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Men's Basketball: No. 7 Swarthmore too much for Green Terror

Men's Basketball: No. 7 Swarthmore too much for Green Terror
McDaniel College Green Terror (Courtesy logo)

Swarthmore used a 16-3 run over a 4-minute, 26-second stretch midway through the first half to open up a 13-point lead and defeat visiting McDaniel College 77-59 on Saturday.

DJ Harper led the Green Terror (7-18, 3-15 Centennial Conference) with 18 points and seven rebounds.

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Zac O'Dell led the No. 7-ranked Garnet (22-3, 15-3) with 20 points, 12 rebounds, and four blocked shots. Conor Harkins added 17 points and five assists. Cam Wiley chipped in 15 points, six rebounds and five assists.

Braden Caldwell and Greg Scarborough opened the game with 3-pointers around a Conor Harkins jumper for a 6-2 Terror lead. After two ties and five lead changes over the next six minutes, Caldwell hit a pair of free throws for a 13-12 advantage with 12:16 on the clock.

Cam Wiley, however, responded with a triple to spark the game-changing 16-3 run. Wiley had eight points during the stretch.

Trailing 33-17, Isaac Ray hit a 3-pointer and Mike Wallace converted a layup to close the margin to 11 with 6:18 to play in the first half. Wiley and Harkins, however, canned treys on back-to-back possessions to push the lead to 39-22.

Three Harper free throws made it a 41-31 game with 1:13 to play in the opening half before Wiley hit two from the charity stripe to make it a 12-point game at the break.

After more than two minutes elapsed at the start of the second half with no points, O'Dell hit a layup with 17:42 showing to make it a 45-31 game and Swarthmore maintained a lead between 14 and 19 points for the remainder of the contest.

The Garnet clinched the top seed in the upcoming Centennial tournament with the win.

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