February 13, 2010

Blaine's Career High Leads UMW Men's Basketball Past York in OT, 74-71, for Wood's 200th Career Win


YORK, PA - Senior guard Jonathan Blaine (Purcellville, Va., Loudoun Valley) scored a career-high 15 points to lead the University of Mary Washington men's basketball team to a 74-71 overtime win at York College on Saturday in what proved to be UMW head coach Rod Wood's 200th career victory. Sophomore forward Tad Dickman (Springfield, Va., Robert E. Lee) scored a game-high 18 points, and All-America senior center Brandon Altmann (Vienna, Va., James Madison) scored 16 points and added 16 rebounds for the Eagles.

The Eagles jumped out to an early lead, holding a 12-4 advantage four minutes into the contest. Blaine hit a pair of three pointers, and freshman guard Rocky Ullah (Stafford, Va., Brooke Point) and junior guard Qaiser Ahmed (Falls Church, Va., George C. Marshall) each added one three in the early run. The Eagles upped the lead to 10 at 19-9 on an Ullah jumper with 12:08 to play in the half, and a Dickman layup with 8:09 to play gave the Eagles a 13-point advantage. York then went on a 15-5 run to cut the halftime deficit to three at 34-31.

UMW scored the first seven points of the second half to regain a 10-point advantage, and led by as many as 14 points, 59-45, with 7:11 to play. A pair of free throws by Nick Brady allowed York to tie the score for the first time in the contest with just eight seconds remaining.

But unlike in Friday's home loss to Hood College, the Eagles overcame their late struggles to win in overtime. Altmann scored four points in the extra frame, including a pair of free throws with three seconds left. York's last-second three point attempt missed the mark.

For the game, Mary Washington shot 45.3% from the floor (29-64), including 11-31 three pointers. York shot 39% for the game from the field, but made just 1-6 field goals in overtime. The Eagles won the rebounding battle, 44-33.

Mary Washington will visit Gallaudet University on Monday at 6:30 p.m. in another Capital Athletic Conference game.