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Hornets Pull Away From Eagles With Second-Half Spurt

Jalil Langston shoots for the Eagles.

BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Lynchburg used a 9-0 second-half run to take a 15-point lead and the Hornets went on to defeat Bridgewater College, 81-68, Sunday afternoon at Nininger Hall.

The Eagles led for much of the first half and were on top 32-31 when Liam Caswell knocked down a 3-pointer with 5:15 left in the half. Lynchburg's T.C. Thacker and Bridgewater's Kellen Hodge traded inside buckets before a 3-pointer by Tharon Suggs gave the visitors a 36-34 lead at the 4:27 mark.

The Eagles tied the score on a 15-footer by TJ Turner, but Jamil Pasha hit a 3-pointer to give the Hornets the lead for good, 39-36, with 2:58 left in the half. Another 3-ball by Pasha pushed the margin to six before a layup by Eagles' freshman Jalil Langston cut the deficit to 42-38 at the half.

Bridgewater stayed within striking distance early in the second half and trailed by just six, 60-54, when Langston scored inside with 12 minutes left in the game.

The Hornets then scored nine unanswered points to take control. Reggie Davis worked inside for a layup and then added a 3-pointer to push the margin to double figures, 65-54, with 9:51 remaining. Tharon Suggs hit two foul shots and Dow Dunton scored inside for a 69-54 Hornets' lead with 7:20 left.

Chandler Murray led the Eagles with 15 points and five assists and Langston added 12 points. Chance Greene and Suggs each finished with 16 points to lead the Hornets.

Turnovers and rebounding plagued the Eagles Sunday afternoon. Bridgewater turned the ball over 20 times while Lynchburg owned the glass by a 52-33 margin. The Hornets grabbed 24 offensive rebounds.

Bridgewater, now 2-4 overall and 0-1 in the ODAC, returns to action Wednesday evening when the Eagles travel to Ashland, Va., to face 12th-ranked Randolph-Macon.