BRIDGEWATER, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men's basketball fell, 81-78, to Bridgewater College at Nininger Hall on Saturday afternoon.
BC (7-16, 4-10 ODAC) used a 16-2 run over a 4:42 stretch midway through the second half to turn a 52-52 game into a 68-54 lead with 4:31 to play, then held on as the Generals (12-11, 5-9 ODAC) made a late rally of their own.
During the Eagles run, BC limited W&L to just 1-of-4 shooting from the floor and forced five turnovers, including a stretch of four straight possessions that ended in a Generals turnover.
With 1:33 to play, the Generals trailed by 12 (75-63), before a pair of free throws by junior forward J.D. Ey (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) ignited a 15-6 game-ending run for the Generals that ended with first-year guard Javon McDonald (Schaumburg, Ill./Schaumburg) missing a potential game-tying three as time expired.
W&L was aided by poor BC free-throw shooting down the stretch, as the Eagles made just 6-of-12 free-throw attempts in the final 1:33, while the Generals made good on 7-of-10 attempts from the line and McDonald knocked down a pair of treys in the final 26 seconds.
In the first half, the Generals shot 50.0 percent from the floor (14-28) and held the Eagles to just 31.0 percent shooting (9-29), but W&L turned the ball over 11 times and Bridgewater made 10-of-14 free-throw attempts to keep the game close as Washington and Lee led just 35-30 at the break.
In the second period, BC improved to 55.2 percent (16-29) from the field and forced 13 more turnovers in producing the three-point win. For the game, W&L shot better from the field (.481-.431) and outrebounded the Eagles 41-33, but could not overcome the 24 turnovers which led to 36 point for Bridgewater.
Ey led the Generals with 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds. McDonald also scored 19 points, first-year guard Clay McClean (Charlotte, N.C./Davidson Day) scored a career-high 17 points and sophomore forward Larry Whitaker (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) had a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
Ed Reddick led the Eagles with 18 points, all in the second half. Ronnie Thomas and Matthew Hunter each scored 17 and Aaron Adams contributed 10 points.
The Generals return to action on Wednesday when they host Eastern Mennonite at 7:00 pm.