Shoremen Rally To Overtake Lyons, 62-59

Shoremen Rally To Overtake Lyons, 62-59

Schmelzer Scores 11 Points To Lead WC While Allen Sets Career-Best With Five Steals

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Washington College men's basketball team concluded the 2016 portion of the 2016-17 schedule on a high with a 62-59 victory over Wheaton (Mass.) on Tuesday afternoon in a non-conference men's basketball game at the Cruzin' Classic at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.  The Shoremen overcame a 35-28 halftime deficit as they outscored the Lyons 34-24 in the second half to come away with the victory.

Washington College 62 Wheaton (Mass.) 59

How It Happened
- With the scored tied 11-11 with 13:34 left in the first half following a Kaiden Williams layup, the Lyons took the lead for the rest of the first half with 13:06 remaining when Ryan Fogarty drained a three-pointer. 
- Fogarty gave the Lyons took their biggest lead of the first half, 31-23, with 3:16 left in the opening half when he canned another triple to give.  Wheaton would take a 35-28 lead into halftime.
- Wheaton led 40-32, its second eight-point lead of the game, with 18:42 left in the second half following a three by David Carbonello when Washington went on a 9-1 run to tie the game at 41-41 with 14:44 left on a Josh Porteous jumper.
- Washington take its first lead of the game with 13:58 remaining in the game when Nick Schmelzer hit a three-pointer to give the Shoremen a 46-43 lead. 
- Following a Liam Bruno free throw that knotted game at 50-50 with 10:48 to go in the contest, the Shoremen went on an 8-0 run to take their biggest lead of the game at 58-50 with on a Schmelzer layup with 6:38 to go.  Joey Shelton began the run with a jumper with 10:19 remaining to put Washington ahead 52-50.
- The Lyons would not go down quietly as they went on an 8-0 run of their own to tie the game at 58-58 with 4:33 to go on a Carbonello layup.    
- Tas Dixon would make a pair of free throws with 4:01 to go to give the Shoremen the lead for good at 60-58. 
- After Dallas Marshall made it 61-59 with 2:15 to go, each team would come up empty on its next two possessions and the Lyons had the ball with 36 seconds left.
- Wheaton had a chance to tie the game or take the lead on its next possession but Fogarty missed the game-tying layup try and James Drury came down with the rebound.  Drury was fouled and made one-of-two from the foul line to give WC a 62-59 lead with six seconds to go. 
- Fogarty took the Lyons last shot, but his three was off the mark and Dixon came down with the board and the Shoremen were able to run out the clock and get the win.    

For The Shoremen (5-5)
- Schmelzer (11 points, 3-for-4 from three-point range and 4-for-5 overall), Drury (10 points), Dixon (team-high six rebounds and three assists to tie for game-high), Austin Allen (five steals to lead all players).
- Washington had 12 steals and forced 23 Wheaton turnovers in the contest.  The Shoremen turned it over 15 times in the win, but only five times in the second half.
- The Shoremen outscored the Lyons in points off of turnovers (22-8), transition points (10-4) and bench points (34-10).
- The Shoremen shot 37% (22-for-59) from the floor, 29% (5-for-17) from three-point range and 65% (13-for-20).

For Wheaton (5-5)
- Quinton Dale (13 points and game-highs of 11 rebounds and four blocks), Fogarty (game-high 20 points), Timothy Barry (three assists to tie for game-high)
- The Lyons shot 42% (22-for-52) from the floor, 28% (5-for-18) from three-point range and 48% (10-for-21) from the free throw stripe. 
- Wheaton outscored Washington 32-26 in points in the paint, scored 12 of the 18 second chance points and held a 42-28 edge in rebounds.

Notes
- It was the first-ever meeting between the Shoremen and the Lyons in men's basketball. 
- However it was not the first meeting between the two schools in 2016 as on March 14 in softball, the Shorewomen downed the #16 Lyons, 5-4, also in Florida.  That game took place in Kissimmee.
- Allen, who had four games of three steals entering tonight, set his personal-high with five steals in the win.
- Schmelzer shot 8-for-9 in the two games in Florida, including 7-for-8 from three-point range. 

Up Next
1/2 v. #5 Salisbury – 6:00 p.m. (non-conference game)
- First game for any Washington College team in the 2017 calendar year.