By Pat Mariboe
Elm Staff Writer
After a remarkable 81-80 upset in overtime against No. 16 ranked Franklin & Marshall, Washington College looked to carry the momentum into their matchup against Haverford on Wednesday. In their last meeting, the Shoremen beat the Fords comfortably, 81-66 and they hoped for a repeat performance when they faced off at home in this Centennial Conferencer rivalry matchup.
“After the big win for us against F&M, I was just thinking how we can really be the best team we are capable of becoming if we just do the little things starting in practice,” said freshman Tas Dixon. “But then when it comes to game day, we have to perform those details on the court.”
Haverford started off the game with a 20-7 lead midway through the first half. The Shoremen fought back and entered halftime trailing the Fords 38-29. The Shoremen then went on a 17-7 point run to start the second half and pulled within one point, with help from junior Dave Knox. The Fords managed to answer, and went within four points to make the lead 50-46. After some more back and forth play, the Shoremen trailed the Fords by one point for the second time in the game, when junior Pat Morgan put up an important jumper to make the score 65-64 with less than two minutes to go. The Shoremen’s late heroics came a little too late as Haverford pulled away and won 75-69. Morgan led the Shoremen with 19 points in the loss.
On Saturday, the Shoremen played their second game of the week on senior night against the visiting Ursinus Bears, who the Shoremen lost to 83-68 in their last meeting. There was a strong performance from Dixon and fellow freshman Joey Shelton, as they helped the Shoremen finish off a 17-6 point run to take the lead 23-20 halfway through the first half. Washington College kept the momentum going and took a 45-37 lead into halftime.
The Shoremen came out storming for the second half, running off a 17-8 run to take their biggest lead of the game, 62-45. Morgan had another strong performance after his 19 point performance on Wednesday, scoring the team’s last six points of the game to give the Shoremen the 94-85 victory. It was a big night for senior Sean Flanigan, who scored a career-best and game-high 24 points in the win.
“I think this win will give us momentum to end strong for the program, the future and most importantly our seniors,” said Shelton. “This game also tells us that we always had the right tools to win, we just didn’t use them all season like we could of. This is a great win for us and I hope this continues for our games left in the season and in the future.” Shelton further solidified a superb rookie campaign as he totaled 18 points and five rebounds off the bench. Fellow freshman Dixon finished the night with 10 points and two assists.
The Shoremen finish their season on Feb. 21 at No.13 Johns Hopkins, who they lost to earlier in the season 73-88. The Blue Jays currently sit at the top of the Centennial Conference with a record of 14-2.