Second-Half Outburst Sends Eagles Past WildCats

davrion grier shoots for the Eagles

BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Bridgewater College led by just four points, 35-31, at the half Saturday, but the offense erupted for 56 second-half points as the Eagles pulled away for a 91-67 ODAC victory over the Randolph College WildCats.

The score was tied at 29-29 late in the first half when Bridgewater's Chandler Murray knocked down a short jumper for a 31-29 Eagles' lead.

Ken Stanciel worked inside for a bucket to put the Eagles up by four before two foul shots by Randolph's Elijah Ford trimmed the Bridgewater lead to 33-31. Stanciel added another inside bucket with 27 seconds left in the half, giving the Eagles a 35-31 halftime lead.

Bridgewater led by six points, 55-49, with 12 minutes left in game, but a layup by Stanciel and a 3-pointer by Murray pushed the margin to double figures, 60-49, with 11:15 remaining.

Randolph made 2-of-4 foul shots to trim the margin back to single digits before the Eagles went on a 13-2 run to break the game open.

A 3-pointer by Josh Cammon put the lead back to double figures. Randolph's Ford scored on a layup before the Eagles reeled off the next 10 points to open a 20-point cushion. Stanciel made two free throws and Cammon scored again from beyond the arc for a 68-53 Eagles' lead with 7:14 left. Chambers rattled in a 3-pointer and Stanciel scored from in close to put the Eagles up by 20, 73-53, with 6:16 left in the game.

Bridgewater (3-5, 1-2 in the ODAC) shot 52.4 percent from the field in second half, making 22-of-42 attempts. The Eagles were also on fire from long range in the second half, making 8-of-16 from beyond the arc. For the game, Bridgewater made exactly half of its shots, finishing 37-of-74 from the floor.

Sophomore guard Dimetri Chambers and junior forward Davrion Grier both posted double-doubles Saturday. Chambers scored 17 points and dished out a career-high 11 assists. Grier scored a season-high 15 points and his 10 rebounds led the Eagles to a 48-46 edge on the boards. Cammon and Stanciel led the Eagles in scoring, both matching career-highs. Cammon scored a team-high 19 points and Stanciel followed with 18.

Randolph (4-5, 1-2 in the ODAC) was led by Justin Dula and Drew Hayden, each with nine points.

Bridgewater returns to action next weekend when the Eagles host their annual Don Glick Classic. Bridgewater meets Buffalo State on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and plays Apprentice on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. The weekend also highlights the team's annual Canned Food Drive for the holiday season. Fans bringing canned food items to the games on Saturday and Sunday will receive free admission.