4 from Messiah net double digits in win at Washington

CHESTERTOWN — Freshman guard Caleb Thompson put up his first collegiate double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds and three of his teammates each scored at least 11 points to carry Messiah to a 69-56 win here on Saturday.

This was the final non-conference game of the season for Washington’s men, who close out the first half of their schedule with a 3-8 record.

The Shoremen played a futile game of catch-up for most of the afternoon.

They led 3-0, 6-3 and for the last time at 9-8 on a Jason Zielinski three with 14 minutes, 2 seconds remaining in the first half.

Thompson’s jumper in the paint at 13:33 put the Falcons out front to stay, 10-9, as they put down the next seven points.

The closest that Washington got the rest of the way was 23-20 on a Zielinski three with 7:44 to go in the opening half.

Then Messiah responded with a 9-0 run.

At the break, the Falcons were up by eight, 34-26, after shooting 50% from the field (13-of-26). Cole Fisher led the way with eight points, Dylan Cuperus added seven and the 6-foot-5 Thompson had six points and four rebounds in 12 minutes off the bench.

The Shoremen got as close as five points early in the second half, 41-36 on a Sam Corrao three and 43-38 on a Zack Skrocki layup on their next shot with 13:53 to play.

Messiah salted away the win with a 10-3 run over the final 4:42 that started with a Bryce Coletti 3-pointer.

Coletti (15 points), Fisher (14 points) and Cuperus (11 points) joined Thompson in double-digit scoring.

The Falcons shot 55% (27-of-49) from the field, which included 39% (9-of-23) in 3-point attempts. They led 40-16 in rebounds, and committed only eight fouls as a team

Skrocki matched Thompson’s 16 points; he was 6-of-10 from the field, which included 4-of-5 from outside the arc.

In 23 minutes off the bench, Davis Bland contributed 13 points — 10 coming after halftime.

Senior Kedrick Frink, who is averaging a team-best 14.5 points in 10 games, was limited to only eight minutes due to injury, took only two shots and did not score.

Paul Rodolf (12.5 ppg), the only other Shoreman to average double digits, contributed seven points and six assists. He played 26 minutes, but only seven minutes in the second half after also suffering an injury.

Washington is back in action Saturday, Jan. 6 at home against Centennial Conference foe Muhlenberg. Tip-off is at 3 p.m.; this is game two  of a women’s-men’s doubleheader.

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