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Ray matches season high with 11 points

Isaac Ray (c) 2018 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Isaac Ray (c) 2018 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

THE FACTS
Lynchburg (9-1) 83, McDaniel (3-6) 59
What: Non-Conference men's basketball game
When:
Sunday, Dec. 16
Where: Lynchburg, Va.

THE SKINNY STORY
Lynchburg put together a 13-2 run late in the first half to open up a double-digit lead. The Hornets then outscored McDaniel 45-29 in the second half for an 83-59 victory.

THE LEADERS
Isaac Ray (Fredericksburg, Pa./Northern Lebanon) matched his season high with 11 points. He hit three 3-pointers.
Aaron Washington (Washington, D.C./Montrose Christian) led the Green Terror with 16 points. He added four rebounds.

FOR THE FOES
• Austin Wrighten led the Hornets with 24 points and 11 rebounds.
• T.C. Thacker added 13 points and six rebounds.
• Cole Meadows chipped in 11 points off the bench.

THE REST OF THE STORY
• The first 16 minutes of the game featured three ties and 10 lead changes. A Braden Caldwell (York, Pa./Dallastown Area) 3-pointer gave McDaniel a 13-10 lead before Lynchburg countered with seven straight points to take a 17-13 lead with 12:07 showing. A Greg Scarborough (Halethorpe, Md./Lansdowne) triple and Caleb Johnson (Triangle, Va./Gar-Field) layup put the Green Terror back in front with 8:47 remaining.
• After an Aaron Washington layup gave the visitors a 26-25 edge, Austin Wrighten countered with a layup of his own at the other end with 4:24 on the clock, sparking the game-changing 11-3 run. Connor Schroeder added a layup before Caldwell hit a jumper to make it a 29-28 game. A Cole Meadows layup, three-point play from Reggie Davis and Wrighten fast-break bucket stretched the lead to eight before Meadows made it a double-digit game for the first time with 2:25 showing. A Washington jumper in the final 50 seconds closed the margin to 38-30 at the break.
• The Hornets pushed the lead to 12 in the first minute of the second half but triples from Issac Ray and Josh Sproul (Princess Anne, Md./Washington Academy) cut the deficit in half just two minutes later. Clinging to a 44-38 lead, Devante Young and Chance Greene knocked down triples to push the lead back to 12 and McDaniel did not get any closer the rest of the way.

THE INSIDE STORY
• The Hornets were receiving votes in the latest D3hoops.com poll.
• Lynchburg held a 43-32 advantage on the glass, collecting 20 offensive rebounds for 21 second-chance points.

NEXT UP
McDaniel returns to action against Johnson & Wales on the first day of the Al Senavitis Memorial Tournament hosted by DeSales on on Saturday, Jan. 29. Game time is 4 p.m.

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