Fifth-ranked McNamara's basketball team outran Good Counsel, 74-59, in a Metro Conference game last night at Good Counsel.

The Mustangs (17-2, 7-1) were led by guard Martin Somerville, whose 19 points included nine during the third quarter, when McNamara began to pull away.

The Falcons (4-15, 1-7) trailed only 31-28 at intermission. But, led by Somerville and Chuck Gholston (13 points), the Mustangs took a 51-40 lead by the end of the third quarter, and led by 17 near the end of the game.

The Falcons got within 63-54 with three minutes left after guard Will Thorpe (20 points) scored seven straight points, but the Mustangs shot seven of eight from the line to seal the victory.

McNamara was called for 21 fouls to Good Counsel's eight, and that did not go unnoticed by McNamara Coach Marty Waters.

"I tried to black out the referees," he said, "and I had to apologize to the kids at the end of the game {about the officiating}."

The Falcons had only one foul called on them the first half. The key to the Mustangs' third-quarter rally was shutting down Thorpe and forward Tarik Walker (18 points). McNamara's man-to-man pressure defense created so many problems in the Falcons' back court that Walker and Thorpe failed to shoot.

"We're much better shooting against the zone," Thorpe said.

Good Counsel was playing its first game without leading scorer Steve DePoller, suspended from the team because of academics problems earlier this week. But Good Counsel Coach Bob Windlan was happy anyway.

"We're getting closer and closer to being competitive," he said of his team, former doormats of the Metro Conference.

Said Thorpe: "Steve was a big loss for us because he was a strong rebounder."

Good Counsel's need for strong rebounding became obvious when the Mustangs took control of both backboards in the second half.

"You can see we don't have size, Windlan said. "With Steve in there, we would have had a better chance."

McNamara's pressure defense helped provide a 8-3 lead but Good Counsel rallied and led by three early in the second quarter. Reserve guard Gholston scored seven points to give McNamara a 27-21 lead with 2:30 left in the half.

The Mustangs appeared ready to take charge, but Walker and Chris Delisi got the Falcons within three. The Mustangs were too deep and too quick, running 10 players in and out most of the game.