Game 7: W&L (2-4) vs. Muhlenberg (7-1)
Date: Monday, December 16, 5:30 pm
Location: Scranton, Pa.
Series Record: First Meeting
Game 8: W&L (2-4) vs.
Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2:00 pm or 4:00 pm
Location: Scranton, Pa.
Series Record: First Meeting against either team
LAST TIME OUT • R-MC 66, W&L
56 - (12/4/13)
Washington and Lee forced Randolph-Macon to shoot 33.9 percent from the floor, but the Yellow Jackets held a 16-0 advantage in second-chance points to secure a 66-56 victory in Ashland on December 4. The two squads went back and forth early in the first half, but an Andrew Franz layup at the 8:14 mark gave the Generals (2-4, 1-2 ODAC) an 18-17 lead. After a couple of free throws for R-MC (3-3, 1-1 ODAC), first-year guard Andy Kleinlein banked in a runner to regain a one-point advantage (20-19). The Yellow Jackets scored the next eight points and finished the half on a 14-7 run to take a 33-27 lead into intermission. Randolph-Macon was the aggressor to start the second and stretched the lead to 41-31 on a layup by junior guard Connor Sullivan with 15:55 remaining. The Generals cut the lead to seven, 53-46, at the 5:17 mark, but R-MC scored four straight to bounce the lead back to double digits (57-46) with 4:02 left. The Blue and White made one final push, and a Kleinlein triple with 1:26 left closed the gap to five, 59-54. W&L went into foul mode to extend the game, but the Yellow Jackets made 7-of-10 free throws in the final 1:08 to reach the final margin, 66-56. Franz led the Generals with 12 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Senior forward Drew Kimberly added nine points and five rebounds, and junior guard Clay McLean totaled nine points, three steals and two rebounds. Junior guard Marcus Badger and Sullivan led R-MC with 12 points and junior forward Joe Hassell contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds. Sullivan also added four steals. The Generals shot 20-of-53 (37.7 percent) from the field, 2-of-14 (14.3 percent) from behind the arc and 14-of-18 (77.8 percent) from the charity stripe. R-MC shot 33.9 percent (20-59) from the floor, 29.4 percent (5-17) from long range and 67.7 percent (21-of-31) from the foul line.
PNC BANK ROYAL RUMBLE
Washington and Lee will be competing in the PNC Bank Royal Rumble hosted by Scranton at the Long Center this week. Four teams will enter on Monday and only one will come out the Rumble Champion after Tuesday's games. On Monday, the Generals will face Muhlenberg in the opening contest at 5:30 pm. Rosemont and host Scranton will follow at 7:30 pm. On Tuesday, the third-place game will tip off at 2:00 pm, and the Rumble Champion will be crowned following the 4:00 pm Championship contest.
The Mules enter the contest against the Generals 7-1 overall, and are on a four-game winning streak. On Saturday against DeSales, Muhlenberg earned an 83-64 road victory. Senior guard Austin Curry scored a season-high 24 points on 7-of-11 shooting to lead the Mules. Three players joined Curry in double figures with junior guard Malique Killing and sophomore guard Alec Stavetski chipping in 15 points apiece and senior center Kevin Hargrove adding 12. Muhlenberg matched a season high with 11 three-pointers and finished 22-of-25 (88 percent) at the line. The team also took care of the ball, dishing out 14 assists and equaling a season low with just seven turnovers. The Mules are averaging 82.9 points per game on 47.6 percent shooting (199-418). Killing leads the team in scoring at 25.3 per game, with Stavetski adding 16.7. Senior forward Brandon Bovino has the highest rebounding average at 8.4 per game. This will be the first game between the Mules and Washington and Lee.
The Royals enter the tournament 5-2 overall, and are 4-1 at home this season. In its most recent game, Scranton lost its first home game in overtime to the United States Merchant Marine Academy, 86-83. The Royals received 27 points from junior guard Ross Danzig, 17 from senior guard Michael Barr and 13 from senior guard Tommy Morgan. Danzig also added seven rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals. First-year forward John Vitkus contributed six points and seven rebounds off the bench, and sophomore forward Brendan Boken recorded seven points, four assists, three rebounds and three steals. Scranton shot 49.1 percent (28-for-57) from the field, including 6-for-18 (33.3 percent) from 3-point range. The Royals are averaging 80.4 points per game on 48.5 percent shooting (194-400). Danzig leads the team in scoring at 22.7 per game, with Morgan adding 12.7. Boken has the highest rebounding average at 7.6 per game. This would potentially be the first game between the Royals and Washington and Lee.
