LEXINGTON, Va. - Washington and Lee opened up a 19-point lead in the second half and then turned back a big Bridgewater rally to take a 101-89 victory over the Eagles in ODAC action Sunday afternoon.
Washington and Lee (9-4, 4-0 in the ODAC) led by eight points, 51-43, at the half and doubled that lead in the first five minutes of the second half.
The Generals took their biggest lead of the game with 11:20 left to play when William Brueggeman knocked down a 3-pointer to put the Generals ahead by 19 points, 83-64.
Bridgewater (8-5, 2-2 in the ODAC) then outscored the Generals 20-7 over the next seven minutes to trim the deficit to six.
Josh Cammon got the Eagles started with a 3-pointer and the Eagles' freshman followed that with a 15-footer, cutting the margin to 83-69. AJ Horde then drained a long 3-pointer to pull the Eagles to within 11 points, 83-72, with 8:47 left to play.
After Devin Kearns hit 1-of-2 free throws for the Generals, Bridgewater's Sami El-Rafey went to work on the offensive glass, converting two offensive rebounds into buckets to slice the deficit to eight, 84-76.
W&L's Curtis Mitchell and Cammon traded 3-pointers before another Generals' 3-pointer, this one by Nicholas George, put the hosts on top 90-79, with 6:17 remaining.
A layup by Horde trimmed the deficit back to single digits and, after the Eagles got a stop at the defensive end, TJ Turner connected from long range to pull the Eagles to within six, 90-84, with 5:33 left.
After Clayton Murtha worked inside to score for the Generals, Bridgewater sophomore Davrion Grier drove the lane for a bucket to keep the margin at six, 92-86, with exactly five minutes left.
Over the next two minutes, the Eagles had possession of the ball three times with a chance to further cut into the lead, but they were unable to convert at the offensive end.
With 3:07 left, Alex Starr scored on a layup for W&L, starting a 9-0 spurt that sealed the victory for the Generals.
Horde led the Eagles with a game-high 25 points. First-year backcourt mates Cammon and Dimetri Chambers also reached double figures with Cammon scoring 18 points and Chambers adding 15.
Six W&L players scored in double figures with Roy McMillan leading the way with 22 points.
The Generals shot 52.9 percent from the floor, making 37-of-70 shots. W&L owned a huge 50-32 advantage on the glass with two players recording double-doubles. McMillan pulled down 11 boards to go along with his 22 points and Murtha finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Bridgewater used the 3-point shot to stay in contention as the Eagles hit 15-of-31 attempts from long range.
The Eagles return to action Wednesday evening when they host Randolph-Macon College. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.