Rudd scores 20 in regular-season finale
GETTYSBURG, Pa. – McDaniel scored nine straight points to spark a 16-3 first-half burst that keyed a 75-50 Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball victory over Gettysburg on Saturday.
Tyler Rudd (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie) netted 20 points in the his final regular-season game for the Green Terror (14-11, 8-10 CC), who forged a three-way tie for the fifth spot in the conference standings after Muhlenberg downed Ursinus. By virtue of a 3-1 record among the tied teams, the Bullets (12-13, 8-10 CC) earned the final playoff spot over McDaniel and Ursinus.
Joe Emerusabe led Gettysburg with 18 points.
Derek Brooks and Evan Pupelis (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) traded baskets in the game's first 3:10 before a Brooks free throw and Emerusabe steal-and-layup gave the hosts a 5-2 lead at the 15:48 mark.
Just 18 seconds later, Phillip Perry (Crownsville, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) hit a pair of free throws to spark a stretch of nine straight Green Terror points.
Emerusabe responded with a triple of his own to momentarily halt the run but a Brooks jumper, 3-pointer from Andrew Merlo (Rehoboth, Del./Cape Henlopen) and Jimmy Cranwell (Brick, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven Regional) layup capped a stretch of 6 minutes, 17 seconds in which the Green Terror outscored Gettysburg, 16-3.
Layups from Sango Amolo and Christian Bors cut the deficit to 21-15 but two Brooks 3-pointers and five points from Rudd pushed the advantage to 32-18 with 2:32 on the clock en route to a 37-21 halftime edge.
A Merlo 3-pointer with 14:59 showing in the second half pushed the advantage to 18 before the Bullets reeled off five straight points to close the deficit to 44-31 a minute later.
Four straight points from Royster and layups from Duane Echols (Jessup, Md./Hammond) and Brooks made it a 21-point game with 10:15 showing, however.
The lead twice dipped to 19 after that but that would be as close as Gettysburg could get.
For the Green Terror, it was the first double-digit victory at Gettysburg since 1985 and most lopsided victory at any location since a 93-66 win in 1981.
Brooks finished with a career-high 12 points while Merlo added nine on a day when 12 of the 14 dressed players notched at least two points, including Mike Flynn's (Catonsville, Md./Archbishop Spalding) first career basket.
Pupelis led the way on the glass with six rebounds as part of a 34-26 advantage. McDaniel shot 56 percent from the floor while holding Gettysburg to 36 percent. The 50 points allowed were the fewest of the season allowed by the Green Terror.
McDaniel will now await the announcement of the ECAC South field on Monday, Feb. 25 to see if it has earned a postseason berth.