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Late Spurt Propels Eagles Past Curry College

Monte Simpkins controls the ball for the Eagles.

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Bridgewater College used a 10-0 run late in the game Saturday afternoon to take control in a 76-67 victory over Curry College in the consolation game of the 18th Annual Tournament of Heroes hosted by the College of Staten Island.

The Eagles trailed 61-60 with 5:17 left in the game. Monte Simpkins hit two foul shots with 5:04 remaining to push the Eagles ahead 62-61 and they led the rest of the way.

Following Simpkins' free throws, Bridgewater forced a turnover and Davrion Grier converted a layup at the offensive end, making the score 64-61. On the next trip to the offensive end for the Colonels, Eagles' freshman Jalil Langston blocked a shot and came down with the rebound. Grier then fed Will Bowser for an open 3-pointer and the Eagles' guard knocked down the shot for a 67-61 Bridgewater lead. The Eagles got another stop on the defensive end when Simpkins rebounded a missed shot and once again Grier found Bowser for an open three, making the score 70-61 with 3:22 left in the game.

Before Bridgewater's pivotal run, there were eight lead changes and 12 ties in the game.

Grier turned in his second straight huge performance to earn all-tournament team honors. Grier just missed his second straight double-double as he finished Saturday's game with 19 points and nine rebounds. He also added five assists, three blocks and one steal. For the tournament, the Eagles' senior averaged 22.0 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 3.5 blocks and 2.0 steals.

Sophomore guard Liam Caswell turned in his second sraight strong performance as he followed up Friday's career-high 21-point outing with 17 points in the consolation victory over Curry. Caswell made 9-of-15 shots from 3-point range in the two games.

Bowser came off the bench against Curry and added 16 points, including the two clutch 3-pointers during the decisive run.

Bridgewater held the Colonels to just 35.3 percent shooting from the floor and the Eagles owned the boards by a 48-37 margin. Simpkins led the team with 11 rebounds, all at the defensive end.

Bridgewater is back in action on Jan. 4 when the Eagles host Ferrum College in conference play.