Washington area teams had a tough final day at the Gonzaga/D.C. Classic yesterday at Bender Arena as Gonzaga and No. 14 McNamara both fell.
Senior guard Terrence Watkins scored 13 fourth-quarter points, and 6-foot-6 sophomore center Curtis Sumpter grabbed 15 rebounds to lead Loughlin of Brooklyn, N.Y., to a 54-45 victory over Gonzaga in the third-place game. Earlier, junior guard Stanley Asumnu scored a team-high 19 points to lead Westbury Christian of Texas to a 60-51 victory over McNamara in the fifth-place contest.
Gonzaga (6-4) trailed 31-22 at halftime but outscored Loughlin 13-2 in the third quarter. Earl Risby's two free throws capped a 10-0 spurt to give the Eagles a 32-31 lead and Howard Blue's free throw put Gonzaga ahead 35-33 entering the fourth quarter. The Eagles held Loughlin scoreless for 6 minutes 37 seconds in the third quarter.
But Loughlin (5-1) started the final quarter with 10 straight points--the first eight by Watkins--to go up 43-35.
"Coach told us to come out more intense," Watkins said. "We weren't getting the ball in the right spots. We were a little bit lackadaisical in the third quarter. Once we executed, I got in the flow of the game and my teammates did a great job getting me the ball."
Gonzaga missed seven of its first eight fourth-quarter free throws and finished the quarter 4 of 11 from the line.
"More than anything, they took advantage of our missed free throws," Gonzaga Coach Dick Myers said. "It's awfully hard to keep a team like that down like we did in the third quarter."
In the earlier game, Westbury Christian (13-2) used two 11-2 runs in the first half to take control over McNamara (6-3). With the game tied at 27, Westbury held the Mustangs to two points over the final 4:12 of the half to take a 38-29 halftime advantage.
McNamara closed to 42-36 on a layup by Maurice Young (23 points) midway through the third quarter, but an 8-2 Westbury run to close the third extended the lead to 48-36, and McNamara came no closer than seven in the fourth quarter.
Notes: James Hauser made two free throws with three seconds remaining to give Archbishop Molloy of New York a 55-53 victory over nationally ranked Roman Catholic of Philadelphia in last night's final. Molloy overcame 21 points and eight blocked shots by 6-9 senior center Eddie Griffin. Griffin, who averaged 26 points in three games, was named the tournament's most valuable player . . . In the seventh-place game Spalding (5-3) defeated St. Andrew's (R.I.), 72-57.