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RC beats Bridgewater for ODAC win, plays two more on the road this week

Eli Sumpter brings the ball up for RC. PHOTO BY BRIAN HOFFMAN

Josh Freund scored 23 points and grabbed 19 rebounds to lead Roanoke College to 67-59 ODAC road win at Bridgewater on Saturday. The Maroons improved to 10-7 overall with the win and 3-5 in ODAC games.

The score was tied at 14-14 with just under 13 minutes to go in the first-half when Roanoke went on a 10-0 run, opening up a 24-14 lead on a three-pointer by C.J. Miles. Back-to-back buckets by Freund and Joey Miller to close the first-half sent RC to the halftime break with a 35-24 advantage.

Roanoke opened up a 15 point lead when an Eli Sumpter layup made the score 45-30 with 13 minutes to go in the game. Bridgewater responded with a 22-6 run over the next seven minutes as the Eagles pulled ahead 52-51 on a Dimetri Chambers jumper with just under six minutes left in the contest.

A pair of Freund free-throws tied the game at 59 with 2:06 to play. After an RC defensive stop on the other end of the floor, Miles connected on a three-pointer to give RC the lead for good at 62-59. Bridgewater had a chance to tie the game on its ensuing possession but Chambers’ three-point attempt missed and Miles would make the first of five Roanoke free-throws in the final 50 seconds to seal the game.

Freund was joined in double-figures by Miles and Joe Mikalauskas, who each had 10 points. Mikalauskas also grabbed seven rebounds to help RC to a 43-39 edge on the glass.

The Maroons were at Washington & Lee on Wednesday of this week, and Saturday they’ll continue on the road with a 2 pm game at Eastern Mennonite.

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