BRIDGEWATER - Bridgewater College opened up a 20-point lead early in the second half and the Eagles went on to defeat Hampden-Sydney College, 73-60, in ODAC action Saturday afternoon.
With the victory the Eagles improved to 14-9 overall and 8-6 in the ODAC. The 14 victories assures the Eagles of a winning record for the first time since the 2013-14 season when the team finished with a 14-12 mark.
The Eagles jumped out to a quick 7-1 lead and never trailed in the contest. Zach Breathwaite scored inside to put the Eagles on the board and, after a free throw by the Tigers' Guilherme Guimares, Josh Cammon hit a 12-footer and Chandler Murray added a 3-pointer for a 7-1 Bridgewater lead.
The Tigers pulled even once when Guimares scored inside to make the score 13-13. Murray then scored 11 straight points to put the Eagles ahead to stay. The Eagles' sophomore guard hit consecutive 3-pointers and then made five straight foul shots to put the Eagles on top 24-13.
Bridgewater led by double digirs the rest of the half and went to the locker room with a 40-25 lead.
The Eagles scored the first five points of the second half to lead by 20. Cammon powered inside and converted a three-point play and Dimetri Chambers added two foul shots, making the score 45-25.
The Tigers quickly cut the margin back to single digits as Chaise Johnson caught fire from the perimeter. Johnson hit back-to-back 3-pointers to slice the lead to 14 points before Murray scored from long range to push the Eagles' lead back to 17 points, 48-31. A four-point play by Johnson and buckets by Malik Crute and Nick Chase trimmed the Eagles' advantage to nine, 48-39, with 16:43 remaining. The Tigers inched closer when Brendan McHale drove inside for a layup, cutting the margin to seven before a basket by Breathwaite put the Eagles up 50-41.
The margin was eight when Cammon worked inside and convered a three-point play to push the lead back to double figures, 55-44, with 12:17 left.
The Tigers continued to whittle away at the Eagles' lead and a three-pont play by Justin Reid pulled the visitors to within six, 57-51, at the 6:49 mark. However, a jumper by Chambers and a layup in traffic by Grier increased the lead back to 10 points, 61-51, with 4:27 left.
A three-point play by Johnson pulled the Tigers to with seven, 63-56, with 3:04 remaining, but the Eagles outscored the visitors 10-4 during the final three minutes to finish off the 73-69 victory.
Murray scored a career-high 22 points to lead the Eagles while Chambers and Cammon added 15 points each. Johnson and Crute each scored 19 points for the Tigers.
Bridgewater dominated the boards by a 43-24 margin with 21 rebounds coming on the offensive glass. Murray and Cammon each had seven rebounds.
The Eagles return to action Wednesday evening when they make the long road trip to play Virginia Wesleyan.