BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Bridgewater closed the first half with a 7-2 spurt to take a nine-point lead and the Eagles pilled away in the second half to defeat Washington and Lee, 79-62, at Nininger Hall.
Wednesday's game was in stark contrast to the meeting earlier this season in Lexington, Va., where the Generals hit the century mark in a 101-91 win over the Eagles.
Washington and Lee (12-8, 7-4 in the ODAC) led 26-24 on a layup by big man Clayton Murtha, but the Eagles reeled off the next eight points to take the lead for good. Two foul shots by Zach Breathwaite pulled Bridgewater even and two more free throws by Ken Stanciel put the Eagles ahead 28-26. Breathwaite and Stanciel then went to work in the paint with each scoring a bucket to give Bridgewater a 32-26 lead with 3:26 left in the half.
The teams traded hoops and a layup by W&L's Kevin Dennin pulled the Generals to within four, 34-30. Chandler Murray drained a long 3-pointer to put the Eagle ahead by seven before an inside basket by Murtha made it a five-point Eagles' lead at 37-32. Stanciel made two foul shots and Murray added two more at the line in the closing seconds of the half to send the Eagles to the locker room with a 41-32 cushion.
The Eagles' lead was seven points early in the second half before Murray and TJ Turner knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers to push the margin to double figures, 51-38, with 14:52 left in the game. A layup by Monte Simpkins increased the lead to 15 points before W&L's Michael Hegar scored on a driving layup to trim the margin to 53-40. Murray drove past a defender for an easy layup, but Generals' forward Roy McMillan threw down a dunk in transition to once again cut the margin to 13 points, 55-42.
Bridgewater (12-8, 6-5 in the ODAC) then broke the game open with a 15-3 run to take its biggest lead of the night.
After Dimetri Chambers made 1-of-2 foul shots, Josh Cammon worked inside for a bucket to put the Eagles up 58-42. Chambers then knocked down a 3-pointer and was fouled on the shot. He made the free throw to complete the four-point play,giving the Eagles a 20-point lead, 62-42, with 10:23 remaining.
Chambers and Breathwaite then added inside hoops to make it 66-42 before Murtha went to work inside and converted a three-point play to cut the deficit to 66-45. Chambers drained another 3-pointer and Stanciel made 1-of-2 foul shots to put the Eagles comfortably ahead, 70-45, with 8:27 left to play.
Chambers, the top scoring freshman in the ODAC, made 6-of-11 shots, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range, to lead the Eagles with 21 points. Four teammates joined him in double figures. Cammon scored 13 points, followed by Murray and Stanciel with 11 points each and Breathwaite with 10.
Murtha, the ODAC's leading scorer, led the Generals with 17 points, one point below his conference-leading average.
The Eagles finished with a slim, 43-42, edge on the glass. Cammon just missed a double-double as the led Bridgewater with nine rebounds.
Bridgewater is back in action Saturday when the Eagles travel to Lynchburg, Va., to play Randolph College, Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m.