WESTMINSTER, Md. – Miguel Jones (Baltimore, Md./North County) netted eight of his team-high 19 points in the final 2:02 to lead McDaniel to a 66-60 victory over Ursinus in Centennial Conference (CC) men’s basketball action on Saturday.
With the win, the Green Terror (16-5, 11-3 CC) tie the program record for wins in a season with 16 and maintain its hold on second place on the CC standings. Franklin & Marshall kept its one-game lead on McDaniel with a 95-64 win over Washington (Md.) while the Green Terror extended its advantage over third-place Gettysburg to two games after Muhlenberg downed the Bullets, 62-58.
McDaniel can clinch its second straight playoff berth and potentially wrap up a first-round bye with a record-setting 17th victory of the season Wednesday night against Dickinson – the Green Terror’s final regular-season home game.
John Noonan recorded a game-high 20 points to pace the Bears (10-11, 6-8 CC), who fell two games out of the fifth and final playoff spot with four games to play. Ursinus, the defending CC champion, advanced to the national semifinals last season.
After Remy Cousart, who finished with 16 points, gave the Bears a 55-53 lead on an old-fashioned three-point play with 3:47 to play, T.J. Odunlami (Columbia, Md./Atholton) converted two free throws 32 seconds later to knot the game.
Josh McKay (Baltimore, Md./Eastern Tech) hit the second of two free throws with 2:51 on the clock to give McDaniel the lead for good and then Jones took over.
With 2:02 to play, the junior drove from the left side, converting a layup while drawing a foul. He converted the free throw to extend the Green Terror’s lead to four.
After Keith Page completed his 10-point, 10-rebound afternoon with a single free throw at the 1:19 mark, Jones drove into the lane a converted a floater with just over a minute to play.
After an Eric Burnett 22-foot triple from the top of the key closed the deficit to two with 43.3 seconds to play, Ursinus called a timeout.
Jones brought the ball up court and nearly dribbled out the shot clock before stepping up and draining a 3-pointer from the left wing with 12 seconds to play.
Cousart hit the first of two free-throw attempts at the other end with 5.1 seconds to play before Ryan Finch (Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon) secured the rebound and hit both of his free throws with 0.1 seconds showing to cap his 12-point performance and set the final margin.
After four ties and three lead changes in the game’s first 6:49, Finch hit a triple to turn a 12-11 deficit into a 14-12 advantage.
Jones capped a 9-1 run over the next 3:27 that gave the hosts a 20-13 lead.
Matt Howell closed the deficit to 20-19 with 7:49 to play but four of Louis Sarris-Grau’s (Huntington Valley, Pa./Lower Moreland) 14 points and a Finch triple on the Green Terror’s final possession of the first half helped McDaniel push the lead to 33-29 at the intermission.
A Noonan layup knotted the game at 40-all with 14:36 to play but a Michael Jarboe (Monrovia, Md./Urbana) 3-pointer in the right corner capped a 6-0 burst that re-established a six-point advantage for the Green Terror with 10:53 showing.
With 5:05 to play, Sarris-Grau countered a Page layup to put McDaniel back on top 53-49 but a Noonan three-point play trimmed the deficit to one before Cousart’s basket-and-foul play Gave the Bears their only lead of the second half.
Chad Arrington (Randallstown, Md./Randallstown) added eight points and nine rebounds for the Green Terror, who turned the ball over a season-low five times in the win.
Game time on Wednesday is 7 p.m.