Salisbury upends Goucher on 3-pointer at end, 58-55 DeRichie downs Gophers

UMBC stops Bucknell

February 13, 1997|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

John DeRichie had missed seven of his first eight three-pointers, but he asked for the last shot.

And DeRichie came through, hitting a three-pointer with one second remaining to lift Salisbury State to a 58-55 road victory over Goucher in a battle between the top teams in the Capital Athletic Conference last night.

"It's all about confidence," said DeRichie, who finished with 10 points to go over 1,000 for his career. "I knew I could knock it down. I was having a terrible night shooting, so I knew I was due."

The win tightened the CAC race as defending conference champion Salisbury (16-4, 9-2) moved to within one game of league-leading Goucher (16-5, 10-1), with both teams having three games left before the tournament. The Sea Gulls also avenged a seven-point loss to the Gophers on Jan. 18 in Salisbury.

"When we lost to them earlier, we didn't think they were really as good as they were," Salisbury coach Ward Lambert said. "Ever since, all we have ever thought about was Goucher."

But the Sea Gulls almost let the game slip away.

They held Goucher without a field goal for 11 1/2 minutes to build an 18-point lead at 39-21 with 15: 50 left in the game. The Gophers then settled down in their set offense and scored 18 points in 7 1/2 minutes.

Damian Pitts' jumper from the foul line capped an 18-4 surge and closed Goucher to 43-39. From there, both teams traded baskets up until the closing minute.

Bakari Ward's driving layup with 18 seconds left tied the game at 55 for Goucher. The Sea Gulls then called time with four seconds remaining.

Coming off a high screen, DeRichie took the inbounds pass from Eric Prendeville and hit the game-winning three from the right wing.

"They came into our place earlier and stole something from us," DeRichie said. "We owed them one."

It was a disastrous first half for Goucher, which trailed 33-17 at intermission for its lowest point total at halftime in program history. The Gophers didn't make a basket for the last 9: 15 of the period, missing their last 11 shots and committing four turnovers against the conference's worst defense.

Salisbury State, which has allowed an average of 86 points a game, played equally sporadic in the opening minutes, but settled down midway through the first half.

"We were rushing everything," Goucher coach Leonard Trevino said. "We were doing things we hadn't done all year. We then started to wear them down. But we didn't make a key play at the end."

UMBC 73, Bucknell 69: Senior guard Ron Lucien scored 23 and reserve swingman Michael van Veen added 18 for the Retrievers (3-19), who ended a four-game losing streak.

Bucknell (14-9) took a 42-41 lead with 14: 37 to play, but Lucien hit a jumper and van Veen made a three-pointer to put the Retrievers ahead 46-42. After Bucknell's Dan Bowen hit a short jumper, UMBC rode the scoring of Lucien and van Veen, with six points each, to a 14-3 run and a 60-47 lead with 6: 58 to play.

Navy 74, Lafayette 72: Michael Heary scored 20 to lead the Midshipmen (16-8, 8-2) to a Patriot League win over host Lafayette (8-15, 3-6). Matt Sladky contributed 13 points and Brian Walker had 10 assists for Navy, which trailed 31-27 at halftime.

Johns Hopkins 87, Gettysburg 77: Junior forward Greg Roehrig scored 28 and grabbed seven rebounds to lift the Blue Jays (16-5), who clinched at least second place in the Centennial West Division and thereby a conference playoff berth.

Pub Date: 2/13/97

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