GETTYSBURG, Pa. – McDaniel went 8-for-10 from the free-throw line in the final minute to seal a 54-50 victory over Gettysburg in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action on Wednesday.
Louis Sarris-Grau (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Lower Moreland) paced the Green Terror (5-10, 2-6 CC) with a season-best 18 points while Evan Pupelis (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) added 12 points and seven rebounds. For McDaniel, the victory was the team's first in Bream Gymnasium since a 54-51 triumph on Dec. 9, 2006 and just the second since the 1996-97 season. It also snapped a four-game skid for the Green Terror.
Alex Zurn led the Bullets (7-9, 4-5 CC) with 16 points, going 8-for-11 from the line on a night in which the two teams combined to shoot 38-for-53 from the stripe but 0-for-17 from 3-point range. It was the first time in 67 games that McDaniel did not hit a 3-pointer and the first time in 77 games that the team did not allow a triple.
Tied at 33-all, Pupelis converted a three-point play to give McDaniel the advantage with 5:35 to play.
After a single Christian Healy free throw, closed the deficit to two, Tyler Rudd (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie) hit a pair of free throws to give the visitors its biggest advantage with 4:49 on the clock.
Two Zurn free throws followed by a Sarris-Grau layup kept it a four-point game before two more Rudd shots from the charity stripe extended the advantage to six with 3:36 remaining.
Marcus Dyson (Scotch Plains, N.J./Union Catholic) pushed the lead back to six, hitting a pair of free throws to make it 48-42 with 47.0 seconds left.
Christian Bors hit a layup with 39.9 seconds remaining before Dyson canned another pair, hitting with 35.0 seconds showing.
Two Zurn free throws with 20.3 seconds and a single Doug Macrone (Hatboro, Pa./Hun School of Princeton) make from the stripe made it a 51-46 game with 16.9 seconds left.
Larry Geedey drove to the lane to make it a one-possession game with 12.0 seconds to play.
A single Dyson free throw pushed the lead to four with 10.7 seconds showing.
Brendan Trelease was awarded three free throws, hitting two with 5.4 seconds left before Dyson went back to the line, where he hit both with 4.3 seconds remaining to push the lead back to four and seal the win.
Behind six points from Zurn, Gettysburg built a 12-2 lead before Sarris-Grau snapped a 1-for-13 start shooting for McDaniel, hitting a layup with 11:27 on the clock.
Layups from Sarris-Grau on consecutive possessions sparked a 7-2 counter that closed the deficit to 14-9 with 8:14 showing.
Six straight points over a 1-minute, 14-second span tied the game at 18-all with 2:10 to play in the opening half.
Bors snapped a 3-minute, 15-second scoring drought to give the hosts a 20-18 advantage at the break.
A Sarris-Grau steal-and-basket plus a free throw 42 seconds into the second half turned the two-point halftime deficit into a one-point edge.
A Zurn layup and two free throws from Bors reestablished a three-point edge for the Bullets with 16:24 to play.
Baskets from Pupelis and Sarris-Grau around forcing a third Gettysburg shot-clock violation put McDaniel back on top by one with 13:54 showing.
Trailing 26-25, Pupelis hit a layup and Macrone sank a pair of free throws to give McDaniel a 29-26 lead with 9:01 to play.
After Bors hit an elbow jumper to draw Gettysburg within one, Sarris-Grau converted the second of two free throws to extend the lead to 30-28.
A Christian Healy three-point play and two free throws from Zurn put the Bullets back on top by three with 6:59 remaining.
Rudd responded with a three-point play of his own to even the game just 22 seconds later.
Dyson finished with nine points and seven rebounds while Rudd had seven points and five boards.
Only 10 of the 104 points scored did not come in the paint or at the free-throw line.
McDaniel returns to action at home against No. 13 Franklin & Marshall on Saturday. Game time is 3 p.m.