Cannon scores 21

Austin Cannon (c) 2016 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Austin Cannon (c) 2016 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Johns Hopkins went on a 19-2 run that spanned both halves to key a 66-51 victory over McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action on Thursday.

Austin Cannon (Hampstead, Md./Manchester Valley) matched his career high for the Green Terror (9-9, 5-6 CC) with 21 points, including scoring 19 of his team's 29 second-half points.

Michael Gardner led the Blue Jays (12-6, 8-3 CC) with 16 points while Sam Gordon added 14. Gardner also added six rebounds and four assists – both team highs.

The game's first 18 minutes featured three ties and two lead changes and was played in a six-point window. Johns Hopkins built a lead as large as 16-12 on a Jesse Flannery 3-pointer with 9:24 remaining, capping a 6-0 burst.

Back-to-back baskets by Nick Perugino (Lewes, Del./Salesianum) and Kevin Yrizarry (Owings Mills, Md./Owings Mills) tied the game at 20-all with 4:03 to play in the opening half.

After Garnder and Yrizarry traded baskets to make it a 22-all game with 2:37 showing, Doran hit a triple to spark a 7-0 run to the break.

Doran and Gardner drained back-to-back 3-pointers to open the second half and stretch the lead to 35-22 just 1:13 into the half.

The lead swelled to 17 before a Cannon three-point play with 15:24 remaining made it a 41-27 game.

A Cannon steal-and-layup with 10:28 to play trimmed the margin to 51-38 but that's as close as McDaniel would get in the second half.

Yrizarry finished with eight points and 12 rebounds.

The Green Terror returns to action at Franklin & Marshall on Saturday. Game time is 3 p.m.

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