Pupelis nets 16
BALTIMORE, Md. – Johns Hopkins built a 10-point second-half lead before staving off a McDaniel rally for a 52-48 Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball victory on Wednesday.
Evan Pupelis (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) led the Green Terror (7-15, 4-11 CC) with a career-best 16 points and rounded out a double-double with a career-high 15 rebounds while Louis Sarris-Grau (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Lower Moreland) and Woody Butler (Smithsburg, Md./Middletown) each added 10.
George Bugarinovic paced the Blue Jays (13-9, 9-6 CC) with a double-double of his own, recording 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Sarris-Grau and Bugarinovic exchanged layups in the game's first 42 second before both teams went ice cold for the next nearly eight minutes.
Mike Rhoads broke up the drought, hitting a layup at the 11:38 mark.
Two Butler free throws knotted the game 32 seconds later before Alex Pandrangi and Butler exchanged single free throws for a 5-all deadlock with 10:35 to play.
A Pandrangi three-point play gave the hosts an 8-5 lead with 9:19 to play before jumpers from Phillip Perry (Crownsville, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) and Sarris-Grau gave McDaniel a 9-8 edge just 1:19 later.
Two straight Pupelis layups pushed the McDaniel advantage to 15-10 with 5:32 showing before the Blue Jays closed the half on a 13-2, keyed by four points by Daniel Corbett.
A Christopher Cowles (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) layup and Butler three-point play closed a 36-29 deficit to 36-34 with 7:56 remaining in the second half.
An exchange of baskets from Pandrangi and Butler kept it a two-point game with 5:56 remaining.
A Bugarinovic layup on the break keyed a quick 7-1 burst that stretched the lead to 10 with 2:51 to play.
Pupelis twice pulled McDaniel within three in the final 30 seconds but that's as close as the Green Terror could get.
McDaniel returns to action at Muhlenberg on Saturday. Game time is 4 p.m.