January 15, 2009

McDaniel holds on for 79-72 victory over Washington

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Chad Arrington (Randallstown, Md./Randallstown) recorded a double-double with team highs of 17 points and 14 rebounds to pace McDaniel in a 79-72 victory over Washington (Md.) in Centennial Conference (CC) men’s basketball action on Thursday.

            The Green Terror (10-3, 5-1 CC), who also got double-figure scoring from three other players, exploded to a 16-point lead early in the second half before staving off a rally by the Shoremen (4-9, 1-5 CC) for their sixth straight victory and best 13-game start since 1982-83 (11-2).
            Tim Kohlrus netted a game-high 22 points for Washington, which dropped its sixth consecutive game but only its second during the stretch by more than four points.
            Knotted at 12-all on a Kohlrus three-point play with 13:14 on the first-half clock, T.J. Odunlami (Columbia, Md./Atholton) responded 21 seconds later with a basket to spark an 8-0 burst over the next 3 minutes, 23 seconds to give McDaniel the lead for good.
            A Sal Schittino basket-and-foul closed the Shoremen deficit to 29-27 with 3:59 showing but Michael Jarboe (Monrovia, Md./Urbana) hit two free throws on the other end to re-establish a four-point edge.
            James Whall once again trimmed the gap to two but the Green Terror, behind five points from Odunlami, closed the half on a 12-2 run to take a 43-31 advantage into the break.
            After a single James Whall free throw 1:41 into the second half, Miguel Jones (Baltimore, Md./North County) and Arrington each hit a layups and Josh McKay (Baltimore, Md./Eastern Tech) converted a single free throw to stretch the lead to its largest at 48-32 with 16:04 to play.
            After an Arrington steal-and-breakaway dunk gave the hosts a 61-46 advantage with 9:55 to play, Washington netted 12 of its next 14 points from the charity stripe, converting each of its attempts and trimming the deficit to 64-60 with 3:23 in the process.
            Two free throws each from Kohlrus and Alan Kines over the next two minutes pulled the visitors within four each time but McDaniel converted seven of its eight attempts from the line over the final 1:12 and Odunlami closed the game with a fast-break layup to escape with the seven-point victory.
            McKay finished with 15 points for the Green Terror while Jones and Odunlami contributed 12 and 11, respectively. Jones added four assists while Jarboe had five steals.
            McDaniel returns to action at home against Haverford on Saturday. Game time is 3 p.m.

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