Five Shoremen Score in Double Figures in First Home Win Since February 2015
CHESTERTOWN, Md. — Five Shoremen scored in double figures as host Washington College won a thrilling 91-90 double-overtime game over visiting Gettysburg College in Centennial Conference men's basketball action this afternoon inside Cain Athletic Center. The game, which featured 18 lead changes and 11 ties, was the Shoremen's first home victory since February 2015, breaking a 12-game home losing streak.
Washington College 91, Gettysburg 90 (2 OT)
How It Happened
- The Shoremen raced out to a 13-4 lead, building that nine-point cushion on a three-pointer by James Drury with 15:15 left in the first half. The Bullets came back to whittle the lead down to one five times in the first half before taking their first lead of the game on a lay-up by Tanner Kirkpatrick with 3:57, putting Gettysburg ahead, 30-29. Neither team led by more than three points the rest of the period as the Shoremen took a 42-39 lead into the intermission thanks to a buzzer-beating put-back by Austin Allen. Nineteen of the Shoremen's 42 first-half points came off Bullet turnovers.
- Washington's lead grew to six on a pair of Brandon Berry free throws that made the score 51-45 in favor of the Shoremen with 13:45 left in the second half. The Bullets scored the next seven points to take a 52-51 lead on a Luke Cooper lay-up with 11:16 remaining. Joey Shelton answered on the other end for the Shoremen with a jumper just 17 seconds later to give Washington a 53-52 advantage with 10:59 left.
- The Bullets quickly regained the lead, 55-53, with an Alec Warren three-pointer with 10:34 to go. Gettysburg then took its biggest lead of the contest thus far at 58-53 on a lay-up and free throw by Cody Kiefer with 9:40 left. Those three points capped off a 13-2 run for Gettysburg.
- Washington scored the next eight points to grab a 61-58 lead on a Dallas Marshall lay-up and free throw with 8:14 on the clock. Gettysburg supplied the next five points to go back ahead, 63-61, on a lay-up and free throw by Pete Christ with 6:22 to play. Washington battled back to tie the score at 65-65 on a Kevin McCormick three-pointer with 5:06 remaining.
- Nick Schmelzer put the Shoremen in front, 68-65, with a three-pointer with 3:37 remaining. Kirkpatrick got the Bullets back to within one with a pair of free throws with 2:53 left and then put them in front, 70-68, with a lay-up and free throw with 47.3 seconds to go.
- A Shelton lay-up with 32.6 seconds left in regulation deadlocked the score at 70-70, but Shelton missed a free throw that would have given the Shoremen the lead. After a Gettysburg miss on one end, Drury missed a running floater at the buzzer for the Shoremen to send the game into overtime.
- The Shoremen struck first in overtime as Allen made the second of two free throws 25 seconds into the period for a 71-70 lead. Kiefer made two free throws with 3:38 remaining to put Gettysburg in front, 72-71. Schmelzer put Washington back ahead, 74-72, with a three-pointer with 3:15 left, but a running floater by Danny Duffey leveled the score again with 2:06 to play.
- Drury went to the line for the Shoremen with 1:45 remaining and sank a pair of free throws for a 76-74 Shoremen lead, but Christ drained a three on the other end for a 77-76 Gettysburg advantage with 1:24 left.
- After both teams came up empty on their next possessions, the Shoremen called timeout with the ball with 36.4 seconds on the clock, trailing by one. Tas Dixon put Washington in front, 78-77, with a driving lay-up with 27.6 seconds to go. Duffey was then fouled by Shelton on the other end with 6.2 seconds remaining to head to the line for two free throws. He sank both free throws for a 79-78 Gettysburg lead.
- Dixon was then fouled by Duffey in the Washington back court to head to the line with 2.6 seconds to go. Dixon's first shot rimmed out, but his second was true to tie the game at 79-79. Following a Gettysburg timeout, Allen intercepted the ensuing inbounds pass and had a deep three go off the backboard and rim as time expired and the game headed to a second overtime.
- A Kirkpatrick put-back with 4:47 left in the second overtime put Gettysburg ahead, 81-79, and Christ pushed the lead to three at 82-79 by making one of two free throws with 3:34 on the clock. Schmelzer then tied the score at 82-82 with a three-pointer with 3:27 showing.
- Christ made the first of two free throws for the Bullets with 2:30 remaining for an 83-82 Gettysburg advantage, but Drury sank one of two for Washington with 2:19 to go for an 83-83 tie.
- A driving lay-up by Dixon put the Shoremen in front, 85-83, with 1:31 to go. Gettysburg then turned the ball over on the ensuing possession and a driving lay-up by Drury gave Washington an 87-83 cushion with 54.4 second left.
- Christ knocked down a three to pull the Bullets back to within one at 87-86 with 29.5 seconds remaining. Dixon was fouled with 27.6 seconds to go and made both attempts to push the lead to three at 89-86. Kiefer made a lay-up for the Bullets with 12.6 seconds remaining to trim the margin but to one, but Berry made two free throws with 10.7 seconds to play to push the lead to 91-88. Warren beat the buzzer with a lay-up for the Bullets, but it was one point to few as the Shoremen held on for the 91-90 lead.
For the Shoremen (3-2, 1-0 Centennial Conference)
- Shelton (17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals); Drury (17 points); Schmelzer (16 points, 5-for-7 three-pointers, 7 rebounds, 3 assists); Dixon (13 points, 4 assists, 3 steals); Berry (10 points, 6-for-6 free throws)
- The Shoremen shot 44% from the field, 35% from three-point range, and 68% at the free-throw line. Washington committed 18 turnovers, but forced 26 by Gettysburg, finishing with a 29-10 advantage in points off turnovers.
- Berry was named the Chestertown McDonald's Shoremen Player of the Game on the Goose Nation TV webcast of the game.
For Gettysburg (2-4, 2-1 Centennial Conference)
- Kiefer (23 points, 7-for-7 free throws, 10 rebounds, 5 assists); Christ (18 points, 7 rebounds); Kirkpatrick (17 points, 6-for-8 shooting, 5-for-5 free throws, 7 rebounds, 4 assists)
- The Bullets shot 52% from the field in the game, but just 23% from three-point range. They were 85% at the foul line. Gettysburg held a 43-33 advantage in rebounds and a 50-32 margin in points in the paint.
- The Shoremen's last home win was a 94-85 conference victory over Ursinus on February 14, 2015. Their 91 points today also marks their highest single-game output since then.
- The Shoremen also snapped a six-game series losing streak against the Bullets. Their last win over Gettysburg was a 72-57 home win on February 9, 2013. That also marked the last time the Shoremen had won back-to-back games before today as they had posted a 72-70 home overtime win over Swarthmore three days earlier. (Washington won at Frostburg State on Monday.)
- With three wins in five games this season, the Shoremen have already matched their win total from all of last season.
Up Next for the Shoremen
12/7 @ McDaniel - 7:30 p.m. (Centennial Conference game)