Murray-Kemp, Sarris-Grau combine for 23
TOWSON, Md. – Tied at 42-all, Stevenson scored the next five points to key a 51-48 men's basketball victory over McDaniel in the consolation semifinals of the 2011 Pride of Maryland Touranment at Goucher on Friday.
Greg Collins led three players in double figures for the Mustangs (1-1) with 14 points. He also grabbed eight boards. Stefon McCray added 13 while Jason Jones chipped in 11.
In a second half filled with four ties and nine lead changes, Murray-Kemp tied the game for the final time, hitting a free throw with 4:54 on the clock.
Brandon Carroll responded at the other end with a layup and then added a free throw nearly a minute later to stretch the advantage to three.
Brett Burrier hit a jumper in the lane to make it a five-point lead before Murray-Kemp hit 1 of 2 from the charity stripe with 2:47 showing.
Sarris-Grau added another 1-for-2 showing 28 seconds later before two McCray free throws stretched the lead back to five with 1:58 on the clock.
A pair of Sarris-Grau baskets made it a one-point contest with 1:09 to play before McCray set the final margin with a jumper in the final 32 seconds.
The Green Terror had three shots on its final possession but could not convert.
A McCray three-point play staked Stevenson to a 3-0 lead just nine seconds into the game.
Tyler Rudd (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie) counted with a 3-pointer before Jones sparked an 8-0 run to put the Mustangs on top 11-3 with 16:10 to play in the opening half.
Trailing 13-6, Evan Pupelis (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) hit a putback jumper with 10:53 to play to spark a 5-0 stretch that closed the deficit to two just 58 seconds later.
A Doug Macrone (Hatboro, Pa./Hun School of Princeton) 3-pointer with 1:04 remaining gave McDaniel a 24-23 lead at the break.
Rudd stretched the lead to three just 1:01 into the second half .
Trailing 29-27, Jones countered an Andrew Merlo (Rehoboth, Del./Cape Henlopen) 3-pointer with a trey of his own four minutes into the stanza.
Merlo and McCray exchanged layups three minutes later before four straight points from Rollins made it a 36-31 game with 11:22 showing.
McDaniel returns to action against Goucher in the seventh-place game on Saturday. Game time is 6 p.m.