Wc holds McDaniel to historic low
CHESTERTOWN — Washington got mighty stingy in the second half of its game with conference rival McDaniel last week, allowing only 19 points on 7-of-21 shooting from the floor — including 1-of-9 from outside the 3-point arc.
Rallying behind freshman Dallas Marshall and senior James Drury, who combined for 16 points af
intermission, the Shoremen scored a 49-44 victory Feb. 8 to earn a split in the home-and-away series. They avenged a 75-64 loss at McDaniel in early December.
This is the lowest point total by an opponent playing in Cain Gymnasium in 26 years.
The locals trailed throughout the first half, by as many as 16 points at 21-5 with 8 minutes, 35 seconds remaining. They closed to 21-17 af
ter a run of 12 unanswered points, punctuated by a three from freshman Steve Low, and were within striking distance, 25-20, at the break.
Washington (7-16) took its first lead of the night, 28-27, on an Alec Lewis lay-in 4:39 into the second half as part of a 15-4 run that was capped by a Drury 3-pointer.
The hosts regained the lead for good, 39-37, on a pair of Marshall free throws with 12:57 remaining.
Washington’s largest lead was seven points, 44-37 on a Low three with just under four minutes to play.
McDaniel (10-13) scored seven of the next nine points to shrink the deficit to 46-44 with 33 seconds to go.
Lewis made the front end of a two-shot foul with 24 seconds left and Marshall, after being fouled on a defensive rebound with 1.5 seconds on the clock, drained two shots from the stripe to salt away the win.
Marshall was 4-of-4 from the free-throw line in the second half. He finished with eight points, all in the second half, six rebounds and three assists.
Drury, with 11 points in 14 minutes off the bench, was the only Shoreman to score in double figures.
Washington outscored McDaniel in bench points, 17-4.
Starters Lewis and Tas Dixon each scored seven points, and Austin Allen and Josh Porteous each scored five. Lewis, Allen and Porteous are freshmen.
McDaniel’s Josh McWilliams led all players with 15 points and Nick Perugino
(eight points) was the top rebounder with nine.
Franklin & Marshall erupted for 43 points in the second half Saturday to spoil Senior Day for Washington. The 74-63 victory locked up a playoff berth for the Diplomats, who moved up to fourth in the Centennial Conference.
They improved to 10-6 in the league, 16-7 overall.
The Shoremen slipped to 3-13 in the conference.
Washington travels to playoff-bound Johns Hopkins and Dickinson this week to finish out the season.
Drury and Bryan Shapiro started in what was their final game at home. This was the first start of the season for Shapiro, who has played sparingly in 2016-17.
Drury led all scorers with 21 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field and 5-of-8 from the stripe.
Shapiro buried a 3-pointer on the Shoremen’s first shot of the afternoon and Drury made a layup on the next trip down the court for an early 5-0 lead.
Matthew Tate (off the bench) and J.C. McGrath scored 17 points apiece for the Diplomats, who trailed 34-31 after a back-and-forth first half.
Tate scored 10 points in a 14-0 run, including eight in a row, that gave the visitors the lead for good, 54-43, with 12:49 remaining.
Washington’s men came within seven points, 55-48, when Drury buried a transition three with 9:20 to play, but the Diplomats doubled the spread, 65-51, with about five minutes remaining. They led by at least nine points the rest of the way.
The locals shot 51 percent from the field (23-of-45), their second-best performance of the season. They also canned 11 of 17 free throw attempts. Marshall contributed eight points and a game-best nine rebounds, while fellow freshman Ar
mand del Castillo added nine points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field.
Washington freshman forward Dallas Marshall uses his body to shield the ball from McDaniel’s Nick Perugino.