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Rudd nets 22, grabs 11 boards

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

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – In a game that featured 11 ties and 12 lead changes, McDaniel did not trail in the final 12 minutes of the game to defeat Washington (Md.) 70-66 in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action on Saturday.

Tyler Rudd (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie) led the Green Terror (3-4, 2-3 CC) to its second straight conference win, netting his first career 20-point game. He added 11 rebounds to his 22 points for the third double-double of his senior year.

Stephen Poarch led the Shoremen (0-7, 0-5 CC) with 16 points. John Weston chipped in 12 while Charlie McShane added 11.

Trailing 44-42 on a Weston 3-pointer, Jimmy Cranwell (Brick, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven Regional) hit a jumper on the next McDaniel possession to knot the game with 12:14 to play.

Wesley Brooks (North Wales, Pa./North Penn) hit his only shot attempt of the game 27 seconds later to put the Green Terror in front, 46-44.

Sean Flanigan tied the game once again with 11:12 showing before Phillip Perry (Crownsville, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) converted a three-point play for a 49-46 edge with 10:30 on the clock.

A Nic Martin (Hagerstown, Md./St. Maria Goretti) three-point play opened up a 52-48 edge 25 seconds later.

Two Weston free throws and a Kevin Cunningham layup tied the game at 55-all with 7:13 to play.

The two teams traded points over the next three minutes before a single Rudd free throw gave his team a 62-61 lead with 3:48 showing.

An Evan Pupelis (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) layup stretched the lead to three before Poarch once again made it a one-point game.

Martin pushed the lead back to two with 2:10 remaining before missing his first free throw of the season after converting 16 straight.

A Perry second-chance bucket made it a 67-63 lead with 1:20 to play before Cunningham sliced the deficit in half 16 seconds later.

Poarch added a free throw with 54 seconds left before Perry countered with one of his own with 21.8 seconds left.

After forcing a turnover on the ensuing possession, Andrew Merlo (Rehoboth, Del./Cape Henlopen) sank two free throws in the final five seconds to seal the win.

Five points from Rudd, capped by a 3-pointer with 15:45 remaining in the first half, helped the Green Terror open up a 9-4 lead early – the largest advantage by either team.

McDaniel twice more led by five before Cunningham countered a Merlo 3-pointer, hitting a layup with 6:34 showing to spark a 6-0 counter for Washington's first lead 3:08 later.

McShane gave the hosts a 28-27 advantage at the break before McDaniel was once again able to build a five-point edge in the second half.

Martin finished with 13 points while Perry added 10. Pupelis contributed seven points and a game-high nine rebounds. Rudd added three assists.

McDaniel returns to action at home against Elizabethtown on Sunday, Dec. 16. Game time is 3 p.m.


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Rudd scores 15
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Pupelis tallies 17, 9 and 5
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Merlo leads way with 25
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