Bears drop close game to Washington, 85-84

CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Homestanding Washington put three players in double figures as the Shoremen (12-9, 10-7 Centennial) defeated Ursinus (14-10, 10-7 Centennial) 85-84 in a tight men's basketball contest Wednesday night at the Cain Athletic Center.

For Ursinus, junior guard Matt Hilton (Lewistown, Pa./Lewistown Area) had 23 points, while senior guard Remy Cousart (Philadelphia, Pa./Holy Ghost) added in 19. Ursinus had five players in double figures as along with Hilton and Cousart, freshman forward Jon Ward (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) and freshman forward Kevin Janowski (New Egypt, N.J./New Egypt) each added in 12.

Senior guard Keith Page (Manchester, England/Blair Academy) had 11 points for the Bears.

Washington was led by sophomore forward Kevin Breslin had 22 points, while senior forward Alan Kines added in 21. Senior guard Andrew Chambers scored 17 points for the Shoremen, who clinched the final playoff spot with the win.

The key in the game was the offensive rebounds, as Washington had 15 offensive rebounds that led to 13 second-chance points, while Ursinus managed just six. Washington finished with a 40-33 lead on the glass.

Ursinus almost rallied from an 11-point deficit in the second half. Trailing 73-62 with 4:49 left, Ursinus got the gap all the way down to two points at 78-76 with 1:47 left on a pair of foul shots from Cousart. On the next play, Washington got a three-point play from Chambers with 1:15 left to go back up five, 81-76.

Following two shots from Cousart, Ursinus again trailed by three at 81-78 with 31 seconds left, however, the Bears next foul was ruled intentional giving Washington two shots and the ball. Washington would make just one foul shot, upping the lad to 82-78.

A layup by Cousart with 11 ticks left cut the deficit to 82-80. Chambers would then convert 1-of-2 foul shots for a 83-80 lead. Cousart would be fouled with just four seconds left, but, only made 1-of-2 for a 83-81 deficit.

With three seconds left, Breslin made both to give Washington at 85-81 left. However, Hilton was foul with just .4 seconds left and made the first two foul shots to cut the deficit to 85-83. His attempt to miss the final foul shot, in hope of a tip-in, went in making the final margin 85-84.

Cousart finished the day with five assists, while grabbing eight rebounds.

Ursinus will host Muhlenberg on Saturday in a game that has major playoff implications. With Ursinus tied with Muhlenberg and Washington for third place, the Bears need to win and have Washington lose to Johns Hopkins to clinch the third seed. If Washington defeats Hopkins, Ursinus is the fourth seed with a win over Muhlenberg. Should Ursinus win and Washington wins, Ursinus will host Muhlenberg. If Ursinus loses, and Washington wins, Ursinus travels to Muhlenberg next Wednesday.