February 18, 2012

Sarris-Grau tallies 15 in final game

WESTMINSTER, Md. – A late 7-0 McDaniel run turned a three-point deficit into a 51-49 Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball victory over Gettysburg on Saturday.

Louis Sarris-Grau (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Lower Moreland) capped his career for the Green Terror (9-16, 6-12 CC) with 15 points, four rebounds and two blocked shots. His two blocks gave him exactly 100 for his career, making him the third player in program to reach the century mark.

Christian Bors led the Bullets (11-14, 8-10 CC) with game highs of 19 points and eight rebounds.

Trailing 47-44 on a Bors layup at the 2:33 mark, Christopher Cowles (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) drove to the basket with the shot clock running down and drew a foul with one second left.

The junior connected on both free throws with 1:57 on the clock to draw the hosts within one.

On McDaniel's next possession, Cowles found Tyler Rudd (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie) in the right corner for a 3-pointer, which Rudd connected on for his only points of the game and a 49-47 lead with 43.2 seconds on the clock.

Sarris-Grau drew an intentional foul call with 18.2 seconds showing and sank both ensuing free throws for a four-point lead.

Derek Brooks connected on a layup with 11.8 seconds on the clock.

The Green Terror was fouled in the backcourt after the inbounds but missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 10.0 seconds showing. Rudd stole away a pass inside at the other end just before the final horn to give McDaniel its first season sweep of Gettysburg since the 2006-07 season.

Alex Zurn, who finished with 17 points, opened the game with a 3-pointer which Cullen Murray-Kemp (Trappe, Md./Easton) answered with a triple of his own for a 3-all deadlock 57 seconds into the contest.

Two Zurn free throws and a Bors jumper gave the Bullets a 7-3 lead with 16:46 on the clock before Doug Macrone (Hatboro, Pa./Hun School of Princeton) hit the first of his four 3-pointers to cut the deficit to one.

A Zurn dunk on the break stretched the lead back to three before a Woody Butler (Smithsburg, Md./Middletown) layup and Macrone triple gave McDaniel an 11-9 advantage with 14:16 to play.

After a pair of ties and two lead changes, Macrone drained another trey with 9:00 on the clock and Sarris-Grau converted on the break for an 18-13 lead with 6:48 showing.

A Bors jumper and Zurn 3-pointer evened the game for the fourth time at 20-al, sparking a 9-0 run that included another Zurn triple and a Bors three-point play.

A 3-pointer from Andrew Merlo (Rehoboth, Del./Cape Henlopen) and an Evan Pupelis (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) layup closed the deficit to 26-25 at the break.

Sarris-Grau put the Green Terror on top 1:21 into the second half before the Bullets reeled off six straight points to go up 32-27 with 15:24 remaining.

A Macrone 3-pointer and Marcus Dyson (Scotch Plains, N.J./Union Catholic) layup drew the hosts even with 13:55 showing for the first of three second-half ties.

The Bullets opened up three-point leads six times over the next 11 minutes before McDaniel's late-game rally.

Macrone finished with 12 points while Dyson led the team with six rebounds.

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Marcus Dyson talks about the team coming together during the season and finishing strong.

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