Lewis Scores 19 to Lead All Players; Shoremen Will Need to Win Saturday to Secure Spot in Centennial Conference Tournament
WESTMINSTER, Md. – Host McDaniel erased a 16-point second half deficit by outscoring Washington 37-18 in the final 12:37 of the game to come away with a 69-66 win over visiting Washington College on Wednesday evening in a Centennial Conference men's basketball game at the Gill Center. The Green Terror improve to 7-17 overall and 3-14 in the Centennial, while the Shoremen fall to 12-12 and 8-9 respectively. With the results of this contest and other conference games tonight, Washington must beat Dickinson on Saturday to clinch a spot in the Centennial Conference Tournament.
McDaniel 69 Washington College 66
How It Happened
- Washington took the biggest lead of the first half by either side of five points at 18-13 with 5:46 remaining on a three-pointer by Alec Lewis.
- McDaniel would tie the game at 18-18 on a DJ Harper layup with 4:01 to go in the opening half.
- Leading 21-20, Lewis converted a conventional three-point play with 2:03 left in the first following a Josh Porteous steal to give the Shoremen a 24-20 lead. Washington would take a 27-24 lead into the halftime break.
- In the second half, the Shoremen came out strong with a 21-8 run to take a 48-32 lead with 12:38 remaining in the contest on a Porteous three-pointer.
- McDaniel trailed 53-40 with 9:11 to go following a Barry McCormick triple before it went on an 18-6 run to cut the Washington lead to 59-58 with 3:07 left on a layup by Josh Arruda.
- The Green Terror took their first lead since early in the first half with 1:57 remaining on a Braden Caldwell layup at 60-59 and after a Caldwell steal, he found Tony Tavares who drained a three-pointer with 1:14 left to give McDaniel a 63-59 edge.
- After a Shoremen miss, Lewis stole the ball and was fouled and sank both from the stripe to trim the lead to 63-61 with 52 ticks left.
- Tavares was fouled with 50 seconds left and made one from the line to make it 64-61.
- Dallas Marshall drove the bucket and netted a lay-in to cut the lead to 64-63 with 40 seconds remaining.
- Mike Wallace got fouled with 37 seconds to go and made one from the stripe to make it 65-63.
- Lewis drew a foul with 33 ticks left and made the first to cut it to 65-64, but his second went in and out and Tavares got the rebound. He was fouled and made both from the stripe to give McDaniel a 67-64 lead with 30 seconds remaining.
- Tray Wright earned a trip to the line with 19 seconds to go after he was fouled driving to the tin and converted both to trim the hosts' lead to 67-66.
- Issac Ray canned one of two from the charity stripe three seconds later to give McDaniel a 68-66 advantage.
- Marshall looked to put the Shoremen ahead on a three from the left corner, but it was off the mark and Caldwell got the rebound for the Green Terror. He was immediately fouled and made one from the line to give WC one last chance.
- After the ball went out of bounds with 1.1 seconds left, Lewis got a look from the left side, but his shot was off the mark and the game ended.
For The Shoremen (12-12, 8-9 CC)
- Lewis (game-best 19 points; two steals), Marshall (16 points), Wright (three assists and two steals), Porteous (two steals), Austin Allen (seven rebounds)
- The Shoremen shot 36% (21-for-59) from the floor, 35% (7-for-20) from three-point range and 68% (17-for-25) from the foul line.
- Washington had 13 turnovers in the contest.
- The Shoremen outscored the Green Terror 6-4 in second chance points and 9-8 in transition points.
For McDaniel (7-17, 3-14 CC)
- Josh Sproul (18 points and two steals), Caldwell (17 points and six assists), Tavares (13 points and six rebounds), Greg Scarborough (two blocks), Harper (two steals)
- The Green Terror shot 43% (21-for-49) from the floor, 27% (7-for-26) from three-point range and 67% (20-for-30) from the free throw stripe.
- McDaniel outscored Washington in bench points (36-16), points in the paint (26-22) and points off turnovers (19-18).
- The Green Terror had 14 turnovers in the game.
- McDaniel outrebounded Washington by, 37-35.
- In other Centennial Conference games that directly impacted Washington this evening, Johns Hopkins topped Franklin & Marshall, 69-55, Ursinus edged Muhlenberg, 81-78, and Dickinson downed Gettysburg, 91-86. In the other Centennial game this evening, #7 Swarthmore got the better of Haverford, 79-57.
- Currently, Muhlenberg is in fourth place at 9-8, while Dickinson, Franklin & Marshall and Washington all sit at 8-9 in a tie for fifth place.
- Only the top five teams reach the conference tournament. Swarthmore (14-3), Johns Hopkins (13-4) and Ursinus (12-5) have all clinched spots in the Centennial Tournament.
2/16 v. Dickinson – 4:00 p.m. (Centennial Conference game)
- Senior Day as Kevin McCormick will be honored prior to the game.
- A win by the Shoremen will secure a spot in the conference tournament for the first time since 2012. Washington will be either the four or five seed with a win and would play in the first round of the conference tournament on Tuesday at the home of the four seed.