BRIDGEWATER, Va. – The Bridgewater Eagles face another big week in conference play as teams continue to jockey for position in the ODAC standings.
On Wednesday evening its rivalry time as the Eagles host Eastern Mennonite. Tip off is set for 7:00 p.m.
Since head coach Don Burgess took over the Eagles program the Eagles are 5-6 against their Route 42 rival. EMU has won four of the last five, including taking two out of three from BC a year ago.
Wednesday evening the teams will be jockeying for position in the middle of the ODAC pack. Both teams are 10-7 coming in, but the Eagles are a game ahead of the Royals in the ODAC standings. Bridgewater is 4-4 in the ODAC while the Royals are 3-5.
Senior Andrew Thorne leads the Royals in both scoring and rebounding. The 6-5 forward averages 16.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.
Thorne receives plenty of help at the offensive end as swing man R.J. Sims averages 14.2 points per game and point guard Dajon Daniel scores at a 10.3 clip. Daniel also has a team-high 38 assists.
In their most recent contest, EMU dropped a game at Yoder Arena as Hampden-Sydney outscored the Royals 104-94.
The Eagles are coming off a tough 62-53 loss at Randolph College, a game Bridgewater led by 17 points late in the first half.
Bridgewater has three players averaging in double figures, led by junior Ronnie Thomas with a 12.1 average. Sophomore forward Ed Reddick is averaging 11.3 points per game and junior Tavis Stapleton is scoring 11.1 points per contest.
Reddick leads the team in rebounding with 6.6 boards per game. Thomas has dished out a team-high 48 assists while Stapleton leads the Eagles in steals with 25.
Saturday afternoon the Eagles will make the long road trip to play the Emory & Henry Wasps.
E&H enters the week with a 3-12 overall record and a 1-7 mark in the ODAC. The Wasps' lone conference win came against Shenandoah, a team that is still winless in conference play.
Big man Armando Murrell leads the Wasps in scoring with an 11.2 average with freshman Myles Turner close behind with a 10.5 scoring average. Tyler Mullins leads E&H in rebounding, grabbing 5.6 boards per contest.
The Eagles won the first meeting between the teams earlier this season at Nininger Hall, 71-62. The Eagles led by 22 points, 59-37, with 10:47 left in the game and then held off a strong Wasps rally down the stretch to secure the victory.
Reddick led the Eagles in the first meeting with 19 points and nine rebounds. Thomas added 18 points and seven boards while Stapleton scored 14 points.
Turner paced the Wasps with 18 points and Murrell scored 14.
Game time for Saturday's contest at E&H is set for 2:00 p.m.