On Saturday the Roanoke men’s basketball team played their last home game in Bast Gym. The gym was packed to see the Maroons dominate 104-67 over the Bridgewater College Eagles. While the outcome of the game was no surprise, Bridgewater came into the game with a 6-15 record; it was an exciting final game for the large turnout that Bast saw.
Senior Cameron Smith got the crowd into it early, shooting a three pointer in the opening seconds of the game. After a missed three pointer, the Eagles recovered the ball on the rebound and were able to tie up the score. This was the only time during the game that Bridgewater had the score tied.
Within seconds the Maroons took the lead and didn’t look back. There were several amazing scoring runs in the first half. The Maroons had an 11-2 run early that included back to back three-pointers by Seth Bradley, senior. At the end of the half the Roanoke had another impressive 14-5 run during which the team capitalized on several fouls. At half time the Maroons lead by 23 points at 48-25.
In the second half the Maroons lead never dropped below 20 points. The team showed off their layup and three-point abilities, which the team is known for. The crowd never lost interest in the game, despite the blowout.
Towards the end of the second half Roanoke had a 17-4 run in which six different players scored for the Maroons. At the end of this run Roanoke had the largest lead of the night with 41 points separating them from Bridgewater. The fast-shooting offense kept the crowd in the game.
Carter Wright, senior, led the Maroons in scoring with 19 points. As a team, Roanoke put up impressive numbers with a 57% field goal percentage and making 48% of their three-point field goals. In total, the Maroons shot 16 three-pointers which is the second highest single game total. The Maroons also capitalized on free throws, shooting at 81%.
CAB took advantage of the crowd and offered free customized basketball hoops for dorm rooms. “Bast Finale” shirts were also being sold, and are still for sale in the bookstore.
The men’s team traveled to Lynchburg College Wednesday suffered a disappointing 156-160 loss in double overtime. The Maroons currently have a record of 19-5, 11-4 in ODAC. They travel to Randolph-Macon College this Saturday for the last game of the regular season. Randolph-Macon has an 11-13 record, 7-8 in ODAC.