Gettysburg jumps out to early lead, holds off late Green Terror rally for bye
GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Andrew Powers netted his 22nd 20-point performance of the season, tallying 26 points to lead Gettysburg to a 66-54 victory over McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action on Saturday.
With the remaining first-round bye in next week's CC tournament on the line, the Bullets (14-11, 11-7 CC) used an 18-2 run over the game's first 6:40 to secure the third seed in the tournament and will face Dickinson in the semifinals at Franklin & Marshall on Saturday.
With the loss, the Green Terror (13-12, 10-8 CC) will be the fourth seed and will host Wednesday's first-round contest against Haverford, which defeated Swarthmore to earn the fifth seed. Game time will be determined on Monday morning's conference call.
Five points from Powers staked Gettysburg to an 8-0 lead before 2:25 had elapsed in the contest.
A Cullen Murray-Kemp (Trappe, Md./Easton) broke up the shutout with a second-chance layup at the 15:53 mark.
Powers finished with 10 of his 18 first-half points in the game-opening stretch.
A Sarris-Grau layup haled the run before a Ben Constable free throw and five more points from Powers stretched the lead to 20 for the first time halfway through the period.
Back-to-back 3-pointers from Lesniak closed the deficit to 24-10 nearly a minute later before seven straight points gave the Bullets their largest lead of the first half at 31-10 with 6:02 on the clock.
The Green Terror tallied eight of half's final 12 points to close to within 35-18 at the intermission.
Still trailing 51-34 on a pair of Powers free throws with 8:28 on the clock, Sarris-Grau converted a layup and Murray-Kemp hit two free throws to close the deficit to 13 just 44 seconds later.
Powers pushed the lead to 56-50 with 6:12 showing before Lesniak canned one of his five 3-pointers to spark a 9-1 run that pulled the visitors with eight – the closest the team had it since 10-2 – fewer than three minutes later.
A Powers jumper with 2:56 remaining halted the run before Evan Pupelis (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) and Derek Brooks traded two free throws over the next 40 seconds.
A 5-for-6 showing from the stripe over the final 1:33 of the game sealed the victory for Gettysburg.