LEXINGTON, Va. - Washington and Lee outscored Bridgewater 18-5 over the final 3:59 of the first half to take a two-point halftime lead and the Generals pulled away in the second half for an 87-70 ODAC victory Wednesday evening.
Bridgewater controlled play early and took its biggest lead at 25-13 when Chandler Murray knocked down a 3-pointer with 7:30 left in the half.
The Generals cut the margin to four, 25-21, before Eagles' freshman guard Jimmie Sanders scored seven straight points to push the lead back to double figures. Sanders hit a 3-pointer to put the Eagles up 28-21. Murray then came up with a steal and dished to Sanders who hit another 3-pointer while being fouled. Sanders finished off the four-point play to put the Eagles up 32-21 with 3:59 left in the half.
W&L closed the half with an 18-5 run to take a 39-37 lead at the break.
The Generals led by four, 45-41, with 16:45 left in the game. W&L then outscored the Eagles 28-12 over the next nine minutes to pull away for a 73-53 lead with 7:35 remaining.
The difference in the final outcome came from long range where W&L made 14-of-31 3-point shots, compared to Bridgewater's 6-of-22 effort from beyond the arc. The Generals also controlled the boards by a 56-39 margin.
Bridgewater, now 2-5 overall and 0-2 in the ODAC, is back in action Saturday afternoon when the Eagles host Randolph College. Tip-off is set for 4:30 p.m. Randolph won the first meeting between the two teams in Lynchburg, 74-73.