Swat downs Bears, 74-68

SWARTHMORE, Pa. – Will Gates pumped in a game-high 31 points as the Garnet (1-5, 1-1 Centennial) handed Ursinus (3-3, 0-2 Centennial) a 74-68 loss in Centennial Conference men’s basketball play on Saturday afternoon.

The win by the Garnet was first victory over the Bears since the 1997-98 season.

Jordan Martinez added in 12 for the Garnet, followed by 11 from Ryan Carmichael.

For Ursinus, senior guard Keith Page (Manchester, England/Blair Academy) had 15 points, while junior guard Matt Hilton (Lewistown, Pa./Lewistown Area) scoring 14 points. Senior guard Remy Cousart (Philadelphia, Pa./Holy Ghost) added in 11.

Swarthmore held Ursinus to just 36.8 percent shooting from the floor (21-for-57).

Ursinus took an early 7-2 lead in the contest on a four-point play by freshman guard Matt Donahue (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity School) with 18:07 left.

Swarthmore answered with a 15-0 run to go up 17-7 with 11:44 left on a layup by Carmichael. Ursinus would battle back to within two at 19-17 on a jumper by Hilton with 6:53 left but could not retake the lead.

Trailing by one at halftime (27-26), Ursinus got its last lead at 37-36 with 15:02 left on a pair of foul shots by freshman forward John Ward (Allentown, Pa./Parkland).

Swarthmore took the lead, but, Ursinus tied it one last time at 47-all with 8:50 left on a three-pointer by Page. Swarthmore then went up five and never looked back.

Ursinus held a 39-34 edge in rebounding, with Page, Cousart and sophomore guard J.J. Rapczynski (Chadds Ford, Pa./Garnet Valley) each having seven rebounds. Gates picked up a game-high 17 rebounds for the Garnet.

Both teams made 22 field goals, and seven three-pointers in the contest. But, Swarthmore was 23-for-34 from the line, while Ursinus was 17-for-21.