W&L Men's Basketball Game Notes - Week 4

W&L Men's Basketball Game Notes - Week 4

Game 6: W&L (2-3, 1-1 ODAC) at R-MC (2-3, 0-1 ODAC)
Date: Wednesday, December 4, 7:00 pm
Location: Ashland, Va.
Series Record: R-MC leads, 63-15

Game Notes

LAST TIME OUT  •   W&L 87, ROANOKE 84 - ot (11/30/13)
Junior forward Patrick O'Connor sank a game-winning 42-foot three-pointer as time expired in overtime to lead Washington and Lee to an 87-84 victory over Roanoke on Saturday in the Warner Center. The Generals trailed 70-65 with 2:04 left in regulation. Sophomore forward Andrew Franz split a pair of free throws at the 1:51 mark to cut the deficit to four. After an empty possession for each team, Franz stole the ball from junior guard Julian Ramirez and made a layup to bring W&L within two, 70-68. The Blue and White forced another turnover, but gave the ball right back to the Maroons with 54 ticks on the clock. Ramirez was fouled, but missed the front end of a 1-and-1. Senior guard Kevin Gill netted a triple on the ensuing possession to give W&L a 71-70 lead with 38 seconds left. Roanoke regained the lead (73-71) with 23 seconds to go on an old-fashioned three-point play by junior forward Daniel Eacho. The Generals pushed the ball up the floor and O'Connor hit a turn-around jumper with 11.5 remaining to tie the game at 73-73. Ramirez missed a layup with three seconds on the clock to send the game to overtime. O'Connor opened the scoring in the extra period with a triple to take a 76-73 lead. The Maroons tallied the next six points to grab a 79-76 advantage with 2:47 left. O'Connor responded with a layup to cut the lead to one, 79-78, and the team took the lead, 81-79, on a three by Franz with 1:35 on the clock. Ramirez trimmed the deficit to one, 81-80, by splitting a pair of free throws, but Franz extended the advantage to three by making two from the charity stripe with 29.6 seconds remaining. RC was fouled on a rebound with 15 seconds left and first-year guard John Fitchett made both to close the gap to one (83-82). First-year guard Andy Kleinlein was fouled with 9.7 on the clock, but only made one of two. Ramirez raced down the floor and tied the game at 84-84 on a layup with 4.2 left. O'Connor received the in-bounds pass and hurried across the timeline. The junior gathered the ball and drilled the three from just inside half court to send the Generals home with the victory. O'Connor finished the game with a career-high 17 points. He also totaled six rebounds and five assists. Franz led W&L with 23 points on 8-of-15 from the field. He also had six rebounds, five assists and three steals. Senior forward Drew Kimberly notched his third double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds and Gill added 11 points. The Maroons had five players in double figures with Ramirez leading with 18. He also registered nine assists, five steals and three rebounds. Eacho recorded a double-double with 15 points and 12 boards. Junior forward Andrew Daniels tallied 17 points, Fitchett netted 10 and sophomore forward Seth Bradley had 11. Roanoke shot 32-of-70 (46.9 percent) from the floor, 11-of-27 (40.7 percent) from behind the arc and 9-of-15 (60.0 percent) from the charity stripe.

Washington and Lee saw its three-game winning streak halted with a 74-39 road loss to Randolph-Macon at Crenshaw Gymnasium on January 23, 2013. The Generals led 12-11 with 12:12 left in the first half following a layup by senior forward J.D. Ey.  However, W&L missed its next 10 shots from the field as Randolph-Macon hit seven of its next 10 from the floor to produce a 16-0 run en route to a 27-12 lead with 5:48 left before the break. Senior guard Jeremy Adkins broke the scoring drought of just better than seven minutes with a layup at the 5:11 mark, but the Generals would get just two more baskets the rest of the half, both by guard Darren Douglas, as Randolph-Macon claimed a 36-18 lead at halftime. The R-MC lead remained 18 points (43-25) following a three-pointer by guard Javon McDonald at the 15:38 mark of the second half, but W&L scored just 14 points the rest of the way as the Yellow Jackets cruised to the 35-point victory. The Generals shot just 30.2 percent (16-53) from the floor, including 3-for-13 (.231) from beyond the arc. Douglas was the lone W&L player to score in double-digits, totaling 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting.  Ey contributed eight points, 10 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal, while McDonald had seven points. Randolph-Macon hit 31-of-67 (.463) from the field and held a 43-34 advantage on the glass. The Yellow Jackets were led by guard Connor Sullivan, who tallied a game-high 13 points. Forwards Andre Simon, Akeem Holmes and Chris Hamilton notched nine points each, with Simon also collecting 10 rebounds.

