CHESTERTOWN, MD -- Visiting Hood College scored 50 second-half points and rallied from a double-digit deficit to defeat host Washington College, 78-62, in a non-conference men's basketball game this afternoon inside Cain Athletic Center.
The Shoremen (0-8) scored the last seven points of the first half to take a 36-28 lead into the intermission. Fifty-six of the 64 total points scored in the first half were scored in the paint or at the free-throw line. A pair of three-pointers by Washington senior forward Charlie McShane (West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford) and a jumper by Hood's Cameron Cook with 5:42 left were the only jump-shots made from outside the paint in the entire half. Cook's was the first of the game.
After Washington scored the first bucket of the second half to take a 10-point lead, the Blazers (5-4) went on a 15-0 run to surge ahead, 43-38, on a lay-up and free throw by Matt Galloway with 14:18 remaining. The Shoremen briefly stopped the run with a basket by sophomore guard Sean Flanigan (Wilmington, DE/St. Mark's), but Hood ran off eight more points in a row to build a 51-40 lead on a fast-break dunk by Jeremy Veres with 11:07 to go.
Washington crawled back to within three on a jumper by sophomore guardStephen Poarch (Middletown, DE/Sanford School) with 8:20 to go to make it 52-49, but Hood knocked down three pointers on three consecutive possessions to take a 61-49 lead with 6:44 left. The Blazers led by at least eight points the rest of the way.
Cook led all players with 20 points, 18 of them coming after halftime. He was 6-for-11 from the field, including a 5-of-7 mark from three-point range, and 3-for-4 at the line. Justin Stone added 18 points for the Blazers, while Veres had 14 points and seven boards in 2-0 minutes off the bench.
Poarch paced the Shoremen with 19 points, five assists, and three steals. McShane added 13 points and three steals, while Flanigan finished with 11 points and junior guard Kevin Cunningham (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) chipped in 10.
Hood shot 54% from the field in the game and 64% from the field in the second half. Washington shot 42% from the field. The Blazers also maintained a 40-20 advantage on the boards, rebounding half of their own misses, pulling down 14 offensive rebounds while allowing just 14 defensive rebounds.
The Shoremen return to action Tuesday with a 4:00 p.m. non-conference game at Wesley.