ARLINGTON, Va. - Marymount University controlled the paint Tuesday evening as the Saints defeated Bridgewater College, 73-55, in non-conference men's basketball action.
Marymount outscored the Eagles 44-14 in the paint and controlled the boards by a 41-26 margin.
Bridgewater got off to a quick start, opening up an eight-point lead in the first five minutes. Point guard Jimmie Sanders drove inside to put the Eagles on the board, but Taiga Walker answered with an inside bucket for the Saints to tie the score. The Eagles then scored the next eight points to open up a 10-2 lead. Monte Simpkins started the flurry with a 3-pointer and Josh Cammon added a jumper for a 7-2 Eagles' lead. Chandler Murray capped the early run with a 3-ball, to put the Eagles up by eight points with 15:13 left in the first half.
The Eagles then went cold from the field, scoring just one point over the next seven-plus minutes to fall behind 15-11. A layup by Ken Stanciel broke the dry spell at the 8:05 mark, pulling the Eagles to within two, 15-13.
Two free throws by Simpkins pulled the Eagles even at 17-17 and a short jumper by Sanders knotted the score at 19 apiece. Marymount's Ibrahim Kamara and Sanders then traded 3-pointers to keep the contest tied at 22-22 with 4:21 left in the first half.
Two foul shots by Sanders tied the score at 24-24 with 3:36 remaining, but the Saints outscored the Eagles 10-2 during the remainder of the first half to take a 34-26 lead at the break.
A jumper by Ryan Albert put the Saints ahead 39-28 with 17:53 left in the game and Marymount kept the margin in double figures the rest of the night, finishing with the 73-55 win.
Sanders was the only Bridgewater player in double figures with 17 points. Marymount utilized a balanced attack with five players in double figures. Kamara led the Saints with 13 points.
Bridgewater (1-2) returns to action Sunday afternoon when the Eagles open conference play on the road at Randolph College. Game time is 3:00 p.m.