continued After Parker Harris and Nesher converted layups to start the second quarter, Wittig found Schurman for his third deep ball of the game, highlighting an 8-0 run to start the frame.
But the real highlight came later in the frame — a Wittig clip that Blackford could only describe as one of the greatest plays he’s ever seen. Wittig dove toward a loose ball after a Nottingham miss and keenly punched it ahead to a streaking Schurman.
“He’s as good as it gets,” Schurman said. “He sees everything. He never makes mistakes. He never turns the ball over. He’s about as good as it gets.”
The bucket gave F-M a 36-23 lead before the Hornets ultimately entered halftime ahead 38-23.
After the break, though, Derrick Gore and JaQuan Adams combined for 10 points as Nottingham pulled within 48-37 with 3:22 left in the period.
Gore and Adams both had chances to trim the deficit further—Gore a 3 at the top of the key and Adams a baseline 18-footer—but a Schurman putback, Harris layup (assisted by Schurman) and Schurman 3-pointer stretched the F-M lead back to 55-37 14 seconds into the fourth quarter.
A Wittig layup made the score 63-42 with 4:28 left before the Bulldogs reserves closed the gap in the final minutes. Jayquan Stackhouse led Nottingham with 18 points while Tyquan Rolon scored 13 points and Adams finished with seven points.
All game long, the Bulldogs struggled to break the Hornets’ trademark 1-3-1 zone, committing 27 turnovers, and were outrebounded at both ends of the court.
At one point midway through the second quarter, Josh Ivey airballed his second corner 3-pointer of the game. Nottingham coach Greg Jones could only put his hands over his head, fingers laced together, clasping his head, and turn away in disgust.
“We just weren’t good,” Jones said. “I can’t really think of anything that we did well tonight. I thought Jayquan Stackhouse was everything for us. (He) was all over the place, but I can’t think of anything that we did well as a team so it’s pretty much going back to the drawing board almost like it was the first day. “