February 28, 2014

W&L Men's Basketball Game Notes - ODAC Quarterfinals

Game 27: 11th-seeded W&L (7-19) vs. 3rd-seeded Guilford (17-8)
Date: Friday, February 28, 8:00 pm
Location: Salem, Va.
Series Record: Guilford leads, 32-17

Game Notes


LAST TIME OUT  •   W&L 66, RANDOLPH 62 (ODAC First Round Game) - (2/25/14)

Junior forward Jim Etling hit a three-pointer with 1:16 left to give 11th-seeded Washington and Lee the lead for good as the Generals posted a 66-62 win over sixth-seeded Randolph in the opening round of the ODAC Tournament on Tuesday evening at the RAD Center. The Generals (7-19) trailed by six points (55-49) with 6:41 remaining following back-to-back three-pointers from Randolph (15-11) senior guard Mike Ehilegbu and sophomore forward Jason Eddie. W&L then took the lead back (56-55) following a 7-0 run that featured four points from sophomore forward Andrew Franz and a three-pointer by first-year guard Andy Kleinlein. Randolph snatched the advantage back on a three-pointer by Eddie on the ensuing possession and held a 60-58 lead with 1:53 remaining following a pair of free throws by sophomore guard Evan Horn. Kleinlein found an open Etling at the elbow who drained a triple that gave the Generals a lead they would not relinquish.  Sophomore forward Darren Douglas then recorded a steal on the other end and Kleinlein drilled a three from the corner with 31 seconds left for a 64-60 lead. Randolph sophomore guard Corey Brown cut it to two (64-62) on a layup with eight seconds left, but Etling calmly hit two free throws with seven seconds left to lift the Generals to their first win over the WildCats in the last eight meetings. The victory also came just six days after the Blue & White fell to Randolph, 80-57, at the RAD Center on February 19. W&L jumped out to a 7-2 lead to start the game and held it until the WildCats scored with seven seconds left to assume a 25-23 lead at the break. Randolph pushed out to a seven-point lead (36-29) with 15:37 left to play, but a 13-3 run sparked by six points from senior guard Kevin Gill and five points from Kleinlein gave W&L its first lead of the second half (42-39) with 11:46 remaining. The Generals did not trail again until the back-to-back three's by Ehilegbu and Eddie around the seven-minute mark of the second half set up the exciting finish. As a team, W&L shot 40.7 percent (22-54) from the floor and 8-of-18 (.444) from beyond the arc. The Generals also committed just eight turnovers and held a 39-32 advantage on the glass. Franz led W&L with 19 points, six rebounds and three assists. Kleinlein totaled a career-high 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting, including 4-of-5 from three-point range. Senior forward Drew Kimberly notched 12 points and nine boards, while Etling finished with 10 points and five rebounds. Ehilegbu paced the WildCats with 15 points and five rebounds.  Eddie finished with 12 markers, while Brown totaled 10 points. For the game, W&L limited Randolph to just 36.2 percent (21-58) shooting.     

FIRST SEASON MEETING WITH GUILFORD  •   GUILFORD 76, W&L 65 - (11/23/13)
Washington and Lee shot just 38.3 percent (23-60) from the floor and was out-rebounded, 46-29, in falling to Guilford by a score of 76-65 in ODAC men's basketball action on November 23 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. 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 then 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 GUILFORD  •   GUILFORD 64, W&L 52 - (2/8/14)
Washington and Lee shot 33.3 percent (15-45) from the field and turned the ball over 17 times in a 64-52 loss to Guilford on February 8 in the Warner Center. The Quakers opened the game on a 14-3 run, including seven points by first-year forward Alston Furr, in the first 6:52 of the contest. Guilford held at least an eight-point lead over the next five minutes until a layup by senior center Drew Kimberly cut the deficit to six, 18-12, with 8:20 left in the half. The Quakers pushed the lead back out to nine, but the Generals eventually worked the margin to five, 25-20, heading into halftime. Kimberly notched the first bucket of the second half to bring W&L within three (25-22), but Guilford scored the next five points to push the advantage to eight, 30-22, with 17:44 left in the contest. The Quakers remained in control over the next 12 minutes and held a 56-43 lead with 5:46 on the clock. Neither team scored over the next four minutes, but Kimberly started a run for the Blue and White by netting a triple, the first of his career, to cut the advantage to 10 (56-46) with 1:48 left. Following a turnover by Guilford, sophomore forward Andrew Franz netted two free throws. A steal by junior forward Patrick O'Connor led to first-year guard Andy Kleinlein splitting a pair of free throws to close the gap to seven, 56-49, with 56 seconds on the clock. Guilford scored eight of the final 11 points to hold off W&L and seal the 64-52 victory. Kimberly led the Blue and White with 19 points and eight rebounds. He finished two boards shy of his third consecutive double-double. Despite struggling from the field, Franz was the only other General in double figures. He finished with 10 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals. Furr led the Quakers with 20 points on 7-of-17 shooting. He also notched four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Senior forward Jake Hopkins added a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

