ALLENTOWN, Pa. – A 13-0 first-half run fueled Muhlenberg's 71-66 Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball victory over McDaniel on Saturday.
Doug Macrone (Hatboro, Pa./Hun School of Princeton) led the Green Terror (7-16, 4-12 CC) with 13 points and a career-best seven rebounds while Marcus Dyson (Scotch Plains, N.J./Union Catholic) added a season-best 12 points on 6-for-6 shooting. Louis Sarris-Grau (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Lower Moreland) rounded out a trio of double-figure scorers with 10.
Malique Killing paced the Mules (15-8, 9-7 CC) with 18 points – one of four players in double figures. Austin Curry added 15 while Matt O'Hara and Spencer Liddic contributed 11 points each. Liddic rounded out a double-double with 12 rebounds.
Layups from Macrone and Sarris-Grau staked McDaniel to a 4-0 lead in the game's first 2:50.
Trailing 8-4 on a Tyler Rudd (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie) jumper, James Albano hit a 3-pointer with 12:01 on the clock and then Killing converted two free throws after a technical foul on the Green Terror bench with 11:11 to play, giving the hosts a one-point edge.
A Christopher Cowles (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) 3-pointer with 9:31 on the clock put McDaniel back in front by three before Kevin Hargrove and Sarris-Grau exchanged layups to make it a 16-13 game with 8:06 showing.
Hargrove responded on the ensuing Muhlenberg possession with a layup to spark a 3-minute, 27-second run that put the host in front, 26-16.
Triples from Rudd and Mitch Belella (Smithsburg, Md./St. Maria Goretti) helped trim the deficit to 30-26 with 1:03 remaining before a Gabriel Mercer 3-pointer stretched the lead back to seven.
Cowles converted two free throws in the final 10 second of the half to make it a 33-28 game at the intermission.
Killing and O'Hara connected on 3-pointers at either of a 13-6 start to the second half that gave Muhlenberg a 46-34 edge with 13:07 to play.
Woody Butler (Smithsburg, Md./Middletown) momentarily halted the stretch with a layup before the Mules reeled off five straight points to open up a 15-point advantage with 10:39 showing.
Trailing 65-55 with 2:22 to play, Macrone and Sarris-Grau each hit a 3-pointer around a pair of Curry free throws to close the deficit to six nearly a minute later.
An Andrew Merlo (Rehoboth, Del./Cape Henlopen) drained the Green Terror's eighth 3-pointer of the day with 12 seconds left to draw the visitors within 70-66 but Killing hit the first of two free throws at the other end to set the final margin.
Rudd added seven points and seven rebounds while Merlo chipped in eight points and four assists.
McDaniel returns to action at home against Swarthmore on Wednesday. Game time is 7 p.m.