W&L's SEASON ENDS WITH A 66-60 LOSS TO #20 ROANOKE IN THE ODAC TOURNAMENT (2/20)

SALEM, Va. -- Sixth-seeded Washington and Lee shot 50 percent from the floor (18-36), 50 percent from three-point land (9-18), and 75 percent (15-20) from the free throw line, but it wasn't enough as Roanoke edged the Generals, 66-60, in the Semifinals of the ODAC Tournament in Salem, Va.

W&L shot 55.6 percent and led by as many as six points on several occasions in posting a 29-27 halftime advantage.

The Generals (9-16) held the lead until the 15:47 mark of the second half, when Colby Leftwich gave the Maroons a 35-34 lead on a lay-up. W&L could not regain the lead although it made things nip-and-tuck for much of the remainder of the game before the Maroons (22-4) pulled away late in the contest.

W&L was led by freshman forward Ryan Small (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park), who scored 14 points on 3-of-5 shooting from beyond the three-point arc. Junior guard Will Ballard (Elkin, N.C./Elkin) notched 13 points and tied a career-high with seven rebounds, while senior center Brian Ricketts (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis University School) scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds. Ricketts set a new ODAC Tournament record by going 13-for-13 from the free throw line in the Generals' two games. Ballard was 9-of-9 from the line in the tournament as well.

Jason Strickland led Roanoke with 20 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the floor. He also grabbed eight rebounds and tied an ODAC Tournament record with eight steals in the game. Brad Dunleavy notched 15 points, while Colby Leftwich tallied 11 points and five boards.

Roanoke meets top-seeded Hampden-Sydney in the championship game on Monday evening at 7:00 pm.

 
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W&L SHOCKS BRIDGEWATER IN ODAC TOURNAMENT, 55-50 (2/19)

SALEM, Va. -- Sixth-seeded Washington and Lee was a perfect 19-of-19 from the free throw line and posted a 55-50 win over third seeded Bridgewater in the quarterfinals of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament. Washington and Lee (9-15) advances to Sunday's semifinal and will play Roanoke at 4 pm. Bridgewater finishes its season 17-8, falling in the ODAC Quarterfinals for the second consecutive season.

The perfect 19-of-19 performance at the line ties the ODAC record for team free throw percentage in a game while setting a new W&L record.

Senior center Brian Ricketts (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis University School) recorded a double-double for Washington and Lee with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Ricketts was the only W&L performer in double figures, while five different players contributed eight points each.

Matt Stevens led Bridgewater with 16 points, connecting on 7-of-11 field goals. Kyle Williford added 10 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. The Eagles committed just nine turnovers but struggled at a .352 rate from the field.

Washington and Lee never trailed in the first half and held a 27-23 lead at the break. The Eagles took their first lead of the game, 45-44, with 4:31 remaining on a Stevens lay-up. Single free throws by Shane Burnette and Brad Harrington gave BC a three-point advantage, 47-44 with 2:23. Ricketts netted a lay-up and added a free-throw for a three-point play to tie the game at 47 with 2:04 remaining. The Generals scored their final eight points of the game from the line, hitting 8-of-8 free throws in the final minute, while Bridgewater connected on just one of its five field goal attempts after taking the three-point lead.

 
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W&L ROLLS TO FIRST ROAD VICTORY OF SEASON AT GUILFORD (2/16)

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Washington and Lee men's basketball team earned the sixth seed in the upcoming ODAC Tournament with a huge 74-56 victory at Guilford College on Wednesday evening. The win was the first for the Generals on the road this season.

W&L (8-15, 6-12 ODAC) went on a 9-0 run early in the first half on three consecutive three-pointers by freshman Ryan Small (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) to take an 18-9 lead over the Quakers (6-18, 4-14 ODAC). The Generals took the lead into halftime, holding a 33-26 advantage. Despite shooting only 38.9 percent in the second stanza, W&L never trailed, cruising to the 74-56 win.

The Generals shot a torrid 65.0 percent from the floor in the first half, including 5-of-8 from behind the three-point arc. For the game, W&L hit 10-of-16 treys, including a combined 7-of-11 from Small and junior guard Chad Braley (Huntington, W.Va./Paul Blazer). Small led the Generals with a career-high 18 points, while Braley and senior guard Walt Plyler (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) each hit for 14 markers. Plyler's career high included 7-of-8 from the charity stripe which proved crucial in maintaining the Generals' second-half advantage. Brian Ricketts (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis Univ. School) led the Generals on the boards with a game-high 8 rebounds.

