY SEASON LOSS TO W&L WITH A 92-57 VICTORY (1/20)

EMORY, Va. -- Emory & Henry shot 53 percent from the floor and outrebounded W&L 42-29 in avenging an early season loss to the Generals, 92-57, in ODAC men's basketball on Wednesday evening.

The Wasps (9-5, 6-2) were led by sophomore guard Brian Pruett (Narrows, Va./Narrows), who scored 24 points and senior forward Donald Thurston (Manassas, Va./Osbourn Park), who scored 18 points.

W&L was paced by senior guard Kevin Cobbin's (Jacksonville, Fla./Bolles School) 10 points and sophomore forward Will Ballard's (Elkin, N.C./Elkin) eight points. Junior center Rich Peterson (Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull) also added eight points for the Genera ls.

The Generals (3-12, 2-7) hit 22-of-28 (.786) free throws in the game, but could not overcome 34 percent shooting from the floor and 24 turnovers that led to 30 Emory & Henry points.

W&L will be in action again on Wed., Jan. 27, when it travels to Hampden-Sydney for a 7:30 pm contest. The Tigers were ranked No. 1 in the NCAA Division III heading into this week but suffered a 68-57 loss to Randolph-Macon on Wednesday evening.

 

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W&L LETS HALFTIME LEAD SLIP AWAY; FALLS TO ST. MARY'S, 81-63 (1/18)

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. -- Washington and Lee (3-11, 2-6 ODAC) let a five-point halftime lead slip away in falling at St. Mary's College (Md.) (7-6) by a score of 81-63 in non-conference men's basketball action on Monday evening.

Backed by sophomore guard Will Ballard's (Elkin, N.C./ Elkin) 17 first half points, the Generals built 36-31 lead at halftime. The Generals were also aided by team three-point shooting that connected on seven of 11 attempts in the first half.

St. Mary's however, went on a 17-4 run to open the second half and build a 48-40 lead with just under 14 minutes remaining in the game. W&L cut the lead to 53-49 with 9:30 left in the game, but the Seahawks made a subsequent 17-2 run to give them a 19-point lead as they rolled to the 18-point victory.

The Generals were led by Ballard, who scored a career high 19 points, including four three-pointers on four attempts. Junior center Scott Hudson (Basking Ridge, N.J./ Ridge) chipped in with 13 points and five rebounds, while sophomore guard Chad Braley (Huntington, W.Va./ Paul Blazer) added 11 points of his own.

St. Mary's was led by Brandon Jones (Millersville, Md./ Cardinal Gibbons), who led all scorers with 21 points.

The Generals will look when to get back on the winning track, when they travel to Emory and Henry for an ODAC encounter that tips-off at 7:30 on Wednesday evening. The Generals defeated the Wasps, 80-70 when the teams met at the Warner Center earlier this season, on Dec. 9.

 

RANDOLPH-MACON DOWNS W&L, 59-54, IN ODAC BASKETBALL (1/16)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- W&L shot a season-high 59.5 percent from the floor, including 78.9 percent in the second half, but it wouldn't be enough, as Randolph-Macon escaped from the Warner Center with a 59-54 win over W&L in ODAC men's basketball on Saturday aft ernoon.

Randolph-Macon (10-3, 5-2) led by seven points (28-21) at the half, and extended its lead to as many as 15 points (43-28) with 12:58 remaining in the game. However, the Generals (3-10, 2-6) went on a 15-0 run from that point capped by a lay-up and subseq uent free throw from sophomore guard Chad Braley (Huntington, W.Va./Paul Blazer) to knot the score at 43-43.

The game would remain nip-and-tuck for the duration as W&L would take leads of 50-48 with 3:55 remaining and 54-53 with 1:48 left. With the score at 54-53 in favor of the Generals, R-MC senior forward Matt Meehan (Ramstein, Germany/Ramstein American) hit a short jumper to make the score 55-54 and the Yellow Jackets would not trail again.

Following a W&L turnover and a missed shot by Macon, the Generals had the ball with a chance to take the lead with 21 seconds remaining, but Braley's attempted entry pass to junior center Rich Peterson (Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull) went out of bounds, giving R-MC the ball.

With just three team fouls for the half, W&L was forced to foul multiple times in order to send a Randolph-Macon player to the line and sophomore forward Will Ballard (Elkin, N.C./Elkin) was whistled for an intentional foul giving R-MC a pair of free thro ws and the ball. Senior forward Brian Pirttima (Ocala, Fla./Forest) promptly stepped to the line and knocked down both free throws, the Yellow Jackets' first free throws of the game.

