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Eagles Rally For First Victory

Eagles Rally For First Victory

- Bridgewater College used a strong second-half effort Sunday afternoon to wipe out an eight-point halftime deficit and defeat Transylvania, 55-50, in the consolation game of the Dan Greene Memorial Invitational played at St. Mary's College.

The victory evened Bridgewater's record at 1-1 and marked the first win for Eagles' first-year head coach Shawn Postiglione.

Bridgewater survived a tough first-half as the Eagles committed 19 turnovers and made just four field goals to trail 23-15 at the break.

Junior guard Cameron Thurston sparked the second-half comeback as he scored all of his career-high 21 points in the final 20 minutes.

Transy scored the first five points of the second half to lead by 13 points and the margin was still 13 with 11:08 left in the game.

The Eagles worked to get the deficit back to single digits and a 3-pointer by Logan Seacrist pulled Bridgewater to within five, 44-39, with 7:47 left in the game.

After two foul shots by Michael Stafford gave Transylvania a seven-point margin, Eagles freshman Efe Balfour went to work in the paint. A three-point play by the first-year forward followed by another inisde bucket made it a two-point game, 46-44, with 4:01 remaining.  

Bo Schuh hit a jumper for the Pioneers, but Balfour scored again to keep the Eagles within a bucket.

Romello Crowell made 1-of-2 foul shots to inch the Eagles to within a single point and, following a Pioneers turnover, Thurston knocked down a 3-pointer to give Bridgewater a 50-48 lead with 1:44 left in the game.

Transylvania's Alex Jones scored to tie the game, but two free throws by Thurston put the Eagles up 52-50 with 1:07 remaining.

Jones missed a potential tying jumper on the next possession and Bridgewater's Jesse Case controlled the rebound. The Eagles, however, turned the ball over, but another potential tying shot, this one by Stafford, was off target and Balfour grabbed the reobund.

Crowell was fouled and made 1-for-2 at the line to push the Eagles lead to 53-50 with 39 seconds to go.

The Pioneers worked the ball inside on its next offensive trip, but a layup by Cooper Theobald was blocked by Seacrist and Thurston chased down the rebound. Thurston was fouled and made both free throws with 27 seconds left for what proved to be the final points of the game.

Thurston, who was named to the all-tournament team, was the lone Bridgewater player in double figures. Balfour and Seacrist each finished with nine points.

The Eagles controlled the boards by a 49-40 margin with Balfour leading the way with 12 rebounds. Bridgewater also took care of the basketball in the second half, committing just five turnovers.

Bridgewater returns to action Saturday when the Eagles travel to play William Peace, Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.