HC men’s basketball edges out Swat in dramatic fashion
By biconews On 22 Feb, 2000 At 05:00 AM | Categorized As Archives | With 0 Comments

By Andrew Prazar

In perhaps the most memorable basketball game in recent history, the Haverford men’s basketball team overcame a 14 point halftime deficit to heat the Garnet Tide at Swarthmore Saturday night.

The Fords opened the game with a quick hoop by Senior forward Mukul Kanahar (18 points, 5 rebs) but then fell behind when center David Gammill (18 pts) began to heat up down low. Then guard Greg Holtmeier got into the action, drilling three consecutive three-pointers midway through the first half and igniting the Swat fans.

At halftime the score was 36-22 in favor of Swarthmore and it appeared as if the Fords were heading towards their second embarrasing loss of the season to their archrival. However, bolstered by a large and rowdy Haverford contingent of fans, the Fords emerged from the locker room with energy and determination. Haverford managed to trim the Garnet lead down to five with 14:30 to go, but Swat’s David Pearce (16 pts) responded with a huge three, quieting the Haverford faithful.

With the Fords down by four with just over 11 minutes to go, freshman Cam Scribner came to the line and knocked down two clutch free throws. These were followed a minute later by senior and co-captain Tim Mulvaney’s bomb from behind the arc, giving Haverford its first lead since early in the first half. With the crowd on its feet and time winding down, Haverford tied the score at 62-62 thanks to a key offensive rebound by senior Mark Maggiotto and pull-back by soph Matt Duffy. Swartmore held for the last shot, but Haverford’s tenacious defense smothered the Garnet, setting up a dramatic overtime sceriario.

Late in the first overtime period, with the score tied and Swat ready to drive the nail through the coffin, Duffy went for a steal at half-court and drew a big foul, giving the Fords possession and an opportunity to steal the win. Haverford inbounded the ball to Kanabar who drove to the hoop. His shot refused to fall, however, And tips by Maggiotto (7 pts, 8 rebs) and Scribner fell short.

The emotionally drained crowd caught their third wind as the two teams once again took the floor for double overtime. Mulvaney opened up the period with yet another clutch three.

Swat refused to quit, however, and regained the lead thanks to Haverford fouls and stellar freethrow shooting. Haverford responded, and with a one-point Ford lead junior Alec Evans drew a foul and converted one of two, making the score 78-76.

After a nice defensive stop, Haverford opted to run some time off the clock, and with the shotclock running down, Mulvaney hit a floater on the baseline to put the Fords up by four. However, Swathmore took the ball quickly down the court, buried a three, and promptly called a timeout.

With 18 seconds remaining and the Fords up by one, Haverford simply needed to hold onto the ball and run out the clock, or at the very least draw a foul. The Fords turned the ball over, however, and gave Swat the final say as to the outcome.

With nine seconds left, the Garnet inhounded the ball, but Haverford’s swarming defense again came up big, forcing Swat to put up and miss a weak shot The. [sic] buzzer sounded and Haverford fans poured out of the stands and onto the court, at the dismay of an incredulous Swat crowd.

The 80-79 will broke Haverford’s 11 game losing streak and represented the first time the men’s team had won at Swarthmore since 1994.

In the improbable second half, the Fords shot 54 percent from the floor and made an incredible 79 percent of their three-point attempts. Tim Mulvaney scored his entire 15 points in the second half and climbed to second all-time in Haverford history in total three-pointers made. Cam Scribner (17 points, 11 rebs) also moved into the record books, as his six rejections gave him the most prolific shot blocking season ever for a Ford.

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