By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item
DANVILLE -- For the first half of Friday night's regular-season finale against Williamsport, Danville found ways to make plays and hold Penn State signee Isaiah Washington to nine points.
But there are two halves to a basketball game.
Danville took a 33-29 lead into the second half but the Millionaires quickly erased it, taking advantage of some cold shooting by the Ironmen for a 67-53 win at the McCloskey Center.
Washington showed why he's heading to University Park as he scored 19 second-half points, including a dunk off an alley-oop pass. He had 28 points to lead all scorers.
The game saw 13 lead changes and eight ties, five in the first quarter.
Danville (15-6) was led by Zach Kozick's 15 points. Dan Seebold and Phil Stemm had 14 each.
"I thought we played well and I thought we competed very well in the first half," said Danville coach Lenny Smith. "We did everything we needed to do in the first half, and in the second half, things just didn't go our way."
"We started getting a little nervous with the ball and their pressure got to us a little bit and their defense sort of took its toll on us," Smith added.
Kozick and Stemm combined to score 14 points in the first half as the Ironmen took the Millionaires (11-11) out of their comfort zone by breaking the press and getting scoring chances down low in the paint.
"I didn't think we did a good job of competing in the first half," said Allen Taylor, Williamsport's coach. "Danville did a good job of attacking the rim and breaking our pressure and creating scoring opportunities in transition. I think our guys did a better job of out-hustling them."
Washington scored all six points in the Millionaires' run to start the third. His dunk gave Williamsport its first lead since 4-2 early on.
"We were expecting a playoff-type team and a playoff-type game and we got that," Smith said. "What I didn't like was the way we mentally broke down in the second half. We need to fix that. I think it was a good tune-up for us going into the playoffs."
Nyric Gosley had 17 points, and Maleka Benjamin added 10 as Williamsport forged its biggest lead of the night (61-49) in the fourth as they hit four consecutive 3-point goals.
Williamsport outscored Danville 24-9 in the fourth quarter.