Leading the Quakers in scoring was Todd Ashworth with 11 points. Brad Woolley and John Carter each chipped in with 10 points. Guilford shot just 36.1 percent from the floor, and hit just 2-of-16 three-point attempts in the contest.

W&L will return to action on Saturday, as it faces the third-seeded Bridgewater Eagles in the ODAC Tournament Quarterfinals in Salem, Va. The game is set to begin at 8:00 pm.

 
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BRIDGEWATER DEFEATS WASHINGTON AND LEE, 59-45 (2/14)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Bridgewater held W&L to just 16 points on 15.6 percent shooting from the floor in the second half in erasing a seven-point (29-22) halftime deficit en route to defeating Washington and Lee, 59-45, at the Warner Center.

The Eagles began to second half on a 9-0 run over the first 3:45 to take a 31-29 lead and continued to extend that lead in cruising to the win.

Bridgewater (17-7, 12-6) was led by senior forward Brad Harrington (Richmond, Va./Monacan), who scored 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the floor. Sophomore center Kyle Williford (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) scored 10 points, collected eight rebounds, blocked six shots, and dished out five assists, while junior forward Shane Burnette (Richmond, Va./Lloyd C. Bird) scored eight points and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds.

Washington and Lee (7-15, 5-12) was paced by freshman guard Toussaint Crawford (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti), who scored 14 points. Senior center Brian Ricketts (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis University School) scored six points and collected a team-high eight rebounds.

Bridgewater shot 56.5 percent in the second half, 43.1 percent in the game, and outrebounded the Generals, 42-32.

W&L will be in action again on Wednesday evening as it travels to Guilford for a 7:30 pm contest.

 
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ROANOKE DEFEATS W&L, 69-55 (2/12)

SALEM, Va. -- Washington and Lee held Roanoke to 20 percent shooting in the first half and 41 percent for the game but the 21st-ranked Maroons forced 34 General turnovers in defeating W&L, 69-55, on Saturday evening in Salem, Va.

W&L trailed by just one point (20-19) at the break, but a 20-4 second half run by Roanoke broke the game open and gave the Maroons a 51-33 lead with 7:02 remaining. The Generals would not challenge from that point on.

The Generals (7-14, 5-11) were led by freshman guard Toussaint Crawford (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti), who scored 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Freshman forward Ryan Small (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) tallied 11 points, while senior center Brian Ricketts (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis University School) collected a game-high nine rebounds.

Roanoke (19-4, 14-3) was led by Colby Leftwich and Brad Dunleavy, who each tallied 17 points. Ben Halterman notched 12 points in the win.

Washington and Lee will next play on Monday evening at 7:00 as it hosts Bridgewater in a 7:00 pm contest.

 
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W&L SUFFERS YET ANOTHER OVERTIME DEFEAT, 68-63, AT LYNCHBURG (2/9)

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men's basketball team suffered its second consecutive overtime defeat, falling to the Lynchburg Hornets by a score of 68-63 on Wednesday evening.

The Generals (7-13, 5-10 ODAC) had a chance to win the game in regulation, possessing the ball with the score tied and only 22 seconds left to play. W&L, however, was not able to muster a shot, and the teams went into the extra period with the score tied at 54. The squads traded baskets throughout the first half of the overtime, but in the end the difference came at the charity stripe. Holding a two-point lead, Lynchburg hit on three-of-four crucial free-throws in the last 11 seconds to ice the victory.

The Hornets (8-14, 5-11 ODAC) were led in scoring by Mike Gleason, who tallied a career-high 20 points in the win. Dennis Brown amassed 17 points and seven rebounds.

Junior guard Will Ballard led the Generals with a career and game-high 22 points, including four-of six from behind the three-point arc. He also dished out five assists. Freshman forward Ryan Small chipped in with a career-high 17 points, including three-of-four treys. Senior center Brian Ricketts led the Generals in the post, collecting 11 points and 12 rebounds.

For the game, W&L shot 51.1 percent from the floor while holding the Hornets to just 36.4 percent. The Generals connected on 8-of-14 three-point attempts for 57.1 percent. W&L suffered from 27 turnovers, compared to just 13 for Lynchburg.

W&L will return to action on February 12, when it travels to Roanoke College for a date with the Maroons. Tip-off is set for 7:00 pm.

