continued In particular, Blackford praised sophomore T.J. Wheatley, calling his performance "phenomenal". Beyond his 12 points, Wheatley also controlled the glass for long stretches of the game, giving F-M extra possessions as he piled up 15 rebounds.
F-M nearly got away in that third period, stretching its margin to 47-36. But the Black Knights clawed back to within 56-54, by the fourth quarter, aided by a defense that held the Hornets without a field goal for more than five minutes.
Then, with 3:01 left and F-M still clinging to a 58-54 edge, point guard Jake Wittig drew a double team at the top of the key. That left Schurman open and, from well beyond the 3-point arc, Schurman took Wittig's pass and drained the shot, extending the margin to 61-54.
Though the Black Knights got within four in the final minute, F-M had enough of a cushion thanks to the free-throw shooting of Tomer Nesher. Held scoreless in the first half, Nesher had all 14 of his points after the break, 10 of them from successful foul shots, and added eight rebounds.
Wittig produced 13 assists to go with his seven points, while Parker Harris came off the bench and added seven points.