Big Second Half Lifts Eagles Past Tigers

Chandler Murray shoots for the Eagles.
Chandler Murray shoots for the Eagles.

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. - Bridgewater College outscored Hampden-Sydney 49-32 in the second half Saturday afternoon to erase a 10-point halftime deficit and take an important 79-72 conference victory.

The victory snapped a five-game losing streak as the Eagles improved to 8-11 overall and 3-7 in the ODAC.

The Tigers made 14-of-24 shots in the first half (58.7 percent), including 6-of-10 from 3-point range, to take a 40-30 lead at the half.

Bridgewater opened the second half with a 19-8 run to overtake the Tigers with 13:35 left in the game. A 3-pointer by Dimetri Chambers and a layup from Josh Cammon quickly cut the margin in half, 40-35. After a free throw by Sydney's Jake Hahn, Cammon hit a 3-pointer to pull the Eagles to within three, 41-38. The Tigers pushed the lead back to six points before a 3-pointer by Chandler Murray again made it a three-point game at 44-41.

Buckets by Justin Reid and Morgan McKay put the Tigers on top, 48-41, but the Eagles reeled off the next eight points to take their first lead of the second half. TJ Turner and Chambers hit consecitive 3-pointers to make it a one-point game and then Turner knocked down a short jumper, giving the Eagles a 49-48 lead at the 13:35 mark.

The hosts rattled off the next six points to lead 54-49, but two foul shots by Chambers and a layup by Turner sliced the margin to a point. Hahn hit one free throw for the Tigers before Murray drained another 3-ball for a 56-55 lead as the clock neared the midway mark of the second half.

Another Eagles' 3-pointer, this one by Jimmie Sanders pushed the lead to 59-55, but the Tigers fought back and regained the lead with an 8-0 spurt, making the score 63-59 with 6:54 remaining.

Sanders tallied again from long range and a short jumper by Matthew Ciccone put the Eagles back on top, 64-63 with 4:38 left. Sanders continued his hot shooting streak with another 3-pointer, but Sydney's Brendan McHale answered with a 3-pointer to keep the Eagles' lead at one, 67-66 with 3:26 left.

Reid scored on a layup, giving the Tigers a 68-67 edge with two minutes to go, but that turned out the be the final lead of the game for the home team.

Davrion Grier made two foul shots to put the Eagles back on top before a free throw by Hampden-Sydney's McKay knotted the score at 69-69 with 1:37 left.

Grier made it 71-69 with a layup and, following a missed jumper by the Tigers' McKay, Murray was fouled and made both free throws for a 73-69 lead with 57 seconds remaining. Murray then came away with a key steal and Sanders tacked on two more foul shots, giving Bridgewater a 75-69 lead with just 39 seconds remaining.

Murray came off the bench to lead the Eagles with 18 points. Chambers scored 16 points and Sanders finished with 13. Turner and Ciccone also turned in solid efforts off the bench. Turner scored eight points and grabbed four rebounds while Ciccone had his best effort of the season with seven points and five boards in 19 minutes of action.

The Tigers had five players in double figures with Chaise Johnson leading the way with 16 points.

Bridgewater returns home Wednesday evening to host Washington and Lee. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.