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Lyons Hold Off Eagles, 88-75

Liam Caswell scores for the Eagles.

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Wheaton (Mass.) College started the second half with a 7-0 run to open up a 15-point lead and the Lyons led the rest of the way to defeat Bridgewater College, 88-75, Friday in the first round of the 18th Annual Tournament of Heroes hosted by the College of Staten Island.

The Eagles will play in the tournament's consolation game Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. vs. Curry College. The Colonels lost to the hosting CSI Dolphins 103-98 in double overtime in Friday's other first round contest.

The Eagles matched the high-scoring Lyons during most of the first half. A 3-pointer by Davrion Grier with 7:50 left in the half had the Eagles within three points, 24-21. 

A 7-0 spurt by the Lyons pushed the margin to 10 before a layup by Grier trimmed the lead to 31-23 with 5:22 remaining. Two foul shots by TJ Tuner closed the gap to four points, 31-27, and a 3-pointer by Liam Caswell inched the Eagles to within three, 33-30 with 2:03 left in the opening half. Wheaton closed with a 7-2 run to lead 40-32 at the break.

The Lyons continued their run to start the second half as seven straight points stretched the margin to 47-32. 

The lead swelled to 54-35 before a 16-6 surge by the Eagles trimmed the deficit back to single digits. Caswell capped the run with a 3-pointer, cutting the Wheaton advantage to 60-51 with 12:19 left to play.

Wheaton moved back out to a 15-point lead, 75-60, but once again the Eagles fought back. A 3-pointer by Caswell amd two foul shots by Turner cut the margin to 75-65 with 5:27 remaining. 

Wheaton's Aaron Williams and Turner traded hoops before a dunk by Grier pulled the Eagles to within eight points, 77-69, with 4:34 left. The Eagles would get no closer down the stretch as the Lyons closed out the 88-75 victory.

Grier had a huge night for the Eagles, posting a double-double with 25 points and 14 rebounds. Caswell hit 5-of-9 3-point attempts and scored a career-high 21 points. Williams paced the Lyons with 29 points.