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Men's Basketball: Ursinus crafts big run to down Green Terror

Ursinus went on a 22-8 run to overcome an 11-point deficit midway through the second half and then staved off McDaniel to escape with a 73-69 win Tuesday at Gill Center.

Aaron Washington led the Green Terror with 26 points, including hitting six 3-pointers. Mike Wallace chipped in seven rebounds, six assists, and four steals. Caleb Johnson added 16 points on 6 of 9 shooting to go with six rebounds.


Eric Williams, Jr. led the Bears with 15 points and eight rebounds.

The teams traded the lead 10 times to go with five ties in the first 20 minutes. Neither team led by more than three points until back-to-back Josh Sproul layups and a jumper from Johnson accounted for a 6-0 run that turned a 21-19 deficit into a 25-21 lead with 6:10 to play in the opening half.


Back-to-back George Gordon layups tied the game at 27-all with 3:14 remaining in the half. Two Williams free throws and one from Lucas Olshevski in the final 44 seconds gave Ursinus a 30-27 edge at the break.

Williams canned a triple just 23 seconds into the second half, but Washington responded with a 3-pointer of his own and Johnson scored four straight points to give the hosts a 34-33 edge before two minutes had elapsed in the period. Trailing 40-36, five straight points from Washington put the Green Terror back in front with 13:39 showing.

After a Ryan Hughes layup, McDaniel reeled off 10 straight points, including back-to-back treys from Washington, for a 53-42 lead with 11:13 remaining.

Five straight Ursinus points closed the margin to 53-47 before the teams traded points over the next three minutes. Two Shane Stark free throws and a Bruce Edwards three-point play drew the game even with 3:47 on the clock.

A Hughes three-point play on the next Bear possession put the visitors back in front. Johnson slammed home a fast-break outlet to cut the margin to 66-65, but Ursinus drained a 3-pointer to push the lead back to four with 75 seconds remaining.

Washington drove to the basket and scored to make it a 71-69 game with 33.4 seconds left and Wallace poked away the ball to give McDaniel a chance after a timeout with 19.3 seconds remaining. The Bears blocked a pair of close range shots before coming down with the final rebound to seal the win.

It was Washington’s fifth 20-point game of the season for McDaniel which returns to action Thursday at 7 p.m. against Haverford.