Fords Rally Past Shoremen, 72-67

Fords Rally Past Shoremen, 72-67

Poarch Leads Shoremen with 21 Points 

CHESTERTOWN, MD -- Visiting Haverford College rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit en route to a 72-67 Centennial Conference men's basketball victory over host Washington College tonight inside Cain Athletic Center. The Fords improved to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in Centennial play with the win, while the Shoremen slipped to 0-4 and 0-2 with the loss.

Haverford held an early 17-9 lead in the game before the Shoremen went on a 17-4 run to take a 26-21 lead on a lay-up and free-throw by sophomore guard Stephen Poarch (Middletown, DE/Sanford School) with 6:06 left in the first half. The Fords scored the next five points to even the score at 26-26, but the Shoremen out-scored Haverford, 12-7, the rest of the half to take a 38-33 lead into the intermission. 

Washington's biggest lead of the game came via a three-pointer by freshman forward Pat Morgan (Havertown, PA/Haverford) with 14:15 remaining which gave the Shoremen a 56-43 cushion.  Haverford then went on a 17-4 run, capped off by two free throws by Cam Baker with 5:04 left to even the score at 60-60. The teams exchanged leads over the next two minutes and change before a three-pointer by Washington junior guard Kevin Cunningham (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) drained a three-pointer with 2:24 to go to give the Shoremen a 65-64 lead. 

Brett Cohen hit a jumper in the paint on Haverford's next possession to give them the lead for good at 66-65 with 1:59 left. Washington turned the ball over on its next possession and Gibby Graves made a pair of free throws with 1:42 left to push the lead to 68-65. A missed three-pointer by Poarch on Washington's ensuing offensive trip was rebounded by Cohen. James Levine then made one of two free throws to give Haverford a two-possession lead at 69-65. Poarch converted a driving lay-up for Washington with 52 seconds to go and Washington got the ball back after a missed lay-up by Cohen at the other end. The Shoremen came up empty however as Lucas Colombo stole the ball for the Fords with 17 seconds left.  Baker made a pair of free throws for Haverford with 16 seconds to go and Cohen made one of two with seven seconds left to seal the win for the Fords.

Baker finished with a game-high 26 points on 8-for-17 shooting from the field and 10-for-11 shooting from the free-throw line for Haverford. He also brough down six rebounds. Colombo added 17 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the field and 2-of-2 shooting from the line, while Cohen tallied 13 points and game bests of four steals and nine rebounds.

Poarch scored 21 points in the losing cause for Washington, shooting 7-for-11 from the field and 6-of-7 at the free-throw line. Cunningham matched his career high of 18 points, making 7-of-10 shots from the field, including three of five from beyond the three-point arc. Senior forward Charlie McShane (West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford) chipped in 12 points for Washington.

The Shoremen return to action Saturday with a 4:00 p.m. Centennial Conference home game against Muhlenberg.