HAVERFORD, Pa. – Haverford built an 16-point first half advantage before having to rally in the waning moments of the second half to defeat McDaniel 51-49 in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action on Saturday.
Doug Macrone (Hatboro, Pa./Hun School of Princeton) paced the Green Terror (7-14, 4-10 CC) with 15 points while Louis Sarris-Grau (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Lower Moreland) added 14. Evan Pupelis (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) chipped in eight points and a game-high 11 rebounds to go with three blocked shots.
Cam Baker led three players in double figures for the Fords (8-13, 6-8 CC) with 14 points. Ian Goldberg added 13 and Bo Friddell chipped in 11.
Trailing 29-14 with 2:51 to play in the first half, McDaniel used a 20-4 run that spanned both halves to take its first lead since 5-4 with 11:30 to play in the contest.
Layups from Pupelis and Sarris-Grau closed the deficit to 29-18 at halftime before five straight points from Macrone capped a 6-0 start to the second half.
Baker snapped a 5-minute, 54-second scoring drought with a layup at the 16:57 mark.
Two Sarris-Grau free throws returned the deficit to four at 33-29 with 13:26 to play before Macrone hit one of his four 3-pointers and Sarris-Grau added back-to-back layups to give the Green Terror a 36-33 lead with 10:36 on the clock.
The lead changed hands three times over the next 1:34, when Goldberg put the hosts on top for good with a layup at the 9:02 mark.
Friddell extended the lead to 41-38 before Sarris-Grau converted a layup and Christopher Cowles (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) hit the first of two free throws to tie the game with 6:20 to play.
Five straight Brett Cohen points, including a three-point play, stretched the lead to 46-41 with 3:52 to play.
A Cowles three-point play trimmed a 50-44 deficit in half with 1:25 showing before a single Baker free throw made it four-point game with 1:03 remaining.
Cowles hit a layup with 47 seconds to play and neither team scoring in the waning seconds for the final margin.
Sarris-Grau and Baker traded baskets in the opening 1:45 before Macrone canned his first triple with 17:50 to play for a 5-4 advantage.
Friddell responded with a layup to spark a meandering 9-0 run over the game's next 5:08.
Baskets from three different McDaniel players closed the deficit to 12-11 with 10:06 to play but Friddell halted the rally with a 3-pointer, sparking another 15-0 burst in the process that stretched the lead to 27-11 with 5:32 showing.
Cowles finished with eight points and four assists.
The Green Terror returns to action at Johns Hopkins on Wednesday. Game time is 7 p.m.