BRIDGEWATER - Marymount's Brandon Rogers knocked down a 3-pointer from the right corner with just 1.5 seconds remaining Sunday afternoon to lift the Saints to a 57-55 victory over Bridgewater College.
Bridgewater (1-3) had taken a one-point, 55-54, lead on an off-balance layup by Zach Breathwaite with seven seconds left to play.
Both teams struggled to make shots in the non-conference contest. The Eagles shot 39.8 percent from the field (21-of-54) while the Saints were 22-of-51 for 43.1 percent. Free throws certainly weren't freebies as both teams shot well under 50 percent from the foul line. Marymount made 9-of-22 for 40.9 percent while the Eagles were 7-of-17 for 41.2 percent.
The largest lead of the contest was six points. The Saints jumped out to a six-point lead early in the game at 9-3 and the visitors also led by six early in the second half. There were a total of 17 lead changes in the contest and the score was tied 10 times.
Marymount led 9-3 at the 16:06 mark, but a 13-4 run gave the Eagles their first lead since the opening minute. AJ Horde hit two foul shots to tie the score at 13-13 and, following a missed 3-pointer by Marymount's Rogers, Horde connected from long range to put the Eagles ahead 16-13 with 7:47 left in the half.
The Saints regained the lead, 20-18, with 2:58 left on a short jumper by Ibrahim Kamara. A jumper by Nick Ball put the Saints up by four before a driving layup by Dimetri Chanbers pulled Bridgewater to within a bucket, 22-20. After a Marymount turnover, Chambers hit two foul shots to tie the score. The Saints' Ball missed from long range and the Eagles regained the lead, 25-22, on a 3-ball by Chandler Murray with 28 seconds left in the half. A layup by Alex Danko trimmed the Eagles' lead to a point, 25-24, at the break.
Marymount opened the second half with a 7-0 spurt to equal its largest led of the game, 31-25. The Saints held the lead until back-to-back 3-pointers by Murray and Josh Cammon pushed the Eagles ahead, 35-34, with 11:49 left in the game.
Another 3-pointer, this one by Horde, gave Bridgewater's it's largest lead of the second half, 38-34, with 10:10 left to play.
A layup by Horde with 6:35 remaining put the margin back to four, 47-43, but the Saints ran off the next six points to lead by two, 49-47.
A reverse layup by Sami El-Rafey tied the score at 49-49 with 3:32 left and a two-handed dunk by Breathwaite off a nifty pass in traffic by Miles Barrett gave Bridgewater a 51-49 lead with 2:52 to go.
The Saints hit 3-of-4 foul shots to regain the lead before a fastbreak layup by Cammon, who was fouled on the shot, put the Eagles up by one, 53-52, with 1:15 remaining. Cammon missed the free throw following his made layup and Dimitri Rucker worked inside for a bucket at the other end to give the Saints a one-point edge, 54-53, with 50 seconds left to play.
Murray then missed a 3-pointer from the right corner with 24 seconds left and Kamara grabbed the rebound for Marymount. The Eagles immediately fouled Kamara and he missed both free throws with Cammon grabbing the rebound for the Eagles.
Bridgewater inbounded the ball to Breathwaite and the big man dribbled across the lane and hit the off-balance layup with just seven ticks showing on the clock. Marymount put the ball in the hands of Taiga Walker who pushed the ball into the frontcourt where he found Rogers open in the corner for the game-winning shot.
Breathwaite led the Eagles with 13 points while Horde and Chambers each finished with 12. Walker and Rucker each scored 13 for the Saints and Rogers added 11.
Marymount controlled the boards by a 45-29 margin. Rogers pulled down eight rebounds for the Saints while Cammon led the Eagles with seven. Bridgewater made up for its deficiency on the glass by forcing 18 turnovers while committing just 13.
The Eagles are back in action Wednesday evening when they host Randolph College to open conference play. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.