Owls pull away in 4th, win, 64-50

January 16, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

The Westminster Owls went on a 14-3 run in the fourth quarter to break open a tight game and come away with a 64-50 win over Linganore in a Central Maryland Conference game last night.

For the first three quarters neither team could take control.

At that point, the game had featured nine ties and Westminster's short-lived, six-point lead with just under a minute left in the third was the biggest either team could muster.

Todd Dorsey lead Westminster (5-5, 1-1) with 17 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and five steals.

The key play came with the Owls leading 46-42 with 1:30 gone in the fourth. Senior point guard Matt Brightful scored on a drive to the basket and was fouled by Linganore point guard Mike Weber -- who fouled out on the play.

After converting the three-point play, the Owls went to the press for the first time on the night and got a turnover which resulted in a Matt Brown basket to push the lead to 51-42.

The Owls never looked back.

"It was more of a surprise factor than anything else," said Westminster coach Dave Byers.

"They had [Weber] handling the ball all night long so we showed them a press. We're not a real good pressing team."

Westminster senior guard Brad Gibson hit a pair of three-pointers late in the third quarter -- the second one giving the Owls a 45-39 lead with just over a minute left -- and it looked like the Owls were gone.

But Linganore (6-7, 1-3) responded with Ryan Webb's three-point play to cut the lead to three.

"A lot of times we defeat ourselves with unforced passes, missed layups and missed free throws," Byers said. "Those are the kind of offensive mistakes that shouldn't happen in this part of the season."

Byers was pleased with the defensive effort and the Owls' ability to shut down Linganore's leading scorer Dave Jorgenson. Although he finished with 14 points, most came after Westminster put the game away.

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