Bridgewater tops Shenandoah on buzzer-beater

bridgewater eaglesBridgewater’s Kevin Saylor knocked down a 3-pointer at the buzzer Wednesday night to lift the Eagles to a 58-55 ODAC victory over Shenandoah University.

The Eagles opened the contest with a 12-0 run, but the Hornets battled back to tie the score at 22-22 with 3:22left in the first half. From that point forward, the biggest lead by either team was five points.

Saylor opened the scoring with a layup and a 3-pointer by Keonte Davis made it 5-0. Jesse Case scored on a mid-range jumper and Saylor tallied from beyond the arc, making the score 10-0. Saylor added another layup for a 12-0 Eagles lead with 16:39 left in the first half.

Shenandoah responded with a 14-4 run to pull with two points, 16-14, with 8:19 left in the half. The Hornets pulled even for the first time at 22-22 on a free throw by Antwan Pittman.

The Hornets took their first lead of the game with 12 seconds left in the half when Aaron Patterson stroked a long 3-pointer, making the score 27-24. Logan Seacrist hit a pair of free throws for the Eagles, trimming the halftime deficit to one, 27-26.

Bridgewater used a 7-0 spurt just past the midway point of the second half to take its biggest lead of the half at five points.

A layup by Efe Balfour tied the score at 45-45 before a 3-pointer by Case put the Eagles on top 48-45. After a Shenandoah turnover, Case tacked on a pair of free throws, putting the Eagles ahead 50-45 with 7:33 remaining in the game.

The Eagles failed to score during the next three and a half minutes and the Hornets tied the score at 50-50 on five straight points by Christopher Chaney.

Seacrist hit two foul shots to put the Eagles back on top 52-50 with 3:56 left. After the teams exchanged points at the foul line, Malcolm Clark drove inside for a layup as Shenandoah knotted the score at 53-53 with 2:43 left.

Shenandoah regained the upper hand on a jumper by Pittman with 1:08 remaining, but Sylor answered with a layup on the Eagles’ next possession to tie the score at 55-55 with 47 seconds on the clock.

Clark missed a driving layup with 28 seconds left and the rebound went out of bounds with possession going to the Eagles.

The Eagles worked the clock down to 15 seconds before calling a timeout to set up for the last shot. Bridgewater, however, was forced to call another timeout with just one second remaining and out of the timeout, Saylor slipped off a screen and knocked down his third 3-pointer of the game for a dramatic 58-55 victory.

Case led the Eagles with a game-high 22 points and Saylor added a career-high 18. Clark led the Hornets with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

The Eagles held their own on the boards, losing the rebounding battle by a 42-37 margin. Dennis led the Eagles with nine rebounds.

Bridgewater made just 17­-of-52 shots for 32.7 percent. The Hornets were a tick better, making 20-of-55 shots for 36.4 percent.

The victory snapped the Eagles’ four-game losing streak. Bridgewater is now 4-12 overall and 3-5 in ODAC play. The Eagles return to action Saturday afternoon when they host Hampden-Sydney College, Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m.

UVA Basketball Fans!

uva basketball team of destiny
Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25. The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe, and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018 through to the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.

Dick Vitale on Team of Destiny: “This is a hoops story you will LOVE! Jerry and Chris capture the sensational and dramatic championship journey by Tony Bennett and his tenacious Cavalier team. UVA was Awesome Baby and so is this book!”

Ralph Sampson on Team of Destiny: “Jerry and Chris have lived and seen it all, even before my time. I highly recommend this book to every basketball fan across the globe. This story translates to all who know defeat and how to overcome it!”

Buy here.




augusta free press
augusta free press
augusta free press news