BRIDGEWATER, Va. – The Bridgewater College men's basketball team will try to build on its big road victory over Randolph-Macon when the Eagles continue conference play with a pair of games this week.
Wednesday evening the Eagles will host Shenandoah University. This will be Shenandoah's first trip to Nininger Hall as a member of the ODAC.
Shenandoah's first season in the ODAC has been a struggle as the Hornets enter the game with a 3-12 overall record. The Hornets are winless in conference play and bring an eight-game losing streak to Nininger Hall.
The Hornets are a very young team with six freshmen averaging more than 10 minutes of action per game. Shenandoah is led by its backcourt. Sophomore guard Jared Carithers paces the Hornets in scoring with 12.6 points per game while freshman backcourt mate Sharif Almulla averages 10.1 points per game.
Saturday, the Eagles travel to Lynchburg for a rematch with Randolph College. Randolph was ranked No. 24 in last week's D3hoops.com poll, but the WildCats dropped out of the rankings after losing their first game of the season this past Saturday at Virginia Wesleyan.
In the meeting earlier this season against Randolph the Eagles controlled play for 30 minutes, but could not hold off the WildCats down the stretch.
Bridgewater led by 12 points, 50-38, with eight minutes to play and maintained the lead until just 45 seconds remained. That's when a layup by Evan Horn put Randolph on top 59-58. The Eagles regained the lead on two foul shots by Ronnie Thomas, but two free throws by Colton Hunt put the WildCats up by one 61-50. BC tied the score on a free throw by Ed Reddick with 15 seconds left, but Randolph's Chris Battaglia swished a 15-footer with just four seconds left for the game-winner. Battaglia tacked on two foul shots with a second left for the final margin.
Hunt torched the Eagles for 28 points and Battaglia added 10. Thomas scored 22 for the Eagles and Aaron Adams finished with 11.
Hunt leads the ODAC in scoring with a 26.4 average while his backcourt mate Mike Ehilegbu averages 12.4 points per game.
Bridgewater enters play this week with a 9-6 overall record and a 3-3 mark in ODAC play.
The Eagles are coming off an impressive 66-62 victory on the road over Randolph-Macon. Junior forward Kenneth Waugh knocked down a 3-pointer with 32 seconds left to give the Eagles a two-point lead and his two foul shots with five seconds left iced the victory.
Tavis Stapleton led the Eagles with 17 points against the Yellow Jackets while Ed Reddick added a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Waugh finished with 11 points.
Thomas leads the Eagles in scoring this season, averaging 12.7 points per game. Reddick averages 12 points per game with Stapleton next in line with an 11.0 scoring average.
Reddick has been one of the hottest players in the ODAC over the past two weeks as he is averaging 17.2 points and 7.0 rebounds over his past four games.