A fast start in the second half and poised play down the stretch led Old Mill to a 73-68 victory over Glen Burnie in Anne Arundel County play last night in Millersville.
The host Patriots, for whom nine players scored, improved to 8-2. They rebounded from their first league loss, to Severna Park, to go to 4-1 in the county. Glen Burnie fell to 7-4 overall and 4-3 in league play.
Chris Day finished with 18 points to lead the Patriots, who also got 12 points from Mike Holley and 10 from Trae Summers.
A sluggish first half ended with Old Mill guard Eric Savage beating the buzzer with a three-pointer just over half court to give the home team a 30-27 advantage at the break.
The Patriots, who were 10-for-38 from the field in the first half, shot better in the third quarter, getting two three-pointers from Day and one from Summers in building a 54-42 lead going into the fourth quarter.
The Gophers rallied midway through the fourth behind Tyler Rudd (game-high 19 points) and Justin Kuntz. The two seniors accounted for eight straight points to cut a 64-52 deficit to 68-65 with 1:08 to play, but the Patriots didn't allow them to get any closer.
Summers hit two free throws with 1:03 to play to push the lead to 70-65, and Marvin Salmond hit his two tries with 43 seconds left to preserve the win.
Danny Murphy scored 14 points for the Gophers, who also got 12 points each from Kuntz and Larry Mike.