McDaniel escapes Muhlenberg with 65-63 win

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Kevin Henry (Potomac, Md./Bullis School) netted a 20 points to lead McDaniel to a 65-63 victory over Muhlenberg in Centennial Conference (CC) men’s basketball action on Saturday.

            Josh McKay (Baltimore, Md./Eastern Tech) chipped in 11 points for the Green Terror (14-5, 9-3 CC) while Chad Arrington (Randallstown, Md./Randallstown) added eight points, six rebounds and five assists.
            Spencer Liddic recorded a double-double for the Mules (10-8, 6-6 CC) with a game-high 22 points to go with 10 rebounds.
            Clinging to a one-point halftime edge, Muhlenberg extended its lead to five with 15:04 to play.
            Behind five points from Ryan Foster around a single McKayfree throw, the Mules took a 37-32 advantage before McDaniel tallied 21 of the game’s next 28 points to take a 53-44 lead with 8:06 showing.
            McKay led the way with six points during the charge. Ryan Finch (Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon), Louis Sarris-Grau (Huntington Valley, Pa./Lower Moreland) and Henry – who hit one of his four 3-pointer to give the Green Terror the lead for good – each contributed five points.
            A Peter Barnes layup pulled Muhlenberg within 58-56 with 2:09 to play but Henry countered with his final trey of the game to stretch the lead back to five.
            After Liddic hit the front end of a 1-and-1 with 32.7 seconds showing to make it a one-possession game at 61-58, McKay missed his own front end with 29.4 seconds but Miguel Jones (Baltimore, Md./North County) corralled the rebound and converted both of his attempts four seconds later.
            Barnes pulled the hosts back within three, hitting a short jumper with 13.7 seconds on the clock.
            After T.J. Odunlami (Columbia, Md./Atholton) missed the first of his two-shot foul a half-second later, he rattled home the second attempt to make it a two-possession game.
            Foster drained a 3-pointer from 26 feet with 6.3 seconds before Jones hit the first of his two attempts with 4.1 seconds on the clock and Muhlenberg failed to get off a shot in its final possession to allow the Green Terror to escape no worse than a game out of first place.
            McKay hit a pair of shots on McDaniel’s first two possessions to stake the team to a 4-0 lead just 1:03 into the contest.
            After a single Liddic free throw to get Muhlenberg on the board, Arringtonhit an elbow jumper to stretch the lead to 6-1.
            The Mules missed their first seven shots from the floor before Liddic converted a second-chance basket to pull the hosts within 6-3.
            After Liddic capped a 9-4 burst with a layup that knotted the score at 10-all with 13:04 to play, Henrydrained a 3-pointer to give McDaniel the lead again.
            T.J. Odunlami (Columbia, Md./Atholton) stretched the lead to 19-16 with 9:46 showing on the first-half clock but Muhlenberg countered with a 7-0 run to take a 23-19 lead.
            A Henry layup snapped the Green Terror’s 6-minute, 11-second scoring drought and drew his team within two before a Finchtriple with 1:48 remaining in the half gave the squad a 24-23 advantage.
            Liddic converted a pair from the charity stripe at the other end to once again give the Mules a one-point advantage.
            Henry and Liddic exchanged layups in the final 45 seconds to make it a 27-26 game at the intermission.
            Finch added eight points for the Green Terror while Jones chipped in seven.
            Foster added 11 points and four assists for Muhlenberg. Barnes contributed eight points, eight rebounds and three helpers.
            McDaniel returns to action at home against Swarthmore on Wednesday. Game time is 7 p.m.