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Pfeiffer Edges Eagles In Overtime, 98-96

Davrion Grier

BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Pfeiffer's Josiah Avington scored on a runner just before the buzzer in overtime Saturday evening to lift the Falcons to a 98-96 victory over Bridgewater College in Nininger Hall.

Pfeiffer took its biggest lead of the game with five minutes left in the first half when an Avington 3-pointer made it 35-22. The Eagles closed the half with a 19-5 run to lead by a point at the break, 41-40.

A 3-pointer by Bridgewater's TJ Turner put the Eagles up 77-69 with 7:53 left in the game, but the Falcons started chipping away at the lead and pulled even at 79-79 on a layup by Craig Sabb with 3:41 left.

A layup by Kellen Hodge pushed the Eagles ahead 81-79, but Sean Scott tied the scored with a driving layup for the Falcons with 2:15 on the clock. Scott was fouled on the play and missed the free throw, but the Falcons came down with the offensive rebound and Jamaal David scored inside for an 83-81 lead with 1:59 left.

With 44 seconds left Scott scored again to put the Falcons up by four points, 85-81. Will Bowser hit two free throws to pull the Eagles to within two and Bridgewater came up with a defensive stop to gain possession. Chandler Murray was fouled with 5.8 seconds left and made both free throws to tie the score at 85-85. Scott had a chance to win it at the buzzer for the Falcons but his layup in traffic rolled off the rim, sending the game to overitme.

Bowser made two foul shots with 1:42 left in overtime, giving the Eagles a 94-92 lead, but Tyjarek Simmons answered for the Falcons to knot the score at 94-94. Two free throws by David put the Falcons up by two, but Turner drove the lane and scored off the glass to tie the score at 96-96 with 20 seconds left. Avington then got to the rim and scored just before the buzzer for the Pfeiffer victory.

Bridgewater placed six players in double figures, led by Murray's 24 points and eight assists. Davrion Grier posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Turner and Bowser both came off the bench and each finished with 15 points. Jalil Langston scored 12 points and Hodge had the first double-figure scoring game of his career with 11 points.

David led the Falcons with 27 points and Avington scored 20.

The Eagles are back in action Monday night when they travel to Eastern Mennonite. The game is a non-conference game and will not count in the ODAC standings.