Captains keep the ship upright with 5th win in a row against Shore cagers

CHESTERTOWN — Sophomore guard Dilyn Becker scored a team-best 15 points in his first collegiate start Jan. 2, but no one else for Washington scored more than nine points in a drubbing at the hands of visiting Christopher Newport.

It was a rare 4 p.m. tip-off on a Thursday for the Shoremen, who are on winter break until Jan. 20.

This was their first game in 15 days. The are 3-8 after losing six of their last seven games.

Meantime, Christopher Newport (11-4) is on a four-game winning streak.

The Captains, who shot better than 51% from the floor, never trailed. After surging ahead at the break, 49-25, they led by as many as 44 points in the second half.

Junior guard Jason Aigner scored 12 of his game-high 17 points in the first half. Overall he was 5-of-11 from the floor, which included 4-of-7 from outside the 3-point arc.

As a team, Christopher Newport was 12-of-26 in 3-point attempts.

Senior guard Nick Parks, who was 3-of-5 in 3-pointers, contributed 11 points and sophomore forward Tyler Trimble added 12 points in 17 minutes off the bench.

The Captains received scoring from 13 players. Their bench totaled 43 points.

Christopher Newport scored the first seven points in a 97-second sprint and pushed the advantage to 10-2 with only 2 minutes, 26 seconds elapsed with Aigner, Cutch Ellis and Aigner again knocking down 3-pointers.

The closest that Washington would get was 13-10 on freshman Chris Weaver’s jumper with 13:10 remaining in the first half.

The Captains scored the next seven points to take their first double-digit lead, 20-10, on a Dalon McHugh free throw with 10:23 to go before intermission.

The 7-0 run was part of a larger 23-6 run that extended the spread to 36-16 on an offensive rebound and putback from McHugh (nine points, 10 rebounds) at the 5:08 mark.

The Captains scored 13 unanswered points to open the second half.

They took their largest lead at 87-43 with 4:25 to go on a pair of Keyshawn Jefferson free throws.

The Shoremen ended the game on a 14-2 run, with Becker scoring nine points.

All but two of Becker’s 15 points were scored in the second half.

Sophomore guard Tray Wright scored nine points for the locals in 23 minutes off the bench. He has started eight of 10 games and is averaging a team-best 11.3 points per game.

Washington’s Logan Bunch (four points) led all players with 11 rebounds, which is a career high for the 6-foot-9 junior.

This was the first meeting between the two schools since 2004. Christopher Newport leads the series, 5-1, with five wins in a row.

The Captains went 29-4 and advanced to the NCAA Division III semifinals last season. All five starters, Trimble and Jefferson were on the 2018-19 Final Four team.

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