 
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RANDOLPH-MACON DEFEATS WASHINGTON AND LEE, 76-70, IN OVERTIME (2/7)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Freshman forward Jared Mills (Reading, Pa./Reading Central Catholic) scored 24 points and collected 16 rebounds to help lead Randolph-Macon to a 76-70 overtime victory over Washington and Lee on Monday evening at the Warner Center.

W&L (7-12, 5-9) led by three points (63-60) with 13 seconds remaining in the second half, however, R-MC freshman forward Jamie Rice (Hagerstown, Md./St. Maria Goretti) hit a three-pointer with five seconds to knot the score at 63-63. Junior guard Will BallardÕs (Elkin, N.C./Elkin) three-pointer at the buzzer fell short and the two teams headed to overtime.

Washington and Lee struck first, taking a five-point lead (68-63) just 1:20 into the overtime on a layup by senior center Brian Ricketts (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis University School) and a three-pointer by Ballard. However, the Yellow Jackets (12-10, 9-7) outscored W&L 13-2 the rest of overtime to claim the six-point victory.

Ballard led the Generals with 14 points and six rebounds, while Ricketts totaled 10 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Will Cotter (Wayne, Pa./Conestoga) tallied 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc.

Rice tallied 15 points and senior guard Mike LaGuardia (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) notched 11 points for the Yellow Jackets.

R-MC shot 49.1 percent from the floor and 55.6 percent from three-point land, but had 21 turnovers. Washington and Lee shot 40.6 percent from the floor, while committing just 15 turnovers.

W&L will be in action again on Wednesday, as it travels to Lynchburg for a 7:00 pm contest with the Hornets.

 
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WASHINGTON AND LEE DEFEATS EASTERN MENNONITE, 56-51 (2/2)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee snapped a seven game losing streak against Eastern Mennonite and ran its home record to 7-2 on the season with a 56-51 win over the Royals on Saturday afternoon in the Warner Center.

W&L led the game by a 17-13 count with 6:11 remaining in the opening half before Eastern Mennonite surged on a 12-0 run over the next 7:11 to take a 25-17 lead with 19:00 remaining in the game.

The Royals (9-11, 5-9) pushed their advantage to 11 points (31-20) with 14:18 remaining, however, W&L would come back. The Generals (7-11, 5-8) surged on a 23-6 run over the next 7:48 to take a six-point lead (43-37) that they would not surrender.

EMU sliced the W&L lead to one-point (46-45) with 2:47 remaining, but the Generals 8-of-10 free throws from that point on to seal the win.

Junior guard Chad Braley (Huntington, W.Va./Paul Blazer) led the Generals with a game-high 17 points on 4-of-7 shooting from beyond the three-point arc. Senior forward Scott Hudson (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) tallied nine points and three blocked shots, while senior center Brian Ricketts (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis University School) corralled a team-high eight rebounds.

Eastern Mennonite was led by senior forward Quincy Longacre (Telford, Pa./Christopher Dock), who tallied 14 points and 12 rebounds. Junior center Neal Lewis (Glen Allen, Va./Benedictine) also notched a double-double for the Royals, totaling 12 points and 12 rebounds.

EMU shot just over 28 percent from the floor, but outrebounded the Generals, 46-32. W&L shot 32 percent from the floor, but made good on 81.8 percent of its free throws (18-of-22).

Washington and Lee returns to action on Monday evening as it hosts Randolph-Macon in a 7:00 pm contest.

 
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SHENANDOAH SHOOTS DOWN W&L, 73-67 (2/2)

WINCHESTER, Va. -- Ted Davis hit 11-of-13 shots from the floor on his way to a game-high 24 points in leading the Shenandoah College Hornets to a 73-67 victory over Washington and Lee in men's basketball action on Wednesday evening.

The Hornets (10-8) trailed by as many as seven points in the first period (19-12), but closed the half on a 9-0 run to take a 37-33 lead going into the break. W&L would never regain the lead, as Shenandoah connected on 12-of-14 foul shots in the second half to secure the non-conference victory. Tyson Thompson chipped in 18 points for the Hornets, including 8-of-9 from the charity stripe.

The Generals (6-11) were led by freshman guard Scott Hetterman (Falls Church, Va./Landon), who tallied career-highs in points (16) and rebounds (7). Two other W&L players scored in double-figures, as junior guard Will Ballard (Elkin, N.C./Elkin) amassed 13 points and junior guard Chad Braley (Huntington, W.Va./Paul Blazer) connected for 11, including three treys.

