FORT MEADE, MD., JAN. 22 -- In a battle of unbeaten teams tonight, 19th-ranked Meade was nearly perfect in the fourth quarter and defeated Broadneck, 67-54, in an Anne Arundel AA game played before a raucous crowd at Meade.
Meade (13-0) overcame a 43-41 deficit at the end of three quarters by outscoring the Bruins, 26-11, in the final period.
It was not an extremely well-played game. The teams combined to make only five of 26 field goal attempts in the first quarter. But both sides settled down, and neither could pull away.
The Mustangs were led by Corey Wallace, who had 17 points, and Rob Riddick, who scored 11 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter. Center Denard Montgomery added 10 points.
Broadneck's Cary Watts scored 20 points; Kenny Wood scored 19, but only six in the second half.
"In the second half, we got the ball down low better," Meade Coach Butch Young said. "We played much better on both ends of the court."
With the game tied at 45, the Mustangs scored nine consecutive points to take the lead for good, 54-45. Jay Mouzon started the run with a three-point shot; Riddick converted an offensive rebound and made a 15-footer; Montgomery spun in the lane for a bank shot.
The Bruins (12-1) scored the next four points to get within 54-49 with 2:58 left. However, Meade scored 13 of the game's final 18 points.
The Mustangs were nine of 10 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter, with Riddick making five of six.
In the first quarter, Broadneck missed its first nine shots from the field and didn't get a basket until Wood converted a fast-break layup with 2:24 left in the period. Wood scored the Bruins' first nine points as Broadneck moved to an 11-8 lead.
"Both teams came out very tight," Young said. "I don't know what it was."
Meade turned a 13-8 deficit into an 18-13 lead with 10 unanswered points. Montgomery scored six points during the stretch. But the Bruins kept it close and trailed by just 28-26 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Broadneck fell behind, 32-29, but scored seven straight points to take a 36-32 lead.