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Hamilton Scores Seven Straight Late as No. 8 R-MC Nips Bridgewater 58-55

Hamilton Scores Seven Straight Late as No. 8 R-MC Nips Bridgewater 58-55

BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Senior Chris Hamilton (Bellbrook, Ohio/Bellbrook) scored seven of his 10 points over the final three minutes as the eighth-ranked Randolph-Macon men's basketball team edged Bridgewater 58-55 Wednesday evening in ODAC play for its 13th consecutive victory.

Hamilton scored the final seven points of the contest for the first-place Yellow Jackets (16-2, 9-0 ODAC).

Kyle Welty made a layup for the Eagles (9-9, 4-5 ODAC) with 3:42 left to knot the score at 51-51, the final field goal of the contest for Bridgewater. Hamilton nailed a three-pointer from the right corner with three minutes remaining to put R-MC ahead for good at 54-51. Logan Seacrist sank a pair of free throws with 2:44 remaining to pull the Eagles within one at 54-53. Hamilton faked a three and hit a jumper with 2:24 left to give the Yellow Jackets a 56-53 advantage. Welty made one of two free throws with 2:04 left to make it a two-point contest at 56-54.

Neither team scored over the next 1:30 and Bridgewater had the ball with 35 seconds left. The Eagles called a timeout with six seconds left. Ed Reddick was fouled with 3.6 seconds remaining. He missed the first and made the second to make it a one-point game at 56-55. Hamilton took the inbounds pass, was fouled and sank two foul shots with 3.0 seconds left to give the visitors a 58-55 lead. Matthew Hunter missed a three-pointer as the final horn sounded to give the Yellow Jackets the victory.

The Eagles jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the game's first four minutes. The lead was eight at 10-2 before the Yellow Jackets scored eight straight points to knot the score at 10-10 midway through the first period. Freshman Rip Engel (New Town, Pa./Life Center Academy) hit a three-pointer to give R-MC an 18-14 lead with 6:35 to go in the half. BC scored six straight to reclaim the lead at 20-18 with five minutes remaining. The Eagles would take a 31-28 advantage at intermission. Senior Marcus Badger (Plymouth Meeting, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) paced the Yellow Jackets with eight points.

Badger led R-MC with 16 points, while senior Joe Hassell (Portsmouth, Va./Indian River) added 10 points and seven rebounds. Senior Akeem Holmes (King William, Va./King William) had nine points and nine boards for the Yellow Jackets.

Welty finished with 16 points for the Eagles.

Randolph-Macon returns to the court on Saturday, Jan. 31 for a 2 p.m. ODAC contest at Lynchburg.