The Generals then fouled Meehan, who hit both charity tosses to produce the final score of 59-54.

W&L was led by Braley, who scored 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting and Peterson, who tallied 12 points.

Randolph-Macon was led by Pirttima and junior guard Mike LaGuardia (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton), who both scored 15 points.

W&L will be in action again on Mon., Jan. 18, when it travels to St. Mary's City, Md., for a non-conference game with St. Mary's (Md.). Tip time is set for 7:00 pm.

 

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HORNETS STING W&L, 72-60 (1/13)

Lynchburg, Va. -- Washington and Lee (3-9, 2-5) let a seven-point second half lead slip away in falling at Lynchburg College (2-9, 1-4) by a score of 72-60 in ODAC men's basketball action on Wednesday night.

The Generals held a 27-24 lead at halftime and pumped the lead to seven (33-26) with 16:48 left in the game. However, the Hornets went on a furious 21-5 run to turn a nine-point deficit into a 47-38 lead with 7:56 left. Lynchburg went up by 18 at 61-43 with 3:47 left. The Generals made the game interesting, by cutting the lead to 66-60 with 43 seconds left, but Lynchburg scored the final six points of the game.

W&L was led by junior center Rich Peterson (Trumbull, Conn./ Trumbull), who scored 12 points. Sophomore guard Will Ballard (Elkin, N.C./ Elkin) and junior center Brian Ricketts (Memphis, Tenn./ M.U.S.) both chipped in with 10 points apiece. Junior center Scott Hudson (Basking Ridge, N.J./ Ridge) scored nine points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Lynchburg was led by forward Dennis Brown, who scored 25 points and guard Chris Whelan, who scored 18 points.

The Generals outrebounded Lynchburg 43-36, but the Hornets shot 45 percent from the field, compared to 33 percent for W&L.

W&L will look to snap its five-game losing streak on Saturday afternoon, when it hosts Randolph-Macon at the Warner Center. Tip-off will be at 3:00.

 

GENERALS DROP FOURTH IN A ROW; FALL AT DICKINSON, 60-53 (1/11)

Carlise, Pa. -- Washington and Lee's men's basketball team (3-8) dropped its fourth game in a row on Monday night, losing a non-conference game at Dickinson College (3-7) by a score of 60-53.

The Generals came back several times throughout the game. With 2:35 left in the first half, they trailed 29-18, but scored the final eight points of the half to cut the Red Devil lead to 29-26 at halftime. The Generals were down 36-28 early in the second half, before going on a 12-2 run that would give them a 40-38 lead with 11:37 to play in the game. Dickinson then went on a 16-9 run to give the Red Devils a 54-49 lead with 3:33 to play and never looked back as they went on to the seven-point victory.

The Generals were led by sophomore guards Will Ballard (Elikin, N.C./ Elkin), who scored 15 points and Chad Braley (Huntington, W.Va./ Paul Blazer) who added 11. Freshman Matt Shaffer led the Red Devils with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

The win was Dickinson's first against W&L in five tries. W&L will look for its first win of the new year when it plays at Lynchburg College on Wednesday night. Tip-off will be at 7:30.

 

ROANOKE DEFEATS W&L 72-63, IN ODAC BASKETBALL (1/9)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Trailing 41-30 with 16:04 remaining in the second half, Roanoke used a 20-2 run over the next 6:48 to take a commanding 50-43 lead in posting a 72-63 win over Washington and Lee in ODAC men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at th e Warner Center.

Roanoke shot 50 percent in the second half compared to just 34 percent for W&L and outrebounded the Generals 45-40.

The Maroons (5-6, 2-3) were led offensively by junior guard Paris Butler (Springfield, Va./West Springfield), who posted a game-high 16 points. He was joined in double-figures by sophomore forward Jason Strickland (Charlottesville, Va./Covenant), who sco red 15 points, junior forward Kyle Murphy (Farmville, Va./Fuqua), who scored 14 points, and sophomore center Alex Phillips (Roanoke, Va./Cave Spring), who scored 11 points.

The Generals (3-7, 2-4) were led by junior forward Scott Hudson (Basking Ridge, Va./Ridge), who scored 14 points and hauled in seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Will Ballard (Elkin, N.C./Elkin) tallied 12 points and sophomore guard Chad Braley (Huntington, W.Va./Paul Blazer) totaled 10 points for W&L.

