MEDIA, Pa. – McDaniel rallied from a 10-point first-half deficit to defeat Penn State-Brandywine 66-62 in the men's basketball season opener for both teams on Wednesday.
Isaac Ray (Fredericksburg, Pa./Northern Lebanon) netted 12 points to lead the Green Terror (1-0), who had three players reach double digits. Ray also handed out five assists.
Terrance Brown led the Lions (0-1) with 24 points and 10 rebounds.
Trailing 36-30 at halftime, Austin Cannon (Hampstead, Md./Mancheter Valley) hit a layup 70 seconds in to the second half to spark a 10-0 run and give McDaniel a 40-36 advantage before three minutes had elapsed.
Five straight points from Anthony Lattanzi and a Donte Winfield layup put the hosts back in front by three with 15:02 to play.
Penn State Brandywine netted seven straight points to take a 52-46 lead with 8:05 to play but Cannon once again sparked a Green Terror run with a layup. The visitors tallied six straight to once again take a two-point lead.
After Brown and Benjamin Young (Grasonville, Md./Kent Island) traded baskets, Ray drained a triple to put McDaniel in front 59-54 with 3:04 to play.
Five straight points from Brown once again tied the game but Ray drilled another trey and DJ Harper (Glenn Dale, Md./Riverdale Baptist) hit a layup for another five-point lead.
Winfield converted a three-point play but Harper finished a feed from Cannon with 10 seconds left to seal the win.
The Lions jumped out to a 12-2 lead in the first 5:19 and still held the 10-point advantage midway through the opening half before a Harper three-point play with 9:48 remaining sparked a 9-2 burst that trimmed the margin to 23-20 just 2:21 later.
Penn State Brandywine maintained a lead between one and eight points through the remainder of the half.
Devon Duvall (New Oxford, Pa./New Oxford) chipped in 11 points off the bench while Harper added 10 points and nine rebounds. Josh McWilliams (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) added nien points and nine boards.
The Green Terror returns to action at home against Lynchburg on Saturday. Game time is 7 p.m.