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Eagles Knock Off No. 21 Lynchburg

Josh Cammon drives to the basket.

LYNCHBURG, Va. - Bridgewater put five players in double figures for the second straight game and the Eagles knocked off No. 21 Lynchburg, 80-77, Saturday afternoon.

The victory was the third straight in conference play for Bridgewater, now 10-11 overall and 5-7 in the ODAC.

Lynchburg jumped out to a quick 8-2 advantage, but the Eagles responded with a 13-2 run to take the lead. Dimetri Chambers hit two foul shots and a 3-pointer to pull the Eagles to within a point, 8-7. TJ Turner knocked down a 3-pointer to put the Eagles up 10-8 before a bucket by Austin Wrighten pulled the Hornets even. Chambers hit another 3-ball and Turner added a layup for a 15-10 Bridgewater lead. 

The lead changed hands five times and the score was tied four times during the remainder of the half. Lynchburg held a one-point, 35-34, lead at the break.

The contest continued to sway back and forth in the second half with three more ties and three more lead changes in the first 12 minutes.

A layup by Turner had the Eagles ahead 63-60 before a 3-pointer by Lynchburg's Chance Greene tied the score at 63-63 with 7:20 left.

Jimmie Sanders scored on a layup to give the Eagles the lead, 65-63, and a layup by Josh Cammon put the Eagles up 67-63 with 6:27 left in the game.

Two foul shots by Greene and a layup by Connor Schroeder tied the score at 67-67, before a 3-pointer by Chandler Murray gave the Eagles the lead for good, 70-67, with 5:53 remaining.

Sanders knocked down a 3-ball for a six-point lead before a bucket by Wrighten pulled the Hornets to with four, 73-69. A layup by Cammon pushed the margin back to six and a free throw by Sanders gave Bridgewater its biggest lead of the game, 76-69, with four minutes left to play.

Lynchburg knocked the margin down to three before a layup by Sanders put the Eagles up 78-73 with 1:47 left in the game. The lead was six points, 80-74, when Stanciel scored inside with 1:23 to go. 

Devante' Young went to the line with 17 seconds left and a chance to pull the Hornets to within two, but  after making his first foul shots to make the score 80-77, he missed his second attempt.  Lynchburg got the ball right back as Stanciel grabbed the rebound on Young's missed free throw, but then turned the ball over. Young missed a shot in the closing seconds and Sanders secured the rebound to clinch the Eagles' 80-77 victory.

Chambers led the Eagles with 20 points while Turner gave Bridgewater a big effort off the bench with 17 points. Sanders and Cammon each scored 13 points and Murray finished with 10. 

Bridgewater is back in action Wednesday evening when the Eagles host Shenandoah.