Boone paces Alvernia to win
Four Crusaders reach double figures in 73-66 win over McDaniel
WESTMINSTER, Md. – Cory Boone recorded one of two Alvernia double-doubles with 20 points and 10 rebounds in a 73-66 non-conference men's basketball victory over McDaniel on Sunday.
Brian Nerney added a double-double of his own with 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Crusaders (7-2), who also received 18 points from Charles Swiggett and 13 points from Seth Cornell.
Devon Lesniak (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) led four players in double figures for the Green Terror (4-5) with 16 points. Cullen Murray-Kemp (Trappe, Md./Easton) added 11 points while Christopher Cowles (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) chipped in a career-high 10 points.
After a scoreless first 3:42 of the game, Swiggett notched the game's first points with a 3-pointer and added a single free throw nearly a minute later for a 4-0 lead.
Back-to-back buckets from Murray-Kemp snapped a 5-minute, 35-second drought to open the game and knotted the game with 13:54 on the clock.
A Boone layup 28 seconds later gave Alvernia the lead for good, sparking a 12-4 stretch that gave the hosts a 16-8 advantage with 8:09 showing.
Kevin Henry (Frederick, Md./Bullis) pulled McDaniel within 16-12 with four of his eight points before Swiggett and Cornell canned triples on consecutive possessions for a 10-point lead with 5:03 to play.
Trailing 29-18, Lesniak hit a pair of free throws with 2:07 on the clock to spark an 8-0 burst to the locker room.
A pair of technical fouls in a 10-second span coupled with a blocking foul led to six more free throws on a single Green Terror possession.
Lesniak converted all four of his attempts – part of a 12-for-12 showing from the stripe and Marcus Dyson (Scotch Plains, N.J./Union Catholic) hit two other free throws to make it a 29-26 game.
A Henry jumper 38 seconds into the second half made it a 10-0 stretch, closing the deficit to one before Boone responded with a layup 49 seconds later.
The teams traded baskets, including a thunderous Woody Butler (Smithsburg, Md./Middletown) dunk off an inbounds pass that made it a 45-43 game with 10:44 to play.
Swiggett, however, responded with a 3-pointer to spark an 11-2 run that stretched the lead back to 11 with 6:45 showing.
A Boone three-point play pushed the lead to as large as 16 at 63-47 with 2:59 to play but a Cowles basket-and-foul closed the deficit to 69-63 with 22.5 seconds to play.
The Crusaders hit all eight of their free throws in the final minute to seal the victory.
The Green Terror returns to action against Endicott in the Merchant Marine Academy Holiday Tournament on Jan. 2. Game time is 8 p.m.