Strong senior performances not enough in MAC Commonwealth Semifinals

Ian Eversull (photo by Craig Chase, craigchasephotography.com)
Ian Eversull (photo by Craig Chase, craigchasephotography.com)

FREDERICK, Md. - Despite a combined 28 points from seniors Ian Eversull and Jared Ruiz, the Hood College men's basketball team fell in the Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth Semifinals 87-70 against Widener. 

Inside the Box Score

  • Eversull and Ruiz had 14 points apiece. Eversull knocked down 6 of 9 field goals, including 2 of 3 from 3-point distance, and blocked two shots. Ruiz converted 6 of 10 field goals and went 2 of 5 behind the arc. 
  • Evan Wang led Hood with 15 points. 
  • Michael Riley had eight rebounds. 
  • While the Blazers struggled from the perimeter, converting 5 of 27 from 3-point range, Hood ran its season total to a school record 257 made 3-point field goals. 

How it Happened

  • Eversull scored seven points during a 10-4 run to open the game in the first five minutes. The Pride responded with an 11-0 run and went ahead 15-10 with 11:55 remaining in the half on a Jair Williams basket. 
  • A bucket by Tyler Evans brought the Blazers within 17-15 but Connor Laverty scored the final five points of an 11-4 run to give Widener a 28-19 edge with 6:48 left in the half. 
  • Hood trailed 40-29 at halftime and faced a deficit as large as 15 before cutting it to 53-44 on two free throws by Mason Wang with 12:44 left in the game. Jared Peters and Elijah Boyd answered 3-pointers and pushed Widener's lead back to 15 points. The Blazers never got closer than 12 the rest of the way. 

Notes

  • Laverty and Kenny Lewis scored 22 points apiece for the Pride. Lewis added 15 rebounds as Widener held a 49-29 advantage on the glass. 
  • Boyd finished with 17 points and Peters came off the bench for 10. 
  • Widener shot 50 percent in the contest overall, including 8 of 19 from 3-point range. 
  • The Pride travel to face Arcadia, who defeated Albright in the other semifinal, on February 23. 
  • Hood fell to 17-9 on the season, while Widener crept to 15-11. 

Up Next

The Blazers will await word on a potential bid to the ECAC Tournament, which will be announced next week. The field will be announced on February 25. 

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