SWARTHMORE, Pa. – McDaniel used a late surge to turn a four-point advantage into double-digit victory, defeating Swarthmore 58-46 in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action on Wednesday.
Doug Macrone (Hatboro, Pa./Hun School of Princeton) led the Green Terror (7-11, 4-7 CC) to its third win in four games with 19 points – 16 of which came after halftime, shooting 6 of 9 from 3-point range.
Jay Kober paced the Garnet (1-17, 1-10 CC) with 17 points.
Tied at 30-all, Macrone drained his second 3-pointer of the second half with 17:17 remaining to spark a 7-1 burst that gave McDaniel a 37-31 edge with 14:54 on the clock.
Louis Sarris-Grau (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Lower Moreland) added two free throws and a layup during the 2-minute, 21-second stretch.
A Michael Giannangeli layup and Joe Keedy free throw sliced the deficit in half just over a minute later before Macrone nailed his third trey of the game with 13:14 on the clock.
Matt Sharma trimmed the deficit to 44-40 but Macrone once again hit from long range with 6:19 remaining to help the Green Terror begin to pull away.
Sarris-Grau and Kober exchanged single free throws to make it a 48-41 game with 1:58 to play before Macrone hit his final triple of the night 28 seconds later to give McDaniel its first double-digit lead of the game.
A Sharma layup with 1:00 remaining cut the deficit to eight but the Green Terror went 5-for-6 from the line and Tyler Rudd (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie) finished a layup on the break off an Evan Pupelis (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) rebound-and-outlet to complete the victory.
A Pupelis layup and Macrone 3-pointer staked McDaniel to an early 5-0 lead before Kober tallied five straight to knot the contest just 4:52 in.
A Phillip Perry (Crownsville, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) layup sparked a 9-0 stretch for the Green Terror's largest first-half lead with 8:32 on the clock.
A Kober layup ignited a 10-0 counter that gave Swarthmore its first advantage of the game 15-14 with 5:45 showing.
A Perry layup and four straight points from Rudd reestablished a five-point edge for McDaniel 1:28 later.
Rudd converted a three-point play for a 25-24 advantage in the waning seconds of the first half but Kober beat the first-half buzzer with a triple to give the hosts a 27-25 edge at the break.
Rudd and Sarris-Grau added 11 points apiece for the Green Terror. Rudd added a career high-tying nine-rebounds to finish a board shy of his first career double-double. Pupelis recorded four assists and four points to go with his five rebounds. Butler chipped in four points, six rebounds and two assists.
Sharma finished with 12 points and six rebounds for the Garnet.
McDaniel returns to action at home against Washington (Md.) on Saturday. Game time is 2 p.m.