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Wallace tallies 23 points

Mike Wallace (c) 2020 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Mike Wallace (c) 2020 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

THE FACTS
Gettysburg (12-10, 6-9 CC) 75, McDaniel (5-17, 1-14 CC) 73
What: Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball game
When:
Wednesday, Feb. 12
Where: Gettysburg, Pa.

THE SKINNY STORY
Gettysburg hit a game-winning tip-in with 2.9 seconds left before staving off a desperation 35-foot attempt at the buzzer to win a back-and-forth affair with McDaniel, 75-73.

THE LEADERS
• Mike Wallace (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum) led the Green Terror with 23 points.
Dragan Hornatko (Baltimore, Md./Glenelg Country Day School) added 15 points.
Josh Sproul (Princess Anne, Md./Washington Academy) chipped in 13 points.
• Caleb Johnson (Triangle, Va./Gar-Field) rounded out the quartet in double figures with 10 points.

FOR THE FOES
• Nick Antolini led the Bullets with 23 points, including the game-winning tip-in.
• Avery Close chipped in 15 points.
• Nick Lord added 13 points.

THE REST OF THE STORY
• Behind a pair of Nick Lord baskets and two Jack Rooney 3-pointers, Gettysburg built a 10-4 lead in the game's first 3:33. McDaniel closed to with 11-9 on a Sam Beverly (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore City College) layup two minutes later. A Mike Wallace (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum) 3-pointer from the wing knotted the game at 19-all with 10:26 showing. After an Avery Close tip-in momentarily put the Bullets back in front, Caleb Johnson (Triangle, Va./Gar-Field) canned a triple and Wallace hit two free throws for a 24-21 lead with 9:14 remaining. After a back-and-forth remainder of the half, Wallace cut the basket and converted a three-point play with 22.7 seconds left for a 39-36 lead en route to a 39-37 halftime edge.
• A pair of Johnson baskets in the lane stretched the lead to 43-37 just 1:52 into the second half. After a Nick Antolini 3-pointer closed the margin to 53-50, Josh Sproul hit a driving layup but missed the ensuing free throw. Beverly got the rebound and put it back up before completing his three-point play for a 58-50 lead with 12:20 on the clock. Layups from Avery Close and Rooney trimmed the deficit to 60-57 and forced a Green Terror timeout with 8:58 remaining. The run extended to 11-0 before a Sproul driving layup snapped a 6-minute, 22-second drought for McDaniel, making it a two-point game with 5:05 to play. Sproul hit the second of two free throws with 1:59 to play to tie the game at 69-all. Antolini put the Bullets back in front by two on the next possession.
• Off a bad pass, Wallace led a 2-on-1 with Dragan Hornatko, who converted the layup to tie the game. Close hit both ends of a 1-and-1 with 47.8 seconds left to put the hosts back up two. Out of a timeout, Wallace drove the right side of the lane to once again draw the visitors even with 26.8 seconds left. Off a miss from 12 feet, Antolini tipped the ball in for a 75-73 lead with 2.9 seconds left and survived a 35-foot game-winning attempt that was on line but just left of the basket.

THE INSIDE STORY
Mike Wallace recorded his fifth 20-point game of the season.

NEXT UP
McDaniel returns to action at Haverford on Saturday. Game time is 3 p.m.

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