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Washington tallies 23 points

Aaron Washington (c) 2019 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Aaron Washington (c) 2019 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

THE FACTS
Gettysburg (5-17, 4-11 CC) 75, McDaniel (6-16, 2-13 CC) 74
What: Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball game
When:
Wednesday, Feb. 6
Where: Gettysburg, Pa.

THE SKINNY STORY
Gettysburg scored the final four points of the game in the last 39.2 seconds, rallying to top McDaniel, 75-74.

THE LEADERS
Aaron Washington (Washington, D.C./Montrose Christian) led the Green Terror with 23 points.
Braden Caldwell (York, Pa./Dallastown Area) and Isaac Ray (Fredericksburg, Pa./Northern Lebanon) added 11 points each.
Caleb Johnson (Triangle, Va./Gar-Field) and Tony Tavares (Chesapeake Beach, Md./Huntingtown) chipped in 10 points each. Johnson added a game-high seven rebounds.

FOR THE FOES
• Avery Close led the Bullets with 23 points, including the game's final four.
• Andrew Gardner added 17 points.
• Nick Antolini chipped in 16 points. He also had six assists and four steals.
• Alec Warren rounded out a quartet of double-digit scorers with 12.

THE REST OF THE STORY
• After Aaron Washington hit a 3-pointer to start the game, Evan Czulada converted a layup and Nick Antolini canned the first of seven first-half triples for Gettysburg for a 5-3 lead. Trailing 9-8, Avery Close converted back-to-back layups for a 12-9 lead with 14:32 on the clock. Braden Caldwell responded with a triple to tie the game before another four points from Close keyed a 6-0 burst. McDaniel responded with eight of the next 10 points to tie the game at 20-all with 6:58 showing.
• Two Andrew Gardiner free throws 18 seconds later sparked an 18-6 run that ballooned the Bullet lead to 12 with 2:27 remaining in the first half. Caleb Johnson hit a layup to momentarily halt the run until a Danny Bomberger 3-pointer and two Antolini free throws stretched the lead out to 43-28 with 1:22 showing. An Isaac Ray 3-pointer from the wing and Tony Tavares layup off an out of bounds play with 3.3 seconds left in the half closed the margin to 43-33 at the break.
• A Washington 3-pointer from the wing with 16:14 showing capped an 8-2 start to the second half, closing the deficit to four. After an Alec Warren triple stretched the lead back to 50-43, six points from Washington keyed an 11-4 run that tied the game on a DJ Harper (Bowie, Md./Riverdale Baptist) kickout 3-pointer with 11:21 to play. After a spinning layup went down for the Close, Ray drained a 3-pointer from the left wing just 40 seconds later to give the Green Terror its first lead since 9-8.
• Washington's fifth 3-pointer of the night stretched the advantage to 60-56 but Warren canned a trey to make it a one-point game and another from Antolini put the hosts back in front by two with 7:35 remaining. Washington wasted no time, hitting a step-back 3-pointer from the top of the arc on the next possession. Johnson then picked up a loose ball and converted a three-point play with 5:47 showing for a 66-62 advantage. A pair of Antolini 3-pointers closed the deficit to 71-70 with 1:54 to play. After a turnover, Close hit the first of two free throws with 1:22 remaining to tie the game at 71-all.
• Johnson drove the lane and converted another three-point play with 54.2 seconds remaining for a 74-71 advantage. With 39.2 seconds remaining, Close hit a turnaround from close range to make it a one-point game. The Bullets forced McDaniel into a shot clock violation before Close once again caught the ball in the lane and hit another turnaround with 1.2 seconds remaining for the game-winning basket.

THE INSIDE STORY
• With Aaron Washington's 23-point outing, the Green Terror has had a 20-point scorer in each of the last four games.
• McDaniel tied its season high with 14 made 3-pointers, shooting 70.0 percent from long range.

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

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