Lynchburg - The Randolph College men won their ODAC opener Wednesday night at home, knocking off Bridgewater 65-54. The WildCats showcased their NCAA-leading defense, holding the Eagles to less than 31 percent shooting from the floor.
Randolph improves to 3-and-1 on the season, the WildCats never trailed and led wire-to-wire save for one tie at 11-all.
Randolph ran its lead to as many as 12 in the first half, but back-to-back triples from the Eagles cut the lead to six at the half.
After the break, Randolph started with a 9-2 run starting with a Jason Eddie three 16 seconds in, giving the WildCats a double-digit lead which it would maintain for the final 17:23.
From the 16:16 mark until there was under a minute to go, the game was played within a five point window, with Randolph's lead never getting above its high of 16 or below 12.
Mike Ehilegbu led all scorers with 14 points, followed by three teammates also in double figures. Sophomore Evan Horn scored 13, Jason Eddie and Corey Brown chipped in 12 each.
Despite the strong defensive effort, Randolph's national-best points against average went up a small bit from 51.00 to 51.75, but is still lower than the average for any other team in the country entering the week.
Tavis Stapleton was the only Eagle in double figures, with 13.
Randolph has three games next week, starting with a road battle at Ferrum on Monday. After an ODAC contest at Hampden-Sydney next Wednesday, the WildCats return home for a Saturday contest against William Peace.