McDaniel holds off Gettysburg to stay within game of first

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Chad Arrington (Randallstown, Md./Randallstown) recorded 19 points and nine rebounds to lead McDaniel to a 56-53 victory over Gettysburg in Centennial Conference (CC) men’s basketball action on Wednesday.

            The Green Terror (13-5, 8-3 CC) built a 17-point lead midway through the second half before holding on to the three-point victory to snap its two-game skid and remain a game out of first place in the conference standings.
            Andrew Powers and Joe Spierenburg led the 25th-raked Bullets (13-4, 8-3 CC) with 17 and 12 points, respectively.
            Trailing 4-2, Arrington converted a three-point play with 15:58 on the clock, sparking a 15-4 run that gave McDaniel a 17-8 advantage just over five minutes later.
            A Paul Crone 3-pointer cut the Gettysburg deficit to 17-13 with 8:43 to play but the Green Terror tallied the next seven points to push the lead to double figures for the first time en route to a 28-19 halftime lead.
            An Arrington jumper with 10:04 to play stretched the lead to its largest at 44-27.
            After Dan Capkin and Ryan Finch (Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon) exchanged triples, Spierenburg converted a layup off one of six Capkin assists to ignite 16-1 burst that closed the deficit to 48-46 with 2:27 showing.
            Back-to-back Capkin triples capped the burst.
            Finch halted the McDaniel dry spell with a trey of his own before Spierenburg once again converted a Capkin feed to make it a one-possession game with 1:19 to play.
            Two Miguel Jones (Baltimore, Md./North County) free throws with 48.2 seconds on the clock stretched the lead back to five.
            A Powers layup with 22.7 seconds to play closed the gap to three before Jones hit the first of two from the charity stripe with 21.0 seconds showing.
            A Powers three-point play made it a one-point game but Finch hit both free throws with 8.8 seconds showing to set the final margin.
            The Green Terror returns to action at Muhlenberg on Saturday. Game time is 2 p.m.