By Tim Marcin
Elm Sports Editor
Men’s basketball suffered back to back conference losses this past week. Haverford and Dickinson managed to get the best of the Shoremen dropping their record to 13-8 for the year. Haverford was red hot on offense last Wednesday, and Washington Collegestruggled to keep up the pace. The final score was 88-75. The Fords shot a stellar 60% from the field, getting 30 points from their star Bret Cohen. Kevin Cunningham led the Shoremen in scoring with a career-high 18 points.
The first half was back and forth, but Haverford finished with a 10-0 run to go into the break with a 49-44 lead. WC briefly tied the game in the second half, but Haverford responded and took back the lead. WC once again clawed back, and even took the lead on a Max Finch lay-up. The Fords simply had too much for the Shoremen and once again broke away, this time for good. Haverford built an 81-70 lead and never led by less than eight for the rest of the game.
Washington could not recover with a win against Dickinson Saturday the fourth. After falling down 35-35 in the first half against the Red Devils, WC put together a 22-8 run to tighten the game. The lead was slimmed to 47-43 by a Kevin Cunningham three, and after a brief run by Dickinson, the Shoremen got hot.
The team scored seven unanswered points, taking a 52-51 lead on a Sal Schittino three-pointer. The game was neck and neck the rest of way, each team trading punches. The Red Devils simply hit a few more shots and with 22 seconds left they led 76-74. After a missed shot, and fouls, the final lead was 78-74 in favor of Dickinson.
Kevin Breslin led the Shoremen in scoring with 22, and Adam Naymick pulled in six boards to lead the team. It was a close game and a heart-breaker but the Shoremen played well against a team that bested them 76-41 earlier in the year.
The WC men’s basketball team returns for its next home game Feb 15 against Ursinus in a conference game. Come show your support for the squad.