Strong defense carries McDaniel to victory

Michael Jarboe © 2010 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Michael Jarboe © 2010 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

Green Terror notches 62-40 win over Johns Hopkins at Pride of Maryland

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Devon Lesniak (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) led a balanced attack with 13 points to lead McDaniel to a 62-40 non-conference men's basketball victory over Johns Hopkins in the fifth-place game of the 2010 Pride of Maryland tournament on Saturday.

The Green Terror (2-1) held the Blue Jays (1-2) to 17 points through the game's first 27:19, building a 44-17 lead in the process. Michael Jarboe (Monrovia, Md./Urbana) capped a 14-0 run out of the second-half gate with a 3-pointer – his only three points of the game.

Louis Sarris-Grau (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Lower Moreland) added 10 points for McDaniel, which broke a tie with Johns Hopkins for the best all-time record in the six-year history of the tournament. The team is now 13-5 all-time and has never finished with fewer than two wins in the three-game format.

The 40 points allowed by the Green Terror were the fewest since a 65-38 win over the Blue Jays on Feb. 10, 1950.

Tim McCarty and Aleksandar Nikolic each netted eight points to pace Johns Hopkins.

Trailing 6-5 on a pair of Mike Henrici free throws with 14:58 to play in the first half, Kevin Henry (Frederick, Md./Bullis) hit a jumper on the next McDaniel possession to spark a 13-3 burst that gave the Green Terror an 18-9 lead with 8:39 showing.

Extending the lead to 30-17 at the intermission, six different players hit baskets as part of the run to start the second half while the defense forced nine turnovers and held the Blue Jays to just five attempts on their first 14 possessions of the period.

Henry finished with nine points and six rebounds. Jarboe added four assists and two rebounds to his three points.

After back-to-back non-conference matchups with Centennial Conference foes, McDaniel opens the official conference schedule at Ursinus on Tuesday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.