McWilliams opens conference slate with 17

Josh McWilliams (c) 2016 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Josh McWilliams (c) 2016 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

BALTIMORE, Md. – Johns Hopkins opened up a 22-point halftime advantage en route to an 84-52 victory over McDaniel in the Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball opener for both teams on Tuesday.

Josh McWilliams (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) led the Green Terror (2-1, 0-1 CC) with a career-best 17 points.

Ryan Curran keyed a 56.9-percent shooting effort for the Blue Jays (2-2, 1-0 CC), shooting 8-for-14 to finish with 16 points. Sam Gordon added 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting.

Isaac Ray (Fredericksburg, Pa./Northern Lebanon) drained a 3-pointer in the corner for a 3-0 lead 1:38 into the game before six points from Curran and a Gordon layup accounted for an 8-0 response.

Five straight points from McWilliams evened the game at 10-all with 12:40 to play in the first half.

Another 6-0 run over the next 1:37 stretched the lead back to six, giving the hosts the lead for good.

The teams combined for just four points over the next nearly five minutes before Jesse Flannery hit a triple to stretch the lead to 21-12 with 6:15 on the clock, sparking a 26-10 run to finish the first half. Austin Vasiliadis capped the run with a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Johns Hopkins scored 10 of the first 12 points in the second half to open up a 30-point edge just 4:02 after halftime.

The Green Terror returns to action at home against Penn State-Schuylkill on Sunday. Game time is 2 p.m.

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