LEXINGTON, Va. - Washington and Lee outscored Bridgewater 24-12 during the final 10 minutes of play Wednesday night to pull away for a 76-62 ODAC victory over the Eagles.
Bridgewater scored the first basket of the game and led for the first 15 minutes of action. Davrion Grier and Monte Simpkins worked inside for buckets, giving the Eagles the early edge, 4-0. After the Generals closed to within, 5-4, Grier threw down a dunk for a 7-4 Bridgewater lead.
W&L's William Brueggeman and Bridgewater Will Bowser traded 3-pointers before a short jumper by Bowser put the Eagles up 12-7 with 14:04 left in the first half. Grier then scored inside, giving the Eagles their biggest lead at 14-7.
A 3-pointer by Chandler Murray with 10:43 left made the score 19-12, matching the Eagles largest lead. The Generals chipped away at the deficit and pulled even on a Richie Manigault layup, tying the game at 23-23, with 5:26 left in the half. Manigault was fouled on the play and added the free thow to give W&L its first lead of the night.
A layup by Liam Caswell had the Eagles within one point, 28-27, before Jack Lewis hit from long range, giving the hosts a 31-27 lead with 1:58 left in the half. The score stayed there until Manigault hit a 3-pointer just before the buzzer to send the Generals to the break with a 34-27 advantage.
W&L extended the margin to 11 points early in the second half, but the Eagles battled back to trail by just four when Murray drained a 3-pointer to trim the margin to 42-38.
The Generals' lead was seven when Eagles' guard Liam Caswell hit a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to four, 52-48. The Eagles got the ball back when the Generals were whistled for an offensive foul and Caswell added two foul shots on the next possession to make it a two-point game, 52-50, with 10:01 remaining.
Bridgewater then went nearly six minutes without scoring and the Generals reeled off 16 consecutive points during that span to take control with a 68-50 lead with 4:11 to play.
Bowser came off the bench and led four Eagles in double figures with 16 points. Caswell scored 14 points, followed by Murray with 12 and Grier with 10. Simpkins just missed a double-double, finishing with nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
W&L's Brueggeman hit 9-of-15 field goal attempts to lead all scorers with 24 points. Curtis Mitchell had 13 points and 10 rebounds while Mark Lamendola finished with 11 points for the Generals.
Bridgewater, now 6-8 overall and 2-3 in the ODAC, returns to action Saturday when the Eagles make the long road trip to Greensboro, N.C., to play the Guilford College Quakers.