Boward's FTs, Tight Defense Leads UMW Men's Basketball Past Shenandoah in OT, 83-72

Boward's FTs, Tight Defense Leads UMW Men's Basketball Past Shenandoah in OT, 83-72

Freshman guard Matt Boward (Manassas, Va., Forest Park) made a pair of free throws with one second remaining to tie the score and the Eagle defense forced 34 Shenandoah University turnovers as the University of Mary Washington men's basketball team defeated the Hornets, 83-72, in overtime on Sunday in Winchester. The Eagles improve to 3-2 on the season.

The Eagles trailed throughout the first half, by as many as 13 at 17-4 with 10:59 remaining. But UMW would chip away at the deficit, and trailed by just two, 36-34, with one minute left in the half, and trailed by four, 38-34, at halftime.

The second half saw the Hornets jump out early again, leading by as many as nine points at 47-38 five minutes into the second frame. Again, UMW would come back, tying the score at 66 with 57 seconds left. 

After Shenandoah scored a jumper, the Eagles attempted a three with six seconds left, but missed, and after the putback missed, Boward grabbed the rebound and tried to put in the tying bucket just before the buzzer. But Boward was fouled, and clamly sank both free throws to send the game into overtime. 

In the extra period, UMW scored the first four points, taking its first lead of the day in the process. The Eagles scored nine straight points in the extra frame to put the game away. UMW was led by E.J. Willis (Alexandria, Va., T.C. Williams)' 14 points and five rebounds, and Boward's 13 points and team-high nine boards. Also in double figures for the Eagles were Tad Dickman (Springfield, Va., Robert E. Lee) with 12 points and eight rebounds, Walt Smith (Alexandria, Va., T.C. Williams) with 11, and J.R. Gray (Staunton, Va., Robert E. Lee) with 10.

The Hornets led in shooting, connecting on 47% of their shots, while the Eagles shot 35% for the day. Shenandoah had 34 turnovers caused by 18 steals by the Eagles, who had just 10 turnovers on the day.

Mary Washington will host Stevenson University on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. in a Capital Athletic Conference matchup.