BRIDGEWATER, Va. – The Bridgewater College men's basketball team will look to break a three-game losing streak this week as they host a pair of games in conference action. The Eagles will entertain Washington and Lee on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. and Roanoke on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.
The Eagles have lost their last three games to Randolph, Eastern Mennonite and Emory & Henry and need to get back in the win column as teams continue to jockey for position in the ODAC standings.
The losses to Randolph and E&H came on the road and both followed the same pattern. The Eagles played well in the first half, opening up big leads, but then struggled to put the ball in the hole during second-half action.
When W&L comes to Nininger, the Eagles will be meeting one of the hottest teams in the ODAC. The Generals have won four of their last five games to reach the .500 mark in conference play with a 5-5 record. Included in the four victories are upset wins of Guilford and Virginia Wesleyan, both in Lexington.
The Generals have struggled at times on the road where they have posted a 3-5 record.
Depth is a strong point for the Generals as W&L often goes 10 to 11 deep in its rotation. The Generals boast a balanced scoring attack led by guard Javon McDonald with an 11.9 average. Talented forward J.D. Ey averages 9.9 points per game and leads the Generals in rebounding with 8.8 boards per contest.
Saturday, the Eagles will host a young Roanoke squad that has struggled to a 1-9 record in conference play.
Earlier this season in Salem, the Eagles knocked off the Maroons 64-57. Ed Reddick led the Eagles with 19 while Aaron Adams and Kenneth Waugh came off the bench to score 10 points each. Bridgewater held Kwasi Amponsah, Roanoke's leading scorer to 13 points. Andrew Daniels came off the Maroons bench and scored a game-high 25 points.
With Amponsah, the Maroons have one of the most prolific scorers in the ODAC. The senior guard is second in the league with an 18.9 scoring average. Amponsah gets plenty of help at the offensive end as Daniels averages 12.0 points per game followed by Daniel Eacho with an 11.6 average and Julian Ramirez with a 10.0 average.
Offense hasn't been the problem for Roanoke as the team is averaging 74.7 points per game. The Maroons, however, are giving up the most points in the ODAC, allowing opponents to drop an average of 77.3 points per contest.
For the Eagles, junior guard Ronnie Thomas leads the team in scoring with 11.8 points per game. Reddick averages 10.8 points and Tavis Stapleton is scoring at a 10.3 clip. The trio struggled at E&H, combining for just 11 points.
Inexplicably, the Eagles have struggled from the free throw line during the second half of games during their three game losing streak. The Eagles have made 67 percent from the line during first-half play, but have dropped to 61 percent in the second half of games during the losing streak.
The games this week are crucial for the Eagles as they look to finish in the top eight in the conference. Bridgewater is currently tied for the eighth spot with EMU, both with 4-6 records. W&L is also right in that same mix, one game ahead of the Eagles at 5-5.