November 21, 2009

UMW Men's Basketball Team's Comeback Rally Falls Short, 64-62


SALEM, VA - The University of Mary Washington men's basketball team trailed by 13 points with 3:57 remaining, rallied to tie the game in the final minute, but fell at Roanoke College, 64-62, on Saturday at the 2009 V Foundation Classic at Roanoke College. The Eagles fall to 1-1 on the season.

The Eagles jumped out to an early lead, but went ice cold from the floor and trailed, 30-22, at halftime. UMW heated up in the second half, nearly doubling its first half point production, although shooting just 30% from the floor for the game. UMW stayed in the game by going 24-29 from the charity stripe.

Trailing 60-47 with 3:57 to play, the Eagles went on a 15-2 run to knot the score at 62 on a Ryan Farrar (Ashburn, Va., Centreville, Va.) three pointer with nine seconds remaining. Roanoke's Melvin Felix was fouled with six seconds remaining, and hit a pair of free throws to give the Maroons a 64-62 advantage. The Eagles missed a three pointer at the buzzer for the chance for the win.

Mary Washington was led by freshman J.R. Gray (Staunton, Va., Robert E. Lee) and senior Eric Rolander (Alexandria, Va., Gonzaga), who each scored 11 points, and senior Brandon Altmann (Vienna, Va., James Madison), who added 10 before fouling out. Altmann had eight boards and Gray six.

Mary Washington will visit Division I Delaware State University on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.