W&L Men's Basketball Game Notes - Week 1

W&L Men's Basketball Game Notes - Week 1

Game 1: Ferrum (0-0) at W&L (0-0)
Date: Friday, November 15, 6:00 pm
Location: Lexington, Va.
Series Record: W&L leads, 4-3

Game 2: Southern Virginia (0-0) or Defiance (0-0) at W&L (0-0)
Date: Saturday, November 16, 2:00 pm or 4:00 pm
Location: Lexington, Va.
Series Record: W&L leads SVU, 1-0 - Potential first meeting between Defiance and SVU

Game Notes

LAST TIME OUT  •   EMU 58, W&L 52 (2/19/13)

Eighth-seeded Washington and Lee shot just 37.3 percent (22-59) from the field in a 58-52 loss to ninth-seeded Eastern Mennonite in the first round of the ODAC Tournament at the Warner Center on February 19. The Generals led by as many as five, 19-14, in the first, but the Royals ended the half on a 12-4 run, highlighted by five points from guard Dajon Daniel, to take a three-point advantage (26-23) into the break. W&L shot 2-of-11 (18.2 percent) from long distance in the first 20 minutes. EMU also struggled in the opening stanza at just 37.5 percent (10-28) from the field and 36.4 percent (4-11) from deep. The Blue and White came out sluggish in the second, and the Royals doubled their lead (40-34) by the 10:04 mark. W&L responded with six straight points on an old-fashioned three-point play by senior forward J.D. Ey and a behind the arc three from forward Andrew Franz. The three tied the game at 40 with 7:52 left in the game. The Royals countered with a 6-0 spurt (46-40), capped on a layup by Daniel with 5:27 on the clock. EMU extended the advantage to eight, 52-44, on a layup by senior wing Andrew Thorne at the 2:09 mark. After the Generals cut it to four, 52-48, with 1:27 left, Eastern Mennonite bounced it back up to eight, 56-48, with 43 ticks on the clock. In one last attempt at a comeback, Ey sunk a layup, and after a steal and two free throws by Franz, the lead was back down to four (56-52) with 27 second left. Senior forward Owen Longacre made two free throws for the Royals, and W&L failed to convert on its ensuing possessions to reach the final margin of 58-52. Ey finished with 11 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block in his final game. Franz led all players with 17 points, and forward Patrick O'Connor added nine points off the bench. W&L struggled from three in the game, finishing 3-of-22 (13.6 percent). EMU shot 46.0 percent (23-50) from the floor and 33.3 percent (4-12) from deep. Daniel led the team with 15 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals. Thorne and Longacre each added 12. The loss ended the 2012-13 season for the Generals.

Ferrum jumped out to an 8-3 lead in the opening 3:52 of the game and never looked back in claiming a 65-50 win over Washington and Lee on December 3, 2012. Washington and Lee committed 10 turnovers and shot just 5-of-11 (.455) from the free throw line in the first half as the Panthers carried a 30-22 lead into the locker room at halftime. Senior forward J.D. Ey sliced it to a six-point game (30-24) with a jumper to start the second half, but the Generals would get no closer as the Panthers kept W&L at bay for the remainder of the game. As a team, the Generals hit just 9-of-22 (.409) free throws, while the Panthers drilled 11-of-13 (.846) charity tosses and shot 46.4 percent (26-56) from the floor. Washington and Lee was led by guard Javon McDonald, who scored 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting, including 3-of-6 from distance. Ey finished with 11 points and six rebounds, while forward Jonathan Rice totaled six points and seven boards. Senior forward Lamont King led Ferrum with 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Guard Alek Ayer posted 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting, and forward Jamal Pullen recorded 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting.

Ferrum returns seven letterwinners from last year's team that went 14-11 overall and finished second in the USA South with a 10-4 record. Two starters return in junior forward Jamal Pullen and sophomore guard Alek Ayer. Pullen averaged 14.5 points per game and 4.2 rebounds per game. He has been named preseason All-America honorable mention by DIII News Magazine. The Panthers are picked to finish second in the USA South this season. W&L leads the all-time series, 4-3. The teams first met on December 31, 2007 at the Warner Center with the Generals earning a 71-67 victory. Ferrum earned its first win in the series a year later in Lexington, 59-44. The Panthers won last year's game, 65-50, on December 3, 2012. The Generals are 3-1 all-time at home against Ferrum with the last game coming on January 21, 2012. W&L won the contest, 84-65.

Guard Ian McClure tied a school record with seven three-pointers and scored a career-high 27 points in leading Washington and Lee men to a 69-58 win over Southern Virginia at the Warner Center on December 2, 2002. McClure hit his seven three-pointers in eight attempts. The Generals trailed 31-28 at the half, but took the lead for good when forward Hamill Jones hit a layup with 7:29 remaining for a 50-49 lead. The game remained nip-and-tuck until W&L scored the final nine points of the contest. Forward Scott Hettermann joined McClure in double figures with 11 points. He also tallied seven assists and four rebounds. Center Patrick Neuman added six points and nine rebounds. Southern Virginia was paced by guard Brian Beckstrand, who tallied 19 points. Center Ryan Farnworth posted 13 points and nine rebounds, while forward Dave Tarwater added 12 points. The Generals forced 20 SVU turnovers and held a 43-30 advantage in rebounds.

