NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A 12-0 run early in the second half keyed a 57-45 come-from-behind victory for McDaniel over Worcester State in the first round of the 2011 Captains' Shootout hosted by Christopher Newport in non-conference men's basketball action on Thursday.
Freshman Phillip Perry (Crownsville, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) netted eight of his career-best 10 points after halftime to spark the Green Terror (4-6), who snapped its four-game losing streak with the win. Cullen Murray-Kemp (Trappe, Md./Easton) added his third 20-point outing of the season with 23 points to go with 13 rebounds for his first double-double of the year.
Robert Hunter led the Lancers (2-7) with 17 points and four steals.
Two Perry free throws with 15:32 to play and five more points from Murray-Kemp capped the 3-minute, 26-second run.
Monte Goodwin snapped a scoring drought of 5:36 with a layup before a Christopher Cowles (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) layup and Murray-Kemp three-point play pushed the lead to double digits for the first time in the game.
Frank Stephenson countered with a layup to trim the deficit to 40-32 but Louis Sarris-Grau (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Lower Moreland) had the answer to return the lead to 10 with 9:51 to play.
After Hunter cut the margin to 42-36, James Cranwell (Brick, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven Regional) hit both ends of a 1-and-1 and Cowles hit Perry with a bounce pass on the break for his sixth assist and another 10-point lead with 6:59 showing en route to the 12-point victory.
Behind baskets from three different players, Worcester State built a 6-0 lead through the game's first 2:10 before Murray-Kemp hit a pair of free throws to get McDaniel on the board with 16:56 to play in the first half.
Trailing 15-10, Cowles hit Cranwell on a long outlet pass to make it a three-point game with 8:34 showing.
Just over three minutes later, Cowles dished to Sarris-Grau, who laid it home to trim the deficit to one before Murray-Kemp gave the Green Terror its first lead of the game on the next possession.
Stephenson snapped a 8-minute, 44-second drought from the floor to put the Lancers back on top by one with 4:31 to play.
Another Stephenson basket and Richard Morrison free throw stretched the lead to 20-16 with 3:20 to play before Andrew Merlo (Rehoboth, Del./Cape Henlopen) sliced the deficit in half at the other end.
Charles Gunter pushed the lead back to four before Cowles canned a triple from the left wing to once again make it a one-point contest with 55 seconds on the clock.
A Hunter jumper with 26 seconds to play make it a 24-21 game at the break.
Two Kyle Ferreira free throws stretched the lead to 28-23 with 17:26 to play before five straight points from Murray-Kemp tied the game a minute and a half later.
Merlo finished with seven points while Sarris-Grau and Cranwell added six apiece. Sarris-Grau added seven boards. Cowles finished with five points and six assists.
The Green Terror takes on the winner of night's second game between the host Captains and Piedmont in Friday's championship game. Game time is 7:30 p.m.