St. Mary's Men's Basketball Claims No. 1 Seed
St. Mary's City, Md. – Besides posting a 14-point win over Frostburg State University in the regular-season finale Saturday afternoon, the St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team found out at the end of its game that they had claimed their fourth consecutive Capital Athletic Conference regular-season title following University of Mary Washington's loss at Wesley College.
The regular-season title secures the Seahawks' standing as the No. 1 seed in the 2012 CAC Men's Basketball Championship Tournament which begins Tuesday, February 21 with first round action. The No. 1 seed entitles St. Mary's with a first-round bye and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. The Seahawks will host the winner of No. 4 seed York College of Pennsylvania and No. 5 seed Frostburg State in the semifinals on Thursday, February 23 at 7:00 pm.
Six players scored in double figures, including four starters, as the Seahawks (19-6, 13-3 CAC) dominated the Frostburg State Bobcats (13-12, 10-6 CAC) the entire contest.
Junior forward Jeff Haus (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny) led all players with a career-best 18 points off the bench following a perfect 5-of-5 effort from the floor and 8-of-11 from the free throw line. Sophomore guard Brendan McFall (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) notched his first career double-double of 13 points and career-high 10 boards and added a career-best two blocks.
Sophomore forward Christian MacAuley (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch) put up 14 points while guards Mike Fitzpatrick (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman), Devin Spencer (Baltimore, Md./Towson Catholic) and Nick LaGuerre (Baltimore, Md./Lansdowne) each tallied 12.
Frostburg struggled offensively in the first half, managing only four points in the first eight minutes of the game. The Seahawks capitalized right away and rolled out to a 23-4 advantage at 11:57, stretching that lead to 34 points with 3:05 left in the half on sophomore guard DeVohn Gilmore's (Baltimore, Md./Pikesville) layup. St. Mary's headed into the locker room with a 49-25 margin at the break.
The Bobcats finally found their offensive rhythm in the second stanza, outscoring St. Mary's 56-46 over the final 20 minutes as Frostburg State shot 52.4% from the floor, including 7-of-15 from downtown. Frostburg erased a 30-point deficit and pulled within 66-58 with 8:43 remaining as first-year Tyler Logan (Upper Marlboro, Md./C.H. Flowers) knocked down a triple. The Seahawks went on a 12-2 run in a near three-minute span to rebuild a double-digit lead and secure the win.
Logan led four Bobcats in double-digit scoring with 18 points while senior Maurice Williams (Columbus, Ohio/Pickerington) contributed 17.