Shoremen Elude Hornets’ Sting In 63-57 Win

Shoremen Elude Hornets’ Sting In 63-57 Win

Dixon Scores 15 Points and Allen Hauls In Career-Best 10 Rebounds

WINCHESTER, Va. – Visiting Washington College jumped out to an 18-point first half lead and held off a rally by host Shenandoah by going 8-for-8 from the foul line in the final 79 seconds to notch a 63-57 win on Monday night in a non-conference men's basketball game at Shingleton Gymansium.  The Shoremen improve to 3-5 overall, while the Hornets slip to 3-3. 

Washington College 63 Shenandoah 57

How It Happened
- Trailing 4-2 just 3:31 into the game, the Shoremen scored the game's next seven points to take a 9-4 lead with 13:01 left in the first half on a Nick Schmelzer three-pointer.  Josh Porteous put the Shoremen ahead for the rest of the game on a three at 5-4 with 15:04 left.    
- The 7-0 run was the beginning of a 23-3 run that gave Washington a 23-7 lead with 7:09 to go in the opening half on a Mike Winterburn layup. 
- Trailing 29-11, the Hornets outscored the Shoremen, 17-8 in the final 5:15 of the half to cut the deficit to nine at 37-28.  A lay-in by Aaron Patterson with a second left following a Washington turnover capped the scoring in the opening 20 minutes. 
- Washington scored 16 points off of 16 Shenandoah turnovers in the first half and Schmelzer was 4-for-4 from three-point range in the opening stanza.
- The Shoremen led 41-30 with 13:50 remaining in the second half before the Hornets went on a 14-4 run to trim the visitors' lead to just one at 45-44 with 6:32 left in the contest on a pair of Jonah Meredith free throws..
- Tas Dixon would score the next seven points in the game for the Shoremen as Washington pushed its lead back to eight at 52-44 with 4:49 remaining as he made a lay-in and five free throws.
- Shenandoah would respond with six unanswered points in 1:42 to trim the lead to 52-50 with 3:07 to go on a Kwa McDonald layup.  The Hornets would get within one at 55-54 with 1:44 left on two McDonald free throws.
- The Shoremen however would make all eight free throws in the final 1:19 to hold off the hosts and come away with the victory.

For The Shoremen (3-5)
- Dixon (15 points, 11-for-13 from the free throw line, tying career-high for free throws in a game and four assists to tie for contest-best), Porteous (13 points and three steals to tie for game-high), Schmelzer (12 points off the bench), Austin Allen (career-best 10 rebounds).
- The Shoremen shot 28% (18-for-64) from the floor, 26% (6-for-23) from three-point range and 81% (21-for-26) from the foul line. 
- Washington had 17 turnovers in the contest.
- WC outscored Shenandoah 12-5 in second-chance points, 18-16 in points off of turnovers and 29-23 in bench points.

For Shenandoah (3-3)

- McDonald (game-best 17 points and tied for game-best in steals with three), Jalyn Jarrett (11 points and four assists to tie for tops), Christopher Chaney (14 rebounds).
- The Hornets shot 32% (20-for-63) from the floor, 19% (5-for-27) from three-point range and 50% (12-for-24) from the free throw stripe. 
- The Hornets had 21 turnovers in the game, but just five in the second half, while holding a slight 51-48 advantage on the glass.
- Shenandoah outscored Washington in points in the paint (31-20) and transition points (13-2).

Notes

- Washington had its fourth game this season with 12 or more steals.
- The Shoremen shot a season high 81% from the foul line in the victory and canned 16 of their last 17 from the free throw stripe in the final 6:21.  20 of the squad's 26 points in the second half came from the charity stripe.
- WC was able to overcome shooting a season low 28.1% from the floor.
- Washington was able to avenge a 68-61 loss to Shenandoah on November 15, 2016.
- Dixon scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half and 13 of the team's final 16 points.
- The Shoremen had a season-best 48 rebounds in the victory.

Up Next
12/6 v. McDaniel – 8:00 p.m. (Centennial Conference game)
- Shoremen downed the Green Terror, 49-44, last season at home.