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McDaniel holds off Washington

Louis Sarris-Grau © 2010 Daniel Putz
Louis Sarris-Grau © 2010 Daniel Putz

Green Terror advance to fifth-place game with 70-68 victory at Pride of Maryland

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Devon Lesniak (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) netted a career-best 22 points to lead McDaniel to a 70-68 non-conference men's basketball victory over Washington (Md.) in the consolation round of the 2010 Pride of Maryland tournament on Friday.

The Green Terror (1-1) shot nearly 51 percent for the game, including a blistering 12-for-22 (54.5 percent) in the second half to advance to Saturday's fifth-place game against Johns Hopkins, which defeated Goucher 57-50 in the other consolation semifinal.

Kevin Breslin led the Shoremen (0-3) with a game- and career-best 31 points.

Behind five points from Lesniak, including an old-fashioned three-point play on the team's first possession, McDaniel raced out to a 7-0 lead in the game's first 1:44 and never trailed.

Back-to-back Breslin baskets trimmed the deficit to 13-9 with 10:45 to play in the first half but a 9-0 run over the next nearly three minutes stretched the lead to 13 with 7:58 on the clock.

A Lesniak 3-pointer with 4:16 showing in the first half gave the Green Terror a 14-point advantage at 29-15 for its largest lead of the game before an 11-5 burst to close the half trimmed the deficit at intermission to 34-26.

The advantage hovered between six and nine points for the first 11 minutes of the second half before a Kevin Cunningham layup on the break made it a 52-47 game with 8:52 to play.

Kevin Henry (Frederick, Md./Bullis) hit a layup with 4:20 on the clock to stretch the lead back to nine.

Still trailing 64-55 after a pair of Henry free throws with 3:02 showing, Breslin hit a jumper and Donovan Womack canned a triple to make it a four-point game with 2:05 to play.

A Sal Schittino 3-pointer in the final three seconds trimmed the deficit to 69-68 but Lesniak capped his second straight 20-point performance, hitting the first of two free throws for the final margin.

Evan Pupelis (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) finished with 13 points and eight rebounds. Lesniak added four assists. Henry finished with nine points and a team-high five helpers.

Game time on Saturday is 4:15 p.m.