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Eagles Face Tough Tests Against Virginia Wesleyan, Randolph-Macon

Eagles Face Tough Tests Against Virginia Wesleyan, Randolph-Macon


- The Bridgewater College men's basketball team would like nothing more than to build upon its most recent game - a conference road victory at Roanoke College. Stringing together wins this week will be no easy task as the Eagles face Virginia Wesleyan at home tonight and then hit the road Saturday for a date with Randolph-Macon.

Virginia Wesleyan was ranked No. 1 in the nation earlier this year before a four-game losing streak dropped the Marlins out of the Top 25. Virginia Wesleyan snapped the losing streak this past Saturday with a convincing victory over Shenandoah. The Marlins are still one of the favorites in the ODAC and will arrive at Nininger Hal with a perfect 4-0 record in conference play.

The Marlins feature a talented and experienced starting five with three seniors and two juniors. Junior guard DJ Woodmore, the reigning ODAC Player of the Year, returns in the backcourt and is averaging 14.8 points and a team-high 6.8 rebounds per game.

Senior forward Chris Astorga leads the Marlins in scoring with a 16.5 average while fellow senior Chris Teasley averages 13.6 points as part of Virginia Wesleyan's three-guard alignment.

Senior point guard Tre Ford is back running the show. Ford averaged 8.9 points per game and leads the team with 41 assists. Junior Colby Heard rounds out the starting five. The 6-6 junior averages six points and nearly five rebounds per game.

The Marlins' losing streak started at home with a 76-67 loss to Salisbury. Virginia Wesleyan then went on the road and suffered three straight losses. Wesley defeated the Marlins by two, 72-70, and then Emory took a 91-82 overtime victory over Virginia Wesleyan. Newport News Apprentice made it four straight losses with a 100-89 victory. The four teams that defeated the Marlins have a combined record of 40-16.

Randolph-Macon is 7-6 overall and 2-2 in the ODAC. The Yellow Jackets went 5-4 against a brutal non-conference schedule. R-MC has lost to Christopher Newport, Catholic, St. Mary's and Randolph- all teams ranked in this week's Top 25. The Yellow Jackets also lost to Guilford and Transylvania – two teams that received votes for this week's Top 25.

The Yellow Jackets are tough to beat at Crenshaw where the team is 5-0 this season.

The Yellow Jackets are led by their talented sophomore backcourt. Connor Sullivan leads the team with an 11.1 scoring average and point guard Marcus Badger averages 5.4 points and more than four assists per game.

Forwards Lamar Giggetts (10.9 points) and Andre Simon (10.6 points) both average in double figures. Simon also leads the team in rebounds with 6.3 boards per contest. Senior center Dylan Cole is also a force inside, averaging 8.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.

Saturday's game at Randolph-Macon is set for a 2:00 p.m. tip-off.