Eagles Use 16-0, Second-Half Run To Overtake Panthers

Jimmie Sanders runs the offense for the Eagles.

BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Bridgewater used a 16-0 run to grab a 10-point lead with 7:22 left in the game and the Eagles held off Ferrum down the stretch to take a 71-65 victory in ODAC action Wednesday at Nininger Hall.

The Panthers led the Eagles 43-35 early in the second half when Marcus Huff drove the lane for a layup, but freshman point guard Jimmie Sanders sparked a 7-0 run as the Eagles pulled to within a single point. Chandler Murray made two free throws before Sanders knocked down a 3-pointer and followed that up with a 15-footer to trim Ferrum's lead to 43-42 with 13:45 left in the game.

Ferrum still led 50-44 on a layup by Carrington Young, but junior guard Chandler Murray sparked the decisive 16-0 run as the Eagles opened up a 10-point lead. Davrion Grier worked inside for a layup and then added two foul shots to pull the Eagles to within a bucket, 50-48. Murray then connected on a 3-pointer, giving Bridgewater a 51-50 lead with 9:45 left to play. Ken Stanciel scored inside and Murray knocked down another 3-ball to put the Eagles up 56-50. Stanciel hit two free throws and Murray capped the run with a driving layup, giving the Eagles a 60-50 lead with 7:22 remaining.

Bridgewater led the rest of the way but the Eagles were unable to put the Panthers away. Ferrum cut the margin to three, 64-61 on a free throw by RJ Turner and Ferrum had three more possessions with a chance to move closer, but the Panthers were unable to convert at the offensive end.

Two free throws by Stanciel padded the margin to five before a bucket by Ferrum's Rashad Reed made it a three-point game, 66-63, with 1:40 left to play.

Stanciel scored inside to push the Eagles' lead back to five points, 68-63, and the Panthers could get no closer than four points in the final minute.

Ferrum's Reed led all scorers with 20 points and Huff added a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. The Panthers dropped to 2-11 overall and 1-4 in the ODAC.

Stanciel posted his third double-double of the season, leading the Eagles with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Sanders scored a career-high 19 points while Murray talled 14 and Grier finished with 10.

The victory moved the Eagles above the .500 mark at 7-6 overall and evened their conference record at 2-2.

Bridgewater is back in action Saturday afternoon when the Eagles host Roanoke College.