Bridgewater Men’s Hoops Extends Winning Streak to Three

The Eagles Defeat the Panthers 82-74 in Overtime


Evan Maxey

Bridgewater College men’s basketball team huddles up to game plan during a timeout in the middle of the game against the Ferrum Panthers. The Eagles defeated the Panthers in overtime play.

Evan Maxey, Staff Writer

Bridgewater, Va. – The Eagles came out of the gate firing on Monday night against the Panthers of Ferrum by putting up 41 first half points in the 82-74 overtime win on the road. With the win, the Eagles extended their winning streak to three and moved to 7-8 overall and 3-4 in the ODAC. 

Both squads got off to a slow start with almost two and a half scoreless minutes to start the game. BC got their night started with a made three-point jumper from senior guard Andy Pack. 

The visiting Eagles went on to take a 27-16 lead with a made layup from sophomore forward and reigning ODAC player of the week Alec Topper with 4:01 to play in the half.

This sparked the Eagles to finish the first frame of play by scoring 14 points in four minutes, while forcing five turnovers to take a 41-27 lead into the half. 

BC came out of the locker room a little cold, going scoreless for the first 3:27 of play. Pack ended the drought for the Eagles with a pull up jumper and got the team on the board in the second half. 

The Panthers and Eagles continued to trade blows in the second half. Both squads would be all tied up at 67-67 with 1;02 left to play in regulation. Junior guard Liam Caswell broke the tie with a successful layup giving the Eagles a two-point advantage. The Panthers responded with a made jumper from senior forward Darius Kemp. 

Spectators in attendance got some free hoops with the teams knotted at 69-69 at the end of regulation. 

The Eagles kicked it into gear in the extra frame by outscoring Ferrum 13-5 with some clutch free throw shooting by freshman guard Rashod Smith, which helped the Eagles close out the Panthers of Ferrum on the road. 

“We stuck together and continued to fight until the last buzzer,” said senior guard Cameron Williams. 

The men’s basketball team improves to 7-8 overall and 3-4 in the ODAC. The squad will have a quick turn around with a trip to number one ranked Randolph-Macon on Jan. 25.