BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Bridgewater's potential game-tying shot in the closing seconds was just off the mark Saturday afternoon as Frostburg State held on to defeat the Eagles, 79-74, in non-conference action at Nininger Hall.
The Bobcats jumped out to a 10-0 lead to open the game, forcing the Eagles to play from behind the rest of the way. The margin was 11 points, 45-34, at the half, but the Eagles came out strong to start the second half to pull to within two, 50-48, with 14:53 left in the game.
The Bobcats then reeled off an 8-0 spurt to push the margin back to double figures, 58-48, with 12:41 remaining.
The Eagles once again began chipping away at the deficit and pulled even at 65-65, on a layup by Josh Cammon with 8:25 left. After a bucket by Frostburg's Lawrence Pettis, Bridgewater's Davrion Grier knocked down a 3-pointer from the top of the key, giving the Eagles their first and only lead, 68-67,at the 7:43 mark.
After the Bobcats regained the lead, a free throw by Cammon knotted the score at 69-69. Daniel Alexander then drained a fadeaway jumper to put the Bobcats on top 71-69 and the visitors led the rest of the way.
A layup by Torrin Stephens put the Bobcats on top 77-72 with 1:14 left, but Jimmie Sanders scored for the Eagles with 43 seconds left to make it a one-possession game, 77-74.
The Eagles got the stop at the defensive end as a shot-clock violation gave Bridgewater the ball with eight seconds left.The Bobcats then elected to foul Dimetri Chambers before he was able to get off a 3-point attempt. Chambers missed the first free throw and then missed the second foul shot on purpose. The Bobcats could not control the rebound as the ball went out of bounds to the Eagles.
Bridgewater got the ball to Sanders in the right corner for a good look at a potential tying 3-pointer, but the shot hit the front of the rim and the Bobcats controlled the rebound. Alexander hit two foul shots with less than a second remaining for the final 79-74 margin.
Chambers paced four Eagles in double figures with 17 points. Cammon scored 16, followed by Ken Stanciel with 13 points and Sanders with 10 points and six assists. Alexander led the winners with 25 points.
Bridgewater battled the Bobcats to a standoff on the boards as each team finished with 46 rebounds. Cammon led the Eagles and completed a double-double with 10 boards.
Bridgewater, now 2-4, returns to conference play Wednesday evening when the Eagles travel to Lexington, Va., to play Washington and Lee.