Harper tallies 11 and 9

DJ Harper (c) 2016 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
DJ Harper (c) 2016 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Penn State-Schuylkill shot better than 65 percent in the second half to turn a 13-point halftime deficit into a 90-84 victory over McDaniel in non-conference men's basketball action on Sunday.

DJ Harper (Upper Marlboro, Md./Riverdale Baptist) was one of six players in double figures for the Green Terror (2-2), scoring 11 points to go with nine rebounds, four assists and two steals. Josh McWilliams (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) led the squad with a career-best 20 points.

Kody Jacoby led the Lions (3-3) with 23 points, five assists and three steals.

Trailing 44-31 at the break, Penn State-Schuylkill closed to within 49-48 on a Jacoby three-point play with 14:05 to play in the second half.

Isaac Ray (Fredericksburg, Pa./Northern Lebanon) responded with a triple in the corner to snap a 2-for-10 start to the half for the hosts.

A Ray three-point play with 11:10 showing made it a 60-57 game but a Jaquan Craig steal and dunk 31 seconds later ignited a 25-12 stretch that gave the Lions a double-digit lead with 3:12 to play.

Craig added two free throws after his dunk to give the visitors their first lead since 5-4 before Ben Agee (Millersville, Md./Severna Park) and John Smith traded layups.

Will Bracey hit the first of four straight 3-pointers in a 1-minute, 52-second stretch for the Lions.

An Agee second-chance layup got McDaniel as close as 87-84 in the final 25 seconds but Penn State-Schuylkill hit five of its eight free-throw attempts in the final minute as part of a 24-for-35 day from the stripe.

Tied at 6-all, a Harper steal and layup with 14:19 to play in the first half sparked a 19-8 run that gave McDaniel a double-digit lead with 7:32 showing.

After McWilliams and Derek Dimond traded treys, Agee canned a jumper to start a 9-1 burst that made it a 37-18 game with 4:10 on the clock.

Seven points from Dimond helped the visitors close the deficit to 10 but McWilliams drained a 3-pointer to make it a 13-point game at the break.

Ray finished with 14 points, six rebounds and four assists while Kevin Yrizarry (Owings Mills, Md./Owings Mills) and Nick Perugino (Lewes, Del./Salesianum) added 12 points each. Agee finished with 10 points.

The Green Terror returns to action at home against Dickinson on Thursday. Game time is 8 p.m.

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