For the game, Shenandoah hit 23-of-25 foul shots for 92 percent. The Hornets shot 46 percent from the floor while holding W&L to just 40 percent. Shenandoah outrebounded the Generals by a count of 36-34.

W&L will return to action on Saturday, February 5, when it plays host to the Royals of Eastern Mennonite at 3:00 pm.

 
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WASHINGTON AND LEE DEFEATS VILLA JULIE, 80-69 (1/30)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee shot a season-best 50 percent from the floor, including 10-of-15 (.667) from three-point range in defeating Villa Julie College, 80-69, on Sunday afternoon in the Warner Center.

The Generals (6-10) shot 53.8 percent from the field and 80 percent from the three-point arc (8-10) in the opening stanza, but led just 40-39 at the half.

However, in the second half, W&L held the Mustangs (4-13) to just 30 percent shooting in ending its five-game losing skid.

The Generals placed five players in double-figures led by junior guard Chad Braley (Huntington, W.Va./Paul Blazer), who scored 16 points on 5-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc. Senior center Brian Ricketts (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis University School) tallied 13 points and 10 rebounds, while senior forward Scott Hudson (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) notched 11 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore foward Bob Bustamante (Miami, Fla./Christopher Columbus) and freshman guard Scott Hetterman (Falls Church, Va./Landon) each scored 10 points.

Villa Julie was led by freshman guard Steve Johnson (Baltimore, Md./Towson Catholic), who tallied 18 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore center Jermaine Smith (Baltimore, Md./Poly Tech) totaled 16 points and 11 rebounds, while junior guard Jeb Barbar (Rockville, Md./Montgomery Rockville C.C.) notched 12 points.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Wednesday evening as it travels to Winchester, Va., for a non-conference tilt with Shenandoah University. Tip off is slated for 7:30 pm.

 
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W&L GIVES NO. 1 HAMPDEN-SYDNEY A SCARE; TIGERS PREVAIL, 56-49 (1/26)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee gave Hampden-Sydney, ranked No. 1 in Division III, a scare before falling to the Tigers, 56-49, on Wednesday evening in the Warner Center.

Hampden-Sydney (17-0, 11-0) surged to a 14-point lead (17-3) just 9:03 into the first half, however, Washington and Lee chipped away to cut the Tiger lead to just five points (28-23) at the half.

The Generals (5-10, 4-8) continued to slice into the H-SC lead in the second half and tied the game at 41-41 with 7:51 remaining. W&L trailed by just three points (52-49) with :28 seconds remaining, but the Tigers hit four free throws in that span to escape with the seven-point win.

Washington and Lee was led by freshman guard Toussaint Crawford (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti), who scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Senior center Brian Ricketts (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis University School) tallied eight points and a game-high nine rebounds. W&L shot 44 percent from the floor, while holding Hampden-Sydney to a season-low 33 percent from the floor. The 56 points were also a season-low.

Senior forward Jack Jirak (Lexington, Ky./Lexington Christian) and senior guard T.J. Grimes (Onancock, Va./Nandua) were the only two in double-figures for the Tigers. Jirak scored 12 points to go along with six rebounds, while Grimes totaled 11 points.

Washington and Lee will next play on Sunday as it hosts Villa Julie College in a 3:00 pm contest.

 
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W&L FALLS TO EASTERN MENNONITE IN OVERTIME, 71-62 (1/22)

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Eastern Mennonite shot just 36 percent from the floor, but hit 33-of-44 free throws to claim a 71-62 overtime win over Washington and Lee on Saturday afternoon in Harrisonburg, Va.

In a nip-and-tuck game throughout, EMU (6-9, 3-7) held a three-point lead (57-54) with 4.2 seconds remaining in regulation. W&L junior forward Will Ballard (Elkin, N.C./Elkin) then hit a leaning three-pointer with 0.9 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.

In the extra frame, EMU hit 10-of-14 free throws and held W&L to just five points to claim the win. The Royals were led by Joel Kaufman's game-high 24 points on 10-of-11 shooting from the foul line. Quincy Longacre tallied 19 points and 11 rebounds and Neal Lewis notched 15 points and 10 rebounds to help the Eastern Mennonite cause. For the game, Eastern Mennonite turned the ball over 25 times, but outrebounded W&L, 51-36.

