BRIDGEWATER, Va. - The Bridgewater College men's basketball team returns to action following the Christmas break when the Eagles travel to Christopher Newport for the Holiday Inn Captains Classic.
The Eagles will tip the tournament off early Friday evening at 5:30 p.m. against Houghton College. Houghton, a Division II college in Houghton, N.Y., plays in the Empire 8 Conference. The Highlanders enter the tournament with a 0-6 record and will be playing their first game since Dec. 7
Houghton is paced by seniors Chris Confair and Mark O'Brien. Confair, a 6-6 forward, averages 1.4 points per game while O'Brien, a 6=2 guard averages 13.4 points per game.
Bridgewater enters the tournament with a 6-3 overall record. Junior guard Ronnie Thomas leads the Eagles in scoring with 14.1 points per game. Junior guard Tavis Stapleton averages 10.9 points per contest while sophomore forward Ed Reddick averages 10.8 points and a team-high 6.0 rebounds per game.
Friday's nightcap features 19th-ranked CNU against Heidelberg University.
CNU enters the tourney with a 6-1 record with the lone loss coming against St. Mary's 65-60. The Captains own victories over the ODAC's Randolph-Macon along with a four-overtime, 81-79, thriller over Wesley College. Wesley defeated Bridgewater 68-65 at the BC/Don Glick Invitational.
The Captains are led by the high-scoring backcourt of Tra Benefield and Mike Cherry. Benefield, a 6-2 junior , leads the team in scoring with an 18.3 average while Cherry, a 5-10 sophomore, is close behind with an 18.1 scoring average. CNU also boasts an inside presence with 6-7 sophomore Nik Biberaj who averages 14.6 points per game.
Heidelberg's Student Princes, a member of the Ohio Athletic Conference, take a 5-5 record to the Captains Shootout. Nate Davis, a 6-5 forward, averages a double-double for Heidelberg with 17.5 points and 10. 1 rebounds per game.
Friday's losing teams will play in the consolation game on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.. The championship game follows at 6:00 p.m.