Western Maryland tops Hopkins in OT Down by 16, Green Terror ends 10-game skid, 98-94

January 24, 1996|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

After watching his team wait nearly two months for a victory, Western Maryland coach Nick Zoulias didn't mind seeing the Green Terror work a little longer for another win.

Western Maryland hit all five of its shots in overtime, and Deon Wansel made two free throws and a steal in the final seven seconds as the Green Terror ended its 10-game losing streak with a 98-94 victory over Johns Hopkins in a Centennial Conference game last night at the Gill Center.

Johns Hopkins (9-6, 3-2) led most of the game and appeared in control when Wes Unseld (18 points) made a layup for a 76-60 lead with 5:24 left.

But Western Maryland (4-12, 2-5) -- which last won on Dec. 2 -- began to pick up its defensive pressure, pushing the Blue Jays farther from the basket and holding them without a field goal for the remainder of regulation.

"Our defensive intensity created some [problems]," said Zoulias. "We then got some very good shots, and we got some very good open looks at the basket."

Western Maryland forced six turnovers in the final minutes of regulation, most leading to good shots. And the Green Terror kept hitting those shots.

Sparked by Andy Dziengeleski (19 points), Will Marshall (21 points) and Kris Shuck (game-high 25 points), the Green Terror went on a 14-1 run and sliced the lead to 77-74 on a Shuck jumper with 1:28 left.

Western Maryland cut the lead to one three times. Greg Roehrig (22 points) made six straight free throws for Johns Hopkins.

Roehrig made his final free throws with four seconds left, but Shuck pushed the ball upcourt and sank a 30-footer at the buzzer to force overtime.

"I just knew I had to get the shot up," said Shuck. "It felt good. I thought it was going."

Most of the Green Terror's shots went during the last minutes. Western Maryland hit nine of its last 13 in regulation while wiping out the 16-point lead.

The Green Terror stayed hot in the extra period, taking the lead for good at 91-90 on Dziengeleski's jumper with 2:24 left.

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