By Jensyn Hartzell
Elm Staff Writer
The Washington College men’s basketball team had a long and tough week.
The Shoremen came out with a 14-2 lead against the Yeshiva Maccabees 3:25 minutes into the game. WC was able to hold the lead for most of the game but the momentum of the game was back and forth between the teams.
With eighth minutes left in the half, Yeshiva went on a 12-4 run to tie the game at 32-32.
Sophomore Tray Wright made a pair of free throws to help reclaim the Shoremen’s lead at 37-32. Wright also lead the team with 16 points overall and four assists.
At the half, the score ended up being 41-38, WC. Starting in the second half, Wright was able to make a lay-up to give the Shoremen their biggest lead over Yeshiva for the entire game, but the Maccabees responded with a 8-0 run that allowed them to take the lead.
The Maccabees were able to steal the momentum, take a 12-0 lead, and ultimately win the game. The final score was 78-68, Yeshiva.
The Shoremen were able to catch a break on Thursday when they played the Cairn University Highlanders.
The Shoremen started this game out hot with a 14-4 lead in the opening, continued by a three-point shot from junior Barry McCormick. They were able to achieve their largest lead with 8:58 left in the half after a jumper from senior Alec Lewis.
The Highlanders were able to steal the lead at halftime, the score at 39-37.
Coming back out to the court, junior Cole Storm, McCormick, and Lewis all hit three-pointers to take the lead. The teams went back and forth in the remainder of the second, but the Shoremen were able to shoot six points in a row to finalize their win at 83-75.
Lewis had the highest amount of points, at 24 for the game. Daniel Brown, a junior, had a personal high of 18 points for the game, and Wright had five assists.
“There has been a lot of improvement, but there is still room for even more.” said sophomore Dilyn Becker.
Lastly, on Saturday, the men stayed in their home gym once again to play against Penn State-Harrisburg. Once again the Shoremen were able to start the game with a strong lead, 7-0, following a three pointer from senior Dallas Marshall.
The Lions did not take the lead in the game until 6:03 left in the half, with an 11-0 run. They would not let the Shoremen break the lead for the rest of the game. The score at halftime ended up at 46-35, Penn State-Harrisburg. Into the second half, the Shoremen came back determined, cutting the Lion’s lead to 46-45 with a 9-0 run, started off by a three-pointer from Lewis and a steal and layup from both Wright and senior Austin Allen.
The Lions responded with another run for themselves. The teams continued to go back and forth, but the Lions had set themselves up for the win in the first half with their lead.
Marshall racked up 20 points, seven rebounds, and 3 blocks in the game overall. He was also named the Goose Nation TV Shoremen of the Game for the first time in his career.
The ending score was 85-78, Penn State-Harrisburg. After the game, Logan Bunch, junior, said, “missing our foul shots killed us, and we could have used more defense.”
The Shoremen will travel to Swarthmore, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, Dec. 2 to play their first conference game for the season.