W. Md. tops Washington, 88-73, despite Vican's 34

January 17, 1993|By Bill Tanton | Bill Tanton,Staff Writer

Western Maryland and Washington, two teams in need of a win, met in men's basketball last night, and the host Green Terrors earned the victory, 88-73.

Although Washington College closed from 17 down at one point to within four points early in the second half, Western Maryland finished strong and grabbed its third win of the season.

The Terrors, who have lost nine, had dropped nine of their previous 11 games, and for a while it looked as if they might let this one slip away.

But Pat Young, a sophomore from Mount St. Joseph, hit a pair of three-pointers, increasing the lead to 12.

Young wound up with a career-high 26 points.

He was 5-for-8 on three-pointers for the night.

Washington College's losing streak was extended to four games, despite a 34-point night by 6-foot-9 senior Darren Vican.

Western Maryland had no one big enough to handle Vican inside.

"Darren should have had 50 points, if we'd gotten the ball in to him," said Washington coach Tom Finnegan.

The Shoremen are 5-8 but have not yet played a game in their Middle Atlantic Conference Southeast section.

Western Maryland is 1-3 in the MAC Southwest.

Said Finnegan, who took his Shoremen to the NCAA Division III Final Four three years ago:

"Our teams have always been good because the players knew their roles and they played within their capabilities. This team has not beenable to do that."

Nick Zoulias, Western Maryland's fourth-year coach, said he was pleased with every aspect of his team's play.

"I liked all parts of our game in this one," said Zoulias. "Our defense -- especially in the first half [which ended with the Terrors on top 45-33] -- made a big difference.

"After Washington College closed to within four points, we stopped giving up second shots and rebounded better."

Western Maryland got off to a 9-2 lead and stay in front throughout.

The high-water mark of the game for the Shoremen came two minutes into the second half, when Geoff Rupert, a 6-5 junior from South Carroll,hit a jumper to make it 57-53.

Vican also had 12 rebounds, but Western Maryland's Rolando Welch, a 6-3 junior from Silver Spring, was high for the game with 16 rebounds.

Vican took the setback well.

"We haven't played a league game yet," said the center, "so really haven't lost anything.

"I think the guys are starting to see what to do. We play Gallaudet Monday and then Wednesday we open conference play against Swarthmore. I think the team will be ready to go by then."

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