WESTMINSTER, Pa. – Ursinus scored the first four points of overtime and never trailed in the extra session, defeating McDaniel 83-77 in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action on Saturday.
Isaac Ray (Fredericksburg, Pa./Northern Lebanon) recorded a career-high 22 points for the Green Terror (1-5, 0-3 CC), including draining seven 3-pointers – the most by a McDaniel player since 2011. As a team, the Green Terror canned 12 triples – the most in four years. Josh McWilliams (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) led the way in the scoring column with 24 points.
Eric Williams, Jr. led the Bears (4-2, 2-1 CC) with 24 points while Ryan McTamney added 20 points. Zach Quattro and Shane Stark rounded out a quartet of double-digit scorers with 19 and 12 points, respectively. Stark rounded out a double-double with 11 rebounds.
In a game that featured 10 ties and 13 lead changes, each team had a chance to win in regulation. McDaniel built a four-point lead on a DJ Harper (Glenn Dale, Md./Riverdale Baptist) layup with 3:07 to play before Williams drained triples on back-to-back possessions to give Ursinus a 67-65 lead with 47.3 seconds remaining.
Benjamin Young (Grasonville, Md./Kent Island) converted a pass from Ray with 19.3 ticks on the clock to tie the game. Williams had a look from the wing but it was off the mark to send the game to overtime.
McTamney hit a layup on the opening possession of the extra session and Quattro was able to convert from short range for a 71-67 lead with 3:37 to play.
Three free throws closed the deficit to one with 1:50 remaining but a McTamney three-point play stretched the lead back to four.
A Quattro 3-pointer with 37.6 seconds showing stretched the lead to five and sealed the victory.
Ursinus jumped out to an early 6-2 lead but an 8-2 McDaniel run gave the hosts a 16-13 lead on an Austin Cannon (Hampstead, Md./Manchester Valley) three-point play with 12:00 remaining in the first half.
Tied at 31-all, McWilliams netted five straight points before Stark and Williams each coverted layups in the final minute of the half to make it a 36-35 game at the break.
The Green Terror led by as many as seven on the third of three straight Ray 3-pointers that made it 51-44 with 11:42 to play.
Cannon handed out eight assists to go with five points, four rebounds and two assists. Young chipped in eight points and eight rebounds.
McDaniel returns to action at Washington (Md.) on Wednesday. Game time is 8 p.m.