Washington and Lee (5-9, 4-7) was led by sophomore forward Bob Bustamante (Miami, Fla./Christopher Columbus), who scored 15 points. Senior center Scott Hudson (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) tallied 14 points and nine rebounds, while Ballard finished the game with 10 points.

The Generals will be in action again on Wednesday as they host top-ranked Hampden-Sydney in a 7:00 pm contest.

 
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EMORY & HENRY DROPS W&L, 67-59, IN MEN'S HOOPS (1/19)

EMORY, Va. -- Emory and Henry outscored Washington and Lee 10-2 over the final two minutes of regulation, in claiming a 67-59 Old Dominion Athletic Conference victory on Wednesday evening in Emory, Va.

The Wasps (5-9, 3-5 ODAC) were led by senior guard Patrick Bailey, who tallied a game-high 23 points, including four three-pointers. Recording a double-double for E&H was center David McManus, who notched 14 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. The Wasps shot only 38 percent from the floor in the contest, but were bolstered by hitting 13-of-16 from the charity stripe, including 11-of-12 in the second half.

W&L (5-8, 4-6 ODAC) placed only one player in double-figures. Junior guard Chad Braley came off the bench to score a team-high 11 points. Toussaint Crawford and Walt Plyler each chipped in nine points to aid the Generals' cause. W&L committed 19 turnovers in the contest, and connected on only 17-of-28 free throws. The Generals did win the battle of the boards, however, outrebounding the Wasps by a count of 39-38. Brian Ricketts grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

W&L will return to action on January 22, when it travels to Harrisonburg, Va., to take on the Royals of Eastern Mennonite. Tip-off is set for 3:00 pm.

 
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VIRGINIA WESLEYAN HANDS W&L SECOND STRAIGHT LOSS, 76-69 (1/16)

NORFOLK, Va.. -- Tim Petrillo poured in a game-high 23 points and five assists in leading the Blue Marlins of Virginia Wesleyan to a 76-69 win over the Washington and Lee men's basketball team in Norfolk, Va. The loss was the second consecutive ODAC defeat handed to the Generals.

The Blue Marlins (5-9, 3-6 ODAC) connected on 8-of 20 three-pointers during the contest. Other Va. Wesleyan players tallying double figures in points were McKinley Ford with 12, James Wallace with 11, and Ron Yuhasz with 10. Yuhasz also grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.

The Generals (5-7, 4-5 ODAC) were led by senior center Brian Ricketts who tallied 15 points and five rebounds in the loss. Other W&L players making significant contributions included freshmen Toussaint Crawford (14 points) and Will Cotter with 12. Will Ballard and Scott Hudson each tallied 10 points, while Hudson snagged a team-high six rebounds. On the afternoon, W&L shot 42 percent from the floor and committed a season-low nine turnovers.

W&L will return to action on January 19, when it travels to Emory, Va., to take on the Wasps of Emory & Henry. Tip-off is set for 7:00 pm.

 
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RANDOLPH-MACON DOWNS W&L IN BASKETBALL, 80-64 (1/15)

ASHLAND, Va.. -- Jamie Rice poured in 25 points to help lead Randolph-Macon College to an 80-64 win over the Generals of Washington and Lee on Saturday afternoon in Ashland.

Rice connected on 8-of-11 shots from the floor en route to his game-high point total. He also hit eight-of-eight from the line in the win. Other Yellow Jackets scoring in double-figures included Mike LaGuardia with 19, and Jared Mills with 10. For the game, R-MC (7-6, 4-3 ODAC) shot 49.2 percent from the floor and 90.5 percent from the charity stripe.

The Generals (5-6, 4-4 ODAC) were led by senior center Brian Ricketts who tallied 20 points and 10 rebounds in the loss. Ricketts was aided by Will Ballard with 14 points and Scott Hudson with 10 points and seven rebounds. W&L suffered the entire game from cold shooting, ending the contest at only 28.6 percent from the floor. The Generals hit only 3-of-23 from behind the three-point arc.

W&L will return to action tomorrow, January 16th, when it travels to Norfolk, Va., to take on the Blue Marlins of Virginia Wesleyan. Tip-off is set for 2:00 pm.

 
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W&L DEFEATS LYNCHBURG IN FOUR OVERTIMES, 96-92 (1/12)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Senior center Brian Ricketts (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis University School) posted career-highs in points (27), rebounds (21), and blocks (6) to help lead Washington and Lee to a 96-92 win over Lynchburg on Wednesday evening at the Warner Center.

