GETTYSBURG, Pa. – McDaniel put together 16-5 run to turn a seven-point deficit into a five-point lead with 1:04 to play en route to a 52-47 Centennial Conference (CC) victory at Gettysburg on Wednesday.
Wes Brooks (North Wales, Pa./North Penn) led the Green Terror (12-4, 7-2 CC) with 16 points and a career-high nine rebounds. Cameron Royster (Derwood, Md./Magruder) and Andrew Merlo (Rehoboth, Del./Cape Henlopen) added nine points each for McDaniel, which has won five straight and now sits a game out of first place at the halfway point of the conference schedule.
Sango Amolo led the Bullets (6-10, 4-5 CC) with 14 points.
After a 12-0 run gave Gettysburg a 37-30 lead on a Tanner Kirkpatrick 3-pointer with 11:11 to play, Phillip Perry (Crownsville, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) and Kirkpatrick traded points to keep it a seven-point game.
Duane Echols (Jessup, Md./Hammond) then hit a layup with 9:35 to play, sparking the game-changing run.
Brooks hit a pair of 3-pointers during the run and Merlo canned a triple in the corner with 3:26 showing for a 47-43 lead.
Merlo and Royster combined to go 5-for-8 from the free-throw line in the final 1:04 to seal the victory.
In a sluggish first half, the two teams combined for just 20 points through the first 12:20 before Royster hit a piar of free throws to give McDaniel a 13-9 lead – the largest for either team in the first 20 minutes.
Two Cody Kiefer free throws gave Gettysburg a 20-19 advantage before Tim Stewart (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) hit two free throws with 45 seconds left for a 21-20 halftime edge.
A Brooks 3-pointer extended the lead to 30-25 at the 14:36 mark before a Bullet timeout sparked the 12-0 burst.
Perry added six rebounds and three assists to his four points after being held scoreless for the first time in 41 games on Saturday.
The Green Terror returns to action at home against Ursinus on Saturday. Game time is 3 p.m.