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Phoenix Pull Away From Eagles

Freshman Dimetri Chambers scores against JMU.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Wilson College outscored Bridgewater 17-6 in the opening five minutes of the second half to wipe out a 41-33 Eagles lead and the Phoenix pulled away for a 91-78 victory.

Bridgewater used an early 9-1 run to break away from a 10-10 tie. The Eagles took the lead on a free throw by Sami El-Rafey and a 3-pointer by Dimetri Chambers put the Eagles up 14-10. Wilson added a point on a free throw, but two more buckets by Chambers pushed the Eagles' lead to seven. TJ Turner added 1-of-2 from the line to give the Eagles a 19-11 lead.

The Phoenix stormed back to take a 28-25 lead before a 13-point run gave the Eagles a double-digit advantage. A layup by Miles Barrett and two foul shots by AJ Horde moved the Eagles into the lead, 29-28. Barrett added a 3-pointer and Chandler Murray hit a pair of free throws to make it 34-28. Barrett and Horde then added back-to-back buckets to put the Eagles on top 38-28 with 2:13 left in the half. The Eagles took a 41-33 lead to the locker room.

The Phoenix emerged from the break and hit the Eagles with a 17-6 run to take a 50-47 lead and never looked back. A layup by Horde cut the margin to one, 50-49, but the Phoenix answered with a 16 straight points to lead 66-50 with 11:52 left to play.

Horde scored 17 points to lead the Eagles. Chambers added 14, followed by Barrett with 12 and El-Rafey with 10.

Bridgewater won the rebounding battle by a 45-40 margin with Horde and El-Rafey leading the team with seven boards each. Wilson had a huge advantage at the foul line, making 28-of-41 attempts compared to just 13-of-22 for the Eagles. The Phoenix shot 50 percent from the floor in the second half (17-for-34) and 50 percent from 3-point range, making 7-of-14 shots.

The Eagles, now 1-3, play their first home game Sunday afternoon when they host Marymount.