When a three-point shooting team is off, it's hard to win.
EMU's basketball men never found their rhythm in Bridgewater's Nininger Hall Wednesday night, shooting just 1-for-19 from long range in a 79-54 loss to the rival Eagles. It was the lowest-scoring game of the season for the Royals, who are second in the ODAC with 622 three-point field goal attempts this year.
Eastern Mennonite (9-13 / 3-10 ODAC) plays their home finale this Saturday, hosting Randolph College at 3:00pm in Yoder Arena. The game is part of a doubleheader with EMU's women, who also host Randolph with a start at 1:00pm. The women's game will be preceded by Senior Recognition ceremonies, while the men don't have any seniors for the second season in a row.
Despite the cold shooting, the Royals stayed tight with Bridgewater (6-16 / 3-10 ODAC) for much of the first half. Travis Clower's (Romney, W.V./Hampshire) layup at the 9:22 kept the men within 19-15. The Eagles eventually pulled out to a 40-26 lead at halftime.
BC scored the first 10 points of the second half and the men would get no closer than 16 the rest of the way.
The Royals shot just 17-55 from the floor for 31%, while Bridgewater came in at 30-56 for 54%.
Isaiah Harris-Winn (Frederick, Md./St. Maria Goretti) finished with nine points and five rebounds. Darius Johnson (Altavista, Va./Altavista) chipped in nine off the bench. RaShawn Latimer (Warrenton, Va./Kettle Run) scored eight and Clower came in with seven.
Efe Balfour had 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Eagles. Bryce Boggs added 13 points and six rebounds.