W&L Men's Basketball Upended by Bridgewater, 94-84

Curtis Mitchell '21 goes up for a shot.

BRIDGEWATER, Va. — The Washington and Lee men's basketball team committed a season-high 27 turnovers in a 94-84 loss at Bridgewater on Wednesday evening at Nininger Hall.

The Generals (13-7, 6-5 ODAC) held a seven-point lead (20-13) 11 minutes into the game, but a 19-4 assault by the Eagles (9-11, 4-7 ODAC) flipped the advantage to the home team, 32-24, by the 5:11 mark.

W&L answered with eight straight points, capped on a layup by junior guard Kevin Dennin (Severna Park, Md./Severn School), to tie the game (32-32) with 3:11 left in the first, but Bridgewater scored eight of the final 10 points of the half to take a six-point margin, 40-34, into the break.

The spread was 10 points (62-52) in favor of the Eagles with 11:34 left in the contest, but then back-to-back three-pointers by junior guard Chandler Murray and an old-fashioned three-point play from sophomore forward Ken Stanciel stretched the lead to 71-52 at the 9:40 mark.

The run continued with four more free throws from Bridgewater to push the margin to its largest of the night, 75-52, with 7:40 on the clock. The Blue and White made a late spurt over the final seven minutes to trim the deficit to nine (93-84) with just under 30 seconds remaining, but Bridgewater held on for the 10-point victory.

Sophomore forward Curtis Mitchell (Chevy Chase, Md./Georgetown Prep) ended the night with a double-double, totaling 13 points, a career-best 14 rebounds and four blocks. Senior forward Roy McMillan (Raleigh, N.C./Broughton) registered a team-high 24 points, while hitting 8-of-8 from the foul line. He also added six rebounds and three blocks.

The Blue and White held a 51-27 advantage on the glass, but the Generals' 27 turnovers compared to 15 for the Eagles proved to be the difference. Bridgewater scored 35 points off W&L's miscues, while the Blue and White had just 14 points off turnovers.

Sophomore guard Dimetri Chambers led all players with 28 points, six steals and four assists. He was 7-of-11 from the floor and 4-of-5 from long range. Murray and Stanciel each scored 14 points off the bench.

The Generals are back at home on Saturday, taking on Virginia Wesleyan at 2:00 pm.

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