Carr carries Westminster over Urbana, 60-49

Junior scores 19 of his 21 in 2nd half to lead Owls

Boys basketball

January 30, 2003|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Give junior Ryan Carr the ball on the perimeter, and he can be dangerous.

Visiting Urbana found out first hand during the second half of last night's Central Maryland Conference game, as Carr scored 19 of his game-high 21 points to lead Westminster to a 60-49 win.

"The bottom line is he can play," Owls coach Brett Kanther said. "When he gets hot, he needs to get the ball."

After its offense limped through the first half, Westminster (7-8 overall, 5-6 Central Maryland Conference) finally found him in the third quarter, when he scored eight in a three-minute span to help the Owls turn a five-point deficit into a 38-31 lead. Carr hit a pair of three-pointers during the stretch, as his team outscored the Hawks 16-4.

Westminster never trailed again.

Carr, a second-team All-County guard last season as a sophomore, said that the difference was the play of fellow guard Brandon Costley, who began to effectively penetrate the lane and dish off to the perimeter.

"When we started passing the ball, that's when I started getting shots," Carr said.

"It wasn't like a light switch I just turned on. They can't stop [Costley], so when he drives, they get on him and he kicks it out."

Costley finished with 13 points and Jason Stone scored 10 for the Owls, who also got some key inside baskets in the second half from center Jarrod Randall.

It was Westminster's second win over the Hawks this season.

Early in the game, however, Westminster struggled for points.

Despite holding Urbana (5-10, 5-5) to 2-for-14 shooting from the field in the first quarter, the Owls struggled with turnovers and still trailed 13-10 early in the second quarter.

Led by Paul Carney and Kyle Wilhelm, who scored 13 and 11, respectively, the Hawks built their lead to 18-14 after a three-pointer by Brian Mohns late in the first half, and went into halftime leading 22-20.

"I think we might have underestimated them a little bit," Carr said. "We got a little wakeup call down in the locker room at halftime. Then we went out and picked it up a little bit."

Said Kanther: "Our kids get excited about playing Carroll teams, but we need to start getting excited about Frederick teams and stepping up to the challenge. We did that in the second half."

After shooting 40 percent from the field in the first half, the Owls shot 68 percent the rest of the way, using a crisper passing game to create good outside looks at the basket, then occasionally beating the Hawks for fast-break layups.

The Hawks were 5-for-21 from three-point range for the game.

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