LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee men's basketball team shot just 33.9 percent (21-62) from the floor and committed a season-worst 22 turnovers in falling to Bridgewater, 79-62, on Wednesday evening at Nininger Hall.
The lead changed hands six times in the opening 15:17 of the game, before the Eagles (12-8, 6-5) wrestled the lead away for good with 4:43 left in the first half on a pair of free throws by first-year forward Ken Stanciel.
Stanciel's bucket was part of a 16-6 run in the final 5:33 that gave Bridgewater a nine-point lead (41-32) at the halftime break. Much of the damage was self-inflicted, as the Generals (12-8, 7-4) committed six turnovers during the run. All told, W&L committed 10 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes leading to 16 Bridgewater points.
W&L couldn't make up much ground on the BC lead early in the second stanza, as the Generals trailed by seven points (45-38) with 15:25 to go following a layup by first-year forward Curtis Mitchell (Chevy Chase, Md. / Georgetown Prep). Bridgewater would take over from that point; however, going on a 21-4 run over the next 6:01 to assume a 24-point lead (66-42) with 9:24 left.
First-year guard Dimetri Chambers scored seven points during the run, which was aided by six more W&L turnovers and 2-for-9 shooting by the Generals.
W&L slowly chipped away at its deficit, eventually cutting it to a 14-point game (76-62) on a three-pointer by senior guard Nicholas George (Charleston, W. Va. / Charleston Catholic) with 1:53 remaining, but the Blue & White could get no closer in dropping its third straight contest, the longest losing skid of the season.
Senior forward Clayton Murtha (Dallas, Texas / Highland Park) finished with a team-best 17 points and nine rebounds, while junior guard Devin Kearns (Cibolo, Texas / Samuel Clemens) notched 13 points, four assists and three steals. George finished with eight points and junior forward Roy McMillan (Raleigh, N.C. / Broughton) totaled seven points, eight rebounds and four assists.
Bridgewater shot 41.7 percent (25-60) from the floor and 22-of-33 (.667) from the foul line. Chambers paced five players in double-figures with a game-high 21 points. First-year guard Josh Cammon notched 13 points, Stanciel and sophomore guard Chandler Murray scored 11 points each, and junior forward Zach Breathwaite tallied 10 points.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Virginia Wesleyan for a 2:00 pm contest.