CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Washington (Md.) finally broke into the win column by shocking visiting No. 14 Franklin & Marshall 62-61 in Centennial Conference action on Saturday at the Cain Athletic Center.
The Shoremen moved to 1-14 overall and 1-7 in the Centennial, while the Diplomats dropped to 12-3 and 7-1.
With the win, the Shoremen snap a 15-game losing streak which dates back to the end of last season and a 10-game home losing streak. Washington’s last victory was a 56-53 win at Johns Hopkins in the 2012 Centennial Conference tournament first round on Feb. 22. The squad’s last home win came on Jan. 21, 2012 when Washington topped visiting Muhlenberg 86-78.
The Shoremen have now topped a ranked team in four of the past five seasons.
Washington trailed 53-51 with 6:12 to go in the second half following a pair of free throws by F&M’s Hayk Gyokchyan. Sophomore guard Stephen Poarch made a free throw six seconds later to cut the lead to one and then rebounded his own miss and scored on a layup with 6:02 remaining in the contest to put WC up for good. A 7-0 run gave the Shoremen a 58-53 lead with 4:39 remaining capped by a pair of Poarch free throws.
The Diplomats ended the run on a Max Brewer jumper with 4:26 left in the game to trim the lead to 58-55, but on the next possession, senior forward Charlie McShane drained a jumper of his own to restore the lead to five points at 60-55 with 4:03 remaining. F&M got a three-point play from Morgan Lee just 19 seconds later to reduce the Washington cushion to 60-58. The Shoremen answered again on a McShane lay-in to push the lead back to four at 62-58 with 3:24 left. Franklin & Marshall cut the lead to a single point with 1:51 remaining on a Brewer 3-pointer from the top of the arc.
The Diplomats called a timeout with seven seconds left to set up the final play of the game. F&M got the ball to Gyokchyan who drove to the basket but came up short to give Washington its first victory of the season.
In the first half, Washington broke a tie at eight with a 10-2 run to take an 18-10 lead with 11:14 to go on a Poarch jumper in the paint. The Shoremen extended their lead to the biggest of the day at 10 points with 5:48 left in the opening half on a fast-break dunk by McShane. F&M responded with a half-closing 12-5 run to cut the lead to 31-28 at halftime. A Lee jumper with four ticks left on the clock closed out the scoring in the first half.
|FRANKLIN & MARSHALL VS. WASH. (MD.)|
|3-point FG Percentage||37.5||55.6|
In the second half, WC led 38-30 with 17:02 left in the contest following a jumper by sophomore guard Sean Brooks when F&M went on a 21-8 run to take a 51-46 lead with 7:30 to go in the ballgame on a Lee layup and it proved to be F&M’s biggest lead of the game. The Diplomats took their first lead since 7-6 in the first half with 10:19 remaining on a Matt Porter layup at 42-41.
Washington answered the run with five consecutive points, tying the score at 51 with 6:30 to go in the game on a Cunningham lay-in after freshman forward Pat Morgan made a 3-pointer with 7:18 to go in the second half to cut the Diplomats’ lead to 51-49.
For Washington, McShane scored a team-best 18 points on 8-for-10 shooting. Poarch scored 14 points and handed out a team-best four assists, while Cunningham had game highs of seven rebounds and two blocks. Sophomore guard John Weston had three steals to tie for tops in the games. Washington shot 51 percent (24-for-47) from the floor, 56 percent (5-for-9) from beyond the arc and 60 percent (9-for-15) from the foul line. Washington turned the ball over just 14 times, while forcing 20 F&M turnovers.
For F&M, Lee scored a game-best 23 points off the bench on 9-for-13 shooting. Gyokchyan added 13 points, while Jon Salandra chipped in with 11 points. Brewer dished out a game-best six assists, while Ed Early tied Weston for a game high in steals with three. The Diplomats shot 49 percent (24-for-49) from the floor, 38 percent (3-for-8) from behind the arc and 71 percent (10-for-14) from the free throw line, while holding a 34-20 edge on the boards.
F&M outscored Washington in points in the paint (38-26), second-chance points (10-4) and bench points (27-12), while the Shoremen had a 6-2 edge in bench points. Both squads had 18 points off of turnovers.
The win also snapped a six-game home losing streak to the Diplomats. WC’s last home victory against F&M was a 74-64 win on Feb. 11, 2006.