Green Terror moves into second-place tie with 69-43 win over Swarthmore
WESTMINSTER, Md. – Evan Pupelis (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) led four McDaniel players in double figures with a career-high 15 points, helping his team to a 69-43 Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball victory over Swarthmore on Monday.
The Green Terror (11-8, 8-4 CC) entered the game with only Devon Lesniak (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) averaging double figures and on a night in which the junior guard has his streak of nine straight double-digit efforts snapped, four other players reached at least 10 points for the first time this season.
Lesniak and Marcus Dyson (Scotch Plains, N.J./Union Catholic) rounded out a group of six players – of the 11 dressed for McDaniel – who tallied no fewer than six points with seven and six points, respectively.
Will Gates led the Garnet (5-14, 2-10 CC) with a game-high 17 points.
The Green Terror raced out to an 11-2 lead in the game's first 3:25 behind five points from Jarboe before Swarthmore closed to as close as three on three occasions.
Clinging to an 18-15 lead with 8:03 showing in the first half, Murray-Kemp canned two free throws 1 minute, 4 seconds later to spark a 23-5 run to the intermission that included the hosts scoring the final 12 of the period.
Murray-Kemp capped the half with the team's third 3-pointer of the half in the final five seconds of the period to send McDaniel to the locker room with a 41-20 lead.
A Jordan Martinez basket-and-free throw closed the deficit to 46-27 with 17:56 showing but the Green Terror countered with a 13-4 burst to seal the victory with 13:38 on the clock.
A Rudd three-point play stretched the lead to as many as 32 at 69-37 with 1:25 to play before the Garnet tallied the game's final six points to set the final margin.
Pupelis pulled down eight rebounds and Woody Butler (Smithsburg, Md./Middletown) added seven for McDaniel, which finished with a 43-21 advantage on the glass.
Jarboe added a season high-tying six assists. Rudd added six rebounds.
The Green Terror's conference-leading scoring defense held an opponent to 45 or fewer points for the fifth time this season.
McDaniel, which enters Wednesday's action tied with Gettysburg in the CC standings two games behind Franklin & Marshall, returns to action at Dickinson on Wednesday. Game time is 8 p.m.