BRIDGEWATER, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men’s basketball team withstood a late Bridgewater rally as the Generals pulled out a 75-71 victory over the Eagles at Nininger Hall on Saturday afternoon.
Holding a four-point advantage at the break (35-31), W&L opened the second half on a 16-7 run to assume a 51-38 lead at the 11:47 mark following a dunk from first-year forward J.D. Ey (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park). The Generals (15-7, 7-6) still held a 13-point advantage (63-50) with 4:14 to play before BC (9-12, 6-8) went on a 14-3 run over the next 2:31 to pull within three points at 67-64 with 1:43 remaining. Bridgewater senior guard Dominic Trawick and senior forward Jake Johnson scored 12 of BC’s 14 points during the run.
However, the Generals composed themselves and responded by connecting on 8-10 free throws down the stretch to secure the win and earn a split of the regular-season series with the Eagles. For the game, W&L attempted 39 (26-39) free throws to just 15 (5-15) for the Eagles.
Senior forward Ben Goetsch (Timonium, Md./Gilman) led W&L with 18 points, while adding six rebounds. Ey finished with career-highs in points (14) and rebounds (9), while first-year guard Jeremy Adkins (Huntington, W. Va./Spring Valley) chipped in 14 points and junior guard Jason Cimino (Branchburg, N.J./Immaculata) totaled five points, six assists and four steals.
Trawick, the ODAC’s leading scorer entering the contest at 21.9 points per game, posted a game-high 25 points, but shot just 10-27 from the field, including 3-12 from beyond the arc. He also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and had five assists. Johnson added 17 points and five rebounds and junior guard Kyle Hammond registered 12 points.
The Generals return to action on Monday when they host No. 1 Guilford at &:00 pm in the Warner Center.