Basketball earns fourth seed in playoffs: Shoremen win a spot in the Centennial Conference tournament for the first time since 2012 with a win over Dickinson

Screen Shot 2019-02-18 at 2.36.39 PMBy Sophia Grabiec

Sports Editor

The Washington College men’s basketball team has reached an in-Conference record of 9-9 this season, bringing them to be not just eligible, but the fourth seed in the Centennial Conference tournament for the first time since 2012 with their win over Dickinson College on Saturday, Feb. 16. WC beat the Red Devils 96-79 in their highest-scoring game all season.

Franklin & Marshall College’s win against Ursinus College combined with Gettysburg College’s win at Muhlenberg College brought F&M, Gettysburg, and WC to a 9-9 Centennial Conference record. This placed F&M above WC as the third seed and Muhlenberg below WC as the fifth.

The team celebrated Senior Day on Saturday as well, as it was their last regular-season home game.

Lone senior Kevin McCormick started the game off by scoring a three-pointer in the first thirteen seconds, which ignited the student section and brought fans in Cain Gymnasium to their feet. McCormick scored nine points for the Shoremen in the first half.

With that exciting start, the Shoremen managed to maintain their lead, scoring 52 points in the first half, leaving Dickinson behind with 36.

Junior Alec Lewis had a career-high performance, scoring 26 points and securing eight rebounds, leading the team in both categories. 14 of his points came in the first half. Lewis earned the Chestertown McDonald’s Shoremen Player of the Game title as well.

Next in line for scoring were juniors Dallas Marshall with 14 points and Josh Porteous with 12. Marshall scored seven in the first half while Porteous scored eight.

Also contributing to the board were sophomores Daniel Brown with seven points, Cole Storm with three, Barry McCormick with ten, and Logan bunch with five.

From the freshman class, Tray Wright and Rob Goyena both scored three points.

Storm and Wright had four assists each, tying them for highest in the game.

The Shoremen will host F&M on Tuesday, Feb. 19. In both meetings between the Diplomats and the Shoremen this season, WC has come up with the win. The winner of this contest will play Swarthmore College— the first seed— on Friday, Feb. 22

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