St. Mary's City, Md. – Just four days after the NCAA Division I men's basketball 24-hour tip-off marathon, the St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team is ready to get their 2012-13 season going as the Seahawks enter the new campaign with a preseason ranking of No. 19.
St. Mary's kicks off the new campaign this weekend, November 16-18, at the inaugural Hoopsville National Invitational Classic hosted by Stevenson University. Eighth-year head coach Chris Harney, "It's a very challenging opening tournament. I am going to do my job the same way as always, trying to have our team prepared the best we can for the opening game regardless of the opponent."
St. Mary's has had fantastic success under Harney's direction with four NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship Tournament appearances, four straight Capital Athletic Conference regular-season titles, and three CAC championship crowns in the last five seasons. In 2010-11, the Seahawks advanced all the way to the Elite 8 in the NCAA tournament.
Last season, the Seahawks finished with a 20-8 (13-3 CAC) record and a trip to the NCAA Second Round while earning their fourth consecutive CAC regular-season title. Chris Hutchinson (Baltimore, Md./New Town) was the conference leader in steals while Devin Spencer finished his junior campaign fourth in free throw percentage and fifth in three-point field goal percentage, earning Spencer second team all-conference honors.
This year's squad is comprised of 10 returning letterwinners, four first-years, and two junior transfers, boasting vast experience and new talent as Harney and the Seahawks look to return to the Big Dance and bring home the elusive national championship title.
Senior Devin Spencer (Baltimore, Md./Towson Catholic) and junior Kyle Wise (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) will run the point for the Seahawks while the Seahawks welcome the return of senior James Davenport (Baltimore, Md./Loyola Blakefield) to lineup to provide additional firepower for the team's perimeter shooting as Davenport led the conference in three-point field goal percentage in 2010-11.
The frontcourt will be controlled by senior Jeff Haus (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny) and junior Brendan McFall (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) as Haus finished second on the team in rebounding and McFall saw action in all 28 games for the Seahawks, averaging 20.3 minutes, 7.6 points, and 3.4 rebounds and notching 11 double-digit scoring games.
Transfers LJ Dimanche (Abingdon, Md./St. Andrews School [Del.]) of Cincinnati Christian University and Donn Hill (Aberdeen, Md./Bel Air) of Cecil College will look to make an immediate impact for the Seahawks after solid starts to their careers at their previous colleges.
St. Mary's 25-contest schedule highlights two schools ranked in the Preseason D3hoops.com Top 25 as Franklin & Marshall College comes in at the No. 9 spot while Randolph-Macon College ranks No. 24. The schedule also features a pair of teams that received votes in the preseason poll in Christopher Newport University and Capital (Ohio) University. Harney added, "Our schedule is very tough, we have a challenging schedule right from the first game through the last. I would not have it any other way."
The Seahawks will square off against Randolph-Macon in their second game of the season at the Hoopsville Classic on November 18. The Classic is the biggest, on-campus tip-off tournament in Division III and the second-largest event of its kind behind the D3hoops.com Classic held in Las Vegas.
St. Mary's will compete in two additional tournaments as well this season as the team hosts the Seahawk Holiday Tournament on December 29-30 featuring Misericordia University, Swarthmore College, and SUNY College at Old Westbury while heading south to Roanoke College in Virginia for the Morris Cregger Invitational on January 1-2.
Franklin & Marshall will come to Ed Cole Court in the Michael P. O'Brien Athletics & Recreation Center Arena during the second half of the season on January 7, 2012 at 7:00 pm. St. Mary's will face Capital at the Carnegie Mellon University Double Tree Tournament in Pittsburgh on November 24-25 while taking on future Capital Athletic Conference member, Christopher Newport (joining in 2013-14), at home on December 5 at 7:00 pm.
Prior to the team's regular-season finale against University of Mary Washington on February 16, the Seahawks will welcome back all former Seahawk men's basketball alumni for the annual alumni game at 10:00 am Saturday morning. For more information contact Coach Harney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2013 CAC Men's Basketball Championship Tournament begins February 19 with first round action followed by the semifinals on the 21st and the championship game on February 23 at the site of the highest remaining seed.
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