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Harper fills up stat line

DJ Haper (c) 2018 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
DJ Haper (c) 2018 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

THE FACTS
Gettysburg (3-4, 2-0 CC) 60, McDaniel (2-3, 0-2 CC) 56
What: Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball game
When:
Thursday, Nov. 29
Where: Westminster, Md.

THE SKINNY STORY
Gettysburg built a 17-point lead midway through the second half before staving off a furious late rally by McDaniel to escape with a 60-56 victory.

THE LEADERS
• DJ Harper (Bowie, Md./Riverdale Baptist) led the Green Terror with nine points, 11 rebounds, four steals, three assists and two blocked shots.
• Mike Wallace (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum) added nine points.
Braden Caldwell (York, Pa./Dallastown Area) chipped in eight points.
Dragan Hornatko (Baltimore, Md./Glenelg Country Day School) added seven points.
Kaelen Kanealey (Rochester, N.Y./Irondequoit) contributed eight rebounds.

FOR THE FOES
• Nick Antolini led the Bullets with a double-double, pulling down 11 rebounds to go with 11 points.
• Avery Close the way in the scoring column with 16 points.
• Andrew Gardiner also reached double figures with 10 points.

THE REST OF THE STORY
• Four points from Avery Close staked Gettysburg to a 4-0 lead in the game's first 2:11. After a Braden Caldwell layup drew the game to within 10-7 with 12:15 to play in the opening half, Jack Rooney hit three 3-pointers over the next four Bullet possessions to open up a double-digit lead just 1:44 later. Three free throws from Andrew Gardiner stretched the lead to 26-11 with 5:07 to play.
• Bookended by triples from Josh Arruda (Morrisville, Pa./Pennsbury) and Stephen Lang (Gaithersburg, Md./Poolesville), the Green Terror scored 10 of the game's next 11 points to close to within 27-21 but Nick Lord drained a 3-pointer with a minute to play, stretching the lead to 30-21 at the break.
• Clinging to a 32-26 lead, the Bullets hit three straight treys to open up a 41-26 lead with 13:57 showing. An Alec Warren three-point play gave Gettysburg its largest lead at 47-30 with 10:48 remaining. Caldwell scored the next six McDaniel points, trimming the deficit to 50-34 just 94 seconds later.
• After Close extended the lead back to 52-39, Dragan Hornatko scored all seven of his points in a 1-minute, 43-second stretch, closing the margin to 54-46 with 4:35 to play. Wallace hit a second-chance jumper and drained two free throws to trim the deficit to 58-53 with 2:32 to play. A Harper layup off a Hornatko steal-and-pass made it a one-possession game 17 seconds later. Harper connected on the second of two free throws with 6.9 seconds remaining before Gettysburg missed the front end of a 1-and-1. McDaniel was fouled driving to the basket with 0.9 seconds remaining but missed the first and then missed the second on purpose. Close secured the rebound for the Bullets and hit both free throws to seal the win.

THE INSIDE STORY
• McDaniel held Gettysburg to a season-low 60 points – 17 points below the Bullets' season average through the first six games.
• It was the first seven points of Dragan Hornatko's collegiate career.

NEXT UP
McDaniel returns to action at home against Muhlenberg on Saturday. Game time is 3 p.m.