Bridgewater College Men’s Basketball Falls in ODAC Quarterfinals

Eagles Season Comes to an End With a 80-49 Loss to the Yellow Jackets

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The Bridgewater College men’s basketball team hosted Randolph-Macon in the quarterfinals of the ODAC tournament and lost 80-49. Junior guard David Oliveras handles the ball against Randolph-Macon.

Evan Maxey, Staff Writer

Bridgewater, Va. – Randolph-Macon jumped out to an early 6-0 lead over Bridgewater College in the first two minutes of the game on Saturday and would lead the rest of the way. The Eagles would struggle to stop Yellow Jackets from scoring all afternoon on their way to an 80-49 loss to end the season. 

The Eagles started their scoring for the day with a three pointer from senior guard Chandler Murray, with the assist coming from first-year forward Alec Topper. Murry, who was playing his final game for the Eagles, ended the day with seven points, six rebounds and two assists. 

Leading 6-3 with two minutes gone, the Yellow Jackets went on a 7-0 run in the coming minutes with a made layup from sophomore forward Miles Mallory and a three-point jumper from senior guard Lorenzo Woods. 

Randolph-Macon went on to add a couple of made free-throws from senior guard Anthony Buzz. 

Junior guard Andy Pack started a run for the Eagles by scoring four straight points himself with a layup out in transition and then a jumper on the possession — which cut the Macon lead to 13-7.

The Yellow Jackets went on to score ten straight points on the Eagles, making the score 23-7. 

The scoring run forced BC to call their first timeout of the half with 10:30 left in the first half. The Eagles got a much-needed bucket from junior guard David Oliveras coming out of their timeout. 

BC trailed by 18 points late in the first-half before first-year forward Daniel Mbangue hit a layup as time expired — which brought the score to 39-19 at the half.

RMC came out of the half firing with a made three-point jumper from Buzz, 19 seconds into the second half. BC would not go away just yet though, Oliveras fired back with a layup of his own, followed by a three-pointer from Topper, to cut the lead to 42-24.

Randolph-Macon’s largest lead of the contest, which was 31 points, occurred twice in the second half when Mbangue hit a layup and again when junior guard Daquon Morris hit a three-point jump shot to make the score 80-49 in the closing seconds. 

Pack led the Eagles on the day with 17 points, while Oliveras chipped in another ten points for BC. Buzz, who is an All-American, led all scorers for the day with 23 points and eight assists. 

The Bridgewater College Eagles finished the season with a 2-6 overall record. Three of the six losses came at the hands of this Randolph-Macon team. The Eagles will head into the offseason and will look to improve for the start of next season.