W&L Men's Hoops Nipped by Bridgewater, 68-64

W&L Men's Hoops Nipped by Bridgewater, 68-64

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men’s basketball team mounted a late second-half rally, but ultimately fell to Bridgewater, 68-64, on Wednesday evening at the Warner Center.

Trailing 55-32 with 9:28 remaining in the game, W&L (4-2, 1-1 ODAC) outscored Bridgewater (3-2, 1-0), 30-6, over the next 8:20 to assume a 62-61 lead with 1:08 to play. It was W&L’s first lead since 7-3 at 15:38 of the first half.

The lead was short-lived, however, as senior guard Dominic Trawick (Manassas, Va./Oak Park) hit a lay up following an offensive rebound on the ensuing possession to give BC a 63-62 lead with 41 seconds to play. From there, the Eagles would hit 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch to secure the four-point win.

Holding a slim 7-3 led at the 15:38 mark of the first half, the Generals were outscored 20-6 as Bridgewater grabbed a 23-13 lead with 5:10 left in the opening half. BC would extend its first-half lead to as many as 18 points (34-16) in taking a 34-19 lead into the break.

W&L shot just 23.8 percent (5-21) in the first half and turned the ball over 15 times in falling behind. Conversely, Bridgewater shot 60.9 percent (14-23) in the opening stanza, including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc.

In making its late rally, W&L forced the Eagles into 20 second-half turnovers and shot 6-for-14 from beyond the arc in the final 20 minutes. Senior forward Ben Goetsch (Timonium, Md./Gilman) paced the Generals with a game-high 27 points and 12 rebounds. First-year forward Doug Poetzsch (West Islip, N.Y./St. Anthony’s) scored a career-high 11 points. Senior forward Zac White (Baltimore, Md./Park School) added nine points and seven rebounds, while junior guard Jason Cimino (Branchburg, N.J./Immaculata) chipped in five points, five assists and a career-high six steals.

The Eagles were led by Trawick’s 16 points and six boards. Senior forward Jake Johnson (Round Hill, Va./Loudoun Valley) chipped in 11 points and five rebounds and senior guard D.J. Billups (Logan, N.J./Kingsway Regional) added 10 points and a team-high three steals.

The Generals return to action on Saturday when they travel to Averett for a 2:00 pm matchup.