W&L will resume its schedule with a non-conference affair at Dickinson College on January 11 at 7:00 pm.

 

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GENERALS FALL AT EMU, 77-65 (1/7)

Harrisonburg, Va. -- The Washington and Lee menUs basketball team lost its second straight game on Thursday night, falling at Eastern Mennonite by a 77-65 score.

The Royals jumped out to a 37-24 halftime lead and never looked back, as they cruised to the 12-point victory. EMU shot 48 percent from the floor and 40 percent from beyond the three-point arc.

The Generals were led by sophomore guard Chad Braley (Huntington, W.Va./ Paul Blazer) who scored 13 points. Freshman guard Ben Johns (Narbeth, Pa./ Harriton) added nine points. Junior center Rich Peterson (Trumbull, Conn./ Trumbull) scored eight points and grabbed seven rebounds in only 17 minutes of play, while freshman forward Bob Bustamante (Miami, Fla./ Christopher Columbus) chipped in with eight points and six rebounds.

EMU was paced by senior guard Matt Yoder, who scored 20 points. Junior guard Keion Green (Philadelphia, Pa./ Christopher Dock) scored 17.

The Generals will look for their first win of the new year, when they host arch-rival Roanoke on Saturday afternoon at 4:00. The game will be preceded at the Warner Center by a womenUs team clash with Roanoke at 2:00.

 

W&L FALLS TO VIRGINIA WESLEYAN, 82-75 (1/2)

NORFOLK, Va. -- Junior center Rich Peterson (Trumbull, Conn/Trumbull) scored a season-high 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the floor, but it wasn't enough as Washington and Lee fell to Virginia Wesleyan, 82-75, in ODAC men's basketball on Saturday aft ernoon.

Peterson also hit all six of his free throw attempts and gathered nine rebounds and two blocks in the contest. As a team, the Generals (3-5, 2-2) hit 20-of-21 free throws (95%) and shot 46 percent from the floor, but the Marlins (6-1, 3-0) nailed 54 perc ent of their shots, including 53 percent of their three-point attempts (9-17).

Junior forwards Brian Ricketts (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis Univ. School) and Scott Hudson (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) each scored 10 points for W&L.

VWC was led by senior guard Troy Walton (St. Johnsbury, Vt./St. Johnsbury), who had 21 points and junior guard Tim Petrillo (Woodbury, N.J./West Deptford), who had 20 points.

W&L will return to action on Thursday, Jan. 7, when it faces Eastern Mennonite in Harrisonburg, Va. Tip time is set for 7:00 pm.

 

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W&L DEFEATS EMORY & HENRY, 80-70, IN ODAC BASKETBALL (12/9)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Four players scored in double-figures to help lead Washington & Lee over Emory & Henry, 80-70, in ODAC men's basketball at the Warner Center on Wednesday evening.

W&L never trailed in the contest and shot 50 percent (13-26) in the first half to build a 34-26 halftime lead.

Emory & Henry closed the W&L lead to just one point (48-47) with 11:28 in the second half, but the Generals pulled away to surmount another double-digit lead (66-56) with 6:23 remaining.

The Wasps (5-2, 2-1) did not give in, however, as they again cut into the Generals (3-4, 2-1) lead, making it a three-point game (73-70) with just 1:07 remaining. W&L then reeled off seven-straight points to walk away with the 10-point victory.

W&L out-rebounded the Wasps, 44-31, in the contest and shot 37 free throws as opposed to 22 for E&H.

The Generals were led by junior center Rich Peterson (Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull), who posted 16 points and 12 rebounds and freshman forward Bob Bustamante (Miami, Fla./Christopher Columbus), who posted career-highs in points (16) and rebounds (8). Sophomo re guard Chad Braley (Huntington, W.Va./Paul Blazer) scored in double figures for the seventh-consecutive game this season, tallying 15 points and senior guard Kevin Cobbin (Jacksonville, Fla./Bolles School) chipped in with 12 points and three assists.

Emory & Henry was led by junior guard Justin Porterfield (Roanoke, Va./Northside), who scored 18 points and senior center Chris Barbour (Charlottesville, Va./Western Albemarle), who tallied 15 points.

W&L will be in action again on Jan. 2, when it travels to Virginia Wesleyan for a 2:00 pm game.

