January 4, 2009

Jones leads McDaniel 49-48 win over Penn State-Behrend, Coaches vs. Cancer Classic title

YORK, Pa. – Miguel Jones (Baltimore, Md./North County) netted 13 points, including the game-winning basket to lead McDaniel to a 49-48non-conference men’s basketball victory over Penn State-Behrend in the championship game of the 2009 Hampton Inn Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at York (Pa.) on Sunday.

            Adam Potter led the Lions (6-4) with a game-high 20 points.
            Chad Arrington (Randallstown, Md./Randallstown) was named the tournament most valuable player, joining Jones on the all-tournament for the Green Terror (6-3), who overcame an eight-point deficit to win in the waning seconds.
            Inbounding after a timeout with 30.3 seconds on the clock, Potter was fouled in the lane with 22.3 seconds on the clock. After hitting both free throws, McDaniel drove the length of the court where Jones hit a floater from the right side of the rim with 8.1 seconds on the clock and then forced a turnover on the other end to preserve the victory.
            Trailing 9-8 after a Josh McKay (Baltimore, Md./Eastern Tech) layup with 15:40 on the clock, Drew Seker hit a layup 20 seconds later to give Behrend the lead.
            The Lions stretched the advantage to 18-9 over the next 5 minutes, 31 seconds behind four points each from Potter and Chris Saltsman.
            A Miguel Jones (Baltimore, Md./North County) layup on the break snapped an 8-minute, 36-second scoring drought for McDaniel before Potter hit the first of two free throws on Behrend’s next possession to push the lead back to eight.
            Back-to-back baskets from Louis Sarris-Grau (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Lower Moreland) trimmed the deficit to 21-18 with just over a minute remaining in the first half before Tom Newman and Ryan Finch (Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon) traded treys in the final 44 seconds to send the Lions to the locker room with a three-point advantage.
            A McKay jumper and single Arrington free throw knotted the game at 24 at the 17:06 mark of the second half.
            Eight straight points from Behrend pushed the Lions’ lead back to eight just 2 minutes, 42 seconds later.
            Back-to-back 3-pointers from Jones 1:31 apart kotted the game at 37 with 9:54 to play before a Joseph Potucek (Germantown, Md./St. John’s at Prospect Hall) free throw and T.J. Odunlami (Columbia, Md./Atholton) steal-and-layup gave the Green Terror a 40-37 lead.
            Trailing 45-43 with 2:51 to play, Potterconverted 3 of 4 free throws to give his team a 46-43 lead.
            Henry hit an elbow jumper with 1:34 to play to put McDaniel back in front by one, setting up the final minute dramatics.
            McDaniel returns to action at home against Muhlenberg on Wednesday. Game time is 8 p.m.

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