Merlo nets nine
WESTMINSTER, Md. – Gettysburg held McDaniel without a field goal for the game's final 8:12 to notch a 55-47 Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball victory on Saturday.
Andrew Merlo (Rehoboth, Del./Cape Henlopen) led the Green Terror (17-8, 12-6 CC) with nine points while Phillip Perry (Crownsville, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) added eight. With the loss and victories by Franklin & Marshall and Johns Hopkins, McDaniel falls to the fourth seed in next week's conference tournament. The Green Terror will host Muhlenberg in Wednesday's first-round game. Game time will be announced following the pre-championship conference call on Monday.
Sean Gordon led the Bullets (12-13, 10-8 CC) with 19 points, including hitting five of the team's nine 3-pointers. Connor Poston and Joe Emerusabe also reached double figures with 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Trailing 41-36 on a Tanner Kirkpatrick jumper with 14:23 to play, Cameron Royster (Derwood, Md./Magruder) hit a layup nearly and minute later and Perry converted on the break to close the deficit to one with 13:01 showing.
Evan Pupelis (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) capped the 6-0 burst 36 seconds later to put McDaniel back in front.
Poston and Perry traded baskets to keep it a one-point game with 10:05 showing before Poston broke a drought and put Gettysburg back in front, 45-44.
Wesley Brooks (North Wales, Pa./North Penn) responded eight seconds later for a 46-45 lead before both teams went ice cold.
The teams combined to miss their next 10 shots over a 5-minute, 21-second span before Pete Christ hit a layup to take a 48-46 lead.
Sean Gordon stretched the lead to five with a triple in the final 31 second, sealing the win.
The teams traded baskets in the first seven minutes before Merlo canned a 3-pointer to respond to Kirkpatrick and make it a 12-11 game.
Poston followed with a layup to spark a 6-0 burst to open up an 18-11 lead with 10:46 on the clock.
Layups from Perry and Roster coupled with a 3-pointer from Brooks knotted the game at 18-all before Pupelis hit a layup with 6:36 showing to give the hosts a 20-18 lead.
Gordon capped a back-and-forth close to the half, hitting a 3-pointer just before the final horn for a 31-29 lead.
Tim Stewart (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) hit a layup 19 seconds into the second half to tie the game before Emerusabe and Gordon hit back-to-back triples for a 37-31 lead.