Defense carries McDaniel to win
Green Terror holds Johns Hopkins to 19 first-half points in 51-43 victory
BALTIMORE, Md. – Cullen Murray-Kemp (Trappe, Md./Easton) reached double figures for the first time in a McDaniel uniform with 10 points, leading his team to a 51-43 victory at Johns Hopkins in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action on Tuesday.
The Green Terror (3-4, 1-2 CC) notched its first win since a 62-40 victory over the Blue Jays (2-5, 1-3 CC), snapping a three-game slide behind a first half in which the squad held its hosts to 5 of 20 shooting and 19 points in the first half.
Mike Henrici led Johns Hopkins with a game-high 11 points.
A Devon Lesniak (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) layup and pair of free throws in the game's first three minutes staked McDaniel to an early four-point advantage.
Two Henrici free throws nearly three minutes later knotted the game at 6-all before John Mysliwiec and James Cranwell (Brick, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven) exchanged baskets before Murray-Kemp hit a 3-pointer to give the Green Terror the lead for good with 12:05 on the clock.
Baskets from Cranwell and Marcus Dyson (Scotch Plains, N.J./Union Catholic) extended the lead to seven just 1:12 later.
Clinging to the seven-point edge at 21-14, Murray-Kemp hit his second trey of the game with 5:06 to play to ignite a 9-0 burst that stretched the lead to 30-14 with 2:47 showing en route to a 32-19 halftime lead.
A Daniel Corbett 3-pointer closed the deficit to 36-25 with 14:03 remaining.
Louis Sarris-Grau (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Lower Moreland) hit a pair of free throws and Connor McIntyre hit a layup on consecutive possessions before Christopher Cowles (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) canned two free throws and Murray-Kemp drained his third triple for a 16-point lead with 8:48 to play.
An 11-2 Blue Jay run pulled the hosts within 45-38 with 3:06 to play but the Green Terror was able to hit 4 of 6 free throws and Sarris-Grau converted a run-out layup in the final two minutes to hold on for the eight-point victory.
Dyson finished with eight points and six rebounds while Lesniak had eight points and three assists.
The Green Terror returns to action at home against Washington (Md.) on Saturday. Game time is 2 p.m.