SWARTHMORE, Pa. – Swarthmore, ranked 16th in the latest D3hoops.com poll, scored the first four points of overtime before escaping with a 65-60 victory over McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action on Tuesday.
Nick Perugino (Lewes, Del./Salesianum) was one of three players in double figures for the Green Terror (6-7, 2-5 CC), netting 12 points to go with seven rebounds. Kevin Yrizarry (Owings Mills, Md./Owings Mills), the reigning CC Player of the Week, led the squad with 14 points and seven boards.
Robbie Walsh and Cam Wiley paced the Garnet (12-1, 6-0 CC) with 16 points each.
Trailing 51-47 after a Sam Lebryk 3-pointer with 4:11 to play in regulation, neither team could score until Walsh hit the first of two free throws to make it a five-point game with 1:35 showing.
Josh McWilliams (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) was fouled on a second-chance drive at the other end, sinking both free throws with 55.3 seconds left.
After a turnover and a missed front end of a 1-and-1 by Swarthmore on the next two possession, McWilliams pulled up in transition and drained a triple with 10.2 seconds left to tie the game.
An offensive foul gave McDaniel 2.5 seconds to try to win the game in regulation but the Green Terror could not get a clean look at the basket.
A Walsh putback and two Wiley free throws gave the Garnet a 56-52 lead before 46 seconds had elapsed in overtime.
Perugino responded at the other end with a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to one but that's as close as the visitors could get.
Behind a Zach Yonda 3-pointer and Walsh layup, Swarthmore jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the game's first minute.
A McWilliams layup and Perugino 3-pointer tied the game at 9-all with 13:29 to play before James McGovern (Glenside, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) canned a triple a minute later for a three-point lead.
McDaniel led by as many as five in the first half on an Isaac Ray (Fredericksburg, Pa./Northern Lebanon) 3-pointer that made it a 25-20 game with 3:15 showing en route to a 27-25 halftime edge.
The Green Terror scored 10 of the first 13 points in the second half to open up a 37-28 lead with 15:23 to play.
A Lebryk 3-pointer sparked an 11-0 counter that gave the hosts a two-point edge with 9:51 remaining.
Perugino snapped a 6-minute, 6-second scoring droup to tie the game at 39-all.
McWilliams finished with 11 points while McGovern added nine on three 3-pointers. Ray chipped in five points, seven rebounds and four assists.
McDaniel returns to action at home against Haverford on Thursday. Game time is 8 p.m.