WASHINGTON, DC - Senior center Brandon Altmann (Vienna, Va., James Madison), limited to just nine minutes of action in the first half due to early foul trouble, rebounded to score 18 second half points to go with 12 rebounds and five assists in helping keep the University of Mary Washington men's basketball team to a 74-62 victory at Gallaudet University on Monday. The win improves the Eagles' record to 6-7 in league play and 9-12 overall.
Mary Washington built a steady lead through the first half, but the Bison cut the deficit to three at 31-28 at halftime. After the Bison hit the first two points of the second half on free throws, the Eagles used an 8-0 run to push the lead to 39-30 three minutes into the second stanza. The Bison would climb to within five with three minutes remaining, but Jonathan Blaine (Purcellville, Va., Loudoun Valley) made a layup, Altmann hit four free throws, and Rocky Ullah (Stafford, Va., Brooke Point) (13 points) added a pair of free throws to seal the victory.
Altmann made 5-8 field goals and 8-9 free throws en route to his 18 points, and grabbed 12 boards and dished out five assists. Blaine reached double figures for the second straight game with 11 points. Gallaudet was led by Tony Tatum's 16 points.
Mary Washington shot 25-49 from the field (51%), including 9-24 three pointers. UMW made 15-22 free throws. Gallaudet went 21-55 from the field, making 7-25 threes, and 13-16 free throws. The Eagles won the rebounding battle, 35-29.
The Eagles will visit Marymount University on Wednesday in a key contest for the Eagles' playoff hopes. Tipoff is set for 8:00 p.m.