Rudd goes for 19-9-6

Tyler Rudd  2013 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Tyler Rudd 2013 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel jumped out to a 9-0 lead and staved off a second-half rally to down Haverford 70-59 in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action on Saturday.

Tyler Rudd (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie) added a career-high six assists to his team highs of 19 points and nine rebounds to pace the Green Terror (19-9, 6-8 CC), who remained two games out of the final playoff spot with four games to play. Evan Pupelis (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) added 14 points and eight rebounds while Nic Martin (Hagerstown, Md./St. Maria Goretti) added nine points and a career-best nine rebounds as part of a 38-22 advantage on the glass.

Cam Baker netted 22 of his game-high 26 points for the Fords (7-13, 5-9 CC) after halftime, including 18 during a 27-12 stretch that whittled the Haverford deficit from 16 to one with 5:53 to play.

A Rudd 3-pointer and back-to-back Pupelis layups keyed an opening stretch in which the Green Terror raced out to a 9-0 lead in the game's first 3:44.

Two James Levine free throws closed the deficit to 11-8 with 12:11 on the clock before Duane Echols (Jessup, Md./Hammond) canned a 3-pointer to stretch the lead back to six.

A Brett Cohen layup made it an 18-14 game but Wesley Brooks (North Wales, Pa./North Penn) countered with a triple of his own at the 6:55 mark to spark a 9-2 burst, stretching the lead to 11 three minutes later.

Gibby Graves trimmed the deficit to 29-24 with 1:41 to play in the opening half but Echols and Rudd each hit layups before the break and McDaniel carried that momentum into an 11-0 run that spanned both halves for a 40-26 lead with 17:48 remaining.

Baker, however, countered with a jumper nearly a minute later to start a Ford rally.

A Jimmy Cranwell (Brick, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven Regional) layup and single Rudd free throw made it a 12-point game at 47-35 with 11:33 to play but a Graves free throw and Baker steal and layup made it a seven-point game.

Andrew Merlo (Rehoboth, Del./Cape Henlopen) hit a layup off a Matin rebound and long outlet pass to reestablish a double-digit advantage at 51-40 with 9:09 showing but Anthony Reyes started an 11-1 run that closed the margin to 52-51.

Pupelis and Rudd each converted putbacks over the next minute before Martin added a layup to stretch the lead back to seven with 3:49 to play.

Cohen hit a second-chance jumper to keep it a seven-point game with 1:32 to play but Martin drained a 3-pointer from the right side make it 67-57 and seal the win.

The Green Terror shot 58.3 percent from the floor for its best shooting game since hitting at a 59.1-percent clip against Haverford on Jan. 12, 2010.

McDaniel returns to action at Johns Hopkins on Wednesday. Game time is 8 p.m.