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Washington tallies 21 points in victory

Aaron Washington (c) 2018 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Aaron Washington (c) 2018 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

THE FACTS
McDaniel (3-5, 1-4 CC) 62, Franklin & Marshall (6-3, 3-2 CC) 58
What: Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball game
When:
Saturday, Dec. 8
Where: Lancaster, Pa.

THE SKINNY STORY
McDaniel used a late 9-2 run to capture a 62-58 win over Franklin & Marshall.

THE LEADERS
Aaron Washington (Washington, D.C./Montrose Christian) led the Green Terror with 21 points.
• Caleb Johnson (Triangle, Va./Gar-Field) chipped in 11 points.
• Issac Ray (Fredericksburg, Pa./Northern Lebanon) added 11 points, including hitting three triples.

FOR THE FOES
• JC McGrath led the Diplomats with 14 points.
• Justin Kupa added 12 points.

THE REST OF THE STORY
• After a JC McGrath layup on the opening possession staked Franklin & Marshall to a 2-0 lead, Isaac Ray hit a 3-pointer then hit all three free throws after being fouled on a triple for a 6-2 lead just 1:19 into the game. Five points from Aaron Washington helped extend the lead to 17-6 with 11:07 to play in the opening half.
• A Solomon Mathis jumper made it 17-9 with 10:31 on the clock before both teams went cold. A Les Thomas layup snapped a 4-minute, 58-second drought by both teams before a Caleb Johnson layup made it 19-11, snapping a 6-minute, 36-second Green Terror scoring drought. The Diplomats, however, scored the next 12 points to take a 23-19 lead with 38 seconds remaining. Mike Rice drove the lane and scored as time expired to answer two Mike Wallace (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum) free throws and make it a 25-21 game at the break.
• Two McGrath layups in the first two minutes of the second half stretched the lead to eight. A 6-0 burst pushed the advantage to double digits for the first time at 39-29 with 12:13 to play. Trailing 43-35, two Aaron Washington triples keyed an 11-0 run that gave McDaniel the lead back with 7:16 showing, 46-43.
• Two Thomas free throws knotted the game at 47-all with 4:22 remaining. Trailing 52-51, Washington drained a triple with 2:09 to play, giving the visitors the lead and sparking the game-clinching run. Tony Tavares (Chesapeake Beach, Md./Huntingtown) added a putback and DJ Harper (Bowie, Md./Riverdale Baptist) converted a layup for a 58-54 lead with 41 seconds remaining.

THE INSIDE STORY
• It was the third 20-point game of the season for Aaron Washington.
Tony Tavares led the way on the glass with 10 rebounds.

NEXT UP
McDaniel returns to action at Lynchburg on Sunday, Dec. 16. Game time is 4 p.m.