By Christian Sherman
BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Bridgewater College used a 13-0 run to go up 23 points and never looked back in a 94-84 rout Wednesday of the Washington and Lee Generals. The run came within a larger 32-15 run to begin the second half that put the Eagles up 75-52.
Dimetri Chambers had a monster night for Bridgewater recording 28 points, four assists, and six steals on 7-of-11 shooting. The Bridgewater guard converted four of his five attempts from 3-point range. Chandler Murray and Ken Stanciel both added 14 points off the bench. Murray shot 4-of- 11 from the field, knocking down four of his eight 3-point attempts. Stanciel went 3-of-5 from the field and went a perfect eight-for-eight from the line. Josh Cammon added 12 points and Davrion Grier scored 10 points on 50 percent shooting and was a presence down low, blocking four W&L shots.
The Generals led by as many as seven in the first half after a Kevin Dennin three put W&L up 20-13 with 8:42 to go in the half. A 19-4 Eagles run followed, turning the tide of the game and putting the Eagles up 32-24 with 5:11 remaining. The run began with back to back Cammon triples. Grier then got into the paint and rose above the defense for an easy two and a Chambers layup gave the Eagles an 23-22 lead. A Chambers three, a Monte Simpkins free throw, a Simpkins layup, and a tough Chambers and-one finally put the Eagles up eight.
The Eagles began to run away with it in the second half after a Jimmie Sanders three off a Chambers steal and assist. Chambers forcing or collecting turnovers and getting out, running the break, and making plays would prove to be a theme for most of the night. After a Grier layup, Chambers converted two free throws to put the Eagles up 10 at 50-40. The Eagles and Generals traded buckets and the lead remained at 10 with 11:34 to go. After back to back Murray threes, five points from Stanciel, and two Cammon made free throws the lead ballooned to 23 with 7:40 to go.
The Eagles were able to overcome a 52-27 rebounding deficit by dominating the turnover battle, forcing 27 and recording only 15. The Eagles shot nearly 50 percent from three and 82 percent from the stripe. Going 12-of-26, the Eagles shot better from three than they did from two (15-35).
Generals forward Roy McMillan scored 24 for W&L on 7-of- 15 shooting. Curtis Mitchell dominated down low, grabbing 14 boards and blocking four shots. He and William Brueggeman added 13 points. Devin Kearns and Kevin Dennin both had 12. The Generals knocked down only six threes on the night to the Eagles 12.
With the win the Eagles improved to 9-11 and 4-7 in ODAC play. The Generals fall to 13-7 (6-5 ODAC).
Bridgewater returns to action Saturday with a road trip to the University of Lynchburg. Game time is 2:00 p.m.