 

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W&L DROPS 66-64 DECISION TO WASH U. IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME OF THE W&L 250TH CELEBRATION TOURNAMENT (12/6)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington (Mo.) held off a furious Washington and Lee rally late in the game to hold on to a 66-64 victory in the championship game of the W&L 250th Celebration Basketball Tournament at the Warner Center on Sunday afternoon.

Washington (3-4) jumped out to a 24-17 lead with 2:56 remaining in the first half, but the Generals stormed back by scoring the final nine points of the half to take a 26-24 lead into the break.

Wash U. took a 31-30 lead with 17:28 left in the game and never relinquished it. The Bears built a 10-point lead, 50-40, with 10:29 left as the Generals (2-4) pecked away for the rest of the game.

With 12 seconds remaining, W&L senior point guard Kevin Cobbin (Jacksonville, Fla./Bolles School) hit a lay up to bring the Generals within 66-64. W&L then fouled sohomore guard Ryan Patton (Columbia, Ill./Columbia), who missed both free throws allowing W&L an opportunity to tie or win the game at the buzzer. Sophomore guard Will Ballard (Elkin, N.C./Elkin) shot a three-pointer, had it blocked, got the rebound, and missed another three-pointer in desparation as time expired on the Generals rally.

Wash U. was led by senior center David Cerven (Carbondale, Ill./Carterville), who scored 20 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and earned tournament MVP honors. Sophomore forward Chris Alexander (St. Louis, Mo./Hazelwood East) scored 14 points in earning all -tournament team honors as well. Patton tallied 15 points as well.

W&L was led by sophomore guard Chad Braley (Huntington, W.Va./Paul Blazer), who scored 17 points and junior forward Rich Peterson (Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull), who scored 10 points and grabbed eight boards in just 16 minutes of action. Both were named to t he all-tournament team. Cobbin added 10 points for W&L.

Earlier in the afternoon, Middlebury defeated Skidmore, 84-68, to take the consolation game.

Middlebury took a 5-4 lead 1:54 into the game and never trailed again in posting a 38-34 halftime advantage in cruising to the 16-point win.

Middlebury was led by senior guard John Maletis (Atherton, Calif./Menio School), who scored 16 points and sophomore center John Hart (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel), who scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Maletis was named to the all-tournament te am as was Skidmore's senior forward David Burch (Voorheesville, N.Y./Voorheesville), who scored a team-high 22 points and tallied 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Brian Culkin (Broamtree, Mass./Middlebury) scored 16 points on the afternoon.

W&L will next be in action when it hosts Emory & Henry in an ODAC contest on Dec. 9 at 7:30 pm.

 

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W&L AND WASHINGTON (MO.) TO MEET IN CHAMPIONSHIP GAME OF W&L 250TH CELEBRATION MEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT (12/5)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee and Washington (Mo.) will meet for the Championship of the Washington and Lee 250th Celebration Men's Basketball Tournament. Washington (Mo.) defeated Skidmore, 88-59, and W&L defeated Middlebury, 74-61, in the openin g round of the tournament on Saturday afternoon.

In the opener, Wash U. (2-4) jumped out to a 7-0 lead to start the game and never trailed in posting an 88-59 win over Skidmore (3-2). The Thoroughbreads twice cut the Wash U. lead to just nine points early in the second half, but the Bears pulled away i n cruising to the 29-point win.

Sophomore forward Chris Alexander (St. Louis, Mo./Hazelwood East) led Washington with a game-high 26 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Ryan Patton (Columbia, Ill./Columbia) chipped in with 17 points and a game-high six assists.

Senior forward David Burch (Voorheesville, N.Y./Voorheesville) and sophomore guard Brian Culkin (Braintree, Mass./Middlebury) each scored 14 points to lead Skidmore.

In another opening round game, the host Washington and Lee Generals received a career-high 22 points from sophomore Chad Braley (Huntington, W.Va./Paul Blazer) in defeating Middlebury, 74-61.

The Generals used an 8-0 run capped by a Braley three-pointer with 2:49 remaining in the opening half in posting a 33-26 halftime lead.

W&L (2-3) would not trail after the break, hitting 14-of-18 free throws in the final 2:30 to seal the 13-point win.

Joining Braley in double-figures for the Generals was sophomore forward Will Ballard (Elkin, N.C./Elkin) with 12 points and senior point guard Kevin Cobbin (Jacksonville, Fla./Bolles School), who tallied 10 points.

Middlebury (1-2) was led by sophomore forward John Barrett (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes), who scored 18 points.

The consolation game of the tournament will take place at 1:00 pm, with the championship tipping off at 3:30 pm.

