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Skipjacks snag another road win
Faulk scores game-high 25 points in return to So. Maryland

LA PLATA – Road wins are hard to come by in college basketball. Chesapeake College’s men’s basketball team has two in the last five days, including Wednesday’s 81-70 win at the College of Southern Maryland.

Preston Faulk, who went to high school minutes from the CSM campus at McDonough High, scored a game-high 25 points as the Skipjacks evened their record at 2-2. Hubert King added a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Jimmy Mosser contributed 14 points in the win.

"I wanted to win," said Faulk. "I didn’t want to come home to all this noise from them (the CSM players). I know them all and play with them over the summer."

Maurice Mendoza led the Hawks (1-2) with 22 points.

The first half, which featured eight ties and eight lead changes, ended with the Skipjacks holding a 40-38 advantage. King broke a 38-38 tie by scoring off his own miss, and CSM’s Jordan Daisy missed a three-pointer in the final seconds of the first half that could have put the Hawks ahead.

Faulk sparked the Skipjacks on an 11-3 run to start the second half, scoring seven points as Chesapeake opened up a 51-41 lead. The Hawks chipped away at the lead, pulling within 58-57 on David Johnson’s tip-in, but the Skipjacks answered with a 10-4 surge.

Felix Weeks scored on a transition layup and Kentrell Ricketts hit a layup to stretch Chesapeake’s lead to 62-57. Mosser sank two big shots during the run – a turnaround jumper and a layup off a press-breaker that made it 66-61. King’s in-the-lane jumper stretched the lead to 68-61.

CSM made one last run, pulling within 72-68 on a three-point play by Daisy with 1:52 remaining, but Brooks Cottman scored on a press-breaker and Faulk hit two free throws to make it an eight-point game.

The Skipjacks scored their final five points on free throws to ice the win.

Notes: Chesapeake head coach John Mappas, who had a 100-23 record at CSM in the mid-1980s, improved to 8-3 against his old school with his seventh straight win in the rivalry.

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