BRIDGEWATER, VA – The Greensboro College Pride men’s basketball team returned to the court for the second day of the 2014 Bridgewater Classic on Saturday afternoon. After falling to the host Eagles on Friday evening, the Pride came back on Saturday and defeated the Royals of Eastern Mennonite 92-91 behind 27 points from sophomore Devan Gregory.
The Royals and the Pride played the first six minutes of the game really close. After the fourth tie of the opening frame, at 13-13, Eastern Mennonite was then able to pull out to a 24-17 lead just halfway through the period.
After falling behind by the seven point margin, Greensboro College was then able to climb back to within one point at 29-28 by way of an 8-3 run. Brandon Pascucci, who was making his first start of the season for the Pride connected from long range on back to back possessions got the run started before Edric Roberts capped it off with his first basket of the game.
Greensboro College then took control of the boards and was able to pull out in front 43-39 following a 6- run that was capped off bay a pair of Christopher Corbin free throws with 1:33 left in the first half. Heading into the intermission period, Eastern Mennonite was able to tally on final basket cutting the Pride lead to 45-43.
After the halftime break Greensboro College connected on four of their first five possessions to extending their lead to seven at 54-47 following a three point shot by Devan Gregory. Once Greensboro pulled out in front by the seven point margin Eastern Mennonite then came back to tie the game at 61-61 with 13:01 remaining.
The two teams then battled to nine more ties before Greensboro College was able to gain a narrow edge with less than a minute to play. Paris Scales gave the Pride a two point lead at 90-88 with an acrobatic tip in before Devan Gregory capped off the Greensboro scoring with two free throws extending the lead to 92-88.
Jerome Jones was able to pull the Royals to within 92-91 following a shot from long range but the Pride was able to hold on for the 92-91 victory.
“I was really proud of our team’s effort today,” Pride Head Men’s Basketball Coach Bryan Galuski said. “We played as to team for the full forty minutes. To come back from yesterdays defeat and win today, it shows that our team has a lot of heart and resiliency.”
Along with Devan Gregory, the Pride also had three other players score in double figures. Freshman guard, Joseph Gatling, had a career high 13 points on 5-12 shooting while Edric Robert and Parris Scales added 11 and 10 points respectively.
Scales completed his double double performance with a team leading ten rebounds. Senior forward Raheem Martin added six rebounds in the contest.
With the win, Greensboro College moves back to the .500 mark with a 4-4 overall record. The Pride men will return back to Mayo C. Harlow Memorial Court on Wednesday night when they host the Wildcats of Johnson & Wales. The game is set to get underway at 7:00 PM. The Pride and the Wildcats met twice one season ago with both teams coming out on top one time each. For the latest on Pride Athletics, continue to follow www.greensborocollegesports.com.