HAVERFORD, Pa. – McDaniel built a nine-point lead in the second half before holding off Haverford for a 52-47 Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball victory on Saturday.
Jimmy Cranwell (Brick, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven) led the Green Terror (16-5, 11-3 CC) with a career-best 12 points while Tim Stewart (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) reached double figures for the second straight game with 10 points. The win reduces McDaniel's magic number to one to clinch a CC playoff berth.
Brett Cohen led the Fords (7-12, 3-11 CC) with a double-double, recording 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Tied at 35-all, Evan Pupelis (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) hit a layup with 11:31 to put the Green Terror in front for good, sparking an 11-2 run in the process.
Cameron Royster (Derwood, Md./Magruder) and Cohen traded a pair of free throws before layups from Cranwell, Stewart and Royster pushed the lead to eight with 6:36 showing.
Cranwell converted the first of two free throws a minute later to give McDaniel its largest lead of the second half.
Two Matt Sherman free throws and a Cohen layup closed the deficit to 46-41 with 3:57 to play before a Cranwell jumper pushed the lead back to seven.
Four straight points from Sherman made it a one-possession game with 2:43 to play.
Behind points from four different players, Haverford built a 9-5 advantage through the game's first seven minutes before a Pupelis layup and Nick Perugino (Lewes, Del./Salesianum) 3-pointer gave the Green Terror a one-point edge with 12:00 to play, sparking a 17-2 burst.
A Pupelis layup with 5:45 showing capped the run before the Fords tallied the final 10 points of the first half to close the margin to 22-21 at the break.
A Lucas Colombo 3-pointer 33 seconds into the second half put Haverford back in front 24-22 before the teams traded points for the first 3:11 of the stanza.
Four straight points from Cranwell and two Stewart free throws gave McDaniel a 32-27 advantage but two points from Louis Cipriano and four from Cohen put the hosts back in front by one with 13:17 showing.
Perry and Duane Echols (Jessup, Md./Hammond) grabbed seven rebounds each to lead the way in a 35-27 advantage on the glass.
The Green Terror returns to action at Dickinson on Wednesday. Game time is 8 p.m.