Men's Basketball: Brooks' six 3's helps Terror down Shoremen

Wes Brooks rolled off of the screen, caught the ball at the wing, and drained a 3-pointer.

It's a play that's happened plenty of times during the past four years for the McDaniel senior guard. Some nights, it happens more often than others.


Brooks had another efficient night against Washington College at Gill Center on Wednesday night.

The Green Terror captain matched a career high with six 3-pointers to help his team down the Shoremen, 66-54. It was the third time Brooks reached that mark, last doing it in a Jan. 9 loss to Ursinus.

"He's shooting the ball well, period," McDaniel coach Kevin Curley said. "He's never really taken bad shots for us, and I think this year as a senior, he's stepped up and taken it upon himself to maybe take some more shots than he has in the past."

Not only does Brooks lead McDaniel (7-8, 4-5 Centennial Conference) in scoring, but he also ranks third in field goal percentage despite being a point guard. He struck for 24 points on 8-for-12 shooting against Washington, also going 6-for-8 from long range.

For the season, he is averaging 15.5 points and shooting 50.6 percent.

"Once I made the first one, usually that helps you with the next couple with confidence. It was nice to see some go through," Brooks said. "What I always try to do is take good shots, I don't want to force anything."

Brooks also had five rebounds and three steals. The Green Terror shot 53.1 percent and were 8-for-13 on 3-pointers.

McDaniel hit its first four shots of the game, setting the tone for a first half in which it never trailed. Brooks hit a 3-pointer from the left wing just 22 seconds in, the first of his four treys in the first 20 minutes.

The Green Terror shot 14-for-24 in the first half, which included going 6-for-9 from long range. That included Brooks shooting 5-for-7, 4-for-6 on 3-pointers.

"It seemed like we were in a rhythm," Brooks said. "Usually when we're stagnant and can't score, our defense struggles, too. So it's good to have offense in the first half."

Washington (2-12, 0-8) hit just three shots in the first 10 minutes, a stretch that included seven turnovers committed by the Shoremen. The Green Terror led by 15 at halftime, matching their largest lead of the first half.

The Shoremen trimmed McDaniel's lead to nine in the final minute. However, the Terror led by double-digits for most of the way, including by as many as 20.

Senior forward Tim Stewart netted 13 points and freshman guard Austin Cannon (Manchester Valley) added 12 and six assists.

With a tough stretch ahead, the win was one the Terror needed to avoid a potentially even longer skid. They had lost five of their last six and seven of the last nine entering Wednesday.


In the next week, McDaniel has to take on the top two teams in the conference on the road —Franklin & Marshall (8-1 Centennial) on Saturday and Gettysburg (8-1) next Wednesday.

"Going into those two tough games, it would've been really detrimental for our confidence. Winning that keeps us in the hunt," Brooks said. "The past couple years, we have beaten the first- and second-place teams during the season. So this year should be no different. We can beat them."