LANCASTER, PA - Injuries and illness left Head Men's Basketball Coach Denny Surovec a bit short-handed for Saturday afternoon's contest at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. But when the game went final, the men's basketball team squeaked out a 77-76 win.
The victory came in spite of a dismal showing at the foul line, where the Mustangs converted 22 of 45 free throws.
"We need to start making free throws," Surovec said. "We aren't going to win too many games when missing 23 of them."
The Bulldogs were slightly better, making good on 27 of their 50 opportunities from the foul line. The Bulldogs also held a 46-37 edge in the rebounding department.
Montgomery (6-4, 5-1) faced deficits of 8-0 and 17-5 early in the game, and trailed by seven at the break, 39-32. The Mustangs were down 12 early in the second half.
"We were hurt by another slow start, but the guys kept fighting," Surovec said.
Surovec credited freshman guard Kevin Woods for single-handedly keeping the Mustangs in the game during the first half. Woods led the Mustangs with 23 points and 8 rebounds.
Freshman guard Jared Stanley contributed 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 steals. Sophomore forward Ryan Casper grabbed 10 rebounds of his own.
Shane Isett chipped in 4 steals, while Tyreek Magruder added 9 points.
"Stanley had another big game," Surovec said. "Casper continues to rebound, and Isett gave us a big defensive spark in the second half."
Montgomery shot 41.7 percent (25-of-60) from the field, including 22.7 percent (5-of-22) from behind the arc. Thaddeus Stevens (4-6, 4-3) hit 38.3 percent (23-of-60) of its shot attempts.
The Mustangs return home Tuesday to host the Centurions of Bucks County Community College.