Brooks Beats Buzzer to Give Shoremen 72-70 OT Win Over Swarthmore

Brooks Beats Buzzer to Give Shoremen 72-70 OT Win Over Swarthmore

McShane Nets Career-High 27 in Victory

CHESTERTOWN, MD -- Sophomore guard Sean Brooks (North Wales, PA/North Penn) scored on a put-back lay-up as time expired to give host Washington College a 72-70 Centennial Conference men's basketball overtime win over visiting Swarthmore tonight inside Cain Athletic Center. Senior forward Charlie McShane (West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford) scored a career-high and game-high 27 points in the win for the Shoremen (3-19, 3-12 Centennial).

The Shoremen took a 31-27 lead into halftime after leading by as many as 10 points.  McShane scored 20 of the Shoremen's first 24 points in the game, knocking down his first seven field-goal attempts - including his first two three-point attempts - and his first four free throws. Included in McShane's game-opening barrage were a four-point play and a three-point play.

A 7-0 run early in the second half gave Washington a 38-28 cushion with 18:18 to go in regulation. The Shoremen held a 45-37 lead with 10:27 remaining before Swarthmore (5-17, 4-11) went on a 12-2 run to take a 49-47 lead on a lay-up by Joe Keedy with 7:40 on the clock. Washington scored the next five points to regain the lead at 52-49 on a lay-up by Brooks with 4:47 remaining.  Swarthmore scored the next six points to take a 55-52 lead on a lay-up by Keedy with 3:17 to go. 

Freshman forward Pat Morgan (Havertown, PA/Haverford) evened the score for the Shoremen with a three-pointer on the next possession, but Keedy had another lay-up with 1:58 left to give Swarthmore a 57-55 lead. Sophomore guard Stephen Poarch (Middletown, DE/Sanford School) countered with a three-pointer for the Shoremen with 1:38 remaining to give the Shoremen a 58-57 edge. Keedy then scored a lay-up and was fouled and made the ensuing free throw to put Swarthmore back in front, 60-58, with 1:14 left. 

After each team came up empty on their next possessions, Poarch drove to the lane and was fouled with 13.5 seconds to go. Poarch made both free throws to even the game at 60-60. Swarthmore brought the ball up past mid-court and then called timeout with 9.8 seconds remaining. Jordan Federer missed a a potential game-winning three-pointer with one second left in regulation as the game headed to overtime. 

The Garnet opened overtime with a three-pointer by Jay Kober to grab a 63-60 lead. McShane then made the first of a pair of free throws with 4:22 left to cut the margin to 63-61. Freshman forward Dave Knox (Warrington, PA/Central Bucks South) got the rebound from McShane's miss on the second and sophomore guard Sean Flanigan (Wilmington, DE/St. Mark's) knocked down a jumper to tie the game at 63-63 with 4:04 to go. A lay-up and free throw by Will Gates with 3:13 left put the Garnet back in front, 66-63, but a free throw by Poarch and a fast-break lay-up by McShane with 2:19 remaining knotted the score again, this time at 66-66.

Swarthmore then scored the next four points to build a 70-66 lead on a Gates lay-up with 1:53 left and a Keedy lay-upwith 1:26 to go.

Neither team scored again until Poarch sank two free throws with 55 seconds remaining to bring the Shoremen to within two points at 70-68.  Poarch then stole ball from Barkley after the ensuing inbounds and sank a jumper from just outside the foul line to even the game at 70-70 with 47 seconds left. Federer missed a jumper for Swarthmore with 25 seconds remaining as Flanigan secured the rebound and the Shoremen held for one shot.  With time ticking down, Flanigan was forced to take a long three, which air-balled, but fell right into the hands of Brooks, who was cutting to the basket for the board.  Brooks put the ball back up, and it went through the net for the winning points as time expired.  

McShane finished the game 8-for-12 from the field and 9-for-12 from the free-throw line. He also brought down six rebounds. Poarch added 16 points and a team-best nine boards, while Brooks finished with 11 points and five boards.

Keedy led the Garnet with 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Kober added 20 points and a game-best 12 rebounds. Gates chipped in 12 points for Swarthmore.

The Shoremen return to action Saturday when they host Centennial Conference rival Gettysburg at 4:00 p.m. on Senior Day.