Seven-Year Itch Scratched: Shoremen Basketball Back In Centennial Conference Tournament for the First Time Since 2012

Washington Downs Dickinson, 96-79, as Lewis Scores Career-Best 26 Points and Will Host Franklin & Marshall on Tuesday

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Junior forward Alec Lewis (Jefferson, Md./Brunswick) scored a career-high 26 points as host Washington College clinched a berth in the Centennial Conference Tournament for the first time in seven years with a 96-79 over visiting Dickinson on Saturday afternoon at the Cain Athletic Center in Centennial Conference men's basketball action.  The Shoremen improve to 13-12 overall and 9-9 in the Centennial, while the Red Devils finish their season at 10-15 and 8-10 respectively.  Washington College will host Franklin & Marshall on Tuesday in the first round of the Centennial Conference Tournament.

The Shoremen clinched the four seed in the Centennial Conference Tournament with today's win combined with Franklin & Marshall's win at Ursinus and Gettysburg's win at Muhlenberg this afternoon as Washington, F&M and Muhlenberg all ended up at 9-9.  Washington earned the four seed based on a 3-1 record against F&M and Muhlenberg in the three-way tiebreaker.  F&M, who split its season series with Muhlenberg, garnered the five seed based on its win at top seed Swarthmore in December.

Washington College 96 Dickinson 79

How It Happened
- Washington, who never trailed, took the lead for good 13 seconds in on a three-pointer by Kevin McCormick as it ignited a 20-6 run to open the game that was capped on two free throws from Lewis with 13:56 left in the first half. 
- Leading 41-32 with 4:29 left in the first half following a layup by the Red Devils' Ryan Robinson, the Shoremen closed out the first half on an 11-4 run to take a 52-36 lead into halftime.  Barry McCormick capped WC's first half scoring on a jumper with 26 ticks left.
- Dickinson came out strong in the second half, scoring the first 10 points as part of a 20-5 run to trim the Washington lead to just one at 57-56 following a Bryce Allen three-pointer with 12:50 left.
- The Shoremen would counter though with 11 of the next 14 points to grab a 68-59 lead with 7:41 to go on a Lewis jumper.
- Following a Jack Tierney layup with 5:58 left that cut the Shoremen's lead to 71-63, Lewis came up with two three-pointers on the same possession to give WC a 77-63 lead with 5:27 left.  Lewis made the first three from the right side with 5:29 left and was fouled.  He missed the free throw, but Austin Allen grabbed the offensive rebound and found Lewis who drained the triple from the left side to give Washington a 14-point cushion.
- Dickinson would get within eight, 77-69, with 3:17 left on a Hinckley free throw, but Barry McCormick answered 10 seconds later with a jumper to make it 79-69 and started a game-closing 19-10 run to provide the final margin.

For The Shoremen (13-12, 9-9 CC)
- Lewis (career-best 26 points and team-best eight rebounds), Dallas Marshall (14 points), Josh Porteous (12 points), Barry McCormick (10 points), Tray Wright and Cole Storm (four assists), Daniel Brown (two steals)   
- The Shoremen shot a season-best 56% (29-for-51) from the floor, 50% (11-for-22) from three-point range to tie for season-high and 73% (27-for-37) from the foul line. 
- Washington outscored the Red Devils in bench points (59-18) and points off turnovers (11-8), while holding a 36-32 advantage of the glass.
- The Shoremen had 11 turnovers.

For Dickinson (10-15, 8-10 CC)
- Hinckley (17 points and seven boards), Allen (16 points, seven boards and game-best five assists), Adam Drummond and Elijah Wright (11 points each)
- The Red Devils shot 44% (29-for-66) from the floor, 30% (7-for-23) from three-point range and 64% (14-for-22) from the free throw stripe.    
- Dickinson outscored WC 13-6 in transition points, 34-24 in points in the paint and 10 in second-chance points.
- The Red Devils had 10 turnovers in the contest.

Notes
- Lewis was named the Chestertown McDonald's Shoremen Player of the Game on the Goose Nation TV webcast of the game.  His 26 points were the most by a Washington player since James Drury '17 scored 26 points at Johns Hopkins on January 27, 2016.
- Washington, the conference tournament for the 10th time in program history, is hosting its first Centennial Conference Tournament game since February 22, 2006 when the fourth-seeded Shoremen downed fifth-seeded Muhlenberg, 85-79.
- Prior to 2019, the nine other times WC made the Centennial Conference Tournament was in 1994, 1997-2000, 2003, 2006, 2010 and 2012.
- It is the fifth time Washington and F&M have met in the Centennial Conference Tournament, but the first time the game will be in Chestertown.  The first four meetings took place at Franklin & Marshall.
- The last time the Shoremen were in the tournament, they were the five seed.  In the first round, they edged four seed Johns Hopkins 56-53 before falling to F&M 100-69 in the semifinals.
- Prior to the game the Shoremen honored two seniors: Kevin McCormick and manager Cameron Pottinger.

Up Next
2/19 v. Franklin & Marshall – TBA (Centennial Conference Tournament First Round)
- Washington swept the season series with F&M, winning 45-42 on the road on January 8 and 74-69 at home on February 2. 
- Game time will be announced on Monday.
- Winner takes on Swarthmore, the top seed on Friday at Swarthmore, the tournament's host for the semifinals and final.  Third seeded Ursinus will play second seeded Johns Hopkins in the other semifinal on Friday.