The Ravens enter the week 4-4 overall, and are 1-1 in neutral-site contests. In its most recent game on December 7, Rosemont won at Marywood, 73-58. The Ravens shot 27-of-53 from the field (50.9%) and missed only one free throw out of 16 (93.8%) to distance themselves from the Pacers. Junior forward Dom Scafidi led the team's attack with 19 points on 8-of-16 shooting and went 3-for-3 from the line. Junior guard Nadir Stukes shot 4-of-6 and a perfect 6-of-6 at the line for 14 points. Senior guard Dan Kearney added 11 points and first-year forward Keith Fletcher totaled 10 points. The Ravens are averaging 73.4 points per game on 42.1 percent shooting (204-485). Scafidi leads the team in scoring at 14.4 per game, with senior guard DeAndre Jordan adding 10.6. Scafidi also has the highest rebounding average at 7.8 per game. This would potentially be the first game between the Ravens and Washington and Lee.
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 114-152 (.429) 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 147-218 (.403) in his 14 seasons.
Sophomore forward Andrew Franz continues to score at a remarkable clip. He has totaled at least 12 points in every game this season, and is third in the ODAC in points per game at 18.0. Sophomore guard Avery Green of Shenandoah leads the league at 27.0. Franz scored his season and career high of 32 in a 100-92 victory over Southern Virginia on November 16. He shot 9-of-16 from the field, 3-of-8 from behind the arc and 11-of-13 from the charity stripe in the win. He also notched eight rebounds and five assists. Franz is shooting 45.6 percent (36-79) from the floor and 26-of-35 (74.3 percent) from the charity stripe. Franz is also averaging 5.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.
LET'S GIVE HIM A PAT ON THE BACK
Junior forward Patrick O'Connor connected on a buzzer-beating basket from just inside the mid-court stripe to give the Generals an 87-84 overtime victory over Roanoke on November 30. 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 8.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. He is also shooting 50.0 percent (18-36) 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.
STEALING THE ROCK
In the loss at Randolph-Macon on December 4, Patrick O'Connor and junior guard Clay McLean each tallied three steals for the Generals. The totals marked a new career high for each player, and was the first time two W&L players had at least three steals in the same game since a 70-53 loss to Eastern Mennonite on February 15, 2012. In that contest, Javon McDonald, Kevin Gill and Kelton Buchanan '13 each notched three steals. O'Connor and Andrew Franz lead the team this year in steals with eight.
Senior forward Drew Kimberly is making his presence felt on the glass for W&L, as he is fourth in the ODAC in rebounds per game at 9.3. Junior center David Falk of Eastern Mennonite leads the conference at 13.7 per game. He has notched three double-doubles this season with the most recent coming at home against Roanoke on November 30. He had 14 points and 13 rebounds. Kimberly's season-high in rebounds is 14, which he set in a 100-92 victory over SVU. He is averaging 11.7 points per game on 67.5 percent (27-40) from the field. His field goal percentage is second in the league, while his scoring average is 27th.
Out of senior guard Kevin Gill's 27 made baskets, 14 have come from behind the three-point arc. He is 14-of-48 from long range (29.2 percent) and 27-of-78 (34.6 percent) overall. He is tied for fifth in the ODAC in triples made per game at 2.3, and is third the conference in attempts at 7.3 per contest. Gill came into the season with 95 career three-pointers and now has 109 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.
SCORING WITH THE STARTERS
The Generals most used starting five is the combo of Clay McLean, Kevin Gill, Andrew Franz, Patrick O'Connor and Drew Kimberly. The quintuple has began five of the team's six games together and are averaging a combined 58.4 points per game, which makes up 79.2 percent of the Generals' scoring average.