St. Mary's City, Md. – Junior guard Chris Hutchinson (Owings Mills, Md./New Town) sliced and diced through the York College of Pennsylvania defense and hit a layup in the paint with 1.4 seconds left to lead the St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team to a 54-52 Capital Athletic Conference victory Wednesday night.
Junior forward Jeff Haus (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny) gave St. Mary's (15-6, 9-3 CAC) a 52-45 advantage at 4:36 of the second half but seven straight points from junior guard Julian Watson (Odenton, Md./Arundel) tied the game with under two minutes to go. Each side missed a three-point attempt in their ensuing possessions before first-year guard Nick LaGuerre's (Baltimore, Md./Lansdowne) set up Hutchinson's clutch play.
No Seahawk scored in double digits as Haus' nine points off the bench led St. Mary's in the win. LaGuerre added eight points while sophomore forward Christian MacAuley (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch) hauled in a game-best 12 rebounds, chipped in six points, dished out a career-best four assists and blocked four Spartan shots.
The first half lacked offensive luster from both sides as the two teams combined for just 15 field goals. York (13-8, 8-4 CAC) claimed a 9-2 lead at 14:06 as this week's CAC Player of the Week, senior forward Paul Kouvaris (Baltimore, Md./Cardinal Gibbons), scored six points in the run. The Seahawks finally got their offense going and went on a 15-0 run as Hutchinson capped the run with a layup at 5:42.
York responded with an 8-3 run to cut the lead to 20-17 at 00:12. However, junior forward Todd Maciejewski (Red Lion, Pa./Red Lion) fouled sophomore guard Kyle Wise (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) with 0.8 seconds on the clock. Wise made both and the Seahawks went into halftime with a 22-17 lead.
MacAuley registered six points and seven rebounds in the first half to pace St. Mary's while Kouvaris led all players with nine points at the break.
The Seahawks opened up the second half with a 14-8 run to own an 11-point lead at 14:00. York regained the lead (44-43) at 8:16 for the first time since leading 9-6 at the 12:20-mark of the first stanza with a Kouvaris' layup.
Kouvaris notched game-scoring honors with 22 points and contributed eight rebounds to pace the Spartans.
St. Mary's will be back in action on Saturday, February 4 as the Seahawks travel to Arlington, Virginia to face Marymount University (5-15, 1-10 CAC) in a conference tilt at 4:00 pm. Five Seahawks scored in double digits as St. Mary's posted a dominant 81-63 victory over Marymount at home on January 4.