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Stewart nets 16 in battle for first

Tim Stewart (c) 2013 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Tim Stewart (c) 2013 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

CARLISLE, Pa. – Dickinson converted 13 3-pointers en route to an 83-61 Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball victory over McDaniel on Wednesday.

Tim Stewart (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) led the Green Terror (16-6, 11-4 CC) with 16 points.

Gerry Wixted and Brandon Angradi paced the Red Devils (18-4, 13-2 CC), who extended their first-place lead on McDaniel to two games with three to play. Wixted tallied 20 points while Angradi hit four 3-pointers en route to an 18-point performance.

In a battle of two teams in the first NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional rankings, Dickinson jumped out to an 11-6 lead behind 3-pointers in the game's first 2:49. The Red Devils entered the day ranked sixth while the Green Terror was ranked ninth.

Four points from Jimmy Cranwell (Brick, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven) keyed a 6-0 stretch that put McDaniel in front 12-11 with 15:32 showing.

A Brian Gerney 3-pointer stretched the lead to 28-21 with 7:14 to play in the first half before four Stewart points and a Wesley Brooks (North Wales, Pa./North Penn) 3-pointer closed the deficit to 30-27.

The Red Devils canned two of their eight first-half 3-pointers to key an 8-0 finish to the half that stretched the advantage to 40-29 at the break.

Dickinson carried that momentum into the second half, scoring 10 of the first 14 points after the break to push the lead to 50-33 on two Wixted free throws with 15:33 remaining.

An Evan Pupelis (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) hook shot momentarily halted the run at the other end.

A Duane Echols (Jessup, Md./Hammond) three-point play and Andrew Merlo (Rehoboth, Del./Cape Henlopen) layup closed the deficit to 52-40 with 12:48 showing.

The Red Devils, however, put together a 14-2 run over the next three and a half minutes to put the game out of reach.

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