LYNCHBURG, Va. - Bridgewater erased a double-digit deficit down the stretch to take a one-point lead with 17 seconds left on Jimmie Sanders' 3-pointer, but Randolph's Jerry Goodman hit two foul shots with 14 seconds remaining and the Eagles failed to connect in the closing seconds as the WildCats escaped with a 74-73 ODAC victory Sunday afternoon.
The Eagles trailed by just two points, 36-34, at the break, but the WildCats used an 8-0 spurt midway through the second half to open up a 12-point lead. Elijah Ford started the run with a layup and he later added 1-for-2 at the line to give the hosts a 52-45 lead. Ford added another bucket before teammate Brandon Schlick knocked down a 3-pointer, giving Randolph a 57-45 lead with 11:10 left in the game.
Ken Stanciel scored inside for the Eagles, breaking a four-minute dry spell, to cut the margin to 10 points, 57-47, with 9:22 left.
The Eagles trailed by 11 points, 63-52, with 5:11 left, but Dimetri Chambers scored six unanswered points to pull the Eagles to within five, 63-58, with 4:29 to play.
Randolph's Sammy Hooper hit a jumper to push the Cats' lead to eight, 68-60, with 3:16 remaining, but another 6-0 spurt, cut the deficit to two. Stanciel scored inside before a steal and layup by Chambers made it a four-point game. Monte Simpkins blocked a shot at the other end and Stanciel converted a layup to pull the Eagles to within a bucket, 68-66, with 1:38 to play.
The Eagles still trailed by two, 72-70, but a WildCats turnover with 31 seconds left gave the Eagles a chance to tie or possibly take the lead. Chandler Murray worked into the lane and kicked the ball out to Sanders and the Eagles' freshman drained the 3-pointer from the left corner with 17 seconds left to put the Eagles ahead, 73-72.
Randolph's Goodman was fouled in the frontcourt and hit two foul shots with 14 seconds to go to put the WildCats back on top, 74-73. Chambers drove into the paint, but his shot was partially blocked by Ford. Chambers grabbed the loose ball and passed to Murray, but his shot from the left baseline was short as the Cats escaped with the one-point victory.
Josh Cammon and Stanciel each finished with 18 points to lead the Eagles and Chambers added 17 points, six rebounds and five steals. Hooper paced Randolph with 16 points, followed by Brian Smith with 15 points and Ford with 14. Justin Dula grabbed 16 rebounds to lead the Cats to a 42-32 margin on the glass.
The Eagles, now 1-3 overall and 0-1 in the conference return to action Tuesday evening when they host Wilson College in a non-conference contest. Game time is 7:00 p.m.