 

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HAMPDEN-SYDNEY DEFEATS W&L, 84-59, IN ODAC MEN'S BASKETBALL (12/2)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Top-ranked Hampden-Sydney used a balanced scoring attack, placing six players in double-figures in defeating Washington and Lee, 84-59, in ODAC men's basketball on Wednesday evening at the Warner Center.

The Tigers (5-0, 1-0) led by just five points (18-13) with 10:21 remaining in the opening half before surging on a 20-2 run over the next 7:26 to take a commanding 38-15 lead in posting a 43-23 halftime advantage.

The Generals (1-3, 1-1) cut Hampden-Sydney's lead to just 11 points (59-48) with 9:01 remaining but could get no closer as the Tigers cruised to the 25-point victory, its closest margin of victory on the season.

Junior center Jeremy Harris (Farmville, Va./Fork Union) led Hampden-Sydney in scoring with 12 points. He was joined in double-figures by junior forward Jack Jirak (Lexington, Ky./Lexington Christian), junior guard T.J. Grimes (Onancock, Va./Nandua), and senior guard Alex Robbins (Richmond, Va./Mills Godwin) who scored 11 points each. Junior guard Chris Fox (Hampton, Va./Hampton) and sophomore forward Brett Thompson (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Latin) added 10 points a piece.

Washington and Lee was led by sophomore guard Chad Braley (Huntington, W.Va./Paul Blazer), who scored 17 points and junior center Rich Peterson (Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull), who had 15 points and five assists.

W&L will return to action on Dec. 5-6, when it hosts the W&L 250th Celebration Tournament. The Generals will face Middlebury College on Dec. 5 at 3:30 pm. Other teams participating in the tournament will be Skidmore and Washington University. They will meet on Dec. 5 at 1:00 pm. The consolation game will take place on Dec. 6 at 1:00 pm, with the championship game being played at 3:30 pm.

 

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W&L DEFEATS GUILFORD 67-55 FOR FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON (11/24)

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Trailing by as many as eight points late in the first half, W&L used a 14-4 run to start the second half and take a five point lead with 14:32 remaining in cruising to a 67-55 win over Guilford in the ODAC opener for both teams.

The Generals (1-2, 1-0) were led offensively by junior forward Rich Peterson (Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull), who scored a game-high 16 points on six-of-eight shooting and hauled in eight rebounds. Matt Jackson (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) tallied 13 points and sophomore Chad Braley (Huntington, W.Va./Paul Blazer) scored 11 points, nine coming on three-pointers. Senior point guard Kevin Cobbin (Jacksonville, Fla./Bolles School) tied a career record with seven assists.

Sophomore forward Jon Evans led Guilford (0-2, 0-1) with 14 points and five rebounds. He was joined in double figures by sophomore center John Ashworth, who tallied 13 points and eight rebounds.

The Generals will return to action on December 2, when they host Hampden-Sydney in a 7:30 pm contest. The Tigers were picked as the number one team in Division III by several publications in the preseason.

 

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GENERALS DROP TWO GAMES AT LON VARDELL CLASSIC (11/20-21)

SEWANEE, Tenn. -- The Washington and Lee men's basketball team opened its season with a pair of losses in the Lon Vardell Classic hosted by Sewanee on November 20-21. The Generals dropped their opener against Sewanee, 91-73, and then were defeated by Mar yville, 79-64, in the consolation game.

Sewanee was crowned the champion of the tournament, defeating Methodist in the title game.

Against Sewanee, the Generals shot just 38.6 percent from the floor, while the Tigers drilled 55.4 percent of their shots.

Junior guard Matt Jackson (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) paced W&L is scoring with 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Sophomore guard Chad Braley (Huntington, W.Va./Paul Blazer) drilled five three-pointers in his W&L debut, scoring 20 points. Peter Jones led Se wanee with 18 points and six rebounds.

In the consolation game against Maryville, the Generals shot much better from the floor (46.9%), but couldn't contain the Fighting Scots, who shot 59.2 percent from the floor and hit 53 percent of their three-pointers.

Junior forward Rich Peterson (Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull) led W&L in scoring with 18 points, followed by junior center Brian Ricketts (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis University School), who had 11 points and a team-high four rebounds. Chris Houseright notched 22 p oints to lead Maryville.

The Generals will be in action again on Tuesday, November 24, when they travel to Greensboro, N.C., to face Guilford College in an ODAC contest. Gametime is set for 7:30 pm.

 

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