McTam­ney, Bears top Shore­men

Ursi­nus goes on 9-2 spurt early in the sec­ond half

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Sports - By CHRIS KNAUSS ck­[email protected]­dem.com

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

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Wash­ing­ton Col­lege’s Austin Allen scores around Ursi­nus’ Bruce Ed­wards in the sec­ond half Thurs­day evening in Ch­ester­town.

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