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Men's Basketball: Haverford nips McDaniel in OT despite career day from DJ Harper

Men's Basketball: Haverford nips McDaniel in OT despite career day from DJ Harper
McDaniel's DJ Harper drives to the hoop for a lay-up against Johns Hopkins during a mens basketball game at McDaniel College on Wednesday, Jan. 30. (Brian Krista / Carroll County Times)

Haverford built a 14-point lead in the second half but then needed a second-chance jumper with 0.1 seconds remaining in overtime to escape with an 82-80 win over McDaniel College on Saturday at Gill Center.

DJ Harper led the Green Terror (6-17, 2-14 Centennial Conference) with 33 points, and added eight rebounds. Aaron Washington added 16 points and Braden Caldwell chipped in 14.

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Jack Cork led the Fords (10-13, 6-10) with 22 points off the bench. Joe Scibelli added 18 points while Jesse Turkson chipped in 12 points and 15 rebounds.

A Harper 3-pointer stretched the lead to 36-29 with 17:30 remaining but the Fords tallied 10 of the next 11 points to go back in front. Cork and Scibelli scored all 10 Haverford points during the stretch. Tied at 43-all after a Washington 3-pointer, Turkson finished a three-point play to ignite a 16-2 run and give the visitors a 59-45 lead with 7:54 to play.

Caldwell converted a three-point play to restart the Green Terror offense and Harper put the exclamation point on a 17-3 run, tying the game at 62-all on a breakaway dunk with 2:26 to play. Harper twice gave McDaniel the lead in the final 1:22 but each time Kahlil Garnes responded to tie the game, including a layup with 26.1 seconds remaining in regulation to make it a 68-all game.

A Kyle Goldfarb 3-pointer gave Haverford a 74-70 lead just 61 seconds into overtime. Two Washington free throws and a Harper layup tied the game for the seventh time with 2:51 showing. Trailing 77-76, Harper converted a pair of baskets for an 80-77 lead with 1:26 showing. On the next Haverford possession, Goldfarb swished a kickout 3-pointer to tie the game once again.

Tied at 80-all, Haverford had an initial game-winning shot attempt blocked but the ball landed right in Turkson's hands. He turned and hit a 13-foot jumper in the lane with 0.1 seconds on the clock for the game-winner.

The 33-point outing by Harper was a career high. It was the first 30-point outing by a Green Terror player this season and most since 2013.

McDaniel returns to action Wednesday at home against Washington College. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

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