BRIDGEWATER - Bridgewater College ran its winning streak to five straight with an 83-59 non-conference victory Saturday afternoon over Ferrum College.
Bridgewater (7-4) overcame a subpar shooting day from 3-point range (10-of-37) by dominating the boards and limiting the Panthers to 32 percent shooting and forcing 21 turnovers.
AJ Horde turned in another stellar performance as the senior guard just missed a triple-double, finishing with 17 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. Ken Stanciel added 12 points off the bench and Josh Cammon scored 10 points.
Ferrum (2-6) was led by Marcus Huff and D'Andre Mullen as the duo combined for 46 of the Panthers' 59 points. Huff scored a game-high 28 while Mullen finished with 18.
Bridgewater won the rebounding battle by a 52-38 margin. In addition to Horde's 11 rebounds, Sami El-Rafey pulled down nine boards while Cammon, Stanciel and Davrion Grier each finished with six rebounds.
The Eagles jumped out to a 14-3 lead in the first seven minutes and never led by less than nine points the rest of the way. Dimetri Chambers put the Eagles on the board with a driving layup and Cammon added two free throws for a 4-0 Eagles' lead. Nick Helton knocked down a 3-pointer for Ferrum, but the Eagles scored 10 straight points to take control. Horde ignited the run with a 3-pointer and El-Rafey added two inisde buckets to make it 11-3. Cammon capped the run with a 3-pointer to put the Eagles up by 11 points.
The Eagles led by nine, 17-8, before a 9-0 spurt pushed the margin to 18, the team's largest lead of the half. Stanciel sandwiched two buckets around a layup by Horde for a 23-8 Bridgewater lead. TJ Turner then buried a 3-pointer, giving the Eagles a 26-8 lead with 7:13 left in the opening half.
Ferrum used a late 6-0 spurt to trim the margin to 10 points, 32-22, but buckets by Horde, Stanciel and Cammon increased the margin to 16 points. Ferrum's Josh Grimard made 1-of-2 foul shots with two seconds left in the half and the Eagles went to the break with a 38-23 lead.
A 3-pointer by Mullen pulled the Panthers to within 10, 38-28, early in the second half, but a 15-footer by Horde and a layup by Zach Breathwaite pushed the margin back to 14 points. The lead was 13 points, 48-35, when back-to-back 3-pointers by Horde put the Eagles ahead 54-35 with 13:47 left.
The Eagles led by as many as 27 points before finishing off the 83-59 victory.
Bridgewater returns to action Wednesday evening when the Eagles resume ODAC play with a short road trip to play rival Eastern Mennonite. Game time is 7:00 p.m.