McDaniel guard Austin Cannon talks about his team's win over Franklin & Marshall. (Tom Worgo / BSMG)
Franklin & Marshall high-scoring guard Brandon Federici turned in his usual standout performance, but Kevin Yrizarry was more than anybody probably expected to be Saturday afternoon.
Yrizarry put on a workman-type of performance for the McDaniel College men's basketball team, leading the Green Terror to a 60-54 victory over visiting Franklin & Marshall College in a Centennial Conference game.
Yrizarry, a 6-foot-6, 220-pound senior center/forward, totaled a team-high 18 points and grabbed six rebounds.
He hustled all over the floor and worked relentlessly on offense to help McDaniel reach the .500 mark at 6-6.
"He really stepped up for us," McDaniel coach Kevin Curley said. "He gives everything he has on every possession, which I thought was a key. He was strong with the ball going to the basket, and made good decisions when they double-teamed him, which allowed us to get open looks."
Federici, a 6-foot-4 junior guard, finished with 24 points on an 8-for-17 performance from the field.
He ranks second in the Centennial Conference in scoring, averaging 19.9 points per game.
"I thought we did a very good job defensively on him," Curley said. "That is as a team, and I thought Josh McWilliams did a great job on him. He is an All-American. We we there every time on the catch and had a hand on him. But he is going to hit some, and he did."
The Green Terror, who shot 47.1 percent (24-for-51) from the field, had to survive some mistakes and dodge a couple of gritty comebacks from Franklin & Marshall.
McDaniel led 52-47 with 3:45 remaining after sophomore guard Isaac Ray hit a three-pointer and converted a layup.
"They (McDaniel) did a great job of executing at the end of the game when it really mattered," said Franklin & Marshall coach Glenn Robinson, whose team was missing starters Lionel Owana, a center, and Matthew Tate, a point guard, because of ankle injuries. "We couldn't hurry them. They ended up getting the shots that they wanted."
Yrizarry was at his best in the first half when he scored 14 points to help the Green Terror to a 33-25 lead at the intermission.
Federici also shined in the first half, draining three consecutive treys to start of the game.
But later in the half, Federici picked up his second foul with 7:59 left, and as a result, Robinson put him on the bench for rest of the period.