Game 26: Eastern Mennonite (14-11) at W&L
Date: Tuesday, February 19, 7:00 pm
Location: Lexington, Va.
Series Record: W&L leads, 51-31
LAST TIME OUT • 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 (13-12, 8-8 ODAC) trailed, 58-50, with 2:09 left in the game after a three-pointer by first-year 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 (3-22, 0-16) immediately turned the ball over and first-year forward Jok Asiyo drilled two free throws to trim the deficit to five (58-53) at the 1:35 mark. First-year 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. Ey now has 1,012 points in his career, and became the 22nd player in program history to achieve the historic mark. He moved to 20th on the W&L all-time scoring list. First-year 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. Sophomore 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. The Generals led by as many as 10 in the first half, before the Hornets cut the lead to seven, 33-26, by intermission. Shenandoah scored 11 of the first 13 points of the second half to erase the deficit and gain a two-point advantage by the 16:48 mark. SU eventually extended its lead to eight before W&L's late game heroics. Sophomore guard Jared Carithers led the Hornets with 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting. Sophomore guard Eli McEathron added nine points and two steals. It marked the final game of the regular season for the Generals and was Senior Day for forward Jeremy Adkins, guard Kelton Buchanan, Ey and forward Matt Gaeta.
LAST TIME AGAINST EASTERN MENNONITE • EMU 91, W&L 84 OT (1/9/13)
Washington and Lee recovered from a 12-point deficit with 7:10 left in regulation to force overtime, but could not complete the comeback, falling 91-84 to Eastern Mennonite on January 9 at Yoder Arena. Eastern Mennonite shot 50.0 percent (16-32) from the floor in the opening half to post a 40-27 halftime lead. The Royals held a 59-47 lead with 7:10 left, but the Generals used a 7-0 run capped by a three-pointer from first-year forward Andrew Franz to cut the lead to 59-54 with 5:47 remaining in regulation. EMU pushed its lead back to seven points (67-60) at the 3:13 mark, but the Generals used a 5-0 run over the next 45 seconds to make it a 67-65 game with 2:28 left in the second half. Junior forward Drew Kimberly knocked home a free throw and following a Royal turnover on the next possession, first-year guard Darren Douglas was fouled on a three-point attempt. Douglas made just one of three foul shots, but the Generals got the offensive rebound and Franz canned a three-pointer to make it a two-point game. Eastern Mennonite went back up by five points on two occasions, but EMU senior forward Owen Longacre made just 1-of-2 from the foul line with 14 seconds left to open the door for W&L, down 75-72. Senior guard Kelton Buchanan drilled a three-pointer with eight seconds left to send the game into an extra session. In overtime, EMU grabbed control by starting with an 8-2 run capped by a dunk by senior forward Andrew Thorne and the Generals got no closer than four points the rest of the way. Kimberly led W&L with a career-high 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor and 6-of-8 from the foul line. Junior guard Kevin Gill notched 14 points on 3-of-3 from the field and 6-of-7 from the foul line, while Franz tallied 11 points, six rebounds and three assists. EMU, which shot just 37.5 percent (12-32) in the second half, was paced by Longacre's 20 points and 10 rebounds. Junior guard R.J. Sims totaled 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting, while Thorne finished with 16 points and eight boards.
LAST TIME AGAINST EASTERN MENNONITE IN THE ODAC
(W&L 63, E&H 62 • Feb. 22, 1985)
Washington and Lee last played Eastern Mennonite in the ODAC Tournament in 1985. The Generals earned a 63-62 overtime victory over the Royals in the first round. Lex Fitzenhagen '85 led W&L with 12 points and Harmon Harden '88 was the leader in rebounds with eight. The Blue and White would go on to lose to Maryville, 60-56, in the second round in Salem.
SCOUTING EASTERN MENNONITE
Eastern Mennonite enters Tuesday's game with a 14-11 overall record and finished ninth in the ODAC with a 7-9 mark. EMU is 8-5 at home, but just 5-5 on the road this season. The Royals have lost three of their last four, including an 83-81 defeat at home to Roanoke on Saturday. Senior wing Andrew Thorne recorded a double-double in his final home game, coming in with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Junior wing R.J. Sims was 5-of-8 from outside and finished with 19 points and a game-high six assists. Sophomore forward David Falk also had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, to go with his three blocked shots. The Royals are averaging 76.8 points per game on 45.0 percent (715-1,590) shooting. Thorne leads the team in scoring at 15.7 ppg, and also averages a team-best 6.6 rebounds per game. Sims is second on the team at 14.0 ppg. Washington and Lee leads the all-time series between the two teams, 51-31. EMU earned a 91-84 overtime home victory against the Generals in their lone meeting this season. The Royals have won the last two games in the series. W&L last defeated EMU in Lexington on January 5, 2011, 93-92. In the ODAC Tournament, the Blue and White is undefeated against the Royals at 3-0. The teams haven't met in the conference tournament since the 1985 season, when W&L earned a 63-62 overtime victory.
