TOWSON, Md. – McDaniel jumped out to a 14-2 lead in the game's first 8:25 en route to a 53-40 non-conference men's basketball victory over Goucher in the seventh-place game of the 2011 Pride of Maryland Tournament on Saturday.
Louis Sarris-Grau (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Lower Moreland) registered 11 points to help the Green Terror (1-2) to its first win of the season and earn a spot on the all-tournament team.
Cullen Murray-Kemp (Trappe, Md./Easton) led the way in the scoring column with 13 points while also grabbing eight boards. Evan Pupelis (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.
Marcus Cotton led the Gophers (0-3) with 19 points.
Doug Macrone (Hatboro, Pa./Hun School of Princeton) drained a 3-pointer on McDaniel's first possession and McDaniel never trailed.
Brian Morton II countered with a jumper but Pupelis canned the backend of two free throws to ignite an 11-0 run to put the Green Terror on top by 12. Goucher wouldn't get within seven the rest of the way.
A Trae Lindsay jumper and Alex Noble triple closed the deficit to 14-7 1:10 after James Cranwell (Brick, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven Regional) capped the run.
Christopher Cowles (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) stretched the lead back to 10 with 3:11 on the clock before Troy Parker, Jr. and Phillip Perry (Crownsville, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) exchanged baskets in the final 1:43 to make it a 24-14 game at the half.
Sarris-Grau pushed the lead back out to 12 just 23 seconds into the second half.
After Cotton closed the deficit to 42-34 with 7:37 to play, Cranwell snapped a 2-minute, 2-second scoring drought to spark a 9-0 burst that stretched the lead to 17 with 3:47 on the clock and seal the victory.
Pupelis added seven points to his 10 rebounds. Macrone added three assists to his three points while Cowles had five points, four rebounds and three assists.
McDaniel returns to action in the Centennial Conference opener against Ursinus on Tuesday. Game time is 8 p.m.