February 17, 2010

Swarthmore pulls away in second half

Garnet notches 62-51 win to hand McDaniel eighth straight loss

WESTMINSTER, Md. - Will Gates and Matt Allen combined for more than half of Swarthmore's points in a 62-51 victory over McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action on Wednesday.

Gates and Allen each tallied 17 points for the Garnet (7-17, 6-11 CC), who notched its first road win since an 83-78 win at Washington (Md.) on Jan. 24, 2007.

Woody Butler (Smithsburg, Md./Middletown) led the Green Terror (8-16, 4-13 CC) with 13 points while Marcus Dyson (Scotch Plains, N.J./Union Catholic) added 11 points and seven rebounds in the team's eighth straight loss.

Knotted at 26-all at the break, Jordan Martinez hit a jumper in the paint on Swarthmore's first possession of the second half and the Garnet never trailed.

Dyson responded with a jumper at the 19:26 mark to even the game at 28-all but a Martinez triple put the visitors on top to stay.

Two Michael Jarboe (Monrovia, Md./Urbana) free throws pulled the hosts within one but a Martinez free throw and Ryan Carmichael 3-pointer pushed the lead to five.

Baskets from Butler and Dyson once again sliced the deficit to one but a 15-6 stretch that was bookended by two of Allen's four treys gave the Garnet a 10-point advantage with 6:10 to play.

Back-to-back baskets from Dyson trimmed the deficit to 50-44 but the Green Terror could get no closer.

Four straight points that included three from Butler gave McDaniel a 12-7 lead with 10:15 remaining in the first half before a Gates jumper made it a three-point game at the 8:58 mark.

A Butler three-point play and Tyler Rudd (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie) 3-pointer gave the Green Terror its largest lead at 18-9 just 47 seconds later.

Trailing 20-11 a minute later, Swarthmore reeled off 11 of the game's next 13 points to even the game on back-to-back Allen triples.

Rudd, making his second consecutive start, added seven points and a career-high nine rebounds.

The Green Terror concludes the season at home against Gettysburg on Saturday. Game time is 3 p.m.

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