Bridgewater Holds Off W&L, 65-64, in Men's Basketball

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Bridgewater College senior guard Kyle Hammond (Bluefield, Va./Bluefield) hit a pair of free throws with 13 seconds remaining to propel the Eagles to a 65-64 win over the Washington and Lee men's basketball team at the Warner Center on Saturday afternoon.

W&L (13-9, 5-9 ODAC) trailed be seven points (60-53) with only 3:28 remaining in the game before a three-point play by junior guard Jon Guest (West Hartford, Conn./Kingswood-Oxford) ignited a 9-3 spurt that pulled the Generals to within a single point (63-62), courtesy of a Guest jump shot at the 1:05 mark.
On Bridgewater's ( 7-16, 3-11) ensuing possession, first-year center Drew Kimberly (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) came up with a steal that led to a jumper by sophomore forward Jeremy Adkins (Huntington, W. Va./Spring Valley) that gave W&L a 64-63 lead with 27 ticks on the clock.
Following a timeout, Hammond drew the foul that sent him to the free throw line for a one-and-one where he made the game-clinching free throws.
Adkins' jumper as time wound down was off the mark and W&L lost for the fifth time in its last six games.
Bridgewater, which shot a blistering 69.6 percent (16-23) in the second half, used an 13-4 run midway through the second half to turn a 42-36 deficit into a 49-46 lead by the 9:34 mark. W&L managed to time the game at 49-49 on a layup by Kimberly, before BC pushed out to the aforementioned seven-point lead and the game's frantic final minutes.
In the first half, both teams came out sluggish, combining to shoot just 26.5 percent from the floor (18-68), including just 24.4 percent (10-41) for the Generals. W&L did hit four of its last seven shots of the opening frame to take a 27-22 lead at the break and the Generals extended their lead to as many as eight points in the opening minutes of the second half.
For the game, W&L shot just 34.3 percent (24-70) from the floor, while the Eagles finished at 48.0 percent (24-50). The Generals out-rebounded BC 43-33, including 19-4 on the offensive glass, and committed just 10 turnovers to 16 for the Eagles, but failed to overcome the poor shooting.
Adkins led W&L with 18 points, while Kimberly added a career-high 13 points and a career-high-tying eight rebounds. Sophomore forward J.D. Ey (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) chipped in six points, six boards and three assists.
Senior forward Rick Maloney (Virginia Beach, Va./Floyd Kellam) led Bridgewater with 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting and he grabbed six rebounds. Senior guard Drew Maynard (Charlottesville, Va./Albermarle) scored 15 points and three steals, while Hammond added nine points.
W&L returns to action on Monday when it travels to Hampden-Sydney for a 7:00 pm contest.