Team Grabs Largest Win Over Ursinus in 21 Years, Moves Into Tie For Final Playoff Spot With Three Games To Go
COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. — Alec Lewis (Jefferson, Md. / Brunswick) scored a game high 21 points and Tray Wright (Baltimore, Md. / Saint Paul's School for Boys) picked up his first career double double with 17 points and 13 rebounds as visiting Washington College knocked off host Ursinus 83-67 in a Centennial Conference men's basketball game played this evening at Helfferich Hall in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Ursinus entered the evening as part of a three way tie for first place in the Centennial Conference.
Washington College 83, Ursinus 67
How It Happened
- The Bears jumped out to a 6-0 lead two minutes into the game on a layup from Ryan McTamney.
- A three pointer from Ryan Hughes with 14:05 to go gave Ursinus an 11-7 lead, but the Shoremen would score the next 10 points to take a 17-11 lead with 10:17 to go in the opening half on a layup from Josh Porteous.
- The 10-0 run grew into a larger 21-6 run as Lewis hit a three pointer with 5:59 to go in the half to give Washington their first double digit lead at 28-17.
- A traditional three point play from Bruce Edwards cut the lead to 28-20 with 5:26 to go in the half, but Washington would finish the half on another 10-0 run, capped off on a layup from Wright with 1:26 to go, which gave the Shoremen a 38-20 lead at the halftime break.
- Washington held a 44-25 lead with 17:19 to go following a jump shot from Lewis before Ursinus went on an 8-0 run, capped by a free throw from Hughes with 14:31 to play, to cut the lead to 44-33.
- Washington would respond with an 8-1 run, finished off by a layup from Daniel Brown, to push the lead back up to 18 points at 52-34 with 12:59 to play. Porteous started the run with a three pointer and added a second three during the run, which occurred in a span of 55 seconds.
- Ursinus would slowly chip away at the lead and got the deficit to single digits following a three pointer from Zack Muredda with 4:29 to go to make the score 66-57.
- Washington responded by scoring the next eight points to put the game away and push the lead to 17 at 74-57 with 2:27 to go following a free throw from Dallas Marshall.
For the Shoremen (11-11 Overall, 7-8 Centennial Conference)
- Lewis (game high 21 points), Wright (first career double double with 17 points and game high 13 rebounds, also added three steals), Porteous (14 points), Marshall (nine points, game high four assists, three steals).
- The Shoremen shot 43.5% from the floor in the win, 8-for-23 from three point range, and 21-for-26 at the free throw line.
- Washington forced 21 turnovers from Ursinus, while turning the ball over 12 times themselves, leading to a 24-10 advantage in points off turnovers.
- The Shoremen also held slim advantages of 37-34 in rebounding and 30-29 in points in the paint.
For Ursinus (14-8 Overall, 11-4 Centennial Conference)
- Muredda (20 points), McTamney (seven points, seven rebounds, three steals), Shane Stark (eight points, seven rebounds).
- The Bears shot 41.4% from the floor in the loss, 10-for-30 from three point range, and 9-for-13 at the free throw line.
- Ursinus held a 17-15 advantage in second chance points.
- The 16 point margin of victory for the Shoremen was the largest over Ursinus since the team picked up a 97-77 win over the Bears during the 1997-1998 season.
- Tonight's win was the first for Washington against Ursinus since a 94-85 win on February 14th, 2015, snapping a seven game losing streak. It was also the first win for the Shoremen over the Bears in Collegeville since a 73-66 win on January 25th, 2012.
- The Shoremen defense held Ursinus 13 points under their season average of 80.0 points per game, which made the Bears the highest scoring team in the Centennial Conference.
- Tonight's win, combined with Franklin & Marshall's 65-60 win at Dickinson, puts the Shoremen into a three way tie with those two teams for the fifth and final Centennial Conference playoff spot with three games to go.
- The Shoremen have outscored their opponents 43-10 in points off turnovers over the last two games after holding a 19-0 advantage in points off turnovers against Franklin & Marshall on Saturday.
Up Next for the Shoremen
2/9 @ Gettysburg - 3:00 p.m. (Centennial Conference game).
- Lewis scored a career high 24 points as the Shoremen defeated Gettysburg 76-61 in the first meeting this year on January 10th.