Visiting Arundel dominated close to the basket all night and Southern of Anne Arundel never got its defense in sync as the Wildcats pounded their way to a 90-69 victory over the Bulldogs last night.
The Wildcats were able to shorten the court and score consistently inside on the quicker but much smaller Bulldogs.
"The defense just wasn't there for us tonight," said Bulldogs coach Tom Albright. "We've counted on our defense all year, but there wasn't any intensity out there tonight."
Southern looked flat for most of the evening, but Arundel was having success getting the ball inside even when the Bulldogs played well. Wildcats center Richard Abrams was the beneficiary of that success, finishing with 24 points on the night.
"We came into this game very focused," said Abrams. "The guards did a great job getting the ball inside and I'm just glad I could help out."
When the inside was closed off, the Wildcats kicked it out to Kevin Higgins, who was the game's highscorer with 27, including three three-pointers.
The score was close through the first two quarters. even though the Wildcats seemed to be having things their way with the Bulldogs. The lead changed hands six times in the opening minutes and Arundel took a 19-18 lead into the second quarter.
The Wildcats had a chance to break the game open early when Abrams scored four points in an 8-0 run that gave the Wildcats a 29-20 lead. But Southern's Chatney Howard scored 11 points down the stretch and helped cut Arundel's lead to 40-39 at halftime.