Gettysburg (8-3, 2-2 CC) 63, McDaniel (4-7, 0-4 CC) 52
What: Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball game
When: Saturday, Jan. 4
Where: Westminster, Md.
THE SKINNY STORY
Gettysburg went on an 21-4 run early in the second half to build a double-digit lead en route to a 63-52 win over McDaniel.
FOR THE FOES
• Alex Leder paced the Bullets with 25 points to go with three assists and two steals.
• Nick Antolini also reached double digits with 12 points and added seven rebounds.
THE REST OF THE STORY
• Mike Wallace hit a jumper to break a scoreless first 2:27 to the game before Alex Leader responded with a 3-pointer. The next five minutes featured five more lead changes before jumpers from Caleb Johnson (Triangle, Va./Gar-Field) and Dragan Hornatko (Baltimore, Md./Glenelg Country Day School) coupled with a pair of Sam Beverly (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore City College) free throws gave McDaniel a 15-10 lead midway through the opening half. Gettysburg, however, responded with eight of the next nine points to take an 18-16 edge with 5:42 to play. A Josh Arruda (Morrisville, Pa./Pennsbury) fast-break layup momentarily put the Green Terror back in front 19-18 with 4:28 showing but Leder responded with a 3 -pointer. Arruda and Leder traded baskets before two Leder free throws stretched the Bullet advantage to 25-21 with 2:39 on the clock. A Keith Karen (Harriman, N.Y./Monroe Woodbury) 3-pointer in the final 27 seconds closed the margin to 29-28 at the break.
• Arruda and Wallace each hit jumpers in the first 2:24 of the second half to put the hosts in front 32-29. After Danny Duffey canned a jumper to trim the deficit to one, Wallace responded with a triple for a four-point lead. Nick Lord, however, drained a 3-pointer of his own with 14:09 to play to spark the game-changing 21-4 run over the next 8:05. Greg Scarborough (Halethorpe, Md./Lansdowne) momentarily quieted the march but four straight points from Duffey pushed the lead to its largest at 56-41 with 4:33 remaining. Wallace canned a 3-pointer on the other end to spark an 8-2 burst to close the deficit to nine with 2:02 to play but that's as close as McDaniel could get.
THE INSIDE STORY
• Gettysburg shot 57.9 percent in the second half, converting 11 of 19 field-goal attempts, including 8 of 14 from inside five feet.
• McDaniel held the Bullets to more than 12 points below their season average.
McDaniel returns to action at Franklin & Marshall on Thursday. Game time is 8 p.m.