Stewart leads balanced win with 15

Nick Perugino (c) 2014 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Nick Perugino (c) 2014 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel held Washington (Md.) without a point for the first 6:55 of the game en route to allowing a season-low 42 points and a 74-42 Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball victory on Thursday.

Tim Stewart (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) paced the Green Terror (15-5, 10-3 CC) into solo possession of second place in the CC standings with 15 points. Six other McDaniel players tallied no fewer than six points and 13 and the 14 players to step on the court tallied at least two points.

Pat Morgan led the Shoremen (5-15, 4-9 CC) with 13 points.

Baskets from Jimmy Cranwell (Brick, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven), Wesley Brooks (North Wales, Pa./North Penn) and Evan Pupelis (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) staked the Green Terror to a 6-0 lead.

Back-to-back baskets from Morgan closed the deficit to 6-4 before McDaniel took control. Nick Perugino (Lewes, Del./Salesianum) drained a 3-pointer with 11:57 showing to ignite a 22-4 run over the game's next 8 minutes, 48 seconds.

Six different Green Terror players scored during the stretch.

McDaniel built a lead as large as 21 en route to a 34-15 halftime advantage.

The advantage swelled as large as 30 on a Duane Echols (Jessup, Md./Hammond) layup with 9:49 to play, making it a 55-25 game.

The Shoremen tallied next 11 points to close to within 19 on a Morgan triple before the Green Terror closed the door and scored 19 of the game's final 25 points.

Cranwell and Echols tallied eight points each while Perugino finished with seven. Brooks, Pupelis and Andrew Merlo (Rehoboth, Del./Cape Henlopen) each scored six points. Brooks added a team-best six rebounds while Perugino grabbed a season-best five. Cameron Royster (Derwood, Md./Magruder) added four assists and three rebounds to his four points. Phillip Perry (Crownsville, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) contributed four points, five rebounds and four assists.

The Green Terror returns to action at Haverford on Saturday. Game time is 3 p.m.