EMILY HEMPHILL & IAN CHAPMAN
Sports Editor and Staff Photographer
UMW men’s basketball fell 63-65 in a close match against Hood College last Wednesday night, Jan. 11, in the Ron Rosner Arena. The visiting Blazers started the game off strong, taking a commanding lead of 21-9 with 14:50 left in the first half. However, the Eagles managed to rally before the whistle. Senior Greg Rowson gave his team a boost with a slam dunk, and fellow senior Da’Shawn Cook hit a pair of threes to end the half 35-30 for the Eagles. Despite some early points by UMW in the second, Hood went on a scoring streak bringing the score to a tie at 46 before going up by another 13 points. Rowson proved why he was twice named the Coast-to-Coast Men’s Basketball Player of the Week by dropping 11 straight points to bring UMW back into the game. However, the Blazers connected two three-pointers in the final 30 seconds to win the heated game. Rowson ended the game with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Looking ahead, the Eagles have a road trip to the Big Apple as they face Pratt Institute in Brooklyn on Saturday, Jan. 21.