By Christian Sherman
BRIDGEWATER, Va. - A 49-22 first half advantage sealed the game early as the Guilford Quakers raced out to 77-53 victory over the Eagles. Bridgewater shot only 27 percent on the afternoon and only 25 percent from three.
Quaker forward Marcus Curry and guard Jaylen Gore scored 16 and 14 points respectively, on four of six and five of seven shooting, respectively. Gore was also tied for the team lead in rebounds and assist with seven and three. Eleven Quakers recorded a point.
After a Davrion Grier and one, the Eagles trailed 7-6 with 15 minutes remaining in the first. The Generals then rattled off a 21-2 run capped off by back-to-back Will Leckonby threes to go up 24-8. Leckonby also hit a three earlier in the run, giving the Quakers nine of their 21 points in the span. By the four minute mark, the lead had ballooned to 21 after two Carson Long free throws made it 39-18. The Quakers added five in the half's final two minutes and Jaylen Gore knocked down a jumper with six seconds remaining to jump out to a 27-point lead, the biggest lead of the night.
In the second half, a Chambers three cut the lead to 14 with eight minutes remaining but the Eagles failed to bring it any closer thereafter. The Quakers went on another run and a Liam Ward three and a Gore jump shot only four minutes later put the Quakers back up 25 at 75-50.
Despite the big loss, the Eagles made more threes, blocked more shots, and turned the ball over less. Perhaps the biggest tell tale was free throw shooting and rebounding. The Generals scored 25 and shot 83 percent from the foul line to only 11 points on 52 percent free throw shooting by the Eagles. The Eagles were out rebounded by the Quakers 49-33.
After six straight losses, Bridgewater had rattled off four straight wins and improved their record to 11-11. The Eagles have two more regular season contests remaining, Wednesday at Eastern Mennonite and Saturday at Roanoke.
The Quakers improve to 17-6 with the win, second place in the ODAC. They close out the season hosting Emory And Henry Wednesday and Washington and Lee Saturday