Men's Basketball: Brooks, McDaniel nip Gettysburg in final second

Wes Brooks had been waiting for it.

The McDaniel men's basketball team needed a win over a top team. It needed to put its losing skid to rest. It needed to stay in the Centennial Conference playoff race.


Brooks pulled up from the elbow, sank a shot, and got that win.

The Green Terror senior guard scored with 1.4 seconds remaining to support a career night from senior forward Tim Stewart as McDaniel rallied from 16 points down to beat Gettysburg 67-65 at Bream Gymnasium on Wednesday night.

"Last year we used to call Wes, 'Big-shot Wes,' and he hit a big one for us tonight," Terror coach Kevin Curley said. "Wes has been consistent and played well for us all year. He's been there every night."

Stewart scored a career-high 34 points on 15-for-20 shooting, also pulling down 10 rebounds. It was the first time the Green Terror came back from a double-digit deficit to win since Dec. 1, 2013 against Eastern.

Yet, it took until the final minute for McDaniel (8-9, 5-6 Centennial) to secure the win.

Stewart scored on a layup with 32 seconds to go to knot the game at 62-62. But Gettysburg's Kevin Gladstone responded, scoring with contact and completing a three-point play to put the Bullets (13-5, 8-3) ahead 65-62 with 21 seconds to go.

McDaniel sophomore Josh McWilliams tied the game back up, sinking an off-balance 3-pointer from the right wing. It was immediately followed by a Gettysburg travel, giving the ball back to the Green Terror.

From there, Brooks took care of the rest, hitting the first game-winner of his collegiate career.

"I fouled a guy and he got an and-one, I was really down on myself and I told one of our assistant coaches, 'I'll get it back,'" Brooks said. "Josh hit the 3, saved me, travel, and I told one of our coaches, 'I'm about to hit a game-winner,' just joking and I made it."

Brooks scored 14 points and McWilliams added 10. Gladstone led the Bullets with 20 points and Matt England added 13.

The Green Terror entered Wednesday allowing an average of 56 points per game. The Bullets (14-4, 9-2) poured in 40 in the first half alone. They hit four 3-pointers and were 14-for-15 at the free-throw line in the first 20 minutes.

McDaniel was 12-for-24 from the field in the first half, but also committed seven turnovers.

Stewart provided most of his team's offense early. He scored 16 of McDaniel's 28 first-half points, going 6-for-8 from the field and also pulling down five rebounds.

It was only the beginning for the Green Terror senior forward, who is now closing in on 1,000 career points between his time at Neumann and McDaniel.


"That was the best I've ever seen him play," Brooks said. "He didn't miss. And whenever we needed a basket, he got it. He got us right back in it and he was unbelievable."

The Terror had lost twice to Franklin & Marshall and twice to Swarthmore, the top two teams in the conference, already this season. And they hadn't had much recent success in Gettysburg, where they lost twice last year, including its first-round matchup in the Centennial Conference tournament.

Now, McDaniel looks to see if it has gotten its season back on track when it hosts Muhlenberg on Saturday. The Terror are one of several teams in contention for one of the five playoff spots with a lot of parity in the conference this season.

"Obviously Muhlenberg's going to be tough and they're going to be difficult for us at home," Curley said. "Hopefully this will give our guys a boost in confidence and know that they can get things done."