Shoremen Overcome 14-Point Deficit to Conquer Highlanders in Overtime, 78-75

Marshall Nets Second Straight Double-Double with 12 Points and Career-High 11 Rebounds

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Host Washington College overcame a 14-point second half deficit to force overtime and prevailed, 78-75, over visiting Cairn on Tuesday night in a non-conference men's basketball game at the Cain Athletic Center.  The Shoremen improve to 2-3 with the win, while the Highlanders dropped to 2-2.

Washington College 78 Cairn 75 (OT)

How It Happened
- The Shoremen took an 11-6 lead with 15:06 left in the first half following a three-point basket by Josh Porteous
- Cairn would respond by scoring 11 of the following 13 points to take a 17-13 lead with 11:24 to go in the half on a Jordan Koczman jumper in the paint. 
- Washington answered with a 12-2 run of its own to grab a 25-19 lead on a tip-in by Logan Bunch with 6:35 left in the half.  The six point lead was the Shoremen's biggest of the night. 
- The Highlanders would end the first half on a 17-5 spurt to take a 36-30 lead into intermission.  Richard Rosas put Cairn ahead for the rest of the half at 30-27 on a three with 3:46 to go. 
- Cairn would take its first double-digit lead 1:45 into the second half when Koczman canned a jumper to give the Highlanders a 40-30 lead.  After Porteous cut the lead to 44-38 on a lay-in with 14:54 remaining, the guests went on an 8-0 run to take their biggest lead of the game at 52-38 with 11:26 left on a pair of Justin Collazo free throws. 
- Trailing 68-55 with 3:37 left following a layup by Cairn's Antoine Nunnally, the Shoremen ended regulation on a 14-1 run to force overtime.  Down 69-64, Dallas Marshall scored on a tip-in to cut the lead to 69-66 with 19 seconds left.  Washington than fouled the Highlanders' Malachi Hall who missed both free throws with 18 ticks left and Marshall grabbed the rebound.  The ball ended up in the hands of Tas Dixon who drove to the basket and scored on a lay-in and was fouled with 12 seconds left.  Dixon drained the free throw to level the game at 69-69.
- On Cairn's next possession, Collazo was called for a walk with 4.6 seconds left and gave Washington the final chance to win it in regulation.  Dixon found Barry McCormick in the right corner for a potential winning shot, but his three was off the mark and the game headed to overtime.
- In overtime, where the Shoremen never trailed, the game was tied at 73-73 when McCormick put WC ahead for good with two free throws with 3:28 to put the hosts ahead 75-73.
- Leading 76-75, Alec Lewis missed a layup with 21 seconds left, but Marshall got the offensive rebound and tipped it in the bucket to give the Shoremen a 78-75 lead.
- Collazo had the Highlanders last shot in the waning seconds on a three from the left side, but the shot was off the mark and Austin Allen got the rebound to end the game.

For The Shoremen (2-3)
- Dixon (team-best 16 points and five assists), Porteous (10 points), Marshall (career-best 11 rebounds and 12 points for second straight double-double to go along career-highs of five assists and three blocks, which was also a game-high in rejections), Cole Storm (three steals to lead team).
- The Shoremen outscored the Highlanders in bench points, 28-14, second chance points, 14-8, points off of turnovers, 23-18, and points in the paint, 40-34.
- The Shoremen shot 40% (29-for-73) from the floor, 26% (6-for-23) from three-point range and 56% (14-for-25) from the foul line. 
- Washington had 18 turnovers while forcing 26 Cairn turnovers.

For Cairn (2-2)
- Collazo (game-high 20 points, 10 boards and five assists), Nunnally (15 points and 10 rebounds), Hall (12 points and game-high four steals), Koczman (14 points), Josh Decker (11 points).
- The Highlanders shot 45% (26-for-58) from the floor, 38% (6-for-16) from three-point range and 63% (17-for-27) from the free throw stripe. 
- Cairn outscored Washington 7-2 in transition points.
- Held a 45-40 edge on the glass in the contest.

Notes
- Marshall was named the Chestertown McDonald's Shoremen Player of the Game on the webcast.
- Marshall tallied his third straight double digit rebounding performance as he has 31 rebounds in the last three contests. 
- Washington now leads the all-time series versus Cairn, 4-0.

Up Next
11/30 @ Haverford – 7:00 p.m. (Centennial Conference game)