On a night that Williamson celebrated their three senior basketball players, it was a freshman who led the way as the Mechanics topped Valley Forge Military College by a score of 77-71 on Thursday night.
At halftime of the game, Williamson celebrated the careers of three-year senior players Kevin Whitfield (SR/Chester, PA), Andre Merrell (SR/Chester, PA) and Jo'wan Livers (SR/Laplata, MD). Each would have a big part in the team's victory over the Trojans but freshman Augustin Pagan played the leading role as he hit eight three-point baskets for a total of 24 points on the night to lead all scorers. Whitfield had 16 points and 14 rebounds, while freshmen James Hill (FR/Laplata, MD) and Kyre Freeman added 14 and 13 points each to help move the Mechanics to 23-5 on the year.
Also at halftime Whitfield was honored for scoring his 1,000th career Williamson point in a game back on January 21. Due to a snowed out game against Montgomery, tonight was the first chance the college had to celebrate Whitfield's feat. He is just the 12th player in college history to score over 1,000 points.
Williamson did not make things easy on themselves. After stretching a five point halftime lead to seven points at 42-35 at the 17:45 mark, the Trojans went on a 16-3 run to go up by six at 51-45 with 13:37 left. Williamson battled back and managed to take the lead back at the 10:23 mark on a three-pointer by Freeman. They would not trial the rest of the way. They eventually ran the lead to 77-64 with 2:45 left before coasting to the 77-71 win.
In addition to honoring Whitfield and his fellow seniors, the college also honored head coach Bill Michaels for his 250th career victory at Williamson. He is 252-153 in 14 seasons at Williamson. His teams have qualified for the USCAA Division II National Championship tournament seven times with his 2007-08 and 2008-09 team winning the national championship. His 252 wins are the most by any Williamson in college history.