February 8, 2014

Widener Outlasts Hood; Seven-Game Win Streak Snapped

FREDERICK, Md. - Hood College saw its seven-game win streak come to a halt as Widener outlasted the Blazers 82-77 in Commonwealth Conference action.

Even with the loss, Hood has won 12 of its past 14 contests. 

In the end, 31 points by the Pride's Rob McPherson and a BB&T Arena record 23 rebounds by Greg Lawson proved too much to overcome.

For the Blazers, Cameron Cook (Baltimore, Md. / Calvert Hall) scored 23 points and sank three 3-point field goals. The senior is the active Division III leader with 286 made threes in his career.

Hood went ahead 39-26 with 18 minutes left in the game after a free throw by Reggie Daniels (Abingdon, Md. / Patterson Mill). Widener battled back to tie the score at 53-53 just over seven minutes later, but was assessed a delay of game technical foul after Mark Pryzbylkowski's game-tying layup. Cook sank both of the ensuing free throws and Davon Hill (Clinton, Md. / Potomac School) found the bottom of the net on a 3-pointer to spark a 10-0 run. 

Chris Cook (Mechanicsville, Va. / Lee-Davis) scored the final five points of the run as the Blazers took a 63-53 lead with 8:22 remaining. 

Pryzbylkowski and Hill traded threes before the Pride began to chip away. 

With 1:19 to play, Lawson pulled Widener to within one, 75-74, and 42 seconds later Laron Byrd hit two foul shots to put the Pride on top for the first time since 5:28 remained in the first half.

The Blazers turned the ball over on each of their next two possessions and McPherson converted six free throw attempts in the final 10 seconds to ice the victory.

Chris Cook finished with 14 points, while Hill added 13 points fueled by a 3-of-4 day on 3-point attempts. Daniels blocked three shots and Matt Galloway (Sterling, Va. / Potomac Falls) dished out four assists.

McPherson hit 9-of-19 field goals and was a perfect 12-of-12 from the charity stripe. Lawson added 13 points to complete the double-double. Pryzbylkowski came off the bench for 11 points.

Both teams shot well from the free throw line. Hood connected on 24-of-32 (75 percent), while Widener was 22-of-29 (76 percent). 

With the loss, Hood sits in third place in the Commonwealth Conference at 9-4, a half game behind Alvernia and a game and a half behind first place Messiah.

The Blazers make up a game postponed last week against Lebanon Valley on February 10 at 8 p.m. at BB&T Arena.

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