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No. 5 Virginia Wesleyan Stops Bridgewater

No. 5 Virginia Wesleyan Stops Bridgewater

BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Nationally-ranked Virginia Wesleyan bounced back from a Saturday loss to defeat the Bridgewater College Eagles, 72-52, Monday night at Nininger Hall.

The Marlins, who dropped from No. 2 to No. 5 in the Top 25 poll after Saturday's loss at home to Guilford, took the lead early against the Eagles.

Bridgewater scored first on a jumper by David Larson before a layup by Wesleyan's Donald Vaughn tied the score. Chris Astorga then knocked down a 3-pointer for a 5-2 lead and the Marlins never trailed again.

The Eagles hung around for most of the first half and trailed by just 11 points, 34-23, at the break.

Virginia Wesleyan opened the second half with a 7-0 spurt to take an 18-point lead and the Eagles could get no closer than 13 the rest of the way.

Bridgewater used a 6-0 spurt to slice a 19-point margin to 13 with 5:41 left in the game. Tavis Stapleton scored on a short jumper and a layup and Ed Reddick hit two foul shots, making the score 55-42.

A three-point play by Reddick kept the margin at 13 points before the Marlins put the game away with a 5-0 run to open up a 63-45 lead with 3:28 left.

Cody Griffith led the Eagles with 12 points and Reddick just missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds. Larson also scored 10 points for the Eagles, now 5-12 overall and 2-7 in the ODAC.

Astorga paced the Marlins, now 14-2 overall and 7-1 in the ODAC, with 22 points and Vaughn finished with 20.

Bridgewater returns to action Saturday afternoon when the Eagles host Emory & Henry. Game time is 2:00 p.m.