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Men's Basketball Treks to Wake Forest
Updated: Monday 11/22/2012 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary men's basketball team will play its second game in a matter of three days when it travels to Wake Forest on Friday night. The game carries a 7 p.m. tip-off and will be broadcast on ESPN3.

Fans can also follow the action on the Tribe Radio Network with Jay Colley and Charlie Woollum on the call. The Tide 92.3 FM in Williamsburg is the flagship station of the Tribe Radio Network and the broadcast can be found over the Internet at

  Game Day Information  -  Game 5 at Wake Forest
When:     Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, 7 PM
 Where:    Winston-Salem, N.C.  |  Campus Map  |  Visitors CenterDirections
Venue:    Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum  |  3-D Seat Viewer
Broadcast:    ESPN3  |  Listen Online  |  Live Stats
Game Notes:  William and Mary  |  Wake Forest  |  CAA
Season Stats:  William and Mary  |  Wake Forest  |  CAA
Tribe vs. Miami (Ohio) (Nov. 21)  |  Tribe at High Point (Nov. 17)
News:   Miami (Ohio) Hands W&M First Loss
Nov. 21, Daily Press

On the Right Track
Nov. 21, Virginia Gazette

William & Mary Wallops HPU
Nov. 17, High Point Enterprise

Shaver Returns Home to Face HPU
Nov. 17, High Point Enterprise
CAA Hoops Scoop  |

News and Notes

- W&M and Wake Forest will meet for the first time since 2009, when the Tribe downed the eventual NCAA Tournament bound Demon Deacons, 78-68, in Winston-Salem, N.C.

- The Tribe owns five ACC road wins since the league was founded in 1953. In 2009-10, the College became the first CAA team with two ACC road wins in the same season, tallying wins at Wake Forest and Maryland.

- According to as of Nov. 21, the Tribe ranks eighth nationally in free throw rate. The College is averaging 27.8 free throw per game through four games this season.

- The College leads the CAA in scoring (70.5) and field goal percentage (48.7). W&M has three players - Marcus Thornton (2nd - 17.8), Brandon Britt (4th - 17.0) and Tim Rusthoven (10th - 15.3) - among the top 10 in the CAA in scoring.

- The Tribe's game at Wake Forest will be the third of 12 televised contests for this season, including the second of three that will be on ESPN3.

Scouting Wake Forest
Wake Forest enters the post-Thanksgiving match-up with the Tribe at 2-2, following a 1-2 performance at the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. After narrowly falling to No. 23-ranked Connecticut, 77-71, the Demon Deacons fell to Iona, 94-68. In the seventh-place game, Wake upended Mercer, 74-71. The Deacs won their season-opener at home against Radford, 79-67, on Nov. 9.

In its last contest against Mercer, Wake Forest trailed by as many as 11 points in the second half, before rallying for the three-point victory. Travis McKie led the Deacs with 23 points and 15 rebounds, while C.J. Harris added 15 points.

McKie and Harris are Wake Forest's top scorers on the season at better than 15 points per contest. McKie nearly averages a double-double at 15.8 points and 9.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 45.9 percent from the field and 81.8 percent from the free throw line. Harris chips in 15.3 points per game, shooting 60 percent from the field and 54.5 percent from 3-point range. Codi Miller-McIntyre adds 9.3 points per game and a team-best three assists per contest. As a team, Wake Forest averages 73 points per game, while allowing 77.2 per contest. The Demon Deacons are shooting 47.3 percent from the field and 39.6 percent from 3-point range, but just 63.6 percent from the free throw line to go with 18 turnovers per game. Wake Forest is outrebounding its opponents by two per game and averaging 33.8 boards per contest.

Wake Forest leads the all-time series at 33-12, including a 13-3 mark in Winston-Salem. W&M, though, claimed a 78-68 victory in the last meeting between the two teams in 2009-10.

Last Time Against Wake Forest
In a victory that jump-started W&M's run to 22 wins and the program's second National Invitational Tournament appearance in 2009-10, the Tribe led by as many as 14 points in pulling away from eventual NCAA Tournament participant Wake Forest, 78-68, on Nov. 28, 2009. W&M became the first Wake Forest opponent ever to win at Joel Coliseum during the month of November, while also becoming the first unranked, non-BCS opponent to win at the facility. The Tribe shot 44 percent from the floor and was 27-of-35 from the free throw line (77.1 percent), while limiting Wake Forest to 35.1 percent. W&M received a double-double performance from David Schneider (16 points, 10 rebounds) to go with 16 points from Danny Sumner and Quinn McDowell's 14 points. Current Tribe players senior Matt Rum and redshirt junior Kyle Gaillard both saw extended minutes against the Demon Deacons. Gaillard scored four points with three rebounds in 17 minutes of action, while Rum was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line in 23 minutes.

