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Cannon tallies career-best 26 points

Austin Cannon (c) 2017 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Austin Cannon (c) 2017 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Washington (Md.) built a 16-point second half lead before hanging on to defeat McDaniel 67-62 in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action on Wednesday.

Austin Cannon (Hampstead, Md./Manchester Valley) led the Green Terror (1-6, 0-4 CC) with a career-high 26 points, reaching the 20-point plateau for the third time in his career.

Dallas Marshall led the Shoremen (4-5, 1-3 CC) with 17 points and 15 rebounds.

With Washington on top 22-18 at halftime, Marshall and Cannon traded baskets in the first minute of the second half before the hosts went on a 13-5 to take a 37-25 lead with 11:32 to play.

Nick Schmelzer and Cole Storm hit triples on back-to-back possessions to open up the double-digit lead.

The lead swelled to as large as 45-29 on another Storm trey with 9:52 to play before Josh McWilliams (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) responded with a 3-pointer of his own to spark a 14-5 counter that trimmed the deficit to seven just over five minutes later.

The Green Terror closed to within 64-60 on two Cannon free throws with 25.1 seconds left but the Shoremen capped an 8 of 10 final minute from the charity stripe to preserve the win.

Mike Winterburn got the first points of the game, draining a 3-pointer with 16:27 to play in the opening half. Behind four points from McWilliams, McDaniel tied the game at 6-all with 13:17 on the clock.

Washington opened up a 15-9 lead on a Josh Porteous 3-pointer with 9:12 remaining before four points from Cannon and an Andy Kwiatkowski (Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg) 3-pointer tied the game at 15-all five and a half minutes later.

Tied at 17-all, Marshall and Porteous hit baskets on back-to-back trips down the floor to push the lead back to four with 45 seconds left.

McWilliams chipped in 10 points, six rebounds and four assists while Cannon added five boards and four helpers to his 26 points.

McDaniel returns to action at home against Goucher on Saturday. Game time is 3 p.m.