Shoremen Grind Out 56-53 Win Over Bullets

Shoremen Grind Out 56-53 Win Over Bullets

Marshall and Wright Score 15 Each as Shoremen Sweep Bullets for the Second Time in Three Years

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Visiting Washington College used a late 6-0 to take the lead for good and survived two late game-tying three-point misses from host Gettysburg to come away with a 56-53 victory on Saturday afternoon in a Centennial Conference men's basketball game at Bream Gym as Washington sweeps the season series for the second time in three years.  The Shoremen improve to 12-11 overall and 8-8 in the Centennial, while the Bullets drop to 5-18 and 4-12 respectively as WC has an overall winning record this late in the season for the first time in seven years.

Washington College 56 Gettysburg 53

How It Happened
- Washington took a 5-4 lead following a Tray Wright layup with 16:21 remaining in the first half before Gettysburg went on an 8-2 run to take a 12-7 lead with 13:46 to go in the first on a Danny Bomberger three-pointer.
- The Shoremen would tie the game at 17-17 with 7:13 left in the half on two Dallas Marshall free throws.
- Trailing 26-24, Wright gave the Shoremen the lead at 27-26 on a three-pointer with 15 ticks on a pass from Kevin McCormick left after a pair of offensive boards for WC kept the possession alive.
- On the final possession of the half, Nick Antolini found a wide open Danny Duffey in the left corner and Duffey canned the triple to give the hosts a 29-27 lead at halftime.
- In the second half, the Shoremen came out strong by scoring 14 of the first 20 points to take a 41-35 lead with 12:36 remaining in the contest on a Marshall lay-in.
- Gettysburg would counter with a 10-3 run of its own to retake the lead at 45-44 on an Andrew Gardiner layup on a feed from Duffey.
- Trailing 49-48, Washington scored six straight points to take a 54-49 lead with 1:37 left following three free throws by Alec Lewis after he was fouled shooting a triple.  Daniel Brown hit one free throw to tie it at 49-49 with 3:45 to go and 23 seconds later Marshall put the Shoremen ahead for good when he tapped in his own miss to give the visitors a 51-49 lead.
- Down by five, the Bullets scored the next four points to trim the lead to 54-53 with 33 seconds remaining on two Gardiner free throws.
- Wright was fouled seven seconds later and canned both from the stripe to give WC a 56-53 lead.
- After two missed layups, Gettysburg got the ball back after the officials ruled Washington kicked the ball in a scrum with 11 ticks left.  After a timeout, Duffey took a three from the right side and it was off, but Evan Czulada grabbed the rebound and the ball eventually found the hands of Antolini who took a long three from the left key that hit the front of the rim and fell to the floor to end the game as the Shoremen came away with the victory.

For The Shoremen (12-11, 8-8 CC)
- Wright (15 points and three steals), Marshall (15 points, six rebounds and two steals)
- The Shoremen shot 33% (18-for-55) from the floor, 33% (4-for-12) from three-point range and 70% (16-for-23) from the foul line. 
- Washington had 19 turnovers in the contest.
- The Shoremen outscored the Bullets 13-7 in second chance points and 23-15 in points off turnovers. 

For Gettysburg (5-18, 4-12 CC)
- Antolini (game-bests of 15 rebounds and four assists), Czulada and Gardiner (11 points), Duffey (three steals)
- The Bullets shot 42% (22-for-53) from the floor, 23% (5-for-22) from three-point range and 80% (4-for-5) from the free throw stripe. 
- Gettysburg outscored Washington in bench points (30-8), points in the paint (28-22) and transition points (2-0).
- The Bullets had 27 turnovers in the game.
- Gettysburg outrebounded Washington by four, 39-35.

Notes
- Washington has now swept Gettysburg in two of the past three years as WC swept Gettysburg in 2016-17 for the first time.
- The Shoremen have gone 8-4 in their last 12 Centennial games since starting 0-4 in the conference.  Washington opened up its CC slate with the top four teams in the current conference standings…Swarthmore, Johns Hopkins, Ursinus and Muhlenberg.
- The last time WC was over .500 after 23 games was in 2011-12 when they were 13-10 as they finished up 14-13.  2011-12 was also the last time Washington made the conference tournament.
- With its eight Centennial wins, they have won more games in the conference this season than the past three seasons combined when they won a total of seven.

Up Next
2/13 @ McDaniel – 7:30 p.m. (Centennial Conference game)