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Green Terror win season-opening tourney

HARRISBURG, Pa. – McDaniel put together a 16-4 run early in the first half to turn an early four-point deficit into a 17-9 lead en route to an 82-60 victory over City College of New York in the championship game of the 2014 Penn State-Harrisburg Tipoff Tournament in men's basketball action on Sunday.

Tim Stewart tallied 20 points to lead the Green Terror (2-0) to its first 2-0 start since opening the 2007-08 season, head coach Kevin Curley's debut season, with a 6-0 mark. Stewart was joined by Duane Echols on the All-Tournament Team.

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Khalil Hamer led the Beavers (1-1) with 21 points.

Five points from Hamer keyed a 5-1 start to the game for CCNY before an Echols layup and Nic Martin layup in transition evened the game at 5-all.

After Anthony Lewis and Stewart traded baskets, Echols and Wes Brooks each hit jumpers to key a 10-2 stretch that opened up an eight-point lead with 13:06 showing in the first half.

A Lewis layup closed the deficit to 23-19 but an Echols steal-and-layup ignited an 8-0 run that put McDaniel in front 31-19 with 4:22 to play in the opening stanza.

Trailing 40-28 at halftime, Manfred Cadet converted a three-point play on the Beavers' first possession of the second half to cut the deficit to single digits but a Phillip Perry (Crownsville, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) layup sparked another 8-0 burst that stretched the lead to 17 with 17:49 showing.

Back-to-back triples from Brooks stretched the lead to 59-37 with 13:57 on the clock.

An Andrew Merlo 3-pointer gave the Green Terror its largest lead at 72-44 with 9:23 showing en route to the 22-point win.

Brooks finished with 11 points while Merlo and Anthony Morgan each chipped in 10 points off the bench.

McDaniel shot 66 percent from the floor for the game, including connecting on 6 of 14 attempts from long range.

The Green Terror opens the Centennial Conference schedule at Franklin and Marshall on Saturday. Game time is 3 p.m.

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