CHESTERTOWN, MD -- Visiting McDaniel College topped host Washington College, 70-66, in a Centennial Conference men's basketball game during which neither team led by more than four points this afternoon at Cain Athletic Center.
McDaniel (3-4, 2-3) led for most of the first half, but never by more than five points, but the Shoremen (0-7, 0-5) took a 28-27 lead into the intermission courtesy of a lay-up by senior forward Charlie McShane (West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford) with 51 seconds to go in the period.
The Green Terror regained the lead early in the second half and, as in the first half, was narrowly ahead for most of the period. The 11th and final tied score of the contest came with 4:12 remaining when McShane scored on a lay-up to deadlock the game at 61-61.
Tyler Rudd made one of two free throws on McDaniel's next possession and a lay-up by Evan Pupelis with 3:06 left gave the Green Terror a 64-61 advantage. Sophomore guard Stephen Poarch (Middletown, DE/Sanford School) cut the lead back to one with a lay-up with 2:52 left. Nic Martin made one of two free throws 2:10 left and Phillip Perry laid the ball in with 1:20 to go as McDaniel stretched the lead to 67-63.
Junior guard Kevin Cunningham (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) answered for Washington on the other end with 1:04 remaining to trim the margin to 67-65. Poarch then stole the inbounds and was followed on a lay-up attempt. He made one of two free throws with 54 seconds to go get Washington back to with a point at 67-66. Perry made one of two free throws for the Green Terror with 22 seconds to go to make it 68-66. Poarch drove from the baseline on Washington's next possession, but lost the ball out of bounds. Andrew Merlo was fouled on the ensuing McDaniel possession and made both free throws to ice the win.
Rudd led all players with 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Green Terror. Perry added 10 points and three steals, while Martin finished with 13 points off the bench.
Poarch led the Shoremen with 16 points and six boards, while sophomore guardJohn Weston (Tampa, FL/Bolles School)
and McShane tallied 12 and 11 points, respectively.
The Shoremen lost despite shooting 52% from the field and 64% in the second half. McDaniel shot 44% from the field in the game and 52% in the second half. The Green Terror were 23-of-31 at the free-throw line, while the Shoremen were 16-for-25.
The Shoremen return to action in eight days with a 2:00 p.m. non-conference home game against Hood.