COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. - Trailing by nine midway through the second half, Ursinus put together a 22-2 run to defeat McDaniel 85-74 in the Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball opener for both teams on Tuesday.
Tyler Rudd (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie) led the Green Terror (1-2, 0-1 CC) with a career-high 18 points and added 10 rebounds for his second career double-double.
Malik Draper led five players in double figures for the Bears (1-2, 1-0 CC), registering 24 points.
A Pat Vasturia 3-pointer from the left wing capped a 7-2 burst that knotted the game at 51-all with 13:28 to play.
However, a Rudd basket-and-free throw on the next McDaniel possession quickly put the visitors back on top, igniting a 7-0 stretch that reestablished the advantage with 12:04 remaining.
Trailing 68-59 on a Duane Echols (Jessup, Md./Hammond) free throw with 9:08 on the clock, Ryan Adams hit two from the charity stripe just seven seconds later to ignite a 26-6 run to the finish.
Two Jon Ward free throws once again closed the deficit to 70-68 with 7:28 showing before Draper canned a trey 2:20 later to give the Bears their first lead of the game, 71-70.
Ward added a three-point play to stretch the lead to 74-70 with 3:42 remaining and the defense held McDaniel off the scoreboard until fewer than 20 seconds were showing.
Behind a Jimmy Cranwell (Brick, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven) jumper and Duane Echols (Jessup, Md./Hammond), McDaniel jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the game's first 1:31.
The Green Terror extended the lead to 19-9 on a Rudd 3-pointer with 12:07 on the clock.
A Draper free throw closed the deficit to 21-15 with 10:10 to play but Nick Chia (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia/Brisbane State) hit a 3-pointer on the ensuing McDaniel possession to push the lead back to nine and spark another 17-6 run.
Nic Martin (Hagerstown, Md./St. Maria Goretti) capped the 5-minute, 3-second burst with a triple of his own for a 38-20 lead with 4:49 to play in the opening half.
Mark Wonderlick hit layups to bookend a 14-1 run to close the first half and draw the hosts within 39-34.
The Green Terror shot 59.3 percent in the first half, inclunding a blistering 76.5 through the first 13 minutes of the game to build the big advantage.
Martin added 11 points for McDaniel.
The Green Terror returns to action at home against Dickinson on Thursday, Nov. 29. Game time is 8 p.m.