MEDIA, Pa. - Bridgewater College utilized a balanced attack Wednesday evening to defeat Penn State Brandywine, 75-64, in non-conference men's basketball action.
The Eagles used 17 players in the contest and 14 broke into the scoring column. Ed Reddick led the Eagles with 18 points and eight rebounds. He was the only player in double figures. Matthew Hunter scored nine points for the Eagles.
"Everybody that dressed played in the first half. We've never done that before," head coach Don Burgess said. "As a coaching staff, we decided we wanted to try and get every player some action. Ed Reddick came off the bench and had an excellent game. Kordero Thompson came in and did a nice job on the boards. We had a lot of different guys take advantage of the opportunity to get some playing time."
The teams played on even terms for much of the first half. The score was tied at 20-20 with 6:34 left in the half, but then the Eagles reeled off eight straight points to take the lead for good.
Matt Hunter's jumper started the run before a free throw by Kyle Welty and a short jumper by Aaron Adams gave the Eagles a five-point 25-20 lead. Reddick cashed in at the foul line with three foul shots for a 28-20 lead with 3:34 left in the first half.
The Lions weathered the Eagles run and cut the lead to just one, 33-32, at the half.
Brandywine cut the lead to two 41-39, on a layup by Leonard Pray with 15:40 left, but the Eagles scored the next 12 points to take control of the game.
Ryan Johnson ignited the run with a 3-pointer and Thompson followed with a layup, making the score 46-39. Reddick hit two foul shots before a steal and layup by Thompson pushed the advantage to 11 points. Zach Hunter then knocked down a 3-pointer to put the Eagles on top by 14, 53-49, with 12:30 left to play.
With the victory, Bridgewater improves to 2-1 on the season. The Eagles are back in action Saturday afternoon at Nininger Hall when they host The College of New Jersey.