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McWilliams nets 30

Josh McWilliams (c) 2017 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Josh McWilliams (c) 2017 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Gettysburg hit 11 3-pointers in a 71-54 victory over McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action on Wednesday.

Josh McWilliams (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) led the Green Terror (8-8, 4-5 CC) with a career-high 30 points.

Tanner Kirkpatrick paced the Bullets (5-11, 4-5 CC) with 14 points – one of three players in double figures for the hosts.

Gettysburg hit its first four field goal attempts, including three 3-pointers on its first three possessions to build an 11-4 lead just 2:23 into the game.

A Nick Perugino (Lewes, Del./Salesianum) 3-pointer and Austin Cannon (Hampstead, Md./Manchester Valley) putback closed the deficit to 12-11 with 15:20 showing. A Kevin Yrizarry (Owings Mills, Md./Owings Mills) basket gave McDaniel its first lead of the game 40 seconds later.

Four free throws and a pair of Tanner Kirkpatrick layups put the Bullets back in front 20-13, forcing a timeout with 11:51 showing.

The lead swelled as large as 32-18 on a Cody Kiefer 3-pointer with 7:27 to play before six straight points from McWilliams closed the margin to eight just 62 seconds later.

A McWilliams triple made it a 36-31 game with 2:18 to play in the opening half. After Nick Lord and McWilliams traded free throws, McWilliams hit a high floater from eight feet for this 16th and 17th points of the half, closing the margin to 38-35 with 1:04 on the clock – the score at halftime.

McWilliams converted a four-point play with 10:27 remaining in the second half to close the deficit to 51-49.

Seven straight Gettysburg points, however, pushed the lead back to nine with 7:06 remaining. McWilliams and Pete Christ traded treys on the next two possessions but the Bullets lead never dipped below nine after that.

Yrizarry also finished in double figures for the Green Terror, netting 10 points.

McDaniel returns to action at home against Ursinus on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.