W&L Men's Basketball Game Notes - Week 6

W&L Men's Basketball Game Notes - Week 6

Game 9: Cairn (0-7) at W&L (3-5)
Date: Sunday, December 29, 2:00 pm
Location: Lexington, Va.
Series Record: First Meeting

Game 10: #5 Williams (7-1)/Washington Coll. (2-4) vs. W&L (3-5)
Date: Monday, December 30, 2:00 pm or 4:00 pm
Location: Lexington, Va.
Series Record: W&L leads Williams, 1-0 and W&L leads Washington, 5-1

Game 11: W&L (3-5) at Chicago (6-4)
Date: Saturday, January 4, 4:00 pm (Eastern)
Location: Chicago, Ill.
Series Record: First Meeting

Game Notes

LAST TIME OUT  •   W&L 82, ROSEMONT 58 - (12/17/13)
Washington and Lee shot 56.7 percent (34-60) from the floor and held a 40-28 advantage on the boards in posting an 82-58 win over Rosemont in the consolation game of the PNC Bank Royal Rumble hosted by the University of Scranton on December 17. The Generals hit 11 of their first 18 shots from the floor in jumping out to a 10-point lead (22-12) with 8:50 left in the opening half. Sophomore forward Andrew Franz did much of the damage for W&L, hitting 7-of-8 from the floor in scoring 14 of the Generals' opening 22 points. Rosemont countered with a quick 5-0 burst that cut it to a five-point (22-17) game at the 6:30 mark, but an immediate 11-0 run, keyed by six points from senior center Drew Kimberly, pushed W&L's lead back out to 16 points (33-17) en route to carrying a 37-26 lead into the break. Three W&L triples in the opening 4:53 of the second half pushed the Generals' lead out to 20 points (50-30) at the 15:07 mark and the Ravens got no closer than 18 points the rest of the way as W&L pulled away for the win. The Blue & White produced a season-high 26 assists on 34 made baskets and turned the ball over just 13 times. Franz finished with a game-high 21 points, nine rebounds, four assists and a career-high four steals, hitting 10-of-15 shots from the floor. Junior forward Patrick O'Connor tallied 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting and tied a career-high with five assists, and Kimberly notched 12 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and two blocks. Rosemont was paced by junior forward Dom Scafidi's 11 points and four rebounds. Senior guard Kiwan Murray and junior guard Nadir Stukes added seven points each. The Ravens shot just 37.0 percent (20-54) from the floor and 52.0 percent (13-25) from the foul line.

The Highlanders enter the contest against the Generals 0-7 overall, and are on a 30-game losing streak dating back to last season. Cairn's last victory was at Penn State-Abington on November 28, 2012, 85-82. The Highlanders last played on December 8 in a 98-79 loss to Gwynedd-Mercy. Cairn had four players reach double figures with junior guard Darnell Clowney and first-year guard Justin Lewis combining for 42 points. Clowney finished with a career-high 22 points, going 9-of-14 from the floor. Lewis made 3-of-6 from downtown en route to 20 points. First-year guard JD Zamroz and junior guard Omar Askia also ended the night in double digits, with 12 and 11 points respectively. The Highlanders are averaging 71.4 points per game on 39.9 percent shooting (184-461). The team is being out-rebounded this season by 20.1 boards per game. First-year forward Tyler Lee leads the team in scoring at 13.0 per game, with Askia adding 12.7. Lee also has the highest rebounding average at 7.3 per game. This will be the first game between Cairn and Washington and Lee.

Tim Kohlrus' 26-foot three-pointer gave Washington College a 74-73 lead with 0.6 seconds remaining. Following a discussion with the officials, the clock was adjusted to 3.6 seconds, just enough time for W&L guard Chris McHugh to hit a 28-footer at the buzzer to give W&L a 76-74 win on November 22, 2008. Forward Kirk Jones had hit an off-balance shot in the lane to give W&L a 73-71 lead before Kohlrus hit his three. The Generals used a 13-2 run to open the second half and turn a three-point deficit (37-34) into an eight-point advantage (47-39) with 13:55 remaining before the Shoremen came storming back. Washington College made a run when Shoremen Sal Schittino scored six-straight points to cut W&L's lead to two with 1:32 remaining and Alan Klines nailed a three to tie the game at 69 with 52 seconds remaining to set up the last-second heroics. Forward Ben Heller led the Generals with a 16 points while forward Zac White added 14 points, six rebounds and six blocks and Ben Goetsch chipped in 15 points and five rebounds.

