W&L Men's Basketball Game Notes - ODAC Tournament Edition

W&L Men's Basketball Game Notes - ODAC Tournament Edition

Game 26: 11th-seeded W&L (6-19) at 6th-seeded Randolph (15-10)
Date: Tuesday, February 25, 7:00 pm
Location: Lynchburg, Va.
Series Record: Randolph leads, 9-1

Game Notes

LAST TIME OUT  •   #20 RANDOLPH-MACON 68, W&L 62 - (2/22/14)
20th-ranked Randolph-Macon closed the game with a 20-6 run to post a 68-62 victory over Washington and Lee on Saturday evening at the Warner Center. The Generals (6-19, 3-13) trailed for just 1:10 of game action before the Yellow Jackets' (20-5, 14-2) game-ending run began with W&L leading 56-48 at the 6:42 mark of the second half.  Senior forward Andre Simon jumped started the run by making back-to-back layups, followed by a jumper from junior forward Chris Hamilton at the 5:14 mark to make it 56-54 in favor of W&L. Sophomore guard Darren Douglas then drilled a triple to extend the Generals' lead to 59-54 with 4:49 left, but R-MC held the Generals scoreless over the next 3:41 to assume a 64-59 lead with 1:08 remaining. Junior forward Joe Hassell did much of the damage during the run, scoring six points and the Yellow Jackets used a 10-0 run to assume the lead for good. Senior guard Kevin Gill made a layup with 51 seconds left to cut it to a three-point game (64-61), but Randolph-Macon made 4-of-6 free throws in the final 48 seconds to stave off the upset. W&L led by as many as 11 points (16-5) in the opening 20 minutes en route to a 29-26 halftime lead. The Generals maintained their advantage until junior guard Marcus Badger gave R-MC a brief 35-34 lead following an old fashioned three-point play at the 17:03 mark.  However, the Generals grabbed the lead back on a jumper by senior center Drew Kimberly at 15:53 and extended to an eight-point lead (48-40) on a three-pointer by junior forward Jim Etling with 10:42 remaining. W&L pushed its lead to nine points (52-43) following four straight free throws from sophomore forward Andrew Franz with 8:15 left, but the Generals went cold in the final 4:49, hitting just 1-of-4 shots from the field and 1-for-6 from the foul line. Kimberly led W&L with a career-high 24 points on 11-of-16 shooting from the field. It was his second straight game with at least 20 points scored. Franz finished with 12 points, while Douglas totaled 10 points on 3-of-4 shooting.  As a team, the Generals shot 50.0 percent (23-46) from the floor in the contest. Randolph-Macon recovered from 32.0 percent (8-25) shooting in the first half to finish at 40.8 percent (20-49) following a 50.0 percent (12-24) showing in the second stanza.  The Yellow Jackets committed just 10 turnovers for the game and held a 34-26 edge on the glass, including pulling in 12 offensive rebounds. Simon led Macon with 15 points and seven rebounds and Sullivan finished with 13 points.  Badger contributed 10 points, while sophomore guard Lamont Moore added eight points and a game-high nine rebounds.     

Washington and Lee was out-scored, 23-13, in the final 14 minutes on January 15 in a 56-52 loss to Randolph at the Warner Center. The Generals opened the second half down, 30-25, but ripped off the first eight points on a three by sophomore guard Darren Douglas, a triple by senior guard Kevin Gill and a jumper by junior forward Patrick O'Connor to take a 33-30 lead with 16:23 left. The WildCats' Dylan Shiflett made a layup, but another three by Douglas stretched the advantage to four (36-32). W&L eventually pushed the margin to six, 39-33 on an old fashioned three-point play by Douglas at the 13:44 mark. Randolph tallied nine straight points over the next three minutes to take a 42-39 lead with 10:40 remaining. Neither team scored in the next two minutes, but senior center Drew Kimberly cut the lead to one on a layup with 8:37 on the clock. The WildCats pushed out to a 47-43 advantage with 5:59 left on a triple by first-year guard Jake Simmons and a layup by sophomore center Lucas Smith. The Generals cut the lead to three (50-47) on a layup by Gill at the 1:48 mark. Each team failed to convert on its next possession, but a foul by Gill with 46 seconds left sent sophomore guard Evan Horn to the line. Horn split a pair of free throws (51-47), but the Blue and White turned the ball over the next trip down. After another W&L foul, the Wildcats missed the front end of a one-and-one and O'Connor cut the lead to two, 51-49, on a layup with 21 ticks on the clock. The Generals fouled again, and sophomore guard Corey Brown split a pair of freebies, which gave W&L a chance to tie the game with 17 seconds remaining. Following a couple of screens, Gill came free at the top of the key from five feet beyond the arc, but his three-point attempt with seven seconds left sailed long. W&L went into full on foul mode, but did not come any closer than two before reaching the final margin, 56-52. Brown of Randolph led all scorers with 15 points on 11 shots. Simmons notched 12 points and grabbed four rebounds. Kimberly recorded his fifth double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds to go with three blocks and three assists. Douglas set a then season-high with 12 points and O'Connor added 13 points and eight rebounds.

