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Quakers Use Late First-Half Run To Break Open Game With Eagles

Chandler Murray runs the offense for the Eagles.

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Guilford College scored the final 12 points of the first half to take a 42-20 lead at the break and the Quakers went on to defeat Bridgewater College 80-58 Saturday in ODAC action.

Bridgewater stayed within striking distance for much of the first half. After falling behind by 11 points, 18-7, the Eagles fought back and trailed by just five, 20-15, when Chandler Murray drove down the lane and converted a layup with 8:06 left in the first half.

The Eagles were within 10 points when a Murray bucket made the score 30-20 with 3:38 left in the first half.

The Quakers then went on the decisive run, outscoring the Eagles 12-0 during the remainder of the half. Tyler Dearman scored inside and Kyler Gregory followed with back-to-back jumpers to put the Quakers on top 36-20. Dearman scored another bucker from in close and a layup by Liam Ward with 10 seconds left in the half sent Guilford to the break with a 42-20 lead.

Bridgewater battled back, opening the second half with a 12-2 run. Murray hit two foul shots and Davrion Grier converted a three-point play to trim the deficit to 42-25. Murray hit two more foul shots before Dearman worked inside for a bucket to keep the margin at 17 points. Murray then converted a rare four-point play and later added another free throw to pull the Eagles to within 44-32 with 15:57 left in the game.

The Eagles, however would get no closer as the Quakers kept the lead in double digits the rest of the way.

The Eagles had a tough day shooting the basketball, making just 19-of-58 shots for 32.8 percent. Bridgewater took 37 shots from 3-point range and made 9 for 24.3 percent.

Guilford had its way on the boards, outrebounding the Eagles 55-35.

Gregory and Ward posted double-doubles to lead the Quakers. Gregory scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while Ward added 12 points and 13 rebounds. Three more Quakers also reached double figures. Jorden Davis scored 13 points, followed by Dearman with 11 and Jaylen Gore with 10.

Murray was the lone Bridgewater player in double figures as he scored a game-high 26 points. He made 7-of-15 shots, including 4-of-10 from 3-point range. Murray also made 8-of-10 free throws.

Bridgewater, now 6-9 overall and 2-4 in the ODAC, has the week off before returning to game action next Saturday when the Eagles host Hampden-Sydney College. Game time is 2:00  p.m.