BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Bridgewater College placed five players in double figures Saturday night as the Eagles defeated Buffalo State, 96-89, on the opening day of the annual Don Glick Classic in Nininger Hall.
Dimetri Chambers poured in 28 points, matching his career high, to lead the Eagles. Ken Stanciel posted a double-double with 11 rebounds and a career high 20 points. Josh Cammon added 15 points, followed by Davrion Grier with 14 and Chandler Murray with 13.
The first half was a back-and-forth affair as neither team could find separation on the scoreboard.
A layup by Zak Ciezki tied the score at 31-31 with six minutes left in the first half, before a 3-pointer by Chandler Murray gave the Eagles the lead for good, 34-31. Murray added a layup to push the Bridgewater lead to five before Von Daniel hit 1-of-2 at the foul line to pull the Bengals to within four points, 36-32.
Buffalo State's Ryniek Holloway scored to make it a two-point game, but Chambers scored the next seven points to put the Eagles up 43-34, with 3:13 remaining. The Bengals cut the margin to six before Chambers tallied from 3-point range to push the gap back to nine, 46-37 with 1:06 left in the half. Zion Guzman-Milton scored off an assist from Ciezki, cutting the Eagles' lead to 46-39 at the half.
A jumper by Cammon pushed the Eagles' lead to double figures for the first time, 54-44, with 17:06 remaining in the game.
The lead hovered around the 10-point mark until three points by Daniel closed the margin to six points, 68-62, at the mdway point of the second half. The teams traded points until Daniel made two foul shots to trim the deficit to four, 75-71, with eight minutes left to play.
Bridgewater thwarted the Bengals rally by scoring the next eight points to regain a double-digit lead. Jimmie Sanders knocked down a short jumper and Stanciel and Cammon both hit 1-of-2 at the foul line for an eight-point Eagles lead. Stanciel added four more free throws, making the score 83-71 with 6:04 left.
A layup by Buffalo State's Kay Grant cut the margin to seven, 88-81, with three minutes to play, but the Bengals would get no closer down the stretch as the Eagles finished off the 96-89 victory.
Dom Grayer scored 25 points to lead four Bengals in double figures. Grant scored 15 points, followed by Holloway with 11 and Yosh Bernardez with 10.
Bridgewater made 55.2 percent of its shots, connecting on 32-of-58 attempts. The Eagles connected on 9-of-20 shots from 3-point range. Stanciel's work on the boards helped the Eagles battle the Bengals to a near standoff on the glass as Buffalo State held a slim 37-35 rebounding edge.
Bridgewater, now 4-5 on the season, will play the Apprentice School on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. to complete play in the Glick Classic. Apprentice fell to Eastern Mennonite, 84-75, in Saturday's first contest.
Eastern Mennonite and Buffalo State will square off in Sunday's first game, beginning at noon.
The Don Glick Classic is sponsored this year by Blue Ridge Tours, Inc. and the Bank of The James, Shenandoah Valley branch.