COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – Seven straight Ursinus points late in the second half sealed a 63-51 victory over McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action on Saturday.
Louis Sarris-Grau (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Lower Moreland) led the Green Terror (4-10, 1-6 CC) with 16 points.
Jon Ward paced the Bears (5-10, 4-4 CC) with 17 points while Jermaine Kamara added 12.
A Sarris-Grau free throw and Evan Pupelis (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) layup off the missed second attempt staked McDaniel to a 3-0 lead on its first offensive possession.
The lead fluttered between one and three until Ryan Adams hit a 3-pointer from the top of the arc to tie the game at 10-all with 12:55 to play.
A Woody Butler (Smithsburg, Md./Middletown) layup off the glass 1:28 later and Sarris-Grau basket gave the Green Terror its largest lead to that point with 10:56 remaining in the first half.
A Jesse Kresna three-point play trimmed the deficit to 14-13 just 20 seconds later, however, and Ward converted both ends of a 1-and-1 with 9:45 showing to give Ursinus its first lead of the contest.
After Butler put McDaniel back on top by one, Pat Vasturia and Sarris-Grau exchanged a pair of free throws to make it an 18-17 contest with 7:48 remaining.
Single free throws each by Tyler Rudd (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie) and Butler after a Matt Donohue 3-pointer tied the game at 20-all with 5:12 to play in the opening half.
After four straight points gave the Bears a 25-22 lead, Andrew Merlo (Rehoboth, Del./Cape Henlopen) hit a layup in traffic to trim the deficit to one at the break.
Four straight points from Kamara stretched the lead to 29-24 over the first 3:16 of the second half.
A Ryan Adams layup with 9:21 to play made it a 43-37 game.
Baskets from Cullen Murray-Kemp (Trappe, Md./Easton) and Sarris-Grau on consecutive possessions trimmed the deficit to 43-41.
Vasturia bounced home a 3-pointer with 6:12 on the clock to return the advantage to five before two Ward free throws and a dunk pushed the lead to 50-41 with 4:18 showing.
Trailing 53-45, Doug Macrone (Hatboro, Pa./Hun School of Princeton) hit the first of two free throws and then made a layup after his team rebounded the missed second attempt to draw McDaniel within five with 1:37 to play.
In a game marred with 56 team fouls, the Bears went 28-for-40 while the Green Terror was 16-for-28.
Merlo finished the game with eight points while Butler had seven.
McDaniel returns to action at Gettysburg on Wednesday. Game time is 7 p.m.