By Derek Stiles
Coming off a double-digit loss to Swarthmore in which they were dominated on the boards, the Shoremen hoped to pull off an upset for the ages against the nationally ranked Dickinson Red Devils. Their effort fell short, however, as the game between two teams on opposite ends of the conference finished in a lopsided score for the Red Devils.
Dickinson would control every facet of the game on the way to a 97-56 victory, putting them at 17-2 overall and tied for first in the Centennial Conference along with Johns Hopkins and Franklin and Marshall. Shooting just over 55 percent from the field and 42 percent from three, Dickinson led by at least 23 points all throughout the second half.
The Shoremen struggled on the offensive end against a stingy Red Devil defense as they finished the game shooting 32 percent, their third lowest total of the season and 17 turnovers, their second most of the season. Juniors Pat Morgan and Dave Knox were the lone bright spots of the game. Morgan put up 12 points on the night as Knox finished with 18 points and eight rebounds, just above his season average of 14 points per game.
Dickinson, ranked No. 5 in the nation, is one of three top 25 teams in the Centennial Conference. Franklin and Marshall (No. 20) and Johns Hopkins (No. 18) are the others.
The Shoremen have become accustom to facing such talent. Just a week ago they faced Johns Hopkins, whom they lost to 73-88. The game was back and forth throughout the first half, until Hopkins went on a 12-1 run in the final minutes. From there, the Blue Jays wouldn’t look back.
Despite commiting less turnovers, the Shoremen were dominated when it came to points in the paint. The Blue Jays outscored them 42-24 while outrebounding Washington College 36-24.
Sophomore James Drury put up a game-high 21 points while earning a career-high six assists and three steals, which happened to be another career high.
Next up for the Shoremen are the McDaniel Green Terror, who stand at .500 in the standings and 11-7 overall. Most recently they lost to Muhlenberg 50-61, shooting 3-20 from three and only 31 percent from the field.
Six conference games remain for the Shoremen, including the Haverford Fords, who sit alongside Washington College in the standings at 2-10. The team’s last win came in dramatic fashion as they defeated Muhlenberg 77-76, holding them scoreless in the final two minutes of regulation as Knox and Morgan scored the final seven points for the Shoremen’s second victory of the year.
The Shoremen hope to climb from the basement of the Centennial Conference and finish the season strong as they still have to play the Franklin and Marshall Diplomats, Haverford Fords, Ursinus Bears, Swarthmore Garnets, and Johns Hopkins Blue Jays.