McDonogh surprises No. 2 Spalding in OT

Cowan's 10-point burst sparks 57-43 win for No. 11

Boys basketball

High schools

January 05, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Slowed and frustrated by the box-and-one defense that hounded him all night, Jaz Cowan broke loose for 10 of his game-high 19 points in overtime, as 11th-ranked McDonogh stunned No. 2 Archbishop Spalding, 57-43, in Severn last night.

It was the first victory for McDonogh (9-3) after two losses in the combined Baltimore Catholic League and Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference and the first loss for Spalding (11-2, 1-1).

The two teams were tied at 40 at the end of regulation, and Cowan sparked a 17-point surge by the visiting Eagles in the extra four-minute overtime period by scoring the first six points for a 46-43 lead.

Cowan, a 6-foot-7 senior forward who also had seven rebounds and two blocked shots, then hit four straight free throws for a 53-43 lead with 1:01 remaining.

McDonogh made all five of its shots from the floor in overtime, with Louis Hutt hitting a three and Justin Drummond a two to complement Cowan.

In contrast, Spalding missed all seven shots it took and shot 31 percent for the game (15-for-49). McDonogh was 50 percent (20-for-40) from the field.

Spalding's 6-11 junior center, Will Bowers, who had six points, eight rebounds and two blocks, got into foul trouble in the second half. He picked up his fourth foul with 3:36 left in regulation, and Cowan capitalized after being held to four points through three quarters.

"Oooh, that first half, the box-and one really did a number on me," Cowan said.

"So, I just started setting back screens for my teammates to get open shots. The box-and-one was killing me, but I just had to keep on moving."

Cowan really started moving inside in the overtime. "It was my initial idea to attack the glass, but they took it away," he said.

Spalding jumped out to a 16-3 lead after the first quarter by running, but then slowed things down in the second and was outscored 16-8 to make it a 24-19 game at the half.

"One of our strengths is our guards, and they weren't playing well offensively tonight, and we decided to make them come out and chase us," said Cavaliers coach Mike Glick.

"We did a good job of it, but did not make layups and open, two-three footers, and our free-throw shooting in the fourth period [3-for-7] wasn't very good."

McDonogh coach Matt MacMullan thought his players "were tight" in the first quarter, but picked it up in the second.

"Once the game got going, our kids stuck together and made their shots," MacMullan said.

Joe Benson, with 14 points and seven rebounds, and sophomore Corey Davis, who had 12 points, stepped up for the Eagles before Cowan took over the game.

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