November 25, 2013

Men's Basketball Game Notes - Week 3

Game 4: W&L (1-2) at Averett (0-2)
Date: Tuesday, November 26, 6:00 pm
Location: Danville, Va.
Series Record: W&L leads, 8-4

Game 5: Roanoke (1-2, 0-0 ODAC) at W&L (1-2, 0-1 ODAC)
Date: Saturday, November 30, 7:00 pm
Location: Lexington, Va.
Series Record: Roanoke leads, 79-43

Game Notes


LAST TIME OUT  •   Guilford 76, W&L 65 (11/23/13)

Washington and Lee shot just 38.3 percent (23-61) from the floor and was out-rebounded, 47-31, in falling to Guilford by a score of 76-65 in ODAC men's basketball action on Saturday at Ragan-Brown Field House. W&L trailed just 12-9 with 15:11 remaining in the first half following a three-pointer by first-year forward Blake Cranor. However, the Generals missed each of their next five shots from the floor leading to a 13-0 Quaker run that gave them a 25-9 lead at the 11:15 mark. W&L went on an immediate 7-0 run sparked by a triple from senior guard Kevin Gill, but an 11-2 surge capped by four straight points from sophomore center Zeb Richardson gave GC a 36-18 lead with 4:09 left as the Quakers carried a 41-25 lead into the break. The Generals could not mount a charge early in the second half and Guilford pushed out to a 20-point lead (54-34) on a dunk by Richardson with 14:09 remaining. Gill again sparked a run for W&L when he canned a triple with 10:53 left in the game. It was the first points in a 13-4 run that cut it to a 60-53 game with 6:33 remaining. Junior forward Patrick O'Connor followed Gill's basket with four straight points and sophomore forward Andrew Franz added five points of his own during the surge. However, that would be as close as the Generals would get as the Quakers improved to 5-0 overall and 1-0 in the ODAC. Gill led the Generals with 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting from behind the arc and 6-of-12 overall. Franz finished with 15 points and five rebounds, while O'Connor tallied a career-high 14 points, five boards, four assists and three blocks. Senior forward Jake Hopkins notched 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Quakers. First-year forward Trever Hyatt totaled 15 markers as well, while Richardson posted 13 points and nine rebounds. Junior guard Matt McCarthy added 11 points and six assists.

LAST TIME AGAINST AVERETT  •  W&L 87, AVERETT 71 (12/5/12)
Using a 20-8 run at the end of the first half, Washington and Lee earned an 87-71 victory over Averett at the Warner Center on December 5, 2012. The Cougars playing their first game in nine days, took the early lead, 10-6, after five minutes of action. W&L closed the gap (10-9) with a three-pointer by forward Patrick O'Connor. The teams went back and forth for the next six minutes with senior guard Justin Pierce making the first of two free throws to tie the game at 22. Pierce made his second free throw, which started a 6-0 run for AU. The Cougars would extend their advantage to 34-26 after a layup by Pierce with 6:49 remaining in the first half. The Generals called timeout, and O'Connor scored five-straight points to cut the lead to three, 34-31. The teams traded baskets on the next seven possessions with the Cougars holding a two-point lead, 42-40 with 2:41 left. The Generals scored the final seven points of the half, highlighted by a layup and three-pointer by forward Andrew Franz to take a 46-42 advantage into intermission. The Blue and White kept widening the gap in the second half, and held a 76-64 lead with 5:33 left in the contest. The Generals scored eight of the next 10 points to extend the advantage to 18 (84-66) with 2:53 left in the game. Both teams emptied their benches in the final two minutes to reach the final tally of 87-71. O'Connor made every shot he took to total 13 points on 4-of-4 from the field, 2-of-2 from long range and 3-of-3 from the charity stripe. Guard Kevin Gill totaled 21 points on 7-of-12 from the field and nailed four three-pointers. Franz notched 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Also in double figures for the Generals were guard Javon McDonald with 16 and forward Larry Whitaker with 11. Senior forward J.D. Ey did everything else for W&L with six rebounds, six assists and four blocks. Senior guard Marquis Scott led the Cougars with 20 points on 10-of-12 from the foul line. Scott also added a game-high seven rebounds and four assists. Pierce totaled 19 points on 7-of-12 from the field. Averett shot 35.8 percent (24-67) from the field, 38.9 percent (7-18) from deep and 80.0 percent (16-20) from the foul line. AU out-rebounded W&L, 40-31, including 21 offensive boards for the Cougars.

SCOUTING AVERETT
The Cougars are 0-2 to start the season after falling to Guilford, 94-91, and Montreat, 103-100. Against the Cavaliers, sophomore guard Bradley Robinson led Averett with 23 points, including five three-pointers. Sophomore guard JaColby Hawkins added a career-high 21 points off the bench. The Cougars are averaging 95.5 points per game on 47.8 percent shooting (66-138). Sophomore guard Trevor West leads the team in scoring at 16.0 per game, while Robinson is second at 15.5 per game. Senior center Paul Porter grabs a team-best 9.5 rebounds per game. The Generals lead the all-time series, 8-4. The two teams first met on December 1, 1978, with W&L earning an 87-83 victory. The Blue and White is only 1-3 in Danville with the only victory coming on November 27, 2010, 87-78. The Generals have won the last three games in the series, including last year's meeting, 87-71.

