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Wallace scores 20 to lead comeback bid

Mike Wallace (c) 2022 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Mike Wallace (c) 2022 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

THE FACTS
No. 12 Johns Hopkins (10-2, 6-1 CC) 70, McDaniel (4-7, 0-6 CC) 65
What:  Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball game
When:
Thursday, Jan. 13
Where: Baltimore, Md.

THE SKINNY
Johns Hopkins, ranked 12th in the latest D3hoops.com poll, built an 18-point lead in the second half but had to withstand a furious McDaniel rally to escape with a 70-65 win.

THE LEADERS
• Mike Wallace (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum School) led the Green Terror with 20 points.
• Chris McAboy (Martinsburg, W.Va./St. Maria Goretti [Md.]) added 14 points – 10 of which came in the first half.

FOR THE FOES
• Tom Quarry led the Blue Jays with 12 points.
• Braeden Johnson chipped in 11 points off the bench in a balanced attack that saw 13 different players registered a point.

THE REST OF THE STORY
• McDaniel took a 4-2 lead on consecutive baskets from Kaelen Kanealey (Rochester, N.Y./Irondequoit) Mike Wallace with 16:43 to play. Johns Hopkins opened up a 10-6 advantage before a pair of Chris McAboy layups evened the game with 10:53 showing. Trailing 15-13, two triples from McAboy and a corner 3-pointer from David Smoot III (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore City College) accounted for a 9-4 stretch that gave the visitors a 21-19 edge with 6:25 remaining. The Blue Jays, however, closed the half on a 10-2 run to take a 29-23 lead into the locker room.
• Two Sidney Thybulle free throws on the opening possession of the second half pushed the lead to eight before the Green Terror used five points from Charles Contee (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) to key a 9-4 stretch and close the margin to three with 15:37 remaining. Johns Hopkins, though, scored seven points in just 53 seconds to push the lead to double digits for the first time and force a McDaniel timeout with 14:27 to play. The run extended to 11-0 before Wallace ended a nearly five-minute scoring drought and made it a 46-34 game with 10:43 showing.
• The Blue Jays pushed the lead as large a 52-34 on a Thybulle driving layup with 7:56 remaining, capping a 17-2 run. Three Wallace jumpers helped McDaniel close the deficit to 58-45 with 5:42 to play. Six straight points late ultimately closed the deficit to single digits. Two Wallace free throws with 1:33 to play made it a 62-53 game. After two Blue Jays free throws, Josh Sproul (Princess Anne, Md./Washington Academy) hit a wing trey to once again made it a 10-point game with 47.4 seconds left. McAboy added a turnaround layup with 29.3 seconds left and a Contee 3-pointer from the right wing with 28.6 seconds on the clock cut the deficit to 66-61. Jack Anderson made two free throws for Johns Hopkins with 26.0 seconds left before Wallace raced to the other end and drained a pull-up 15-footer to keep it a five-point game. A Sproul driving layup after a single Blue Jay free throw made it a 69-65 game with 8.0 seconds left. After a missed first free throw on the other end, Johns Hopkins called a timeout to put the starters back into the game. Anderson drained the second free throw for the final margin.

THE INSIDE STORY
Mike Wallace scored 16 of his game-high 20 points in the final 7:37 of the game.
• McDaniel held Connor Delaney, the CC's leading scorer at 19.7 points per game entering the day, to a season-low two points. It was the first time he had been held to single digits this season. It was the fifth time in six career games against the Green Terror that he failed to reach double figures.

NEXT UP
McDaniel returns to action at home against Franklin & Marshall on Saturday. Game time is 4 p.m.

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