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Washington explodes for 28 in victory

Aaron Washington (c) 2018 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Aaron Washington (c) 2018 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

McDaniel (2-0) 77, Wilson (1-3) 72
What: Non-Conference men's basketball game
Saturday, Nov. 17
Where: Westminster, Md.

McDaniel rallied from a deficit with 4:23 to play and then held on to Wilson, 77-72.

Aaron Washington (Washington, D.C./Montrose Christian) established a career high with 28 points, hitting 10 of 21 field goals, including 6 of 13 from 3-point range.
Tony Tavares (Chesapeake Beach, Md./Huntingtown) added 14 points and five rebounds.
DJ Harper (Bowie, Md./Riverdale Baptist) added 13 points and five rebounds.

• Rashaan Bean led the Phoenix with 19 points and eight rebounds.
• Keion Adam added 14 points, six rebounds and three assists.

• Wilson jumped out to an 8-3 lead before a Tony Tavares 3-pointer keyed a 6-0 counter that gave the hosts a 9-8 edge with 15:06 to play in the first half. McDaniel's lead swelled as large as 17-13 on an Aaron Washington fast-break layup with 9:19 to play. Wilson, however, countered with the next 12 points to open up a 25-12 lead with 5:30 showing.
• Washington snapped a 4-minute, 13-second scoring drought with a layup. Trailing 30-23, five points from Washington and a Braden Caldwell (York, Pa./Dallastown Area) layup tied the game with 2:18 remaining. A Keion Adams 3-pointer, however, gave the Phoenix a 38-32 halftime lead.
• Adams pulled up on the break to drain a triple, stretching the lead to 46-38 with 17:06 to play. To Washington triples helped close the deficit to 50-46 nearly three minutes later. Trailing 56-53, Mike Wallace (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum) drained a triple to tie the game. At 56-all. Anthony Desruisseau answered with a 3-pointer of his own at the other end.
• Trailing 68-65 on an Adams jumper in the lane with 4:23 to play, Tavares hit a layup on the other end and then Washington connected on a long Caleb Johnson (Triangle, Va./Garfield) outlet pass to give the hosts the lead. A Josh Sproul (Princess Anne, Md./Washington Academy) steal-and-dunk stretched the lead to three with 3:15 showing. Washington canned his sixth 3-pointer from the top of the arc for a five-point lead to ice the game with 23.7 seconds to play.

McDaniel opens Centennial Conference play at Johns Hopkins on Tuesday. Game time is 8 p.m.