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Cannon tallies 19 points, eight boards in win

Austin Cannon (c) 2017 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Austin Cannon (c) 2017 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel built a 31-16 halftime lead en route to a 69-53 victory over Goucher in non-conference men's basketball action on Saturday.

Austin Cannon (Hampstead, Md./Manchester Valley) led the Green Terror (2-6) with 19 points while Benjamin Young (Grasonville, Md./Kent Island) added a season-best 16 points. DJ Harper (Glenn Dale, Md./Riverdale Baptist) chipped in 12 points. Cannon also led the way on the glass with eight rebounds while Young added seven.

Dwayne Morton paced the Gophers (0-7) with 19 points and seven rebounds.

Tied at 4-all, Harper hit back-to-back 3-pointers to spark an 18-6 run to open up a double-digit lead midway through the opening half.

Baskets from Jacob Smith and Devon Esslinger trimmed the deficit to 22-14 before three free throws an a thunderous putback dunk by Young stretched the lead to 13 with 3:43 to play.

After a Uvan Stewart layup, Cannon recorded a pair of layups on the break in the final 1:55 to make it a 15-point game at the break.

Five straight points from Morton trimmed the margin to 43-32 with 11:28 to play but that was as close as Goucher would get.

Leading 51-38, the Green Terror canned six straight free throw attempts to push the margin to 19 with 5:24 to play.

The Gophers had one last run, notching eight of the game's next 10 points to draw with in 13 but Andy Kwiatkowski (Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg) drained a 3-pointer to virtually seal the win.

Cannon and Josh McWilliams (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) each dished out five assists.

McDaniel returns to action at Wilson on Sunday, Dec. 17. Game time is 2 p.m.

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