The Generals (5-5, 4-3 ODAC) trailed by as many as 16 points (41-25) with 16:34 remaining in regulation, but outscored the Hornets 32-14 over the next 13:47 to take a 57-55 lead with 3:47 remaining. The two teams then ended the second half tied, 60-60.

Both teams had numerous opportunities to win the game in the four overtimes, but no team could take control until Ricketts broke a 90-90 tie on a layup with 36 seconds remaining in the fourth overtime. Ricketts then made 3-of-4 free throws in the final 11 seconds to seal the win.

Freshman guard Toussaint Crawford (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) also tallied a career-high 27 points on 12-of-18 shooting. Junior guard Chad Braley (Huntington, W.Va./Paul Blazer) amassed 15 points, including four three-pointers that helped the Generals slice into their second half deficit. Sophomore forward Bob Bustamante (Miami, Fla./Christopher Columbus) added 11 points and seven rebounds.

Lynchburg (4-8, 1-5 ODAC) was led by senior forward Dennis Brown (Lynch Station, Va./Altavista). Brown tallied a game-high 32 points and 10 rebounds. Senior forward Jerry OÕHara (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield) scored 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the loss.

For the game, Washington and Lee shot just 48.6 percent from the foul line (18-37), while Lynchburg shot 63 percent (17-27).

Washington and Lee will return to the court on Saturday as it travels to Randolph-Macon for a 4:00 pm contest.

 
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W&L DEFEATS GREENSBORO, 75-74, IN OVERTIME (1/9)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Senior forward Scott Hudson (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) scored a season-high 19 points and claimed a career-high 12 rebounds to lead Washington and Lee to a 75-74 overtime win over Greensboro on Sunday afternoon at the Warner Center.

Washington and Lee (4-5) led by as many as eight points (51-43) with 9:59 remaining in the second half, however, the Pride (3-6) fought back to tie the game at 66-66 with five seconds remaining. W&L's Brian Ricketts (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis University School) was then fouled by Greensboro junior foward Khalid Greenaway (St. Croix, Virgin Islands/St. Joseph) as time expired sending the senior center to the line with a chance to win the game.

Ricketts, W&L's top free throw shooter (78.4%), missed both free throws and the game went to overtime.

In the extra frame, W&L assumed a quick 69-66 advantage as junior guard Chad Braley (Huntington, W.Va./Paul Blazer) hit a three-pointer with 4:39 remaining. Greensboro tied the game at 69-69 with 4:12 left, but the Generals would hold on for the one-point win.

Junior guard Will Ballard (Elkin, N.C./Elkin) added a season-high 17 points, while senior point guard Walt Plyler (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) tallied five points and a season-high seven assists.

Greensboro was led by senior guard Shannon Scales (Winston-Salem, N.C./East Forsyth), who tallied 19 points and nine rebounds. Senior center Marlon Perry (Greensboro, N.C./Northeast Guilford) scored 17 points and claimed eight rebounds.

Washington and Lee will return to the court on Wednesday as it hosts Lynchburg College at 7:00 pm.

 
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ROANOKE DOWNS W&L, 90-59, IN MENÕS BASKETBALL (1/4)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Senior guard Paris Butler (West Springfield, Va./West Springfield) tied a Roanoke record by hitting six three-pointers en route to a game-high 20 points in leading the Maroons to a 90-59 win over Washington and Lee on Saturday afternoon at the Warner Center.

Leading 34-28 with 1:05 left in the first half, Roanoke surged on a 19-2 run over the next 5:33 to take a commanding 55-30 lead with 14:32 remaining. They would cruise from there to the win.

Junior forward Jason Strickland (Charlottesville, Va./Covenant) scored 18 points and junior guard Brad Dunleavy (Roanoke, Va./William Fleming) added 11 points to lead the Maroons (10-1, 5-0).

W&L (3-5, 3-3) was led by sophomore forward Bob Bustamante (Miami, Fla./Christopher Columbus), who scored 16 points. Freshman guard Scott Hetterman (Falls Church, Va./Landon School) scored a career-high 10 points and claimed seven rebounds.

Washington and Lee will return to the court on Sunday as it hosts Greensboro College in non-conference contest at 3:00 pm.

 
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W&L WINS THIRD IN A ROW, DOWNS GUILFORD, 73-67 (1/4)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Sophomore forward Bob Bustamante (Miami, Fla./Christopher Columbus) scored a career-high 20 points to help Washington and Lee to a 73-67 win over Guilford on Tuesday evening at the Warner Center. The win was W&L's third in a row.

