McTamney, Bears top Shoremen
Ursinus goes on 9-2 spurt early in the second half
Ursinus 65 Washington 58
CHESTERTOWN — The Shoremen were looking to bounce back from a six-point loss to Salisbury on Monday. The Bears were looking for their second Centennial Conference win of the season.
Ursinus (Pa.) College found what it was looking for.
Visiting Ursinus opened a double-digit lead in the second half and topped Washington College, 6558, in a Centennial Conference men’s basketball game Thursday evening inside Cain Athletic Center.
The Bears used a 9-2 run early in the second half to open a 37-32 lead on Ryan McTamney’s layup with 16 minutes, 8 seconds remaining. A McTamney jumper with 14:42 left gave Ursinus the biggest lead of the game at that point at 43-37. A George Gordon layup with 10:38 showing upped that biggest margin to eight for a 49-41 Ursinus advantage.
Neither team led by more than five points in a backand-forth first half that ended tied at 28-28. The modest total of 56 combined points in the first half came from poor shooting and hounding defense by both teams. The two teams combined for 69 possessions over the first 20 minutes.
A 3-pointer by Eric Williams provided the Bears with their first double-digit lead of the game at 54-43 with 8:24 to go. Ursinus then led by at least eight until Barry McCormick sank two free throws with 1:43 to go to get the Shoremen back within six at 60-54.
Washington closed within 60-56 when Dallas Marshall stole the ball and sank a layup with 38 seconds to go. The Shoremen then sent Williams to the line for the Bears with 36 seconds remaining and he sank both free throws for a 62-56 lead. A pair of McTamney free throws with 29 seconds left upped the margin to 64-56. Josh Porteous made a pair of free throws for the Shoremen with 21 seconds to go, but Ryan Hughes sank a free throw for Ursinus with 18 seconds remaining to provide the final margin of 65-58.
For Ursinus (4-2, 2-0 Centennial Conference) McTamney finished with 25 points, going 4 for 5 on 3-pointers, and also grabbed six rebounds. Gordon scored 11 points, and Shane Stark had eight points, 11 rebounds, four assists, and four steals.
Ursinus shot 43 percent from the field, 5-for-12 from 3-point range, and 14-for-18 at the foul line. The Bears held a 44-39 rebounding advantage.
For the Shoremen (34, 0-2), Porteus scored 13 points and Alex Lewis had 12 with seven rebounds. Marshall netted eight points, pulled down six rebounds, and collected four steals.
The Shoremen shot 28 percent from the field, 3-for17 from 3-point range, and 19-for-28 at the free-throw line. Washington turned the ball over 15 times, but forced 25 Ursinus turnovers.
Notes: Ursinus had a nineday layoff prior to the game after defeating Haverford, 78-69, to open conference play. … Thursday’s game was the second of four straight home games for the Shoremen. They host Johns Hopkins on Saturday and then step out of conference to host Goucher on
Washington College’s Austin Allen scores around Ursinus’ Bruce Edwards in the second half Thursday evening in Chestertown.