Poarch Leads Shoremen with 22 Points, Seven Assists
ASHLAND, VA -- Frostburg State University held the lead for most of the second half, but had to hold off a late rally by Washington College to come away with a 74-73 win in the consolation game of the Randolph-Macon Coaches Classic today in Ashland, VA. The Bobcats improved to 5-8 with the win, while the winless Shoremen fell to 0-11 on the season and 0-5 in games decided by five points or less.
Neither team led by more than five points in a back-and-forth first half. The Shoremen finished the half with a 7-2 spurt to take a 38-34 lead into the break.
The Bobcats turned things around early in the second half, scoring seven straight points to build a 43-40 lead on a lay-up by Christian Jackson with 17:41 remaining. Frostburg led the rest of the way.
Washington mounted a late rally to pull within two points on a pair of free throws by sophomore guard Stephen Poarch (Middletown, DE/Sanford School) with 2:24 to play, but came up empty on its next two possessions before David Patrick scored on a lay-up to give the Bobcats a 74-70 cushion with 23 seconds left. Poarch missed a three-pointer on the Shoremen's next possession, but Patrick missed the front end of a one-and-one with 11 seconds to go and Poarch hit a three with three seconds left to pull Washington to within one at 74-73. Royce Hunsberger then missed the front end of a one-and-one with one second remaining, but a desperation heave by Washington junior guard Kevin Cunningham (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) as time expired was off the mark and the Bobcats held on for the win.
Jackson led all players with 29 points and 11 rebounds for Frostburg. He shot 10-for-14 from the floor and 8-for-10 from the free-throw line. Kwambina Coker added 12 points and seven boards, while Hunsberger chipped in 10 points and seven rebounds.
Poarch led the Shoremen with 22 points and a career-high seven assists. Cunningham added 15 points, while sophomore guard Sean Flanigan (Wilmington, DE/St. Mark's) scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Sean Brooks (North Wales, PA/North Penn) scored a career-best 12 points off the bench, knocking down four of his five three-point attempts.
Frostburg shot 53% from the field to Washington's 41% and held a commanding 46-28 advantage on the glass. The Shoremen stayed in the game thanks to a 9-1 advantage in made three-pointers, 14-of-19 shooting at the free throw line to the Bobcats' 11-of-21 performance, and committing just five turnovers in the game to Frostburg's 14.
Poarch and Jackson represented their respective teams on the All-Tournament Team.
The Shoremen return to action Wednesday with a 7:00 p.m. game at 15th-ranked Catholic.