BOONE, N.C. - Bridgewater College wrapped up its preseason slate Sunday afternoon, falling in an exhibition contest to Division I Appalachian State, 95-57.
The Eagles got off to a slow start, going 0-for-3 from the floor and turning the ball over three times in the first 2:30 of the game. The result was a quick 7-0 deficit.
The Mountaineers went scoreless for nearly three minutes and two more buckets by the Eagles cut the margin to a single point. A layup by AJ Horde made it 7-4 before Mark James grabbed an offensive rebound and dished to Sami El-Rafey for an inside bucket, making the score 7-6 with 15:32 left in the half.
An 8-0 run by the Mountaineers pushed the lead to 15-6, but the Eagles continued to stay within striking distance when a free throw by Davrion Grier and a layup by El-Rafey made the score 15-9.
Appy State started to pad its lead as back-to-back 3-pointers by O'Showen Williams and Bennett Holley pushed the lead to double digits at 21-9. TJ Turner knocked down a 3-pointer for the Eagles to trim the margin back to nine, 21-12, but the Mountaineers continuted to pull away. The lead was 10, 23-13, when a 6-0 spurt gave the hosts a 29-13 advantage with 7:11 left in the first half. At the break, the margin was 20 points, 41-21.
For the second straight contest, Chambers led the Eagles in scoring as he followed up a 20-point effort against James Madison with 17 points Sunday afternoon. El-Rafey was productive off the bench with eight points and five rebounds.
Ronshad Shabazz led the winners with 25 points and Tyrell Johnson added 20.
The Eagles shot just 31.1 percent from the field, making 19-of-61 shots, and were outrebounded by a 54-36 margin.
Bridgewater opens its regular season next weekend when the Eagles play in the Gettysburg tournament. Bridgewater will play Gettysburg in the opening game Friday evening at 6:00 p.m.