Randolph College drilled 17-of-33 (.515) three-point attempts in defeating Washington and Lee by a score of 80-57 on Wednesday evening at the RAD Center. The WildCats hit nine first-half triples, including three in succession that gave them a 14-11 lead at the 13:03 mark. The Generals held an 11-8 lead in the early going, but the consecutive triples were part of a 10-2 run that gave RC an 18-11 lead at the 11:19 mark. W&L cut it to a five-point game (28-23) on a jumper by senior center Drew Kimberly at the 6:13 mark, but the WildCats hit three more from distance in the final 5:07 in closing the opening half with a 13-5 run for a 41-28 lead at the break. Kimberly scored the first four points of the second half, but three more triples and a layup by senior guard Mike Ehilegbu sandwiched around a single additional basket from Kimberly extended RC's lead to 52-34 at the 16:55 mark and the Generals never seriously challenged from that point forward. The Generals shot 42.9 percent (21-49) from the floor and 12-of-13 (.923) from the free throw line, but hit just 3-of-15 (.200) three-point attempts. Kimberly led the way for W&L with 22 points and grabbing a game-high 12 rebounds. Sophomore guard Darren Douglas added 11 points, while first-year guard Andy Kleinlein totaled eight points. Randolph finished 25-of-51 (.490) overall from the field, making just eight shots from inside the arc.  Sophomore guard Evan Horn notched 22 points on 6-of-11 shooting from distance, while sophomore guard Seth Wimbish provided 16 points off the bench, hitting 4-of-5 from deep. Sophomore guard Corey Brown and sophomore forward Jason Eddie added 11 points each.

The WildCats enter the ODAC Tournament as the sixth seed, after finishing the regular season 15-10 overall and 9-7 in the ODAC. Randolph is on a three-game winning streak and, most recently, defeated Shenandoah at home on Saturday, 70-66. Sophomore guard Seth Wimbish led the team with 13 points, while senior guard Mike Ehilegbu and sophomore guard Corey Brown added 12. The WildCats are averaging 64.6 points per game on 44.3 percent shooting (550-1,242). Ehilegbu leads the team at 13.6 points per game, while Brown adds 10.4 per outing. Ehilegbu also grabs a team-best  6.7 rebounds per contest. Randolph has the advantage in the all-time series against the Generals, 9-1. The first meeting took place on January 31, 2009 in Lexington. RC won the contest, 63-60. The WildCats have won the last seven games with W&L's only victory over Randolph coming on the road, 64-46, on January 30, 2010. The Wildcats are 4-1 at home against the Generals.

This will be the first meeting between W&L and Randolph in the ODAC Tournament. Shenandoah is the only other team the Generals have never faced in the tournament.

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 118-167 (.414) 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 a 58-55 victory at Emory & Henry on January 11, he recorded the 150th win in his career. He has an overall record of 151-233 (.393) in his 15 seasons.

This year marks the 29th berth to the ODAC Tournament for W&L. The Generals have a record of 22-26 (.458), and are 6-7 (.462) under coach Hutchinson. Last season, the Blue and White fell in the first round at home to Eastern Mennonite, 58-52. W&L has won the championship three times, with the last coming in 1980. The Generals last played in the championship game in 2009, losing to Virginia Wesleyan, 66-62.

On a night when senior center Drew Kimberly and senior guard Kevin Gill were honored for their four years of hard work for the Generals, Kimberly had one of his best nights of his career. Going against the 20th-ranked team in the nation, he totaled a career-best 24 points on 11-of-16 from the field. He also notched five rebounds, two assists and a block. Kimberly's previous career-high was 22 points, which he did twice this season.

With his 24 points at Lynchburg last Monday, sophomore forward Andrew Franz became the first General to score at least 20 points in back-to-back games since Ben Goetsch '10 accomplished the feat during the 2009-10 season. Drew Kimberly would go on to tally back-to-back games with at least 20 points in the Generals' next two contests. Franz totaled 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting against Hampden-Sydney on February 15 and then 24 points on 9-of-22 shooting against Lynchburg. It marked the most shot attempts by a W&L player in a contest since Goetsch took 25 against Virginia Wesleyan on January 9, 2009. For the season, Franz is averaging 13.3 points per game and has notched at least 20 points on six occasions, which is the most in one year since Goetsch had eight in 2009-10.   

In his first and only game in the ODAC Tournament last year, Andrew Franz scored 17 points on 6-of-15 shooting against Eastern Mennonite. The all-time single-game points record for a General in a tournament game is 28 done by Pat Dennis '78 on two different occasions. The most points ever scored over the course of a single tournament by a W&L player is 53 by Ron Smitherman in 1980.

If the 11th-seeded Generals are going to have a chance at upsetting the WildCats on Tuesday, it will help if they are holding a lead at intermission. W&L is 0-13 when trailing at halftime this season, but has a 6-5 record when leading at the break. The Generals are 0-1 when the score is tied at halftime. In both losses to Randolph this season, the Blue and White were behind at the end of the first half.

By making 7-of-8 free throws last Monday at Lynchburg, junior forward Jim Etling moved back into the top spot in the ODAC in free throw percentage by reaching the minimum qualifications. He is 48-of-51 to sit at 94.1 percent. In the conference, guard Matt McCarthy of Guilford is a distant second at 84.7 percent (61-72). Etling is currently on pace to set the W&L single-season free throw percentage record. John Mumper holds the mark at 87.0 percent (47-54) coming in the 2005-06 season. To qualify for the record, a player has to average at least two free throw makes per contest.