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Ray records double-double

Isaac Ray (c) 2017 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Isaac Ray (c) 2017 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

BUENA VISTA, Va. – Southern Virginia scored the final 11 points of the first half to open up a 33-20 lead before holding off a furious McDaniel second-half rally for a 69-54 non-conference men's basketball victory on Saturday.

Isaac Ray (Fredericksburg, Pa./Northern Lebanon) led the Green Terror (2-8) with his first collegiate double-double, pulling down a career-best 10 rebounds to go with 11 points. He also added five assists.

Kellen Winslow netted 17 points to lead the Knights (6-5), who had four starters reach double figures in the scoring column.

Jumpers from Cale Thornton and Alec Johnson staked Southern Virginia to a 4-0 lead in the game's first 2:38 before two Josh McWilliams (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) free throws gave McDaniel its first points nearly five minute into the game.

A DJ Harper (Glenn Dale, Md./Riverdale Baptist) layup tied the game with 14:51 to play.

An Isaiah Denard (Staten Island, N.Y./Tottenville) 3-pointer around two Aarun Rumbaugh baskets coupled with a McWilliams layup gave the Green Terror a 9-8 edge with 12:42 remaining.

After a Thornton layup, McWilliams hit a triple of his own for a 12-10 lead just shy of a minute later.

Rumbaugh and Andy Kwiatkowski (Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg) traded baskets before a Justin Prisbrey 3-pointer gave the hosts the lead for good with 10:36 on the clock.

Two Bamasa Bailor (Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle) free throws made it a 22-20 game with 4:59 to play but Spencer Brown hit a layup on Southern Virginia's next possession to spark a 16-0 run that spanned both halves.

Harper snapped the 6-minute, 27-second scoring drought, hitting a layup with 18:26 remaining in the second half.

The Knight run eventually expanded to 29-4, stretching the lead to as large as 27 with 15:35 to play.

Eight points from Ray keyed a 20-3 response that closed the margin to 54-44 with 7:47 remaining.

After Rumbaugh hit a layup to halt the run, Stephen Lang (Gaithersburg, Md./Poolesville) canned his second straight 3-point attempt to cut the deficit to single digits for the first time in the second half with 6:47 on the clock.

Two McWilliams free throws made it a 56-49 game with 4:37 to play but that's as close as McDaniel would get.

After two more McWilliams free throws made it a 59-51 game, the Knights tallied six straight points to push the lead back to 14 with 1:50 to play.

McWilliams led the Green Terror in the scoring column with 17 points, including hitting all eight of his free-throw attempts while Lang finished with nine points.

McDaniel returns to action at Franklin & Marshall on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.


McWilliams tallies 15
February 14, 2018 McWilliams tallies 15
McWilliams nets 26
February 10, 2018 McWilliams nets 26
McWilliams tallies 16
February 3, 2018 McWilliams tallies 16
Lang nets 18
January 31, 2018 Lang nets 18
McWilliams nets 17
January 27, 2018 McWilliams nets 17
McWilliams tallies 22
January 25, 2018 McWilliams tallies 22
Young tallies 11 points
January 14, 2018 Young tallies 11 points
Kwiatkowski tallies 13
January 6, 2018 Kwiatkowski tallies 13
Ray records double-double
December 30, 2017 Ray records double-double
McWilliams tallies 21
December 17, 2017 McWilliams tallies 21
McWilliams nets 15
November 30, 2017 McWilliams nets 15
Duvall tallies eight points
November 21, 2017 Duvall tallies eight points