BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Bridgewater College picked up its fourth straight victory with a 94-72 win Wednesday night over Shenandoah in ODAC action.
With the victory, the Eagles reached the .500 mark with an 11-11 overall record. Bridgewater is now 6-7 in conference play.
Bridgewater led 18-14 before opening up some breathing room with a 7-0 run. Ken Stanciel worked the lane for a bucket and Jimmie Sanders' 3-pointer pushed the Eagles ahead 23-14. A driving layup by Dimetri Chambers capped the run, giving the Eagles a 25-14 lead.
Shenandoah whittled away at the deficit and pulled to within four points, 30-26, with 4:01 left in the first half. The Eagles then hit the Hornets with a 14-2 spurt to close the half and take a 16-point lead. Chandler Murray scored from long range to push the margin to seven, but Avery White responded with a 15-footer for the Hornets, making the score 33-28. Stanciel and Davrion Grier then went to work in the paint as each scored from in close, making the score 37-28 at the 2:45 mark. Stanciel scored on a 10-footer and Grier scored inside for a 41-26 Bridgewater lead. Murray knocked down a 3-pointer with just eight seconds left, sending the Eagles to the locker room with a 44-28 halftime lead.
The Eagles outscored Shenandoah 10-6 in the first three minutes and seven seconds to start the second half, increasing the lead to 20 points. The Eagles led 44-31 before a layup by Muuray and a 3-ball by Chambers made the score 49-31. White answered with a 3-pointer for the visitors, but Chambers hit another 3-pointer and Grier threw down a two-handed dunk for a 54-34 Bridgewater lead with 16:53 left in the game.
Shenandoah battled back and cut the margin to nine points, 60-51, on a layup by Jalyn Jarrett with 11:38 left to play. Bridgewater responded, however with eight unanswered points to push the margin to 17. Chambers and Sanders each hit from beyond the arc and Stanciel scored from in close, putting the Eagles up 68-51 at the midway point of the second half.
Bridgewater led by at least 15 points the rest of the game to finish off the 94-72 victory.
After scoring just four points in the first half, Chambers caught fire in the second half and finished with 22 points and seven assists to lead the Eagles. Grier just missed a double-double with 17 points and nine boards. Stanciel and Murray gave the Eagles big production off the bench as Stanciel scored 16 points and grabbed eight boards while Murray added 11 points and six assists. Sanders chipped in with 10 points.
Bridgewater shot 53.7 percent from the floor, making 36-of-67 shots. The Eagles made 12-of-30 from 3-point range (40 percent).
The Eagles return to action Saturday afternoon when they host Guilford College.