The Yellow-Jackets enter the week 2-3 overall and 0-1 in the ODAC. R-MC ended a three-game losing streak on Sunday with a 99-75 victory at Frostburg State. Senior forward Andre Simon led the team with 21 points and junior forward Joe Hassell added a season-high 20. Junior forward Akeem Holmes netted 12 points off the bench for the Yellow Jackets. Randolph-Macon is averaging 87.6 points per game on 47.8 percent shooting (155-324). Simon leads the team in scoring at 18.4 per game, with junior guard Connor Sullivan adding 14.5. Simon also has the highest rebounding average at 9.8 per game. R-MC leads the all-time series with W&L, 63-15. The Yellow Jackets have won eight of the last 11 games, including last season's lone meeting, 74-39. W&L last won at Randolph-Macon on Jan. 27, 2010. The victory ended a 30-game road losing streak against the Yellow Jackets.

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 114-151 (.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 147-217 (.404) in his 14 seasons.

Junior forward Patrick O'Connor was the hero on Saturday, as his buzzer-beating basket from just inside the mid-court stripe gave the Generals an 87-84 overtime victory over Roanoke. In the game, O'Connor scored a career-high 17 points and dished out a career-best five assists. He set his previous career-highs in points (14) and assists (4) at Guilford on November 23. Despite missing most of the game against Southern Virginia with an injury, O'Connor is averaging 9.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. He is also shooting 56.7 percent (17-30) from the field. The last time a W&L player hit a game-winning shot in the final 35 seconds was on February 16, 2013, when J.D. Ey '13 made a layup with 14 seconds remaining to beat Shenandoah, 61-60.

Sophomore forward Andrew Franz continues to score at a remarkable clip. In the victory over Roanoke, he scored 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting, including 20 points after intermission. He also notched six rebounds, five assists and three steals. Franz is fourth in the conference in points per game at 19.2. Sophomore guard Avery Green of Shenandoah leads the league in scoring at 27.8. Franz is shooting 44.8 percent (30-67) from the floor and 26-of-35 (74.3 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. Franz is also averaging 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game.

Through five regular season games, senior forward Drew Kimberly is making his presence felt on the glass for W&L, as he is second in the ODAC in rebounds per game at 10.2. Junior center David Falk of Eastern Mennonite leads the conference at 15.2 per game. In the victory over Roanoke, he notched his third double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds. He shot 5-of-7 from the floor. His season-high in rebounds is 14, which he set in a 100-92 victory over SVU. He is averaging 12.2 points per game on 64.9 percent (24-37) from the field. His field goal percentage is fifth in the league, while his scoring average is 26th. 

The 87-84 victory over Roanoke was the first overtime game of the season for Washington and Lee, and marked the first non-regulation win for the Generals since they defeated Juniata, 93-89, in double-overtime at the Warner Center on December 30, 2011. The Blue and White had three games go to overtime last season, but came out on the losing end in each. Under coach Adam Hutchinson, W&L is 8-8 in overtime contests.

W&L is averaging the fifth-fewest turnovers in the ODAC with just 14.4 per game and is third in the conference in assists at 16.6 per contest. In comparison, the Generals averaged 15.5 turnovers last year and only 13.0 assists. During the 2011-12 season, the team totaled 15.9 turnovers per game and just 12.2 assists. Andrew Franz leads the team at 4.0 assists per game and Patrick O'Connor is second at 3.0.

After not playing in either of the Generals' first two games, first-year guard Andy Kleinlein is averaging 15.3 minutes per game in the last three contests. In his extended time, Kleinlein is averaging 4.3 points, 1.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game. In 25 minutes against Roanoke, he totaled seven points, two assists and two steals, which were all season highs. He also had the most points off the bench for W&L in the game.   

Out of senior guard Kevin Gill's 24 made baskets, 13 have come from behind the three-point arc. He is 13-of-43 from long range (30.2 percent) and 24-of-68 (35.3 percent) overall. He is tied for fourth in the ODAC in triples made per game at 2.6, and leads the conference in attempts at 8.6 per contest. Gill came into the season with 95 career three-pointers and now has 108 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 sixth all-time in three-point percentage at 38.0 percent (108-284).  

The Generals most used starting five is the combo junior guard Clay McLean, Kevin Gill, Andrew Franz and Drew Kimberly. The quintuple have began four of the team's five games together and are averaging a combined 62.0 points per game, which makes up 80.3 percent of the Generals' scoring average. Against Roanoke, four players of the five-man unit tallied double figures and the group totaled 71 points on 24-of-49 (49.0 percent) shooting.   

In the 70-62 loss at Averett on Tuesday, Washington and Lee held the Cougars without a three-point basket in 17 attempts. It marked the first time the Generals' defense did not allow a triple since holding Goucher 0-for-9 in a 71-47 road victory on January 3, 2008. The last time W&L lost while not giving up a three was in a 53-43 loss to Bridgewater in the Warner Center on December 1, 2004. The Eagles went 0-for-8 from behind the arc in the contest. On the flip side, the Generals have made at least one triple in 154 consecutive games. The last time the team did not register one was in a 115-106 victory at Emory & Henry on January 23, 2008. W&L missed its lone three-point attempt in the win. Andrew Franz has the longest individual streak with a made three in his last 12 games dating back to last season.