GETTYSBURG, PA – Gettysburg's Alex Zurn had game-bests 23 points and three steals en route to a 69-53 victory over visiting Washington College at Bream Gym in Centennial Conference men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon. The Bullets improve to 6-7 overall and 2-4 in the conference, while the Shoremen drop to 0-13 and 0-6 respectively.
The Bullets led 17-12 with 10:26 remaining in the first half on a Zurn layup before the Shoremen scored the next six points to grab an 18-17 lead with 8:53 left in the first half on a three-pointer by freshman forward Pat Morgan (Havertown, PA/Haverford). After Gettysburg retook the lead at 19-18 with 8:10 left in the first on a Derek Brooks lay-in, Washington scored the next five points to take a 23-19 lead with 7:18 to go in the half on a three-pointer by sophomore guard Stephen Poarch (Middletown, DE/Sanford School). The Shoremen led 28-25 with 5:07 to go in the first on a layup by junior guard Kevin Cunningham (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) before the Bullets scored the next six points to take a 31-28 lead with 3:36 to go on a Zurn lay-in and would not trail again. After a three-pointer by Morgan evened the score at 31-31 with 2:42 to go in the first, Gettysburg closed out the frame on an 8-0 run to take a 39-31 lead into intermission. A Zurn triple with 28 seconds closed out the scoring in the opening half.
In the second half, the Shoremen got the deficit within four at 42-38 with 16:50 left in the game on a layup by senior forward Charlie McShane (West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford), but that's as close as WC would get. After a McShane triple cut the Bullets lead to 52-47 with 12:41 left in the contest, the Bullets answered with a 12-0 run to take a 64-47 lead with 5:34 remaining in the game on a Zurn trifecta. The closes WC, who trailed by as many as 20, would come the rest of the way would be 15 points.
Brooks added 12 points and Connor Poston chipped in with 10 points for the Bullets. Sango Amolo handed out seven assists to lead all players, while Poston and Zurn each grabbed a team-high six rebounds. Gettysburg shot 63% (27-for-43) from the floor, 50% (4-for-8) from three-point range and 65% (11-for-17) from the foul line. The Bullets held a 33-21 edge on the boards.
McShane scored 22 points to lead the Shoremen, one point off of his career-high. Sophomore guard Sean Flanigan (Wilmington, DE/St. Mark's) handed out a career-best four assists. WC shot 35% from the floor (19-for-55), 32% from behind the arc (8-for-32) and 54% (7-for-13) from the foul line.
Washington had just 14 turnovers, while Gettysburg coughed it up 20 times.
Washington hosts Dickinson on Tuesday afternoon at 5:00 in conference play in the Faculty & Staff Appreciate Game.