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Rudd scores 13

Tyler Rudd  2012 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Tyler Rudd 2012 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

MEADVILLE, Pa. – Wilmington (Ohio) closed the second half on a 24-5 run to topple McDaniel 69-54 in the first round of 2012 Greg Richards Memorial Tip-Off Tournament hosted by Allegheny in season-opening men's basketball action on Friday.

Tyler Rudd (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie) led the Green Terror (0-1) with 13 points and seven rebounds while Duane Echols (Jessup, Md./Hammond) established a career high with 13 points in his debut. Nic Martin (Hagerstown, Md./St. Maria Goretti) added 12 points off the bench in his McDaniel debut.

Malcolm Heard paced the Quakers (1-0) with 21 points on 10 of 16 shooting while Brandon Candella added 18, hitting 10 of his 12 attempts from the free-throw line.

Trailing 49-45 on a Phillip Perry (Crownsville, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) jumper with 10:54 to play, Candella hit a back-to-back jumpers to even the game a minute later.

Two Candella free throws put Wilmington on top with 9:04 to play before Martin hit a layup on the break to tie the game for the final time.

After two minutes without a score, two straight Heard layups and baskets from Ben Vonderhaar and Klarke Ransom pushed the lead to 59-51 with 5:03 on the clock en route to the 15-point win.

Echols staked McDaniel to a 7-4 lead just over four minutes into the game before Tarren Taylor scored a pair of buckets  to spark a 12-1 run to give the Quakers a 16-8 lead with 11:55 showing in the first half.

A Perry jumper and Echols triple sliced the deficit to three a minute later.

A Vonderhaar putback jumper stretched the advantage to as many as 10, giving Wilmington a 30-20 lead with 3:20 to play.

Five points from Rudd keyed an 8-2 burst to the locker room, drawing the Green Terror within 32-28 at the intermission.

A Candella three-point play pushed the lead to 38-32 with 16:55 to play before Echols and Martin each hit 3-pointers around a R.J. Leppert jumper to make it a 40-38 game just 1:18 later.

Another Martin trey and Rudd layup off an Echols steal gave McDaniel a 43-40 advantage with 14:35 showing.

The Green Terror takes on Pitt-Titusville in Saturday's consolation game. Game time is 3 p.m.

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