The Generals (3-4, 3-2) trailed by three points (33-30) at the half, but took the lead at 41-40 with 13:32 remaining and never looked back. The lead swelled to as many as 11 points (63-52) with 4:10 remaining, but Guilford (3-6, 2-2) clawed back to cut its deficit to just four points (66-62) with 56 seconds remaining.

However, junior guard Chad Braley (Huntington, W.Va./Paul Blazer) hit six-of-six free throws in the final 55 seconds the seal the win for W&L. Braley ended the game with 12 points. Senior center Brian Ricketts (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis University School) chipped in with 11 points and seven rebounds.

Guilford was led by junior guard David Zelickson's (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) 15 points. Junior center Todd Ashworth (High Point, N.C./Southwest Guilford) tallied 10 points and 14 rebounds, while freshman guard Paul Kindem (Chapel Hill, N.C./East Chapel Hill) totaled 14 points and three assists.

Washington and Lee will return to the court on Saturday as it hosts Roanoke in a 4:00 pm contest.

 
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W&L EVENS ODAC MARK WITH A 60-52 WIN OVER VIRGINIA WESLEYAN (1/2)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- W&L forced 24 Virginia Wesleyan turnovers and held the Blue Marlins to just 2-of-17 shooting from behind the three-point arc to post a 60-52 win on Sunday afternoon at the Warner Center.

After trailing 18-16 at the break, W&L shot 48 percent and scored 44 points in the second half. Sporting a 39-37 advantage with 7:17 remaining in the game, the Generals went on an 8-0 run over the next 2:30 to post a 10-point lead (47-37), before holding on for its second straight win.

The Generals (2-4, 2-2) were led in scoring by junior guard Chad Braley (Huntington, W.Va./Paul Blazer), who posted 13 points and five rebounds. Seniors Brian Ricketts (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis University School) and Scott Hudson (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) both notched double-doubles in the post as Ricketts totaled 10 points and 11 rebounds and Hudson tallied 10 points and 10 rebounds. Hudson also collected a career-high five blocked shots.

Virginia Wesleyan (2-7, 0-4) was led by sophomore forward McKinley Ford (Virginia Beach, Va./Kempsville), who had 16 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore guard Carl Lentz (Virginia Beach, Va./Cox) collected 12 points and senior center Ron Yuhasz (Dover, Del./Ceaser Rodney) posted a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Washington and Lee will return to the court on Tuesday as it hosts Guilford College in a 7:00 pm contest.

 
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W&L WINS HOME OPENER, 67-53, OVER EMORY & HENRY (12/8)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee, playing its first home game of the season, posted a 21-4 lead in the first 7:52 of the game and cruised to a 67-53 win over Emory & Henry on Wednesday evening.

The win was the first in the career of head coach Jeff Lafave.

The Generals (1-4, 1-2) shot 55.2 percent in the first half, while holding the Wasps to just 25 percent shooting in mounting a 40-16 halftime advantage.

Freshman forward Scott Hetterman (Falls Church, Va./Landon School) led W&L with 13 points. He was joined in double-figures by senior forward Brian Ricketts (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis University School), who tallied 12 points and seven rebounds. Senior guard Walt Plyler (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) collected a game-high six assists.

Emory & Henry (3-5, 1-2) was led by senior center David McManus (Greensboro, N.C./Western Guilford), who totaled a game-high 16 points.

Washington and Lee will return to the court on Sunday, January 2 as it hosts Virginia Wesleyan in a 3:00 pm contest.

 
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W&L FALLS TO No. 2 RANKED HAMPDEN-SYDNEY (12/1)

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va.. -- The Washington and Lee men's basketball team dropped an 82-50 loss to the Tigers of Hampden-Sydney College on Wednesday night in Hampden-Sydney, Va.

Hampden-Sydney entered the contest ranked No. 2 in the latest Division III national poll. The Tigers (5-0, 1-0 ODAC) jumped ahead early and cruised into halftime with a 42-23 lead over the Generals. They continued to pour it on in the second half, outscoring the Generals 40-27 for the 82-50 margin of victory.

W&L was led by sophomore forward Bob Bustamante (Miami, Fla./Christopher Columbus), who posted team-highs in both points (10) and rebounds (7). Freshman guard Toussaint Crawford (Laurel, Md./Palotti) also tossed in 10 points for the Generals.

