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Johnson explodes for 32 points in win

Caleb Johnson (c) 2019 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Caleb Johnson (c) 2019 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

McDaniel (5-10, 1-7 CC) 77, Haverford (11-4, 6-2 CC) 69
What: Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball game
Sunday, Jan. 19
Where: Westminster, Md.

McDaniel scored the final seven points of the first half to open up a 37-26 lead en route to a 77-69 victory over Haverford.

Caleb Johnson (Triangle, Va./Gar-Field) led the Green Terror with a career-best 32 points.
Mike Wallace (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum) reached 20 points for the second time this season with 20 points. He also had four assists.

• Jesse Turkson led the Fords with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
• Joe Wujciak added 15 points and four assists.

• The first 15 minutes of the game featured five ties and nine lead changes with neither team leading by more than three points. Trailing 21-20, Caleb Johnson hit a layup and kickout 3-pointer for a 25-21 advantage with 4:25 showing and the hosts did not trail after that. Mike Wallace pushed the lead to 30-23 before a Joe Hartman pull-up 3-pointer slice the deficit to four with 2:14 remaining. A Sam Beverly (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore City College) putback sparked the 7-0 finish to the half for a double-digit advantage.
• Seven straight points from Jesse Turkson in the first 1:40 of the second half trimmed the deficit to four. After Kaelen Kanealey (Rochester, N.Y./Irondequoit) and Jonathan Lang traded buckets, Josh Arruda (Morrisville, Pa./Pennsbury) canned a 14-foot jumper in the lane to spark a 6-0 burst that pushed the lead back to double-digits with 16:08 on the clock. Haverford once again closed to within four before McDaniel stretched the lead to 12 on a Johnson triple just six minutes later. The lead remained between eight and 14 points until a Johnson three-point play and a 1-for-2 showing from the charity stripe made it a 69-54 game with 2:23 remaining.
• The Fords, however, did not go quietly. Haverford a pair of 3-pointers and took advantage of 4 of 10 shooting from the free-throw line to close to within seven on a Michael Wiper layup in the final minute. Wallace, however, hit two free throws at the other end and the defense stood strong to preserve the victory.

• The 32 points were a career high for Caleb Johnson, who had not scored more than 22 previously in his Green Terror career.
• It was McDaniel's first conference win of the season and came against the second-place team in the league. Haverford entered last week unblemished in conference play before a Wednesday loss to top-ranked Swarthmore.
• The Green Terror shot a season-best 58.7 percent from the floor.

McDaniel returns to action at home against Dickinson on Sunday. Game time is 8 p.m.