LAST TIME AGAINST ROANOKE  •  W&L 75, ROANOKE 56 (2/13/13)
Washington and Lee shot 62.5 percent (15-24) from the floor in the second half, out-scoring Roanoke, 50-28, in the final 20 minutes en route to a 75-56 win over the Maroons on February 13, 2013, at the Bast Center. Roanoke jumped out to an 11-2 lead and led by as many as 10 points (23-13) in the opening stanza en route to carrying a 28-25 lead into the locker room at the half. The two teams battled back-and-forth until the Generals grabbed the lead for good (37-35) on a three-pointer by forward Patrick O'Connor with 14:28 left. Roanoke remained within two possessions of the lead, trailing 52-48 with 7:31 remaining following a layup by senior guard Kwasi Amponsah. However, W&L out-scored the Maroons, 25-8, the rest of the way, paced by 11 points from guard Javon McDonald and five points each from guard Darren Douglas and first-year forward Andrew Franz, to claim its fourth straight win over Roanoke. The Generals finished 25-of-55 (.455) from the floor in the game and hit 17-of-22 (.773) free throws.  W&L also held a 42-28 advantage on the glass and committed just 11 turnovers. Franz finished with a game-high 18 points, 17 of which were second in the second half, and eight rebounds. McDonald tallied 16 points and guard Kevin Gill notched 10 points. Senior forward J.D. Ey added 10 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks. Forward Daniel Eacho scored a team-best 14 points to lead Roanoke. Senior guard Jordan Thacker chipped in 10 points for the Maroons, who shot just 36.8 percent (21-57) from the floor.

SCOUTING ROANOKE
The Maroons enter the week 1-2 overall after losing at Methodist last Wednesday, 78-64. First-year guard John Fitchett led the team with 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting. He also finished with four rebounds and one block. Junior forward Daniel Eacho ended the contest with 12 points and five rebounds. Roanoke is averaging 73.3 points per game on 41.3 percent shooting (85-206). Eacho leads the team in scoring at 18.7 per game with sophomore forward Cameron Smith adding 14.3. Eacho also has the highest rebounding average at 9.3 per game. The Maroons lead the all-time series with the Generals, 79-43, but W&L has won four straight, including both games last season. The Blue and White has won three of the last five games at home against Roanoke, with the last RC victory in Lexington coming on January 12, 2011, 73-59.  

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 113-150 (.430) 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. He is approaching his 150th career victory, as he has an overall record of 146-216 (.403) in his 14 seasons.

LET'S GIVE HIM A PAT ON THE BACK
After missing most of the Southern Virginia game due to an injury, junior forward Patrick O'Connor was back in the starting lineup at Guilford on Saturday. He made the most of his 32 minutes of action, as he set a career high in points (14), assists (4) and blocks (3). He also finished the game with five rebounds and two steals. O'Connor shot 5-of-10 from the field and 2-of-3 from long range. His previous career-high in points was 13, which he set last year against Averett. His previous career-best in assists was three against Emory & Henry on February 6, 2013, and had blocked two shots in a game twice.

DOUBLE-DIGIT DREW
Through three regular season games, senior forward Drew Kimberly is making his presence felt on the glass for W&L, as he is third in the ODAC in rebounds per game at 10.3. Junior center David Falk of Eastern Mennonite leads the conference at 15.5 per game. Kimberly has already recorded two double-doubles, which tops his season total from last year. His season-high in rebounds is 14, which he set in a 100-92 victory over SVU. He is also averaging 15.0 points per game on 66.7 percent (18-27) from the field. His field goal percentage is fifth in the league, while his scoring average is 15th.  

FRANZTASTIC PLAY
Sophomore forward Andrew Franz continues to score at a remarkable clip. He is third in the conference in points per game at 20.0. Sophomore guard Avery Green of Shenandoah leads the league in scoring at 29.0. Franz is shooting 43.9 percent (18-41) from the floor and 19-of-24 (79.2 percent) from the charity stripe. He totaled a career-high 32 points in a victory over SVU, and has recorded at least 13 points in every game. He is also averaging 5.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.  

THREE-POINT SPECIALIST
Out of senior guard Kevin Gill's 17 made baskets, 11 have come from behind the three-point arc. He is 11-of-26 from long range (42.3 percent) and 17-of-39 (43.6 percent) overall. He is second in the ODAC in triples made per game at 3.7. His five made three-pointers against Guilford were the most by a General since he hit five against Emory & Henry last season on February 6, 2013. Gill came into the season with 95 career three-pointers and now has 106 in his four seasons, which is the eighth-most in W&L history. Jim Casey '91 is seventh on the Top 10 list with 114. Gill is currently third all-time in three-point percentage at 39.7 percent (106-267).  

TAKING CARE OF THE ROCK
In the loss at Guilford, W&L committed a season-low six turnovers, which also marked the fewest giveaways since the team had six in a victory over the Quakers, 62-58, on January 19, 2013. It was the first time the Generals lost with six-or-fewer turnovers since the team fell at Virginia Wesleyan, 71-70, on January 10, 2009, with only four.   

FIRST LOOK AT THE FIRST-YEARS
The game against Guilford marked the first playing time for six of the Generals' eight rookies. Forward Blake Cranor led the first-years by playing 17 minutes, scoring three points and grabbing four rebounds. Guard Andy Kleinlein saw 10 minutes of action, but missed his only field goal attempt. Guard Austin Piatt recorded his first collegiate assist on the final play of the contest.