Lewis's Three, Historic Team Defense Lead Shoremen Past Diplomats, 45-42

Lewis's Three, Historic Team Defense Lead Shoremen Past Diplomats, 45-42

Shoremen Allow Fewest Points In A Game in 28 Years, Fewest Points Against Diplomats Since The 1923-1924 Season

LANCASTER, Pa. — Alec Lewis (Jefferson, Md. / Brunswick) hit the game winning three point shot with 1.4 seconds to go as visiting Washington College knocked off host Franklin & Marshall 45-42 in a Centennial Conference men's basketball game played tonight at the Mayser Center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The 42 points allowed are the fewest allowed by the Shoremen since an 88-39 win over Haverford on January 26th, 1991, and are also the fewest points allowed by Washington against Franklin & Marshall since a 32-25 win in the 1923-1924 season.

Washington College 45, Franklin & Marshall 42

How It Happened
- The Diplomats held a 9-4 lead before the Shoremen went on a 12-2 run to grab a 16-11 lead with 7:39 to go in the half on a layup from Daniel Brown.
- Neither team led by more than five points in the opening half, as Washington took a 20-17 lead into the halftime break. The two teams combined to shoot 16-for-54 in the first half and also combined for 19 turnovers.
- The Diplomats used a 6-2 run to start the half and held a 23-22 lead with 14:42 to go before the Shoremen went on a 9-0 run to grab a 31-23 lead with 11:11 to play following a three pointer from Josh Porteous.
- Franklin & Marshall would respond with a 12-0 run to take a 35-31 lead with 5:17 to play.
- Tray Wright would score the next four points for Washington to tie the game at 35-35 with 4:19 to go. Justin Kupa gave the Diplomats the lead on the next possession with a layup, before Wright responded with another layup to tie the game at 37-37 with 3:40 to play.
- Wright made a pair of free throws with 2:52 to go to give Washington the lead back at 39-37, but Kupa responded with a three pointer on the next possession to put Franklin & Marshall back in front 40-39 with 2:31 to play.
- Wright would record a steal, finish a layup and draw a foul with 1:23 to play, making the free throw to complete the traditional three point play and put the Shoremen back on top 42-40. Those three points marked the last of 11 straight Washington points scored by Wright.
- Ignas Slyka knocked down a jump shot to once again tie the game at 42-42 with 33 seconds to go.
- On the next possession, Wright would drive to the rim and miss a layup, but Brown grabbed the offensive rebound with eight seconds to go. Brown dropped the ball off to Wright, who fed the ball to Lewis at the top of the three point arc, and Lewis would hit the go ahead three point shot with 1.4 seconds to go to put the Shoremen ahead 45-42.
- The Diplomats got the ball to half court and called timeout, but Brown would pick off the inbounds pass from Slyka and dribble out the clock as the Shoremen secured the win.

For the Shoremen (6-7 Overall, 2-4 Centennial Conference)
- Wright (game high 17 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals), Lewis (seven points, four rebounds), Dallas Marshall (career high six blocks), Brown (team high eight rebounds, two steals, two blocks), Cole Storm (three steals), Benjamin Young (three steals).
- The Shoremen shot 33.3% from the floor in the win, 2-for-13 from three point range, and 9-for-12 at the free throw line.
- Washington outscored Franklin & Marshall in bench points, 13-6.

For Franklin & Marshall (9-4 Overall, 3-3 Centennial Conference)
- Kupa (10 points, three steals), J.C. McGrath (10 points, game high 11 rebounds, three steals, two blocks), Les Thomas (game high four steals).
- The Diplomats shot 28.1% from the floor in the loss, 3-for-16 from three point range, and 7-for-10 at the free throw line.
- Each team had trouble holding onto the basketball, committing 21 turnovers each.

Notes
- Tonight's win was the first victory for the Shoremen over Franklin & Marshall in Lancaster since the team posted a 78-74 win over the #7 Diplomats back on January 14th, 2012.
- Marshall's previous career high in blocks was three, which he achieved four times.
- Tonight's game featured nine ties and 11 lead changes.
- With the win, the Shoremen have matched last season's win total of six with 12 games to play.

Up Next for the Shoremen
1/10 v. Gettysburg - 8:00 p.m. (Centennial Conference game).