CHESTERTOWN, Md. – McDaniel built a 16-point second-half lead en route to a 62-56 victory over Washington (Md.) in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action on Wednesday.
Tim Stewart (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) recorded 14 points for the Green Terror (13-10, 10-7 CC), including a jump hook from eight feet out just 1:07 into the second half to give him 12 points on the night and 1,001 for his career. The senior becomes the 18th player in program history to reach 1,000 points for his career and the first since Alan Hoyt did it in 2003.
Wes Brooks (North Wales, Pa./North Penn) led the squad with his sixth 20-point game of the season, notching 21 points to keep McDaniel in playoff position entering the final day of the regular season at home. The Green Terror will assure itself of a playoff berth with a win over Gettysburg on Saturday. McDaniel could also clinch and ascend as high as No. 3 pending the remaining results on Wednesday and other Saturday results.
James Drury led the Shoremen (3-21, 1-16 CC) with 16 points.
Trailing 13-12 after two Dave Knox free throws with 8:59 to play in the first half, Josh McWilliams (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) hit a layup 45 seconds later to spark a 10-0 run that gave the Green Terror the lead for good.
Four different McDaniel players scored during the run.
Washington closed to within 23-17 but back-to-back 3-pointers from Nick Perugino (Lewes, Del./Salesianum) and Brooks extended the advantage to 10 once again en route to a 29-22 lead at the break.
Stewart scored twice in the first 67 seconds of the second half to reach the milestone in just his third year with the team.
Holding a 43-35 edge, McWilliams canned a triple to spark a 9-1 run that gave the visitors a 52-36 lead with 6:32 remaining.
The Shoremen – keyed by a Kevin McCormick 3-poiner with 4:29 to play – scored 11 straight points to trim the margin to 58-54 with 36.3 seconds remaining.
Four Brooks free throws in the final 26 seconds, however, sealed the victory.
Brooks also led the way on the glass with eight boards.
Game time on Saturday is 3 p.m.