The Shoremen enter the tournament 2-4 overall, with two wins in their last four games. Washington College last played on December 7 in a 60-59 loss at Gettysburg. The Shoremen lost on a free throw by the Bullets with four seconds remaining in the game. Senior forward Tony Hawkins led the team with 17 points, shooting 7-of-11 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line. Junior guard John Weston added 11 points for the Shoremen, while senior guard Kevin Cunningham had nine points and five steals. Washington is averaging 70.7 points per game on 41.8 percent shooting (146-349). Junior guard Stephen Poarch leads the team in scoring at 13.2 per game, with Hawkins adding 12.0. Junior forward Sean Flanigan has the highest rebounding average at 7.2 per game. If the Generals play the Shoremen on day two of the tournament it will be the seventh meeting between the two teams. W&L leads the all-time series, 5-1. Washington won the first game between the two schools on February 17, 1962, 73-70, but the Generals have won five straight. The last time the teams met in the Warner Center was January 3, 2005, with W&L winning, 79-74.

In the Championship game of the W&L Invitational, the Generals defeated Williams, 61-49, on January 4, 1975. W&L had four players score in double figures with Norm Kristoff leading the way with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Bo Williams and Greg Croghan each added 11, while Jeff Baum totaled 10 points. Fred Dittman led Williams with 14 points and seven rebounds, while Harry Sheehy notched 11 points.

The fifth-ranked Ephs enter the tournament 7-1 overall, and have won seven straight since a season-opening loss against Southern Vermont on November 15. On December 7 against Springfield, Williams earned an 80-75 home victory. All five Ephs' starters scored in double digits. Senior forward Taylor Epley led all scorers with 20 points. First-year forward Duncan Robinson and junior guard Hayden Rooke-Ley each added 17, while junior guard Daniel Wohl and junior forward Ryan Kilcullen notched 14 and 10 respectively. Williams is averaging 94.9 points per game on 54.5 percent shooting (247-454). Epley leads the team in scoring at 17.4 per game, with Wohl adding 17.2. Senior center Michael Mayer has the highest rebounding average at 10.3 per game. If W&L plays Williams on day two of the Holiday Tournament it will be only the second time in the all-time series. The Generals won the first meeting, 61-49, in the championship of the W&L Invitational on January 4, 1975.

The Maroons enter Saturday's contest 6-4 overall, and are 3-1 at home this season. In its most recent game on December 19, Chicago earned an 89-66 victory at North Park. Sophomore guard Jordan Smith led the Maroons with 12 points, going 4-of-4 from behind the arc. Senior forward Charlie Hughes and sophomore forward Alex Voss added nine points apiece. Chicago tallied 40 rebounds and 16 turnovers in the wire-to-wire victory. The Maroons converted 11-of-19 form three-point range, which marked the fifth time this season the team has made at least 11 in a game. Chicago is averaging 80.2 points per game on 48.3 percent shooting (281-582). Hughes leads the team in scoring at 12.6 per game, with Smith adding 10.7. Senior forward Sam Gage has the highest rebounding average at 6.2 per game. This will be the first game between the Royals and Washington and Lee.

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 115-153 (.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 148-219 (.403) in his 14 seasons.

Sophomore forward Andrew Franz notched his third 20-point game of the season on December 17 in the victory over Rosemont. He shot 10-of-15 from the field and had a career-high nine rebounds, four assists and a career-high four steals. His play over the two games earned him a spot on the All-Tournament Team. Franz has totaled at least 11 points in every game this year and is fourth in the ODAC in points per game at 17.5. Senior guard DJ Woodmore of Virginia Wesleyan leads the league at 24.1. 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 48.5 percent (50-103) from the floor and 28-of-38 (73.7 percent) from the charity stripe. He is also averaging 5.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.

Senior forward Drew Kimberly is making his presence felt on the glass for W&L, as he is fifth in the ODAC in rebounds per game at 9.1. Junior center David Falk of Eastern Mennonite leads the conference at 13.7 per game. He has notched four double-doubles this season with the most recent coming in the 82-58 victory over Rosemont on December 17. He had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Kimberly's season-high in rebounds is 14, which he set in a 100-92 victory over SVU. He is averaging 11.0 points per game on 62.3 percent (33-53) from the field. His field goal percentage is fourth in the league.   

Out of senior guard Kevin Gill's 35 made baskets, 18 have come from behind the three-point arc. He is 18-of-58 from long range (31.0 percent) and 35-of-94 (37.2 percent) overall. He is sixth in the ODAC in triples made per game at 2.2, and is tied for third the conference in attempts at 7.2 per contest. Gill came into the season with 95 career three-pointers and now has 113 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.  

In the 70-62 loss at Averett on November 26, 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 157 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.   

In the 82-58 victory over Rosemont on December 17 in the consolation game of the PNC Bank Royal Rumble hosted by Scranton, Washington and Lee had multiple players set career highs. Drew Kimberly dished out a personal-best five assists. His previous high was four, which he had done on two occasions. Sophomore forward Jok Asiyo totaled seven points, which topped his previous best of three. First-year guards Stephen Himmelberg and Jalen Twine each tallied their first collegiate baskets, as both players finished with two points.