Garrett College nips Skipjacks, 74-70
Division I Lakers use fortuitous late call to hold off Chesapeake
McHENRY, January 4 - Dale Becraft is still waiting for the whistle to blow.
"To my last breath I´ll believe Rob (Lowery) was fouled," the Chesapeake College men´s basketball head coach said after Lowery seemingly drew contact on his attempt at a game-tying three-pointer Wednesday night at Garrett College. The shot missed, no call was made, and the Division I Lakers (10-2) escaped with a 74-70 win.
"Both teams had a little rust on them," said Becraft after his Division II Skipjacks (8-2) played their first game since December 17th. "Overall, though, it was a pretty good game. The largest lead for either team was six points. Most of the game we were within a basket of each other."
Tyrice Watkins (12 points) hit two free throws to give Garrett a 72-67 lead with 22 seconds left, but Mike Nichols (18 points) answered with a three-pointer to make it 72-70 with 14.4 seconds remaining. Aaron Meachem then split a pair of free throws to stretch the Lakers´ lead to 73-70 and set up Lowery´s final shot.
"We set up a double screen high and Lowery got a good look at the basket," said Becraft. "It looked like he was fouled, but we didn´t get the whistle."
Lowery scored a game-high 26 points and Jamarl Glen added 10 as three Skipjacks reached double figures. Barry Cornish had 20 points to lead Garrett.
Robbie Brisco finished with 10 rebounds and five blocked shots for the Skipjacks, who had a 31-30 halftime lead.
"I don´t even know how many times he intimidated people inside," Becraft said of Brisco´s performance.
The Skipjacks, who have already had a pair of four-game winning streaks this season, will try to get back on the winning track Saturday night with a 7 p.m. home game against Community College Baltimore County-Essex.
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