LAST TIME AGAINST GUILFORD IN THE ODAC TOURNAMENT
(W&L 82, Guilford 76 (2OT), Feb. 27, 2009)
Guard Isaiah Goodman scored 24 points in leading eighth-seeded Washington and Lee to an upset of top-seeded and then 19th-ranked Guilford, 82-76 in double-overtime, in the quarterfinals of the ODAC Tournament at the Salem Civic Center on February 27, 2009. Washington and Lee held a slim, 30-28, lead at half despite shooting just 36.7 percent (11-30) and being out-rebounded, 23-15, in the opening half. The Generals forced the Quakers into 12 first-half turnovers, and connected on five three-pointers in the opening period in holding a two-point edge at the break. The Generals held a slight lead for much of the second period and following a free throw from guard Chris McHugh to put W&L up, 61-55, with 1:42 remaining, the Quakers ran off seven-straight points to take a 62-61 lead on a free throw from guard Rhett Bonner with 20 seconds remaining. Forward Zac White was fouled with six seconds showing on the clock and tied the game at 62-62 by splitting a pair of free throws to force overtime. In the first overtime period, Goodman gave W&L a 69-66 lead on a three-pointer with 34 seconds left. Bonner converted a layup for the Quakers on the next possession to cut it to a one-point Generals' lead with 13 seconds left, but W&L forward Ben Heller split a pair of free-throws with 12 seconds left to put W&L up, 70-68. Guilford forward George Neville tied the game at 70-70 and forced second overtime when he hit a lay-up with five seconds remaining. Bonner opened the overtime period with a layup to give the Quakers a 72-70 lead at the 4:15 mark, but McHugh hit his fifth three-pointer on the ensuing possession to put the Generals up for good, 73-72, at the 3:57 mark. Washington and Lee closed out the game connecting on 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch. McHugh scored 18 points for the Generals on 5-of-11 shooting from three-point territory. Heller added 14 points and seven rebounds, while White scored eight points, grabbed five boards and blocked four shots. In addition to his point total, Goodman recorded five steals. Bonner led Guilford with a game-high 28 points, including 10-of-11 at the charity stripe. Neville added 16 points and 12 rebounds, center Tyler Sanborn added 11 points and 21 rebounds. Guard Clay Henson chipped in 14 points.

SCOUTING GUILFORD
The Quakers enter the ODAC Quarterfinals as the third seed, after finishing the regular season 17-8 overall and 11-5 in the ODAC. Guilford earned the bye into Friday's game despite losing three of its final four ODAC contests, including a 75-57 loss at home to Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday. First-year forward Trever Hyatt led the Quakers with a team-high 18 points. Guilford is averaging 71.7 points per game on 41.6 percent shooting (659-1,583). Junior guard Matt McCarthy leads the team at 15.1 points per game, while senior forward Jake Hopkins adds 12.1 per outing. Hopkins also grabs a team-best 8.8 rebounds per contest. Guilford holds the advantage in the all-time series with the Generals, 32-17, including two victories this season. The Quakers have won 10 of the last 13 in the series. The Blue and White won the only previous meeting between the two teams in the ODAC Tournament.

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 119-167 (.416) 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 152-233 (.395) in his 15 seasons.

TOURNAMENT TIDBITS
This year marks the 29th berth to the ODAC Tournament for W&L. The Generals have a record of 23-26 (.469) in the tournament, and are 7-7 (.500) 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.

BACK FOR MORE
In his first ODAC Tournament game last year, Andrew Franz scored 17 points on 6-of-15 shooting against Eastern Mennonite. He followed that with 19 points in his second tournament game at Randolph on Tuesday. His career scoring average during the regular season is 12.0 points per game, but in ODAC Tournament games he is notching 18.0 points per outing. The best scoring average by a General over the course of his career in the tournament is Pat Dennis '78 at 25.0 per contest. Franz's 18.0 per game mark is currently the second-best in school history. The all-time single-game points record by a General in a tournament game is 28 done by Dennis 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.

BEHIND THE LINE WITH KLEINLEIN
Coming into Tuesday's game, first-year guard Andy Kleinlein had made only two of his last 12 three-pointers. In the win over Randolph, he drilled 4-of-5, with all four makes coming in the second period. The four three-pointers marked a career-high and improved his team-leading three-point mark to 40.0 percent (20-of-50). He also became only the fourth W&L player to hit at least four three-pointers in an ODAC Tournament game. Chris McHugh is the only General to ever make five in a contest, which he did three times. Kleinlein also set a career-high in points on Tuesday with 14.

PLAYING FROM BEHIND
In the upset at Randolph, the Generals won a game while trailing at halftime for the first time all season. The Generals were behind, 25-23, at the break, but out-scored the WildCats, 43-37, in the second half to secure the victory. W&L is now 1-13 when trailing at halftime this season, and 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 Guilford this season, the Blue and White was behind at the end of the first half.

ALL-ODAC HONORS
Senior center Drew Kimberly was honored as the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar Athlete Award recipient on Thursday and received Second Team All-ODAC accolades. Earlier this season, Kimberly garnered Capital One Division III Academic All-District honors. On the court, he averages 14.0 points per game and is fifth in the ODAC in rebounding at 8.1 per contest. He is also fourth in the league in field goal percentage at 58.5 (134-229) and fifth in blocked shots (23).

TEAM EFFORT
In securing the victory at Randolph, the Generals had four players score in double figures. Andrew Franz led the team with 19, Andy Kleinlein totaled 14, Drew Kimberly had 12 and junior forward Jim Etling notched 10. It marked only the fourth time this season W&L has had at least four players tally 10-or-more points, and the first since an 87-84 overtime victory against Roanoke on November 30. The Blue and White is 3-1 this season when at least four players reach double figures.

IN THE BOOKS
With its 18 attempts behind the three-point arc on Tuesday, the 2013-14 squad broke the school record for three-pointers attempted in a season. W&L has taken 510 three-pointers in 26 games, eclipsing the record set last year of 507.

THROUGH THE RIM WITH JIM
Despite only making 2-of-3 free throws on Tuesday, Jim Etling continues to lead the ODAC in free throw percentage. He is 50-of-54 to sit at 92.6 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 conference mark, a player has to average at least two free throw makes per contest and appear in at least 75 percent of the team's games.

STYLISH SENIOR NIGHT
On a night when 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 Randolph-Macon last Saturday, 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.

FRANZTASTIC PLAY
With his 24 points at Lynchburg last Monday, 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 13.5 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.