The Tigers were led by Jack Jirak and Matt McKeag, each of whom tallied 15 points on the game. Brett Thompson led Hampden-Sydney on the boards with 11. The Tigers outrebounded W&L 55-27 on the night.

W&L will return to action on December 8th, when it plays host to the Wasps of Emory & Henry. The game will be the first home contest of the year for the Generals. Tip-off is set for 7:00 pm in the Warner Center.

 
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BRIDGEWATER DOWNS WASHINGTON AND LEE, 78-71, IN MEN'S BASKETBALL (11/28)

BRIDGEWATER, Va. -- Sophomore center Kyle Williford tied a career-high with 28 points and Bridgewater used a 17-4 start to the game to post a 78-71 win over Washington and Lee in the ODAC-opener for both teams.

W&L came charging back from an 11-point halftime deficit to cut the Eagles' lead to just three points (71-68) with 1:30 remaining in the game, but Bridgewater hit 7-of-8 free throws in the final 1:20 to clinch the win.

W&L was led by junior guard Chad Braley (Huntington, W.Va./Paul Blazer), who tallied 22 points, tying a career-high. Braley hit a career-high six three-pointers in nine attempts. Sophomore forward Bob Bustamante (Miami, Fla./Christopher Columbus) scored 14 points and junior guard Will Ballard (Elkin, N.C./Elkin) tallied 10 points. Senior forward Brian Ricketts (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis University School) grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds for the second straight game.

For the game, the Generals (0-3, 0-1) hit 12-of-24 three-point attempts and turned the ball over a season-low 13 times.

Williford posted his 28 points on 14-of-19 shooting from the floor, while senior forward Brad Harrington provided additional scoring punch for the Eagles (3-1, 1-0), tallying 20 points boosted by 12-of-18 free throw shooting.

Washington and Lee will next play at Hampden-Sydney on Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm. The Tigers were the NCAA Division III National Runner-up last season.

 
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W&L Falls to Middlebury, 72-69

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- The Washington and Lee men's basketball team fell to 0-2 on the season, dropping a 72-69 loss to the Panthers of Middlebury College on Tuesday night in Middlebury, Vt.

W&L led 62-56 with 4:18 left to play but the Panthers were able to rally to claim the win. The comeback was sparked by a four-point play by Eric Bundonis which tied the score at 62-62 with 2:43 remaining. Middlebury secured the win with outstanding foul shooting, connecting on 25-of-30 for the game. A John Barrett miss from the charity stripe with :03 on the clock gave the Generals one last chance to tie the game at the buzzer, but a Bob Bustamante attempt from half-court sailed wide.

On the day, W&L was led in scoring by senior forward Scott Hudson with 17 points. Senior center Brian Ricketts tallied 10 points while grabbing 15 rebounds, while Bustamante chipped in 14 points and six rebounds. On the day, W&L shot 48.1 percent from the floor while holding the Panthers to just 32.8 percent. John Cormier led Middlebury with 15 points while Andrew Shogan posted 13 points and six rebounds. For the game, the Generals outrebounded the host Panthers by a count of 42-35. The downfall for the W&L proved to be its 22 turnovers, compared to just 12 for Middlebury.

Next on the Generals slate are the Eagles of Bridgewater College on Sunday, November 28. The game is set to begin at 7:00 pm in Bridgewater, Va.

 
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W&L Men's Basketball Drops Tough Loss to Harvard

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Washington and Lee men's basketball team opened its season on Saturday, November 20, dropping a 72-43 decision to the Crimson of Harvard University.

W&L hung close to the Division I Crimson for more than a half, trailing 33-31 with 18:00 left to play. Harvard then reeled off 19 consecutive points to end the upset bid of the undersized Generals.

For the game, W&L was not able to place any scorers in double figures. The Generals (0-1) were led by junior guard Will Ballard (Elkin, N.C./Elkin) and freshman guard Toussaint Crawford (Laurel, Md./Pallotti) with eight points apiece. Senior forward Scott Hudson (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) played a solid game in the post, tallying five points, five rebounds, and three blocks.

Harvard (1-0) was led by Dan Clemente with 19 points. Also in double figures for the Crimson were Damian Long with 11 points and Andrew Gellert with 10.

The Generals will continue their road trip with a contest against Middlebury College on Tuesday, November 23. Tip-off is set for 7:30 pm in Middlebury, Vt.

 
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