THE HEAD GENERAL
Adam Hutchinson (Amherst, '93) is in his 10th season as the head coach at Washington and Lee. He earned his 100th victory at W&L in the season-opening win against Tufts at the John K. Adams Tip-Off Classic. He now has a 112-147 (.432) record, and is the second coach in school history to reach the 100-win plateau. Last season, 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 his 13 seasons of coaching, Hutchinson has an overall record of 145-213 (.405).
A GRAND END TO THE REGULAR SEASON
In the final game of the 2012-13 regular season, senior forward J.D. Ey scored the 1,000th point of his career, and netted the game-winning basket with 14 seconds remaining against Shenandoah. With 11:55 to go in the game, Ey hit the first of two free throws to become the 22nd player in W&L history to reach 1,000 points. He now has 1,012 career points, which is 20th all-time. He also has 827 rebounds, 237 assists, 166 blocks and 139 steals in his four seasons. He is the only player in program history with at least 1,000 points, 800 rebounds, 200 assists, 150 blocks and 100 steals. His final bucket against Shenandoah was also the first game-winning shot in the final 35 seconds for the Generals since Zac White's '10 basket with 1.7 seconds left to beat 18th-ranked Roanoke on February 17, 2010.
KEEP YOUR EY ON THE BALL
After J.D. Ey helped lead the Generals to a couple conference victories this week, the ODAC honored the forward with the league's Basketball Player of the Week Honor. Over the two games, he totaled 33 points (16.5 ppg), 23 rebounds (11.5 rpg.), 5 assists (2.5 apg.), 5 steals (2.5 spg.) and 3 blocks (1.5 bpg.). He recorded two double-doubles, and scored a season-high 23 points, with 19 in the second half, against the Hornets. He currently leads the ODAC in total rebounds (239), rebounds per game (9.6) and blocks per game (2.2). He is the only player in the conference averaging at least 9.0 rpg. Sophomore forward Daniel Eacho of Roanoke is second at 8.1 rpg.
Over the second half of the season, first-year forward Andrew Franz has become a go-to scorer for the Generals. He has led the team in scoring in four of the last six games, including a career-high 27 points in the 30-point home victory against Emory & Henry on February 6. Over his last seven games, Franz is averaging 17.1 points per game on 47-of-95 (49.4 percent) shooting, 7.0 rebounds per game and 3.9 assists per game. For the season, Franz is at 11.6 ppg (tops among first-years in the ODAC) on 47.1 percent (105-223) shooting. He also contributes 4.6 rpg and 1.9 apg.
BEHIND THE ARC
A pair of Generals' back court mates continue do to most of their damage from long distance. Sophomore Javon McDonald and junior Kevin Gill are each shooting over 42 percent from the three-point line. McDonald is tied for fourth in the ODAC at 43.3 percent (52-120) and Gill sits in eighth at 42.5 percent (37-87). Will Ballard '01 holds the W&L single-season record at 47.0 percent (31-66) in 1998-99. The program record for makes in a season is 63 held by Bryan Watkins '93 in 1991-92 and Ian McClure in 2002-03.
EVEN MORE FROM LONG DISTANCE
The Generals recently set the team's single-game three-point makes record against Emory & Henry on February 6 with 15, and on Saturday set the program's single-season three-point makes record. Senior guard Kelton Buchanan's triple on the first possession against Shenandoah marked the 176th for the Blue and White this season. It broke the previous record of 175 set in 1991-92. This year's squad also broke the single-season attempts mark which was 481 set in 1992. This season, the Generals have connected on 178-of-485 (36.7 percent) three's. The W&L single-season three-point percentage record is 41.0 percent (136-332) set in 1988.
BREAKING THE HALFTIME CURSE
Heading into last Wednesday's game at Roanoke, W&L was 0-10 when trailing at halftime. The Generals trailed at the break, 28-25, but out-scored the Maroons, 50-28, in the second to leave with a 75-56 victory. The Blue and White shot 62.5 percent (15-24) after intermission, including 5-of-10 (50 percent) from long distance. When the Generals lead going into the halftime break, the team is 12-2.
CELEBRATING THE SENIORS
W&L honored the 2013 senior class on Saturday during Senior Day. Forward Jeremy Adkins, guard Kelton Buchanan, forward J.D. Ey and forward Matt Gaeta make up the senior quartet for the Generals. Over the course of their careers, they have combined for 309 games with 178 starts, 1,989 points, 1,229 rebounds, 402 assists, 223 steals and 172 blocks.
This season the Generals have had a player score at least 20 points nine times. Senior forward J.D. Ey has done it three times, sophomore guard Javon McDonald twice and first-year forward Andrew Franz, junior guard Kevin Gill, junior forward Drew Kimberly, sophomore guard Clay McLean each once. W&L is 6-3 when a player reaches 20 points.
FUN WITH NUMBERS
Washington and Lee is a perfect 4-0 when holding its opponents under 60 points, 4-0 when four-or-more players score in double figures and 6-0 when it shoots better than 50 percent from the field.
INTERVIEW WITH COACH HUTCHINSON
Following each game, coach Adam Hutchinson takes a minute to answer some questions about his team's performance. The interview is normally up 20 minutes after the game and can be found at http://www.youtube.com/user/wlusports. All archived interviews can be found there as well.