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Skipjacks regroup to beat CSM in overtime, 94-84

Thursday, January 26, 2006

LA PLATA – This game was eerily similar to last month´s men´s basketball contest against CCBC-Catonsville, but the Skipjacks made sure it had a different outcome.

Chesapeake College – which blew a 16-point, second-half lead in last month´s overtime loss to Catonsville – let an 18-point advantage slip away Wednesday night at the College of Southern Maryland. The Skipjacks, however, regrouped to post a 94-84 win as Rob Lowery scored eight of his 24 points in overtime and Jamarl Glen made 5-of-6 free throws in the extra period.

The short-handed Hawks, who dressed five players for the game, played the final 2:39 of regulation and most of the overtime with just four players after Marko Hamlin fouled out. Forced to foul at the end of overtime, CSM played the final 31.6 seconds with just three players.

"Southern Maryland played hard – they kept coming at us, and you have to admire that kind of effort," said Chesapeake College head coach Dale Becraft. "Once we got the big lead, we tried to take the air out of the ball. They made some steals and hit some big shots and got right back in the game."

Becraft, however, was pleased with how his team finished in its first game in more than two weeks.

"The layoff hurt us," admitted Becraft, whose team improved to 11-3 overall and 4-3 in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference. "Some of the things that hurt us in the second half were due to us just not having enough floor time. As we get back into game shape, I think we´ll be all right."

Glen scored a team-high 31 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. He also had five assists and drew two key charges. Lowery, meanwhile, passed out 10 assists and joined Glen in notching a double-double.

Mike Nichols added 13 points and Joe Fletcher scored 11 for the Skipjacks.

Keith Wagner scored a game-high 32 points for CSM (6-13, 4-6), which went to overtime for the fourth time in five games. Chesapeake ended the Hawks´ three-game winning streak.

Chesapeake seemed in control with a 65-47 lead and only 8:32 remaining in regulation. The Hawks then went on a 24-6 run, tying the game on a Wagner layup with 3:13 left in regulation.

CMS actually took a short-lived, 74-73 lead on an Anthony Stowe free throw with 47.1 seconds left in regulation. Lowery answered with a basket to give Chesapeake a 75-74 advantage, and Nichols hit the front end of a one-and-one with 19.5 seconds remaining to make it 76-74.

Nichols, however, missed his second free throw. The Hawks drew even when Bruce Fort hit a running one-hander with 7.6 seconds remaining, and the game went to overtime after Chesapeake´s Chris Brown missed a jump hook at the buzzer.

Chesapeake dominated the extra period, with Lowery and Glen outscoring CSM by themselves.

"We were able to attack the bucket inside and get some good shots," said Becraft of his team´s overtime play. "Once we got the lead, we played a little smarter than we did in regulation."

The Skipjacks improved to 6-1 against Region XX opposition.

Chesapeake plays a 2 p.m. game Saturday at Montgomery College/Takoma Park, which was 3-14 overall and 2-7 in conference play prior to Wednesday night´s game against county-rival Montgomery College/Rockville. The Skipjacks then play a 7 p.m. game Sunday night at Salisbury University against national power Cecil Community College.

Cecil is currently undefeated (9-0) in league play, 15-2 overall and ranked second in the country in NJCAA Division II.

Notes: The game was a homecoming for two Skipjacks. Becraft was an assistant coach with CSM in the 2003-2004 season, while Chesapeake player Robbie Briscoe was a player on that squad. Briscoe scored seven points against his old school.

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