WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel successfully staved off a Franklin & Marshall rally to capture a 60-54 Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball victory on Saturday.
Isaac Ray (Fredericksburg, Pa./Northern Lebanon) was one of four players in double figures for the Green Terror (6-6, 2-4 CC), recording 10 points that included five straight in a tie game late. He also added a game- and career-high seven rebounds. Kevin Yrizarry (Owings Mills, Md./Owings Mills) added a team-best 18 points to go with six rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Brandon Federici led the Diplomats (7-5, 1-4 CC) with 24 points, including hitting three of his team's four 3-poitners.
Trailing 47-41, Federici drained a pair of free throws with 6:49 to play before Hunter Eggers and J.C. McGrath each hit layups to even the game with 5:08 on the clock.
At the other end, Ray drained a Yrizarry kick-out 3-pointer to put McDaniel back in front. Yrizarry then hit a cutting Ray on the next possession to stretch the lead back to five with 3:54 remaining.
A Federici three-point play trimmed the margin to two.
Clinging to a 56-54 edge, the Green Terror inbounded with 59.7 seconds remaining and Josh McWilliams (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) pulled up at the elbow in a 2-on-1 to stretch the lead back to four.
Nick Perugino (Lewes, Del./Salesianum) added two free throws with 13.8 seconds left for the final margin.
Behind layups from Yrizarry and McWilliams, McDaniel jumped out to a 4-0 lead and held a lead as large as 8-5 early before the teams traded baskets.
The first half featured five ties and eight lead changes. The Diplomats held a 23-19 lead on a Lior Levy tip-in with 4:57 to play before two Perugino free throws sparked a 14-2 run to close the half, giving the hosts a 33-25 lead at the intermission.
McWilliams finished with 14 points while Austin Cannon (Hampstead, Md./Manchester Valley) added 10 points.
McDaniel returns to action at No. 18 Swarthmore on Tuesday. Game time is 8 p.m.