SWARTHMORE, Pa. – Louis Sarris-Grau (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Lower Moreland) tallied a game-high 16 points and added six blocked shots to lead McDaniel to a 72-55 victory over Swarthmore in the Centennial Conference (CC) men’s basketball opener for both teams on Wednesday.
McDaniel cruises to conference-opening victory at Swarthmore
Kevin Henry (Potomac, Md./Bullis School) added 11 points for the Green Terror (4-1, 1-0 CC) while T.J. Odunlami (Columbia, Md./Atholton) reached double figures for the fourth straight game with 14 points.
Raul Ordonez led the Garnet (1-3, 0-1 CC) with 12 points.
Behind baskets from four different players, McDaniel built a 9-0 lead over the first 1:59 to force a Swarthmore timeout.
Ryan Carmichael drained a 19-foot jump shot on the ensuing Garnet possession to halt the run before the two teams combined to miss on their next nine attempts from the floor until Henryconverted a driving layup to snap the nearly four-minute drought.
A JJ Houston (Frederick, Md./St. Johns Catholic Prep) putback and Richard Barry (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) jumper stretched the lead to 15-2 with 12:04 remaining in the half.
A Marc Rogalski jumper pulled the hosts within 15-8 with 9:31 on the clock but Ryan Finch (Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon) converted on the other end to spark an 8-0 run that stretched the lead to 15 just 1 minute, 41 seconds later.
Holding a 34-22 advantage at the intermission, the Green Terror opened the second half much the same way as the first half – with an 8-0 run to force a Swarthmore timeout 2:30 into the stanza.
Six straight Garnet points countered the McDaniel spurt but back-to-back 3-pointers from Michael Jarboe (Monrovia, Md./Urbana) and Finch pushed the lead back to 20 with 14:47 showing.
With his team trailing 63-41 on a Henry 3-pointer with 8:24 to play, Matt Allen hit a jumper at the other end to spark a 9-0 run over the next 4:17 to close the gap to 63-50.
A single Sarris-Grau free throw momentarily halted the stretch but two Danny Walker charity tosses shrunk the deficit to its smallest of the second half at 64-52 with 3:25 to play.
The Green Terror tallied eight of the game’s final 11 points to set the final margin.
McDaniel shot 52.8 percent from the floor in the game, including 46.2 percent from behind the arc. Swarthmore was 31.3 percent from the floor and 1-for-15 from 3-point range.
The Green Terror returns to action at Haverford on Saturday. Game time is 3 p.m.