Eagles Win Overtime Thriller Against Wildcats

Bridgewater College Men’s Basketball Snags 82-79 Victory Over Randolph College

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  • Zach Hatter warms up for the second half of play. With their win against Randolph College, the Eagles extend their record to 2-1.

    Photo by Evan Maxey

  • The Bridgewater College Eagles huddle up in a second half timeout in their game against the Wildcats of Randolph College.

    Photo by Evan Maxey

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Evan Maxey, Staff Writer

Bridgewater, Va. – With five minutes gone in the first half, the Wildcats of Randolph College jumped out to an eight to five lead over the Eagles. Both teams came out cautious of one another continuing to try and feel one another out. 

Junior guard Andy Pack started the scoring for the Eagles in the first half with a layup assisted by junior guard David Oliveras. 

Pack continued the scoring by adding a three-point jumper to the Eagles total. The Wildcats and Eagles would continue to trade buckets back and forth for much of the first half. 

BC would go into the half with a 35-28 lead over Randolph. The Eagles were led by guard play from Pack who had ten points and two rebounds to go along. 

Pack had help from freshman guard Zach Hatter, who contributed with another eight points and a steal on the defensive end of the floor. 

Freshman forward Alec Topper also added ten points with three rebounds for the Eagles in an all-around strong performance in the half of play. 

The Eagles came out of the locker room red hot from behind the arc. Topper started the second half scoring with a three-point jumper, followed by sophomore forward Jalil Langston hitting a three-pointer of his own to give the Eagles a 41-30 lead. 

After giving up a couple of free-throws to the Wildcats, the Eagles came right back with another three ball from Oliveras. This would force Randolph head coach Pete Hamilton to call his first timeout after the Eagles extended their lead to 44-32.

Both teams would continue to trade blows with one another throughout the entire second half. With the game coming down to the wire, the Eagles trailed 73-71 with just 13 seconds left in regulation. 

Senior guard Chandler Murray brought the ball up the court before dishing it to Oliveras for a game-tying layup. This would force the Wildcats and Eagles to head to overtime tied at 73-73.

The Eagles defense stepped up in overtime, holding the Wildcats to just six points in the extra minutes. 

While on the other end of the floor, the Eagles offense exploded with an assault of buckets from Pack and Oliveras. Pack would also add in a couple of clutch free-throws from the line to help lead the Eagles to an 82-79 win over the Wildcats. 

The Eagles were led in scoring by Pack, who poured in nineteen points to go along with Topper’s fifteen points. 

The Eagles won their second straight game this season and extended their record to 2-1 on the year.