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Eagles Rally Past E&H For First ODAC Victory

Will Bowser shoots for the Eagles.

EMORY, Va. - Bridgewater College rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit Saturday afternoon to pick up its conference victory of the season with an 83-78 win at Emory & Henry College. 

A three-point play by Davrion Grier put the Eagles up 35-34 with 3:56 left in the first half, but the Wasps closed the half with a 12-4 run to take a 46-39 lead at the break.

The Wasps maintained the lead until 3:26 left in the game when Eagles' guard Chandler Murray was fouled and went to the line and made both free throws to put Bridgewater ahead 72-71.

The home team regained the lead on two free throws by Jordan Grant and a jumper by Robert Holliday Jr. gave the Wasps a 75-72 lead with 2:29 to play. A layup by Grier made it a one-point game before Wasps' guard Colin Molden made 1-of-2 foul shots for a 76-72 E&H lead with 1:56 left.

The teams traded empty offensive possessions before Will Bowser knocked down a jumper to pull the Eagles even, 76-76, with 1:16 remaining.

Holliday Jr. missed a 3-pointer on the Wasps' next possesssion and the Eagles gained possession when the rebound went out of bounds and was last touched by Emory & Henry. Boswer then connected on another jumper to push the Eagles ahead 78-76 with 48 seconds to play.

Emory & Henry had several chances to tie on its next possession, but was unable to convert. Molden had his jumper blocked by Chandler Murray, but Molden came down with the rebound. Molden missed another jumper, but this time Holliday Jr. grabbed the offensive rebound and was fouled. The E&H guard missed both foul shots and Monte Simpkins controlled the rebound on the second miss to give the Eagles the basketball with 32 seconds left to play.

Emory & Henry immediately fouled Murray and the Eagles' guard made both foul shots for an 80-76 Bridgewater lead. The Eagles were whistled for a foul on the defensive end and Anthony Williams hit both foul shots to pull the Wasps to within a bucket, 80-78, with just 23 seconds left.

Again, the Wasps fouled Murray and once again Murray made both free throws to put the margin back at four, 82-78. Molden missed a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left and Murray came down with the key rebound for the Eagles. Murray was fouled again with eight seconds left and this time he hit 1-of-2 at the line, making the final score 83-78.

Murray knocked down five 3-pointers and was 8-for-9 at the foul line to finish with a game-high 25 points. Murray also added a team-high seven rebounds and a team-high six assists. Grier finished with 16 points and Bowser added 14. Holliday Jr. scored 15 points to lead Emory & Henry.

The Eagles finished the day with solid shooting numbers. Bridgewater made 29-of-61 shots (47.5 percent), including 10-of-28 from 3-point range (35.7 percent). The Eagles also cashed in at the foul line, finishing 15-of-20 for 75 percent.

The Eagles, now 3-5 overall and 1-2 in the ODAC, will return to action next weekend when the team hosts the annual Don Glick Classic. Bridgewater opens play Saturday against Wittenberg, the No. 3 ranked team in the D3hoops.com Top 25. Sunday, Bridgewater will play The Apprentice School.