February 11, 2009

McDaniel clinches playoff bid, wins record

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Josh McKay (Baltimore, Md./Eastern Tech) recorded a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead McDaniel to a 69-55 win over Dickinson in Centennial Conference (CC) men’s basketball action on Wednesday.

            With the victory, the Green Terror (17-5, 12-3 CC) clinched its second consecutive playoff berth and set a program record for wins in a season with 17. By virtue of tiebreakers, McDaniel has also secured a first-round bye and remains a game out of first place after Franklin & Marshall downed Ursinus, 87-81.
            On senior night, T.J. Odunlami (Columbia, Md./Atholton) added 15 points for the Green Terror while Ryan Finch (Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon) chipped in 10.
            Tom Leszczynski led the Red Devils (10-11, 4-11 CC) with 22 points and 13 rebounds.
            After Dickinson jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the game’s first 1:02, Finch capped a 7-0 McDaniel burst that gave his team a 7-4 lead with 16:33 to play.
            Two Kizmahr Grell free throws gave the Red Devils an 18-14 lead with 8:50 remaining in the half, Michael Jarboe (Monrovia, Md./Urbana0 hit a layup to spark a 17-8 run that gave the Green Terror a 33-26 lead with less than a minute remaining in the first half.
            Kevin Henry (Potomac, Md./Bullis School) capped the burst with five straight points, including a 3-pointer.
            Two Odunlami free throws with 1.8 seconds showing in the first half re-established a seven-point halftime advantage at 35-28.
            A McKay layup with 17:36 remaining pushed the lead to double figures for the first time at 41-30 and the Red Devils got no closer than nine the rest of the way.
            Two McKay free throws with 1:02 to play stretched the lead to its largest at 15.
            Odunlami added a career-high six assists.
            The Green Terror returns to action at Washington (Md.) on Saturday. Game time is 4 p.m.

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