Woodward, up by one point late in the game, used a four-corner offense to score four straight points and came away with a 66-63 Montgomery. A league triumph over Wootton last night at Wootton.
The Wildcats, 8-2 overall, are now in first place in the league with a 5-0 mark. Wootton fell to 4-1 in the league and 7-3 overall.
Woodward coach Tom George called a time-out with 2:51 left and his team leading, 62-61.Then, from the four-corners, Steve Robertson hit a 12-footer and Dave Raiford made a layup to boost the Wildcats to a 66-61 lead with 1:10 remaining.
"I have confidence we can hold the ball. I didn't think their five kids could stay with our five one-on-one," said George.
Raiford had three rebounds and two steals in the final four minutes. Robertson scored eight of his 14 points in the last quarter.
Balanced scoring and a tight man-to-man defense were the keys for Woodward. Rich Schwartz, Chip Rosenberg, Robertson and Stu Strang all hit in double figures. Schwartz, a 6-foot-2 guard, didn't allow a point by any of the men he guarded.
The Wildcats broke to a 19-13 first period lead and expanded that to 25-15 early in the second quarter behind Strang's fine play.However, Wootton's Hal Hagen (17 points) tallied 11-first-half points to keep the Patriots within reach at 37-31.
Dave Prokopchak (24 points) scored eight third-period points to pull Wootton to 50-49 entering the final eight minutes. The Patriots took their first lead of the game, 53-52, with 7:02 left, when Ted Koutras hit a long jumper.
Both Prokopchak and Strang sat out much of the final period with foul trouble. When Prokopchak came in with 3:51 left, George countered by putting Strang back in. Strang and Raiford were the main reasons the Wildcats stayed even with Wootton on the offensive boards.