Perugino pours in 15 in victory

Duane Echols (c) 2013 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Duane Echols (c) 2013 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel built a 18-point lead in the second half before staving off an Ursinus rally for a 78-69 Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball victory on Saturday.

Freshman Nick Perugino (Lewes, Del./Salesianum) went 5-for-6 from long range to lead the Green Terror (13-4, 8-2 CC) to its sixth straight victory with 15 points. As a team, McDaniel hit a season-best 11 3-pointers.

Ryan Adams led the Bears (2-15, 0-10 CC) with 21 points, including four of his team's 10 triples. Jesse Krasna added 18 points while Malik Draper notched 11 and John Kanas contributed 10.

After a back-and-forth start, Wesley Brooks (North Wales, Pa./North Penn) canned a 3-pointer with 15:13 to play in the opening half to start a 24-6 run.

Perugino hit triples on either side of a Trevor Norton 3-pointer to make it a 17-11 game with 11:48 showing before Trey Harry pulled up on the break to close the deficit to four with 9:56 on the clock.

The Green Terror then held Ursinus off the board for the next six minutes while Anthony Morgan (York, Pa./New Hope Academy Charter) hit a layup and Andrew Merlo (Rehoboth, Del./Cape Henlopen) canned a 3-pointer to stretch the lead to nine.

Cameron Royster (Derwood, Md./Magruder) snapped a nearly five-minute drought that mostly overlapped with the Bear cold stretch, hitting a layup with 2:57 on the clock.

Two Nick Yockey (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) layups and a Perugino 3-pointer stretched the lead to 31-16 in the final minute of the half before Krasna closed the margin to 31-18 at the break.

Six 3-pointers in the first 4:19 of the half made it a 39-27 game. Adams hit yet another trey to make it a 46-36 game with 12:53 remaining before Yockey responded with a jumper to spark a 16-8 burst that stretched the lead to 62-44 with 8:08 to play.

A Krasna three-point play capped a 13-4 counter that closed the deficit to single digits with 5:08 to play.

After Merlo hit a layup off a save by Jimmy Cranwell (Brick, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven) to push the lead back to 71-62 with 3:48 to play, Draper and Krasna each converted layups to make it a five-point game with 2:10 showing.

Duane Echols (Jessup, Md./Hammond) drained a 3-pointeer 42 seconds later to stretch the lead back to eight and two Royster free throws and a Phillip Perry (Crownsville, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) make from the charity stripe stretched the lead back to 11 with 53.3 seconds showing.

Perry finished with 12 points while Echols added 11. Brooks and Royster each added seven rebounds to go with their six points. Perry added four assists while Brooks had five steals.

McDaniel, which has its best 17-game start to a season since going 14-3 in 1982-83, returns to action at home against Johns Hopkins on Tuesday. Game time is 8 p.m.