No. 16 Westminster puts away Urbana

Owls perfect at home after 67-50 triumph

Boys basketball

January 19, 2000|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Westminster has shown that it can win with style. Last night, the No. 16 Owls proved they can do it with brute force.

In a battle of unbeaten Central Maryland Conference boys basketball foes, Westminster breezed past visiting Urbana, 67-50. Owls senior forward Nick Hohenwarter led all scorers with 23 points, and senior guard David Wynne and senior forward Jason Jarrett did a masterful job containing Hawks senior guard Zach Mills.

But those performances were nearly lost in the tension brewing on the court.

Westminster went to the free-throw line 19 more times than Urbana, and Hawks coach Terry Connolly was assessed a technical foul in the fourth quarter for arguing with an official.

Owls junior guard Jon-David Byers and Urbana junior guard Josh Brown jawed at each other during the second half, and Westminster fans screamed for a flagrant foul after Hohenwarter was sent to the floor by the Hawks' Ben Thompson in the second quarter.

"Urbana is definitely a tough team, and they wanted to be physical," said Adrian Lynch, who had 15 points and 11 rebounds. "We kind of gave it back to them. We stood our ground."

Byers said the bad blood stemmed from what he called "a couple of altercations" during summer-league games between the two teams.

"I think a lot of people look at our three guards [Byers, Wynne and Ryan Salkeld] and think that we can't be physical," he said. "We don't look that big or strong, but we can hold our own."

The Owls (11-1, 5-0) extended their winning streak to nine and pinned Urbana (8-4) with its first conference loss in five games.

Westminster is undefeated in seven home games.

While the 6-foot-8 Hohenwarter took advantage of a defense whose tallest player was 6-3 Thompson, Wynne and Jarrett limited Mills to 13 points and no three-pointers.

Wynne said Byers told him to apply the "Indiana defense" to Mills, who scored 21 points -- nine on three three-pointers -- in a 62-39 victory over Frederick last Friday.

"We were trying to deny him the ball and front him in the post as much as possible," Wynne said. "He's dangerous when he catches the ball down there, and we wanted to prevent him from doing that."

Down by as many as nine in the third quarter, the Hawks cut the lead to 49-46 on a Chris O'Connor jumper with 6: 12 left in the game. But Westminster sealed the game with an 18-4 run to end it.

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