The Knights finished the 2012-13 season 17-7 overall and ended the season by losing to Rochester (Mich.), 59-47, in the USCAA semifinals. SVU joins the Capital Athletic Conference this season as it completes its transition to Division III. This year's team looks drastically different from last season's squad. The Knights return only two players from last year's roster. This year's group consists of one senior, two juniors, five sophomores and nine first-years. The potential match up with the Generals would only be the second-ever meeting between the two schools. The only other meeting (December 2, 2002) came a year before head coach Adam Hutchinson arrived at W&L.

Defiance finished the 2012-13 season 16-11 overall and 11-7 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.  The Yellow Jackets return one honorable mention All-HCAC player from last season in forward Ryan Hicks. As the lone senior on head coach Kyle Brummett's squad, Hicks averaged 12.5 points and a team-high 5.7 rebounds per game as a junior. Hicks also had a team-leading 30 blocks in 27 games. Junior guard Mason Roth, the only returner to start all 27 games last season,  averaged eight points per game as a sophomore and led the Yellow Jackets with 30 steals. Defiance was picked to finish third in the HCAC this year. The potential contest against the Blue and White would be the first meeting between the two programs.

Adam Hutchinson (Amherst, '93) is entering 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 112-148 (.431) 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 his 14 seasons of coaching, Hutchinson has an overall record of 145-214 (.404).

Sophomore forward Andrew Franz won the ODAC Rookie of the Year honor in 2012-13. He became just the second W&L player to achieve the award. Franz played in 25 of the team's 26 games, including 14 starts. He averaged 11.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game. He shot 46.6 percent (111-238) from the field, 38.5 percent (30-78) from behind the arc and 66.2 percent (43-65) from the charity stripe.

The 2012-13 W&L squad set a program record for three-point field goals made (181) and three-point field goals attempted (508). The previous record for makes was 175 set in 1991-92, and the attempts record was 481, also set in 1992. Senior guard Kevin Gill took 89 triples last season and made 37 for a 41.6 percentage, which led the team and was the eighth-best mark in the ODAC.

W&L enters the season with eight first-year players looking to make their mark and provide depth for the Generals. The class is comprised of four guards and four forwards. The four new guards are Stephen Himmelberg, Austin Piatt, Jalen Twine and Andy Kleinlein. Himmelberg hails from Chapel Hill, N.C., Piatt played for Chaminade Julienne in Dayton, Ohio, Twine competed at St. Thomas' Episcopal in Houston, Texas and Kleinlein comes from Chesterfield, Mo. For the front-court players, Blake Cranor hails from Mooresville, N.C., and completed his prep career at Lake Norman. Peter Rathmell, from Chapel Hill N.C., competed at Carrboro. Ryan McDonnell, from Morristown, N.J., played at Newark Academy, and Colin Murphy, a Penfield, N.Y. native, laced up his sneakers for McQuaid Jesuit.

Under coach Adam Hutchinson, the Generals are 6-4 in season-opening games. The team is 4-1 when its opens at home, 1-2 on the road and 1-1 in neutral-site contests. W&L has won its last five season-openers with the last loss on opening-night
coming at Drew in overtime, 57-55, on November 16, 2007. The Blue and White start the 2013-14 season at home against Ferrum in the W&L Tip-Off Tournament. The Panthers finished 14-11 last year, including a 65-50 home victory over the Generals.  Ferrum advanced to the USA South Semifinals before falling to Greensboro, 98-82. The Generals and the Panthers tip-off on Friday, November 15 at 6:00 pm.

In the ODAC preseason poll, the Generals were picked to finish in a tie for eighth out of 12 teams. Defending league champion Randolph-Macon garnered the top spot with eight of the 12 first-place votes and 117 points. Hampden-Sydney was picked second with 114 points and received the remaining four first-place votes. Virginia Wesleyan totaled 102 points to take the third spot. Guilford (91) and Randolph (66) rounded out the Top 5. Lynchburg was picked sixth (64) and Eastern Mennonite (62) came in seventh. W&L (54) and Bridgewater (54) tied for eighth, followed by Roanoke (30), Emory & Henry (22) and Shenandoah (16).

Washington and Lee has made it a habit of knocking off some the country's best teams over the past several seasons. The Generals have recorded at least one win over a ranked opponent in each of the last six seasons. Last year, the Blue and White beat 22nd-ranked Guilford, 62-58. That accumen for defeating ranked foes may come in handy as W&L battles a difficult schedule that features a road game at preseason No. 14 Hampden-Sydney, two contests against 16th-ranked Randolph-Macon and a game at 25th-ranked Virginia Wesleyan. The Generals also bring third-ranked Williams to the W&L Tournament at the end of December and could face Ephs in the championship contest.

After four years of donning a W&L uniform, J.D. Ey moved into the assistant coach role for the 2013-14 season. During his career, he became the only W&L player program history with at least 1,000 points, 800 rebounds, 200 assists, 150 blocks and 100 steals. In the W&L record books, he is 20th in points (1,023), seventh in rebounds (839), 10th in assists (243), fifth in steals (141) and second in blocks (167).

Following each game, coach Adam Hutchinson or a W&L player will take a minute to answer some questions about the 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.