Lesniak opens season with 12

Devon Lesniak © 2010 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Devon Lesniak © 2010 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

FROSTBURG, Md. – Frostburg scored the game's first 23 of the game's first 25 points and never looked back en route to a 76-48 non-conference men's basketball victory over McDaniel in the season opener for both teams and the first round of the 2011 Pride of Maryland Tournament on Tuesday.

Devon Lesniak (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) netted 12 points to lead the Green Terror (0-1), who fell to the consolation bracket in the tournament for the fourth straight year.

Maurice Williams led the Bobcats (1-0) with 20 points, including a perfect 10-for-10 showing from the free-throw line, and 11 rebounds.

Williams started the game-opening 9-0 run with a bucket 1:12 into the game. DeSean Antonie and Bradley Nunn accounted for the other seven points of the stretch with Antonie scoring four and Nunn tallying three.

Lesniak finally got McDaniel on the board 4:52 into the game with a second-chance jumper.

Antonie added seven more points, including a 3-pointer to stretch the lead to 23-2 with 8:17 to play in the opening half. He finished the game with 17 points – 11 of which came in the game's first 11:43.

Two Mitch Belella (Smithsburg, Md./St. Maria Goretti) free throws and a Cullen Murray-Kemp (Trappe, Md./Easton) snapped the run.

Christopher Cowles (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) each hit two shots from the charity stripe to make it a 25-10 game with 5:35 showing before Justin Redfield responded with a layup to spark a 15-7 burst to make it 40-17 at the break.

A Louis Sarris-Grau (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Lower Moreland) basket and two more Lesniak buckets, including one of his two triples, closed the gap to 40-24 just 2:01 into the second half.

After Williams canned a pair of free throws, Tyler Rudd (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie) converted a three-point play to trim the deficit to 42-27 but the Green Terror could get no closer in the second half.

A Troy Dockett jumper ignited a 17-7 stretch that pushed the lead to 25 with 9:48 to play, virtually sealing the win.

A Shawn Henson jumper with 4:15 showing made it a 30-point lead at 73-43 en route to the 28-point win.

Rudd finished with seven points while Cowles had five assists to go with his two points.

Dockett also finished in double-digits for Frostburg with 11 points.

McDaniel returns to action against Stevenson at Goucher on Friday. Game time is 6 p.m.