BC Fades, 76-60

First-Place R-MC Surges After Break

Posted: February 6, 2014

Randolph-Macon’s Andre Simon shoots against Bridgewater’s Tavis Stapleton during the first half of an Old Dominion Athletic Conference basketball game Wednesday at Nininger Hall. (Photo by Michael Reilly / DN-R)

BRIDGEWATER — Speaking in a hushed voice outside the locker room in the basement of the under-renovation Nininger Hall, Bridgewater College junior forward Ed Reddick put his finger on several problems facing the Eagles with five games remaining.

Energy, shooting and rebounding were mentioned. But most importantly, finishing games.

The same Bridgewater College basketball team that upset Hampden-Sydney and Virginia Wesleyan this season could not hang with first-place Randolph-Macon for 40 minutes on Wednesday, losing 76-60 in front of 404 people.

“They’re a tough team and they’re not No. 1 in the [Old Dominion Athletic Conference] for nothing,” Reddick said. “We came out kind of flat in the second half.”

After staying with the Yellow Jackets (16-4 overall, 10-1 in the ODAC) for the first 20 minutes, the Eagles watched as Macon’s 41-40 halftime lead grew to 12 points in the opening minutes of the second half. R-MC led by as many 18 points and cruised to victory.

BC’s small but mobile lineup of big men wore down rapidly after the break. Senior forward Andre Simon exploited the mismatches underneath, scoring 16 points. Macon’s front court, which averaged 6-foot-7, scored 44 points.

“Our strength is that we do have great size and we’re athletic and long, so we can make it very tough to make shots,” fifth-year Randolph-Macon coach Nathan Davis said. “We can recover a lot and we can contest all over the place.”

 While Reddick and senior forward Ronnie Thomas believed that second-half slump was due to a lack of energy, BC coach Don Burgess thought the problem was simpler: His team didn’t make shots.

The stats back up Burgess. After BC  (9-10, 4-7) shot 47 percent in the first half, the Yellow Jackets held the Eagles to 30 percent shooting in the second half (39 percent for the game).

“Those same five [starters] made shots in the first half, but that five didn’t come out flat, they came out and didn’t produce on the offensive end,” Burgess said. “Any time you’re shooting and you miss, you’re in retreat mode.”

Poor shooting has plagued BC all year. Bridgewater ranks dead-last in the 12-team ODAC, shooting just 41 percent.

Thomas led BC with 18 points. He was the only Bridgewater player in double digits as the Eagles scored just 20 points in the second half. Reserve junior point guard Benaiah Wise, playing because of an injury to junior Matt Hunter and three fouls on starter Zach Hunter, sparked BC with nine points in the first half. 

RANDOLPH-MACON (16-4)

Simon 5-12 6-10 16, Holmes 6-13 1-2 15, Hassell 4-4 5-9 13, Sullivan 4-11 2-2 10, Moore 3-3 1-2 7, Badger 2-5 2-2 6, Hamilton 1-3 0-0 3, Walker 0-2 2-2 2, Wilson 1-2 0-0 2, Jackson 1-2 0-1 2.  Totals 27-57 13-30 76.

BRIDGEWATER (9-10)

Thomas 6-13 5-6 18, McClain 4-9 1-2 9, Wise 3-8 1-1 9, Reddick 3-8 2-2 8, Stapleton 3-10 0-1 6, Adams 1-3 2-2 4, Powell 1-1 0-0 2, Larson 1-2 0-0 2, Welty 1-2 0-0 2, Waugh 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-59 11-16 60.

Halftime—Macon 41-40. 3-Point Goals—Macon 3-11 (Sullivan 0-4, Jackson 0-1, Hamilton 1-3, Holmes 2-3), Bridgewater 3-11 (Wise 2-5, Thomas 1-4, Stapleton 0-1, Waugh 0-1). Fouled Out—Stapleton. Rebounds—Macon 45 (Holmes 9), Bridgwater 33 (Reddick 7). Assists—Macon 6 (Sullivan 2), Bridgewater 8 (Thomas 3). Total Fouls—Macon 14, Bridgewater 21. A—404.

 

EMU Men 85, Va. Wesleyan 82 (OT): Junior wing Marcel Crump led four Royals in double figures with 28 points as Eastern Mennonite University defeated Virginia Wesleyan 85-82 in overtime in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference men’s basketball game Wednesday in Virginia Beach.

The Royals, who shot 51.6 percent, improved to 11-9 overall, 6-5 in the ODAC; the Marlins fell to 15-5, 8-3.

Crump hit a jumper at the buzzer to force overtime. Junior wing Ryan Yates scored 18 points off the bench, senior wing RJ Sims had 17 points and junior guard James Williams chipped in 11.

Senior forward Colby Heard led VWC with 29 points and eight rebounds.



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