Success Against the ACC
In three of the last four seasons, W&M has traveled to an ACC opponent when it treks to Wake Forest on Friday. The Tribe played a trio of ACC foes in 2009-10, before facing two in 2010-11. During the 2009-10 season, the Tribe tallied a pair of ACC road wins at Wake Forest and Maryland, becoming the first Colonial Athletic Association team since the league was established in 1985 to win two games on the road at Atlantic Coast Conference foes in a single year. Overall, the Tribe became just the sixth non-BCS teams since the establishment of the ACC in 1953 to win two road games against the league in a season. The wins at Wake Forest and Maryland in 2009-10 were the fourth and fifth ACC road wins in W&M history.

Best Start in 20 Years
With its road victory at High Point, W&M opened the year at 3-0, marking the best start for the Green and Gold since 1992-93 campaign. In total, it was the 23rd time in the 108-year history of Tribe basketball that the program started 3-0 in a season and just the third time in the last 30 years.

Three-Headed Scoring Monster
The Tribe's top three returning scorers, sophomore Marcus Thornton and juniors Brandon Britt and Tim Rusthoven, have upped their production in the early going of the 2012-13 campaign. The trio is averaging a combined 50.1 of the W&M's 70.5 points per game (70.9 percent). On the year, all three rank among the top 10 in the CAA with Thornton leading the way in second at 17.8 points per game, while Britt ranks fourth with an average of 17.0. Rusthoven rounds out the group at 15.3 points per game, which ranks 10th in the CAA.  In each of the Tribe's first three games, one of the trio led W&M in scoring with better than 20 points. Thornton topped the Green and Gold against Hampton with 24 points, before Britt led the team with 21 points at Liberty. In the 83-61 win at High Point, Rusthoven scored a team-high 23 points, while Thornton added 21 points.

Getting to the Line
The Tribe has done a great job of getting to the free throw line this season. Through its opening four games, the Green and Gold is averaging 18.8 made free throws on 27.8 attempts per game. According to, as of Nov. 20, the Tribe ranks third nationally in free throw rate at 58.7 percent, which figures the rate based on free throw attempts per field goal attempts. During head coach Tony Shaver's 10 seasons, W&M is 46-18 (.719) when attempting 25 or more free throws in a game and 23-9 (.719) when taking 30 or more. Over the last seven seasons, the College has posted a 56-22 (.718) mark when connecting on 15 or more free throws. The Tribe's record jumps to 23-6 (.793) over the last seven seasons when hitting on 20-plus free throws. W&M has made at least 15 free throws and shot more than 26 in all three of its victories this season.

Offensive Effectiveness
The Tribe is operating at a high-level offensively through the early part of 2012-13. W&M leads the CAA at 70.5 points per game and field goal percentage (48.7 percent), while leading the league in assists per game (13.8). According to, the Tribe ranks among the national leaders in a number of offensive categories as well. W&M is 36th nationally, as of Nov. 21, according to the Web site in effective field goal percentage (56.6 percent), which is the same as field goal percentage but gives teams more credit for 3-pointers made. W&M was 18th in 2-point field goal percentage (56.6) as well.

Bounce-Back Britt
After struggling during his sophomore campaign, Brandon Britt spent countless hours in the gym during the offseason and is poised for a bounce-back year in 2012-13. The Chesapeake, Va., native has enjoyed a stellar start to the 2012-13 season. Through four games, Britt ranks fourth in the CAA at 17 points per game. The junior guard ranks among the top 10 in the CAA in three other statistical categories, field goal percentage (3rd - .595), assists per game (7th - 2.8) and steals (9th - 1.8). Britt registered his 600th career point against Hampton with 17 points in the season opener and tops the current Tribe roster in career scoring with 659 points. In two of the last three games, he led W&M in scoring with 21 points at Liberty and 17 against Miami (Ohio).

Gaillard Returns
The Tribe received a boost to its lineup for 2012-13 as junior Kyle Gaillard returned to the fold after missing last season due to a leg injury. While he has been a force on the glass in each game this season, the Huntersville, N.C., native is starting to find his form offensively. Against Miami (Ohio) on Nov. 21, Gaillard scored 12 points, all in the second half, on 4-of-7 from the field, including a perfect 1-of-1 from 3-point range and 3-of-3 from the free throw line. In his first collegiate action in more than a year, he led W&M with eight rebounds against Hampton. At Liberty, he scored eight points and added four rebounds. Gaillard was exceptional defensively in the win at High Point. He limited the Panthers' leading scorer John Brown, who entered the game averaging 25 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, to just seven points on 2-of-9 shooting and three rebounds. Gaillard added seven rebounds and three assists against the Panthers. He currently ranks 15th in the CAA at 6.0 rebounds per game.


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