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Second-half Surge Sparks Quakers Past Eagles

Dimetri Chambers runs the offense.

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Guilford College outscored Bridgewater 24-5 over a nine-minute stretch of the second half Saturday to pull away for a 78-55 ODAC victory over the Eagles.

The Eagles matched the Quakers for much of the first half and Bridgewater led 17-16 on a 3-pointer by Liam Caswell with 7:52 left on the clock. Bridgewater added to its lead on a layup by Davrion Grier, but Guilford scored the next four points to regain the upper hand, 20-19.

A 3-pointer by Chandler Murray shifted the lead back to Bridgewater, 22-20, with 4:57 left in the half, but that would be the final lead of the contest for the Eagles. Guilford's Jaylen Gore tied the score with a layup, the start of an 8-0 spurt that put the Quakers ahead 30-22 with 2:45 left in the half.

Another 3-ball by Murray trimmed the deficit to five, 30-25, but Carson Long scored the next five points to push the Guilford lead to double figures, 35-25. Dimetri Chambers hit a deep 3-pointer at the buzzer to trim the margin down to seven points, 35-28, at the break.

The Guilford lead was nine points early in the second half when Josh Cammon knocked down a 3-pointer, pulling the Eagles to within six, 39-33. After two foul shots by Guilford's Marcus Curry, Chambers nailed a 3-pointer, trimming the Quakers' lead to 41-36 with 16:26 left in the game.

Guilford (13-5, 7-2 in the ODAC) then reeled off a 9-0 spurt, the beginning of the 24-5 surge, to open up a 50-36 lead with 12 minutes left to play.

A 3-pointer by Monte Simpkins and a layup by Grier sliced the deficit to single digits, 50-41, but the Quakers responded with the next 15 points to take a commanding 65-41 lead with 7:28 left to play.

Cammon led the Eagles with 17 points and Chambers added 15. The Quakers put four players in double figures, led by Curry and Long with 16 points each.

The loss was the fifth straight for Bridgewater, now 7-11 overall and 2-7 in the ODAC. The Eagles return to action next Saturday when they travel to Hampden-Sydney.