Yrizarry nets 20 in victory

Kevin Yrizarry (c) 2017 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Kevin Yrizarry (c) 2017 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel put together a late run to close out a 56-53 victory over Gettysburg in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action on Wednesday.

Kevin Yrizarry (Owings Mills, Md./Owings Mills) led the Green Terror (11-13, 7-10 CC) to its second straight win with a game-high 20 points. He also added nine rebounds.

Cody Kiefer led the Bullets (8-16, 7-10 CC) with 14 points.

Trailing 51-49 after Gettysburg had erased an 11-point deficit, DJ Harper (Upper Marlboro, Md./Riverdale Baptist) hit a running layup to tie the game with 4:24 to play.

Two Yrizarry free throws nearly two minutes later put the hosts back in front, 53-51.

Yrizarry then hit a short jumper off a dish from Nick Perugino (Lewes, Del./Salesianum) with 1:08 on the clock to make it a two-possession game.

Pete Christ connected on both ends of a 1-and-1 with 51.3 seconds on the clock to trim the deficit to two.

Yrizarry pulled down a rebound on a miss and was fouled with 1.1 seconds on the clock. After hitting the first free throw, the Bullets called a timeout.

The senior missed the second free throw and Gettysburg rebounded and called an immediate timeout. Inbounding with 0.7 seconds, the Bullets threw the ball the length of the court but the Green Terror defense prevented even a game-tying attempt.

The game's first 10 minutes featured three ties and eight lead changes before Austin Cannon (Hampstead, Md./Manchester Valley) hit the second of two free throws to give McDaniel an 18-17 lead with 9:23 showing.

That free throw sparked a 17-6 run over the next 6:38, giving the hosts a 35-23 advantage.

Cameron Stewart and Mlynue Reeves each hit layups in the final 1:47 to close the halftime deficit to 35-27.

McDaniel took a 41-30 lead on a Yrizarry layup with 18:19 remaining but four Bullet points were the only points either team could muster over the next nearly six minutes.

A David DiMeo (Lititz, Pa./Manheim Twp.) layup with 11:31 remaining snapped a 6-minute, 48-second scoring drought for the Green Terror and made it a 43-39 game.

Christ and Perugino traded triples before two Kiefer free throws and a Tanner Kirkpatrick layup tied the game at 46-all.

Perugino answered with another 3-pointer as the shot clock was expiring but Gettysburg scored the next five points.

Cannon finished with 10 points while Perugino had nine points and four assists.

The Green Terror concludes the season at home against Muhlenberg on Saturday. Game time is 3 p.m.

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