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February 15th, 2022

Garrett men shut down Owls, win 4th straight

McCullough praises Lakers' defense and backcourt contributions

McHenry, MD – The Lakers might have broken the century mark for the fifth time this season, but Matt McCullough said defense was the real key to Saturday's 103-76 men's basketball win over visiting Harford Community College.

"It started on the defensive end for us," said Garrett College's first-year head coach. "We were able to string together stops and that led to good opportunities on the offensive end, where we shot the ball very well."

GC did indeed shoot the ball very well, especially from the outside as the Lakers hit 17-of-32 from the 3-point line. Jhaiden Wilson drained 4 of those 17 treys, shooting 8-of-13 overall from the field on the way to a game-high 24 points. Terrance Ward (3 assists) added 17 points off the bench and Mekhi Price contributed 13.

Ezekiel Edwards (game-high 10 rebounds) and Kobe Tigney (4 rebounds, 4 assists) chipped in 12 points apiece as 5 Lakers reached double digits.

The Lakers' offense and defense have been clicking on all cylinders during their current, four-game winning streak. GC (13-8 overall, 2-7 league) is averaging 93 points and yielding just 64 per game during the run, which includes Garrett's first two Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference triumphs.

McCullough said decisively beating Harford (13-8, 6-4) – which last month threw a scare at conference co-leader Cecil College, before dropping a 94-84 decision to a Seahawk squad currently ranked eighth in the nation – is indicative of the Lakers' progress.

"The biggest key to our recent success is we are starting to come together as a team on both ends of the floor," said McCullough, whose squad built a 51-33 halftime advantage. "We're beginning to have positive communication, which has led to improvement.

"It was a very good team win," continued McCullough. "Harford has a number of high-quality wins. They're very talented and well-coached."

Chandler Johnson and Ricardo Ross led Harford with 19 points each.

McCullough said the backcourt play of guards Wilson (3 assists), Powell, and Ward provided the Lakers with a spark against Harford.

"I thought our point guards, Jhaiden and Lamont, set the tone with their play," said McCullough. "And Terrance provided great minutes off the bench. He's really starting to find another gear as the season comes down the stretch."

Garrett College 94, Waynesburg JV 48

Waynesburg, Pa. – Tyler Rodeheaver and Mekhi Price scored 20 points each last Thursday as the Lakers rolled past the Waynesburg University junior varsity.

Darius Jones (13 points, 10 rebounds) and Dalton Wiles (10 points, 10 rebounds) each registered double-doubles for Garrett College. Lamont Powell (6 assists, 3 steals) scored 14 points and Terrance Ward added 11 points as 6 Lakers hit double figures.

Lamondre Gregg contributed 6 points with 5 rebounds and 3 assists for the Lakers, who built a 52-27 halftime cushion.

Notes: The Lakers have hit 29-of-54 3-pointers (53.7 percent) over their last 2 games.