Poarch With Career-Highs In Points (30), Rebounds (11) and Assists (9) and Cunningham Career-Best 21 Points
WESTMINSTER, MD – McDaniel's Tyler Rudd scored a career-best 34 points as host McDaniel outlasted visiting Washington College, 95-87, in triple overtime at the Gill Center in Centennial Conference men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon. The Green Terror improve to 11-8 overall and 5-7 in the conference, while the Shoremen fall to 2-17 and 2-10 respectively. It was Washington's first multi-overtime game since a 93-87 double overtime loss at Swarthmore on January 23, 2008.
The two teams were tied 62-62 entering overtime and Washington scored the first basket of the extra session when junior guard Kevin Cunningham (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) scored on a layup to put WC up 64-62 just five seconds into overtime. Phillip Perry would tie it at 64-64 on a tip-in off of his own miss before sophomore guard Stephen Poarch (Middletown, DE/Sanford School) cashed in on two free throws to give Washington a 66-64 lead with 3:58 remaining in overtime. Nic Martin would make two free throws with 2:44 left to level the game at 66-66. After a turnover by the Shoremen, the Green Terror took their first lead of the overtime period on an Evan Pupelis layup with 2:06 remaining at 68-66. The Shoremen tried to take the lead with 34 seconds left on a three by Cunningham, but his shot was off the mark and the Green Terror got the rebound. Andrew Merlo was fouled with 18 seconds left and made both free throws to make it 70-66 to cap a 6-0 run. Poarch responded with a long three-pointer to trim the McDaniel lead to 70-69 with 13 ticks remaining. Wesley Brooks of the Green Terror was fouled on the inbounds pass made both from the foul line to make it 72-69 with 10.2 second left. With 2.6 seconds left, senior forward Charlie McShane (West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford) drained a trifecta off of a Poarch pass to tie the first overtime session at 72-72 after the senior had missed his first four three-point tries.
In the second overtime, Rudd scored on a layup just 23 seconds in the second extra session to put McDaniel up 74-72. Washington responded with a three by Poarch to put the guests ahead 75-74 with 4:16 left in the second overtime. Pupelis made one free throw to tie the game at 75-75 with 3:33 to go in overtime, but McShane answered with a layup to put the Shoremen ahead 77-75 with 3:16 remaining. Rudd would put the Green Terror back in the lead again with a trifecta with 1:57 to go. The Shoremen tried to regain the lead with 20 seconds left, but Poarch's layup was off the mark and Rudd got the defensive rebound. Rudd would make both free throws with 15.2 seconds left to put McDaniel up 80-77. McShane would drain another game-tying three-pointer with eight seconds to go tie the contest at 80-80. McDaniel's last chance to win it on a Martin desperation three was no good and to triple overtime the game went.
In the third overtime session, Rudd was fouled with 4:39 left in the session and makes one free throw to put the hosts up 81-80. After a Washington miss, Rudd scored on a conventional three-point play to put the Green Terror up 84-80 with 3:54 to go in the third overtime. Pupelis would make it 86-80 with a layup with 3:16 left, but Poarch responded with a three-pointer to cut the lead to 86-83 with 2:52 left in the third overtime. Rudd would make it 87-83 on a free throw, but he missed the second free throw and Poarch got the rebound and was fouled by Pupelis and that fouled out Pupelis. Poarch would go the line and made both to cut the McDaniel lead to 87-85 with 2:14 left. Jimmy Cranwell would respond with a layup to put the Green Terror up 89-85 with 2:10 left as McDaniel beat the press. Poarch was fouled with 42.6 ticks left and made both to cut the lead to 89-87. Rudd was fouled and made both and put McDaniel ahead 91-87 with 41.8 seconds left. After a Shoremen miss, Merlo was fouled and made both free throws to make it 93-87 with 31 seconds left. After a WC turnover, Rudd was fouled and made both free throws with 15.4 seconds left to make it 95-87 and provide the final margin.
Washington jumped out to a 9-2 lead just 4:34 into the game on a layup by McShane. However McDaniel would counter with a 26-4 run to take a 28-13 lead with 5:22 left in the first half on a layup by Perry after he stole the ball. A Rudd three-pointer with 12:20 remaining in the first put Green Terror up for the rest of the first half at 14-11. The Shoremen would score the next 11 points to cut the deficit to 28-24 with 1:15 left in the first half on a traditional three-point play by Cunningham and that would be the halftime score. Cunningham led all scorers with 13 first half points.
The Shoremen scored the first four points of the second half to tie the game at 28-28 with 18:08 to go in the contest with a layup by Cunningham that capped a 15-0 run. However the Green Terror would counter with a 10-2 run to take a 38-30 lead with 15:45 remaining in the game on a Merlo triple. The run started on a three-pointer by Rudd to put McDaniel up at 31-28 just 22 seconds after WC had tied it at 28-28. Undaunted, the Shoremen scored 10 of the game's next 14 points, including the last six points, to cut the lead to 42-40 with 11:53 remaining in the contest on a layup by freshman forward Dave Knox (Warrington, PA/Central Bucks South). The hosts would score eight out of the next 10 points to lead 50-42 with 7:21 left in regulation on a Pupelis lay-in. McDaniel led 55-46 with 5:04 left on a traditional three-point play by Cranwell when Washington went on an 8-2 to cut the hosts' lead to 57-54 with 3:16 left in the game on a Cunningham layup. However, the Green Terror responded with a three-pointer by Rudd to make it 60-54 with 2:54 remaining. The Shoremen answered to trim the lead to 60-57 with 2:03 left on a McShane layup. The Shormen had two chances to either tie the game or cut the deficit to one point, but could not score on either possession as WC missed a three-pointer by sophomore guard Sean Brooks (North Wales, PA/North Penn) and a were called for a travel. Rudd was fouled with 44 ticks left and he sank both free throws to make it 62-57. Morgan would trim the Green Terror's lead to two points at 62-60 with 31 seconds left on a three. Washington would force a turnover on the next McDaniel possession as McShane picked off a Merlo pass. The Shoremen would tie the game at 62-62 when Cunningham converted a layup off of a feed by Poarch. McDaniel had two chances to win it on its last possession, but could not score the game went to overtime.
Rudd scored his 34 points on 8-for-13 shooting from the floor, including 4-for-5 from three-point range and he made 14 free throws in 18 tries for McDaniel. Pupelis had a double-double with 19 points and a game-best 16 rebounds, while Merlo scored 18 points. Cranwell and Perry had four assists each to lead the hosts, while Perry had three steals to tie for game-high and lead the hosts. McDaniel shot 46% from the floor (29-for-63), 40% from three-point range (8-for-20) and 76% from the free throw line (29-for-38). McDaniel held a 50-35 edge in rebounds in the win and held a 22-9 advantage in bench points.
Poarch established career-highs in points (30), rebounds (11) and assists (9). He led all players in assists and played a game-high and personal-best 52 minutes. Poarch led the team in points and boards in recording his second double-double of the season. Cunningham had a career-best 21 points and tied his personal-best with eight rebounds, while McShane added 16 points. McShane and Poarch tied for game-high in steals with three. WC shot 43% from the floor (33-for-76), 33% from three-point range (8-for-24) and 72% from the charity stripe (13-for-18). The Shoremen turned it over just 19 times, while forcing 27 turnovers by the Green Terror.
Both squads each scored 42 points in the paint with the Green Terror scoring all six points in the paint in the third overtime session. Despite committing eight more turnovers, McDaniel outscored Washington in points off of turnovers, 24-15.
Washington travels to Haverford on Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. in a Centennial contest.