Green Terror topples Haverford 68-61 to move to within one game of first
HAVERFORD, Pa. – Louis Sarris-Grau (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Lower Moreland) canned a 3-pointer with 28 seconds left to make it a two-possession game in McDaniel's 68-61 Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball victory at Haverford on Thursday.
Devon Lesniak (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) registered 19 points to pace the Green Terror (7-7, 4-3 CC), who evened its overall record and pulled to within one game of first place in the CC standings after Muhlenberg handed Franklin & Marshall a second consecutive loss, 71-67.
Ian Goldberg led the Fords (7-6, 4-3 CC) with 14 points – one of five players for the hosts to reach double figures.
Cullen Murray-Kemp (Trappe, Md./Easton) rounded out the double-digit scorers, netting 11 for McDaniel. Sarris-Grau added a game-high seven rebounds as part of a 46-25 advantage in the category.
Tied at 47-all, Michael Jarboe (Monrovia, Md./Urbana) and Murray-Kemp hit jumpers on consecutive Green Terror possessions for a four-point edge with 7:44 to play – a lead the visitors would not relinquish.
After Brett Cohen hit a jumper, Murray-Kemp canned a pair of free throws to re-establish the four-point edge.
However, a Louis Cipriano trey trimmed the deficit to 53-52 with 5:34 on the clock.
Clinging to a 59-58 edge, Lesniak hit a pair of free throws to push the margin to three with 3:01 showing before the Fords missed the front end of a 1-and-1 and Murray-Kemp corralled the rebound 11 seconds later.
Jarboe nailed a jumper to stretch the lead to five before Cam Baker responded with a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 63-61 at the 2:09 mark.
After the teams traded empty possessions, Sarris-Grau hit just his second triple of the season to push the lead back to five.
Jarboe hit a pair from the charity stripe in the final second to set the final margin.
Baskets from Lesniak and Marcus Dyson (Scotch Plains, N.J./Union Catholic) staked McDaniel to a 4-0 lead in the first 1:13 of the game before Haverford got on the board with a Permutt free throw at the 17:18 mark.
Evan Pupelis (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) pushed the lead to five with a jumper in the paint before Goldberg canned a 3-pointer and Baker hit layup on the break to even the game at 6-all.
A Baker basket-and-free throw gave the hosts a 13-12 advantage with 10:23 on the clock but Sarris-Grau responded to spark a 10-2 burst that gave the Green Terror a seven-point lead just 2:35 later.
An 8-0 Ford countered allowed the hosts to regain their one-point edge with 4:19 showing but Murray-Kemp halted the run with a jumper 26 seconds later and gave McDaniel a 28-26 lead entering the locker room, scoring the final points of the first half with 2:01 to play.
Five points from Lesniak helped push the Green Terror advantage to five just 1:35 into the second half but five straight Haverford tallies evened the game nearly a minute and a half later and neither team led by more than three until the McDaniel's game-winning run.
Permutt and Baker finished with 12 points apiece for the Fords while Cohen and Friddell chipped in with 10 each.
Jarboe contributed a season-best six assists to go with six points and six rebounds.
McDaniel returns to action at home against Ursinus on Saturday. Game time is 3 p.m.