HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. - Dimetri Chambers hit three straight 3-pointers, capping a 17-2 second-half run, to lead the Eagles to a 68-55 victory Saturday afternoon over Johnson & Wales at the Luke Stone Holiday Classic hosted by Hampden-Sydney College.
The Eagles led 27-25 at the break, but the Wildcats pulled even early in the second half when a layup by Matt Patenaude knotted the score at 29-29. Bridgewater then reeled off seven unanswered points to take the lead for good. AJ Horde converted a three-point play before Josh Cammon and Davrion Grier added layups for a 36-29 Eagles' lead with 15:30 left in the game.
Two free throws by Brian Hogan-Gary pulled Johnson & Wales to within six, 40-34, with 11:53 remaining, but the Eagles blew the game open with a 17-2 run over the next five minutes.
Chandler Murray and Monte Simpkins knocked down back-to-back 3-pointer to push the Eagles' lead to double figures, 46-34, with 10:43 left. Simpkins added a layup in traffic before Hogan-Gary swished a short jumper to keep the margin at 12 points, 48-36 at the 9:18 mark of the second half.
Chambers then shot the Wildcats out of the gym with a three-point barrage over the next 2:13 to put the Eagles on top by 21 points.
Following the bucket by Hogan-Gary, Horde drove into the paint and kicked a pass out to Chambers for an open 3-pointer from the right wing to make the score 51-36. The Eagles got a stop at the defensive end and Horde found Chambers again for an open look at a 3-pointer and the Eagles' first year guard made it two straight from long range, giving Bridgewater a 54-36 lead. The teams traded empty trips before Bridgewater's Murray came away with a steal and found Chambers for his third straight 3-ball and a 57-36 lead with 7:05 left in the game.
Chambers led the Eagles with 22 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the floor, including a 6-of-12 effort from 3-point range. Zach Breathwaite and Simpkins added 10 points each for Bridgewater. It was the first double-figure scoring game for Simpkins.
Horde, the Eagles' leading scorer on the season, had just three points on 1-of-13 shooting, but the senior guard still narrowly missed a double-double with a season-high nine rebounds and a season-high nine assists.
The Bridgewater defense limited the Wildcats to just 33.3 percent shooting from the floor as JWU made just 19-of-57 shots. The 55 points scored by the Wildcats was 24 points below their season average 79.6 points.
Horde's nine rebounds helped the Eagles battle to a near-standoff on the glass as the Wildcats held a slim 44-42 edge. Sami El-Rafey added eight rebounds for BC.
The Eagles are back in action Sunday at noon when they play Buffalo State in their second game of the holiday classic. Buffalo State defeated Hampden-Sydney 95-86 in Saturday's other contest.