Shoremen Open 3-0 for the First Time in 15 Years, Topple Giants 80-56

Shoremen Open 3-0 for the First Time in 15 Years, Topple Giants 80-56

Lewis Posts Second Career Double-Double and Will Play Host Case Western Reserve in Tournament Final

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Washington College men's basketball team opened its season 3-0 for the first time since the 2003-04 season with a 80-56 win over Keystone on Friday night in a non-conference game at the Horsburgh Gymnasium in the first round of the Bill Sudeck Tournament hosted by Case Western Reserve University.  Junior forward Alec Lewis (Jefferson, Md./Brunswick) tallied his second career double-double with a career-high and contest-best 21 points and matched his personal best in rebounds with 10 to lead all players as the Shoremen will play the host Spartans for the title tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 p.m. 

Washington College 80 Keystone 56

How It Happened
- With the score tied at 5-5 with 18:03 to go in the first half, Washington scored nine of the next 10 points to take a 14-6 lead on a three-pointer by Lewis with 15:51 left in the first. 
- The Giants would respond and take their first lead since 2-0 on a three-pointer by Jeremy Jordan at 21-19 with 8:35 left in the half.
- WC closed out the first half strong, outscoring Keystone 15-5 the rest of the half to take a 34-26 lead into halftime.  Kevin McCormick capped the first half scoring on a triple with 36 ticks left in the stanza.  McCormick put the Shoremen ahead for good with 5:29 left in the first on a three to give WC a 24-21 edge. 
- Washington held Keystone to 9-for-39 shooting in the first half (23%) and just 2-for-17 (12%) from three-point range. 
- Lewis would give Washington its first double-digit lead 87 seconds into the second half on a three-pointer at 37-26.  He would also can another triple with 15:29 left in the game that gave the Shoremen a 48-32 lead as like the first half, they opened the second half on a 14-6 run.
- The Giants would score the next six points to cut it to 48-38 with 12:39 left in the contest on a Jaylen Nuckles jumper.
- That's as close as Keystone would get the rest of the way as Washington would lead by as many as 24 on two occasions in the final minute. 

For The Shoremen (3-0)
- Lewis (career-high and contest-topping 21 points and game-best 10 rebounds for second career double-double; 6-for-7 from three-point range), Tray Wright (11 points), Austin Allen (10 points and six rebounds), Marshall (career-high six assists to lead all players and six boards)
- The Shoremen outscored the Giants in points in the paint, 34-28, bench points, 25-22, and second chance points, 22-11.
- The Shoremen shot 46% (29-for-63) from the floor, 41% (9-for-22) from three-point range and 72% (13-for-18) from the foul line. 
- WC held a 55-35 advantage on the boards.

For Keystone (0-2)
- Nuckles (team-best 14 points and contest-high four steals), Jordan and Jaylen Flynn (squad-best five rebounds)
- The Giants shot 29% (20-for-68) from the floor, 12% (3-for-25) from three-point range and 62% (13-for-21) from the free throw stripe. 
- Keystone outscored Washington in points off turnovers, 17-13, and scored the lone two fast break points in the contest.
- The Giants had just 12 turnovers while forcing 21 miscues by the Shoremen.

Notes
- It was the second all-time meeting between Washington and Keystone.  The only other meeting was the Shoremen's 1,000th all-time victory on December 18, 2006 in a 61-55 home win.
- In 2003-04, the Shoremen downed St. Joseph's (LI), Rutgers-Newark and Salisbury in its first three games of that campaign.
- Lewis' first career double-double came in the season finale last year versus Dickinson when he had 13 points and 10 rebounds on February 17, 2018.  He matched his career-best in rebounds tonight. 
- In the first game of the tournament on Friday night, host Case Western Reserve beat Franciscan, 78-48.

Up Next
11/17 @ Case Western Reserve – 3:00 p.m. (Non-Conference game)
- Championship Game.