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Skipjacks snag another road win

Thursday, November 16, 2006

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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