WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel broke a 64-all deadlock with a 7-2 burst en route to a 74-71 victory over Ursinus in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action on Saturday.
Josh McWilliams (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) scored 18 of his game-high 21 points after halftime to lead the Green Terror (9-8, 5-5 CC) to its fifth win in the last seven games. Austin Cannon (Hampstead, Md./Manchester Valley) chipped in 19 points, including 14 in the first half.
Zach Quattro paced the Bears (10-7, 7-3 CC) with a double-double, netting 16 points to go with 12 rebounds. Matt Knowles and Remi Janicot rounded out a trio in double digits with 15 points each.
Trailing 64-59 on a McWilliams jumper, Janicot tallied five straight points – including three at the line – to draw the game even with 3:04 to play.
Out a timeout, Cannon drove for a layup to put the hosts back in front for good. A McWilliams steal-and-layup stretched the lead to four.
After two Janicot free throws, McWilliams buried a triple from the wing to extend the lead to 71-66 with 1:14 remaining.
The Green Terror went 3-for-4 from the line in the final 12.2 seconds to secure the victory.
Ursinus opened the game on a 6-0 run before McWilliams hit a 3-pointer to cut the deficit in half with 16:31 showing.
The Bears extended their lead as large as 27-16 with 7:26 to play in the opening half before a DJ Harper (Upper Marlboro, Md./Riverdale Baptist) three-point play and two free throws each from David DiMeo (Lititz, Pa./Manheim Twp.) and Cannon trimmed the margin to four just 3:22 later.
A DiMeo free throw and Cannon layup made it a 37-33 game at the break.
After Brian Rafferty converted a layup to stretch the lead back to six, the Green Terror put together a 15-3 run that turned the six-point deficit into a six-point lead with 13:12 to play. McWilliams had seven points during the stretch.
The lead ballooned as large as 60-53 on a Harper three-point play with 6:06 remaining.
DiMeo established a new career best with eight points while Harper and Nick Perugino (Lewes, Del./Salesianum) also chipped in eight points each.
The Green Terror returns to action at home against Johns Hopkins on Thursday. Game time is 8 p.m.