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Wc holds McDaniel to his­toric low

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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.

PHOTO BY TR­ISH MCGEE

Wash­ing­ton fresh­man for­ward Dal­las Mar­shall uses his body to shield the ball from McDaniel’s Nick Perug­ino.

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