Five Players In Double Figures For Washington
CHESTERTOWN, MD – Host Washington College shot a season high 53% (28-for-53) from the floor and had five players score in double figures in the home finale en route to a 72-57 victory over visiting Gettysburg in Centennial Conference men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at the Cain Athletic Center on Senior Day. The Shoremen improve to 4-19 overall and 4-12 in the Centennial, while the Bullets drop to 12-11 and 8-8 respectively. Washington has now won two straight at home against Gettysburg.
Trailing 7-5 following a traditional three-point play by Connor Poston with 16:55 to go in the first half, the Shoremen went on a 13-0 run to take an 18-7 lead with 13:40 to go in the first on a three-pointer by senior forward Charlie McShane (West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford). The Bullets would respond with a 23-9 over the next 11:58 to grab a 30-27 lead with 1:42 to go in the first half on a layup by Sango Amolo. The Bullets tied the game at 27-27 with 2:33 remaining in the opening half on a Joe Emerusabe free throw. Washington however responded by scoring five of the final seven points of the first to send the game to a 32-32 tie at halftime. A layup by sophomore guard John Weston (Tampa, FL/Bolles School) with two ticks left tied the contest. In the first half, sophomore guard Stephen Poarch (Middletown, DE/Sanford School) was involved in 11 of the 13 made field goals for Washington as he had seven assists and four made baskets.
In the second half, Gettysburg led 44-40 with 12:34 remaining in the game on a Joey Kacmarsky jumper to give the Bullets their biggest lead of the ballgame at four points when the Shoremen took control of the game with a 9-0 run over the next 3:25 to take a 49-44 lead with 9:09 remaining on a jumper by freshman forward Dave Knox (Warrington, PA/Central Bucks South). Gettysburg trailed 55-50 with 5:22 remaining following a Poston layup when Washington went on a 17-7 game-closing run to provide the final margin. The Shoremen took their first 10-point lead of the game when freshman forward Pat Morgan (Havertown, PA/Haverford) canned a jumper to make 60-50 with 3:15 left in the contest. After the Bullets cut it to nine points, 63-54, with 1:38 left in the contest following a Derek Brooks layup when the Shoremen scored the next four points on two free throws by Poarch and a fast-break layup by Weston to lead 67-54 with 1:17 remaining. A free throw by senior guard Wes Bill (Blue Bell, PA/Germantown Friends) with 16 seconds remaining gave Washington its biggest lead of the game and the final margin at 72-57.
Leading the way for the Shoremen was Poarch who had game-highs of 18 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. Joining Poarch in double figures in scoring were McShane and Morgan with 13 points, sophomore guard Sean Brooks (North Wales, PA/North Penn) with 11 points and Weston with 10 points. McShane, Poarch and Weston all had a team-high three steals, while Morgan, who was a perfect 5-for-5 from the floor, had a career-best two blocks to tie for game-high. In addition to shooting 53% on the floor, Washington shot 50% (8-for-16) from three-point land and 62% (8-for-13) from the foul line. The Shoremen had a 31-29 edge on the boards and committed 20 turnovers, while forcing 23 turnovers by the Bullets.
Emerusabe had a team-best 14 points off the bench for the Bullets and was the lone Gettysburg player in double figures. Benjamin Constable and Derek Brooks each had six rebounds to lead the Bullets and Derek Brooks had six assists to top the visitors. Amolo led all players with four steals in the game. The guests shot 47% from the floor (24-for-51), 10% from three-point range (1-for-10) and 57% from the foul line (8-for-14).
Washington outscored Gettysburg in points off turnovers (22-20), second chance points (20-12), fast-break points (9-8) and bench points (27-22). The Bullets held a 40-28 edge in points in the paint.
Prior to the game, the Shoremen honored the team's three seniors - Bill, McShane and manager Mike Durilla.
The Shoremen are back in action on Wednesday night with an 8:00 p.m. game at Ursinus in Centennial Conference action.