The Roanoke College men’s basketball team had another disappointing week losing two games in the final seconds of play to the Eagles of Bridgewater College and the Hornets of Lynchburg College.
The Maroons lost to Bridgewater College in an ODAC game Saturday by a score of 73-75. This loss came after the Maroons led for the majority of the game only to give up a last second layup to the Eagles. In the first five minutes of the game, the lead changed six times while the Roanoke and Bridgewater teams traded baskets until the 15:08 mark. At that point, Jordan Thacker shot a successful three pointer on a fast break. Roanoke increased their lead to as many as 9 points with 8:23 left in the first half when the Eagles started to close the gap. Starting at 8:23, the Eagles went on a 19 point run while only allowing Roanoke to score 7. The Maroons went to their locker room trailing 36-33.
The second half started similar to the first half with the lead changing five times in five minutes at which point the Maroons once again went on a run to gain the largest lead of the game, 10 points, with 11:58 on the clock. Roanoke barely held on to this lead until, with 5:52 left in the game, Bridgewater tied the game up 62-62 off of a free throw. The lead changed three more times and the Eagles gained a lead of 6 points with a minute remaining. The Maroons refused to give up , and with 16 seconds left, Kwasi Amponsah scored a three pointer, tying the game. After a timeout called by Bridgewater, Ed Reddick scored the winning layup at the last second.
Kwasi Amponsah and Andrew Daniels led the Maroons with 20 points scored. Daniel Eacho picked up a double-double scoring 14 points and pulling down 13 rebounds, 11 of which were on defense. Cameron Smith pulled down 11 rebounds and scored 4 points for the Maroons.
The Maroons then traveled to Lynchburg College to face their rival, the Hornets, in their second meeting of the season. The start of this contest saw six lead changes in the first seven minutes before Roanoke started to take control of the game sparked by a layup by Julian Ramirez followed by a three pointer by Andrew Daniels. Roanoke continued to increase their lead for the rest of the half which ended with a score of 37-27.
Roanoke came out of the locker room determined to keep their lead by increasing it to 13 point difference with 15:32 to play. Lynchburg responded by going on an 11-0 run over the course of the next five minutes, but Roanoke held the lead until 7:09 when Lynchburg took the lead with two pairs of free throws. The Maroons regained the lead with 3:44 left, and they held this lead until with 12 seconds left and only down by one, Manny Hernandez hit a three pointer for the Hornets that won the game.
Daniel Eacho and Julian Ramirez led the team with 11 points scored, and Daniel Eacho picked up yet another double-double when he pulled down 10 rebounds. The Maroons play host to Shenandoah University this Saturday, February 9th, at 3:30 following the Women’s 1:00 game against Virginia Wesleyan.