GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Bridgewater guards Dimetri Chambers and AJ Horde combined for 44 points Friday evening to lead the Eagles to a 77-75 overtime victory over Gettysburg College in the opening round of the Gettysburg Tip-Off Tournament.
The win in the season-opener sends the Eagles to the championship game Saturday afternoon against Moravian, an 88-50 winner over Hunter College in Friday's other contest. Game time for the title game is set for 4:00 p.m.
The Eagles held a 12-point lead, 60-48, when Zach Breathwaite took a pass from Monte Simpkins and knocked down a 3-pointer with 9:22 left in the game. Bridgewater, however, scored just six points the rest of the game and the Bullets rallied to force overtime.
Despite the scoring woes down the stretch, the Eagles still lead by 12 when Chambers drove the lane for a layup, making the score 64-52 with 4:45 left to play. A 3-pointer by Alec Warren trimmed the margin to nine at the 4:22 mark and another 3-ball by Warren with 3:20 left pulled the Bullets to within five points, 64-59.
Davrion Grier scored from the paint to put the Eagles up 66-59 with 2:48 left and then Gettysburg's Matt England took over. England worked inside and converted a three-point play to pull the Bullets to within four with 2:37 left and his layup with 1:50 remaining made it a two-point game, 66-64.
The Eagles worked the shot clock on the next possession, but Miles Barrett missed from 3-point range and the ball went out of bounds to the Bullets. Luke Cooper missed a shot for the Bullets and Sami El-Rafey controlled the rebound for the Eagles with 57 seconds left to play. Again, the Eagles worked the shot clock and this time Horde missed a 3-pointer with 29 seconds remaining and Warren chased down the rebound for the Bullets. England worked inside and his layup with seven seconds left tied the score at 66-66. Horde missed a jumper at the buzzer and the teams headed to overtime.
The Eagles had the first possession in the extra session with Horde missing a shot from 3-point range. Grier grabbed the offensive rebound and the Eagles reset the offense. Horde found Grier open outside of the arc and the Eagles' sophomore knocked down the 3-pointer to put the Eagles on top 69-66.
A 3-pointer by England evened the score before a layup by El-Rafey off an assist from Barrett put the Eagles back on top 71-69. Two free throws by Danny Duffey pulled the Bullets even again at 71-71 before a layup by Grier pushed the Eagles to a 73-71 lead with 1:14 left.
A bucket by England tied the score again, but Chambers responded for the Eagles and his layup with 46 seconds to go gave the Eagles a 75-73 lead. The Bullets then committed a costly turnover and the hosts were forced to foul. Horde went to the line with 22 seconds left and knocked down two clutch foul shots for a 77-73 advantage.
England scored again with 12 seconds left to make it a two-point game and the Bullets had one last chance when Chambers missed the front end of a one-and-one opportunity with eight seconds left. The Bullets pushed the ball into the frontcourt, but England's runner along the baseline bounced off the rim at the buzzer as the Eagles escaped with the two-point win.
Chambers led the Eagles with 24 points and Horde added 20. Bridgewater received solid contributions from its frontcourt as Grier scored nine points to go along with seven rebounds while El-Rafey just missed a double-double with eight points and 11 boards. Breathwaite added seven points for Bridgewater.
Getttysburg put four players in double figures with England leading the way with 22 points.
The Eagles won the rebounding battle, 43-35, while also taking care of the basketball with just 11 turnover.