UMW Men's Basketball Falls in Closing Minutes to Hood, 57-56

UMW Men's Basketball Falls in Closing Minutes to Hood, 57-56

The University of Mary Washington men’s basketball team dropped a 57-56 decision to Capital Athletic foe hood College on Friday night at Goolrick Gymnasium, falling to 7-12 overall and 4-7 in CAC play. The Eagles, who led for nearly 33 minutes in the game, were unable to overcome several late turnovers in their bid for their eighth win of the season.

After Hood opened the game with a 9-8 advantage, UMW used a bucket by senior center Brandon Altmann (Vienna, Va., James Madison) to go on a 10-0 run to grab the lead at 18-9 with 14:12 left in the half. Hood tied the score at 25 with 6:32 to play, but the Eagles led, 32-28, at halftime.

The second half saw UMW start strong, upping the advantage to 12 points at 49-37 with 9:45 to play. Hood trimmed the deficit to three with 4:56 to play at 53-50, but a Ryan Farrar (Ashburn, Va., Centreville, Va.) three pointer return UMW’s lead to six points with 3:56 to go. A pair of Tory Wilson layups at 2:56 and 2:03 to play gave Hood its first lead of the second half, and both teams went scoreless in the final minutes, giving the Blazers the one-point win.

Mary Washington was led by Farrar’s 16 points and Altmann’s 12, while Hood was led by Wilson’s 16 points. The Eagles shot 45.5% from the floor including nine three-pointers, but committed 19 turnovers, including two in the final minutes. Hood shot 42% for the game. Both teams shot poorly from the line, with Hood making 7-13 and UMW 6-13.

The Eagles will visit York College in another CAC contest on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.