McDaniel guard Ryan Finch was angry that he missed a key free throw late in the fourth quarter. But he felt much better by the end of the game.
Finch made a jumper to force a second overtime and then sank a 10-foot fadeaway shot with 17 seconds left in the third extra period to give McDaniel a wild 85-84 victory over Hood in the Provident Pride Tournament championship game last night at the Goldfarb Gym at Johns Hopkins.
McDaniel held a 52-51 lead when Finch missed the front end of a one-and-one with 24.8 seconds left in regulation. Hood's Mark McGlone then made a free throw with 9.6 seconds remaining to force overtime.
Missing that free throw bothered Finch (20 points), but he floated a 5-foot shot over 6-foot-8 Hood center Jesse Gutekunst (23 points, 25 rebounds) with 0.4 of a second left in the first overtime to force a second extra period.
But everything came down to the final moments of the third overtime. Finch made a 10-foot fadeaway shot with 17 seconds left to give the Green Terror a one-point lead. Brett Foelber (23 points), the tournament's Most Valuable Player, then poked the ball away from Gutekunst and dribbled out the clock.
"I wanted to just drive to the basket and shoot," Finch said. "In the past, it was hard for me to get stuff like [missing the free throw] out of my mind, but I tried to keep it as positive as possible."
The victory gave McDaniel its first 3-0 start since the 1986-87 season. The Green Terror overcame a Hood team that has a decided advantage in height and size by using its quickness to play tough defense and slow the Blazers' attack.
McDaniel coach Kevin Curley gave his defense credit for often disrupting Hood (3-2). The Green Terror defense made 18 steals and helped cause many of the Blazers' 27 turnovers.
"It was a heck of a basketball game," Curley said. "If the ball went inside, we wanted to collapse on [Gutekunst], and make it tough for him."
WASHINGTON COLLEGE 74, GOUCHER 73 -- Tim Kohlrus scored a game-high 35 points to help the Shoremen defeat the Gophers in the seventh-place game. Kohlrus was the Shoremen's only player to score in double figures. Marcus Cotton (14 points) led Goucher.
JOHNS HOPKINS 64, VILLA JULIE 61 -- Kevin Roach paced Johns Hopkins with 12 points as the Blue Jays outlasted the Mustangs in overtime. Mike Turner and Greg Woody both scored 12 points for Villa Julie in the fifth-place game.
ST. MARY'S 94, SALISBURY 81 -- Tyson Lesene scored 23 points, and reserve Calvin Wise contributed 18 as the Seahawks used a 56-point first half to take command and roll to victory in the third-place game. Gary Ward led the Sea Gulls with a game-high 33 points.