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Bench produces 51 points

Mitch Belella  2011 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Mitch Belella 2011 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel received nearly 80 percent of its offense from the bench with eight players combining for 51 points in a 64-45 non-conference men's basketball win over Penn State-York on Sunday.

Cullen Murray-Kemp (Trappe, Md./Easton) led all scorers with 14 points for the Green Terror (3-2), who notched its third straight victory after dropping its first two contests of the season.

David Salerno registered 12 points to lead the Lions (3-1), who were held to 49 points below their season average.

Behind a Salerno 3-pointer and three free throws from Joshua Czerski, the visitors built a 6-0 lead through the game's first 1:42 before Tyler Rudd (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie) hit a pair of free throws to get McDaniel on the board with 17:44 to play.

Trailing 8-3, Marcus Dyson (Scotch Plains, N.J./Union Catholic) snapped an 0-for-7 start from the floor with a layup at the 14:32 mark before James Cranwell (Brick, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven Regional) added a second-chance basket to make it a one-point game.

Jamahl Ralls stretched the lead back to three before Murray-Kemp hit consecutive layups to give the Green Terror an 11-10 lead with 11:36 remaining in the first half.

Joshua Jamison knotted the game, hitting the second of two three throws 14 seconds later but Cranwell converted a layup to put the hosts on top for good.

Clinging to a 15-13 lead, Murray-Kemp hit a jumper with 8:51 on the clock to spark an 8-2 burst that pushed the lead to eight just 2:39 later.

McDaniel maintained a lead between four and eight points the remainder of the first half en route to a 29-23 edge at the intermission.

The Green Terror methodically stretched the advantage through the second half, leading by as many as 25.

The key stretch came after Zach Harlem trimmed the deficit to 42-31 with 13:01 to play. Mitch Belella (Smithsburg, Md./St. Maria Goretti) hit a pair from the charity stripe to ignite an 11-0 run, holding the Lions off the board for 6 minutes, 14 seconds.

Belella and Dyson scored seven points each off the bench while Cranwell, Phillip Perry (Crownsville, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) and Woody Butler (Smithsburg, Md./Middletown) each tallied six.

Murray-Kemp led the way on the glass with six boards while Dyson grabbed five. Belella also dished out three helpers.

McDaniel returns to action at Dickinson on Wednesday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.


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