WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary men’s basketball team shook off the rust and cruised to a 94-60 victory over Goucher College on Friday night at Kaplan Arena. After a near two-week break for final exams at the College, the Tribe rebounded from a slow start to open up an 18-point halftime advantage and knocked down 13 3-pointers on the way to its fifth victory in the last six contests. The Green and Gold improved to 6-4 on the year, while Goucher dropped to 4-4.
Freshman Omar Prewitt continued his sensation rookie campaign, leading the Tribe with 20 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Junior guard Marcus Thornton added 19 points and a career-high tying six assists, while senior guard Julian Boatner canned five 3-pointers on the way to 15 points. Sophomore Terry Tarpey turned in a nice stat line with seven points, a career-high tying 11 rebounds, four assists and four steals in 25 minutes of action. The Tribe also celebrated the return senior guard Brandon Britt to the lineup. After missing the opening nine games of the season, Britt scored nine points and pulled down three rebounds in 20 minutes of action.
After Goucher scored the opening five points of the contest, Boatner pushed the Tribe in front with back-to-back 3-pointers. Senior Tim Rusthoven’s first bucket extended the lead to 8-5 just three minutes into the game. The Gophers rallied to take a 10-9 lead following an Alex Noble jumper at the 14:02 mark.
A Thornton 3-pointer started a seven-point spurt to put the Tribe on top for good. Tarpey came up with a block on the defensive end to start the fastbreak and led to a Prewitt lay-up. The 6-5 sophomore knocked down a pair of free throws after getting fouled in transition to extend the lead to 16-10 with 12:23 left in the first half.
The Tribe scored 20 of the half’s final 26 points to open up an 18-point halftime cushion. Leading 25-21, W&M scored 11 straight points to push the lead to double digits for the first time. Britt knocked down a 3-pointer from the left corner, before Thornton canned a pull-up jumper in transition.
After a pair of Rusthoven free throws, Boatner knocked down his third triple of the opening 20 minutes, extending the Tribe advantage to 36-21 with 3:46 remaining. An Omar Prewitt conventional 3-point play off an offensive rebound with 12.3 seconds left in the first frame gave W&M a 45-27 lead at the break.
Out of the intermission, Thornton scored nine points as part of an 11-2 run to start the second 20 minutes. The Upper Marlboro, Md., native pulled down a defensive rebound and started the break as he spun around a defender at mid-court in going coast-to-coast to put the Tribe up, 56-29, with 16:29 remaining.
The Green and Gold margin reached 30 for the first time as part of a 14-2 run. Prewitt scored 12 of the Tribe’s 14 points on the spurt. His offensive putback at the 11:25 mark pushed the lead to 72-37. The lead reached as many as 38 on a Ben Whitlatch 3-pointer with just over a minute to go, before settling on the final margin of 94-60.
The Tribe finished the night shooting 48.5 percent (32-of-66) from the floor and connected on a season-high 13 3-pointers. It marked the most triples in a game for W&M since it hit 14 at UNCW in 2011. W&M shot 81 percent (17-of-21) from the free throw line and dished out 20 assists compared to just five turnovers. As a team, the Tribe blocked a season-high nine shots, including a career-high tying three from senior Fred Heldring, while the Green and Gold also recording 10 steals. Defensively, the Tribe limited Goucher to 38.3 percent (23-of-60) shooting from the floor, and W&M held a distinctive 46-27 advantage on the glass.
After missing the last four games due to injury, freshman Daniel Dixon returned to the Tribe lineup and knock down a pair of 3-pointers to finish with six points in 10 minutes of action. Rusthoven added eight points and two blocked shots in just 19 minutes, while Whitlatch chipped in five points off the bench. Kevin Miles led Goucher in scoring with 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including a 3-of-5 effort from 3-point range.
The Tribe returns to action when it travels to Charleston, W.Va., to face the West Virginia Mountaineers on Sunday, Dec. 29. Tip-off is slated for 3 p.m. from the Charleston Civic Center, and the game will be televised on ROOT Sports TV out of Pittsburgh. The broadcast can be heard over the Tribe Radio Network with Jay Colley and Charlie Woollum on the call. The Tide 92.3 FM and 107.9 Bach FM are the flagship stations of the Tribe Radio Network and the audio feed can be found on TribeAthletics.com as well.