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Men’s Basketball Team Defeats Bridgewater: Advance to ODAC Semi-Finals

Richard Gill

The Roanoke College men’s basketball team (regular season record of 11-15) defeated the Eagles of Bridgewater College (regular season record 14-12) by a score of 76-68. This allows the Maroons to advance to the quarter finals of the ODAC tournament while the Eagles pack up their equipment and wait until next year’s season starts. The men’s team will play the Hampden-Sydney Tigers who are #3 in the ODAC tournament and the favorite to win the game with a regular season record of 22-3. The game will be held tonight, Friday, February 22nd at the Salem Civic Center. The start time is set for 6:00 PM, and admission costs are $11 for adults, $4.50 for children 12 and under, and free admission for Maroon Club members, students, faculty, and staff of Roanoke College.

The game on Monday started with Bridgewater taking a 9-6 lead in the first three minutes of the game. Bridgewater and Roanoke traded baskets and leads for the next 10 minutes of the first half until with 7:26 remaining in the first half, Kwasi Amponsah made a jump shot to give Roanoke a 23-21 lead which they refused to give up for the remainder of the game. The Maroons added to their lead in the first half until the left the court for the locker room, leading by 6.

The men came out of the locker room prepared to hold their lead for the rest of the game. They started adding to their lead while Bridgewater tried to battle their way back into the game. The closest the Maroons would allow the Eagles to get was within 5 points with a score of 39-34 with 16:44 left in the game. From there the Maroons took off scoring point after point leading by as much as 21 points with 5:21 remaining. Losing by 17, the Eagles spent the last 46 seconds going on a 9-0 run in a frantic and ultimately hopeless effort to tie the game with Roanoke College turning the ball over 3 times and a steal by Bridgewater’s Sammy Tyson. The final score was 76-68.

Daniel Eacho had an amazing night against Bridgewater scoring a team high and career high 23 points and bringing down an ODAC tournament record and career high 22 rebounds, 4 of which were on offense and 18 on defense. Kwasi Amponsah followed Eacho with 19 total points and 4 rebounds, and Julian Ramirez had 12 Points and 6 rebounds. Matthew Hunter and Bryan Lynch led Bridgewater in points with 11 a piece followed by Ed Reddick with 10. Daniel McClain, Ronnie Thomas, and Ed Reddick brought down 6 rebounds each for the Eagles. Roanoke outshot Bridgewater from all points on the court.

Come to the Salem Civic Center and root for your Roanoke College Maroons as they take on the Tigers of Hampden-Sydney. The winner advances to the semi-finals and play the winner of the Guilford vs. Randolph-Macon game that is played at 8:00, following the Roanoke game. Semi-final games will be played Saturday, February 23 at 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM. If the Maroons win they will play the 8:00 PM game. The ODAC championship will be played Sunday, February 24 at 3:30 PM.