No. 11 Seahawk Men's Basketball Back Home for Sweet 16

No. 11 Seahawk Men's Basketball Back Home for Sweet 16

St. Mary's City, Md. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team is happy to be back home at the Michael P. O'Brien Athletics & Recreation Center Arena this Saturday night for the sectionals of the 2013 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship Tournament. The Seahawks will take on Morrisville State College at 7:30 pm.

St. Mary's (26-3) is enjoying its fifth overall – and fourth straight – NCAA tournament appearance. The Seahawks advanced to this weekend's sectionals with a 72-66 win over the host Alvernia University Crusaders this past Saturday in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Junior guard Kyle Wise (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) tallied a first-half best of 13 points en route to a career-high 18 points off the bench on 7-of-11 shooting while sophomore Nick LaGuerre (Baltimore, Md./Lansdowne) picked up 14 of his 16 points in the second half as the Seahawks outscored Alvernia, 41-35, in the final 20 minutes. Five players scored in double figures in the win at Alvernia, improving St. Mary's record in NCAA tournament action to 10-4. The Seahawks advanced to the Elite Eight in 2011.

Morrisville State (23-5) is making its second straight appearance in the NCAA tournament. The Mustangs, who now own a 2-1 record in NCAA action, dropped a 75-49 decision to Middlebury College last year in the first round in their first-ever NCAA trip. Morrisville State has won two road games, including Saturday night's 66-61 overtime win over No. 13 Rhode Island College, to match up with St. Mary's in the Sweet 16.

TICKETS: Ticket sales for Saturday night's Sweet 16 game will begin tomorrow afternoon (March 12) at 1:00 p.m. at the concession stand (when facing the Welcome Desk, the stand is to the left) in the Michael P. O'Brien Athletics & Recreation Center on the St. Mary's College of Maryland campus.

Prices for Saturday's contest are $8 for adults and $5 for senior citizens, students (with ID) and children. Children younger than 2 years of age are free.

The NCAA has allotted St. Mary's 800 tickets for Saturday night (500 adults and 300 senior citizens, students, and children).  If the senior citizens/students/children tickets sell out, you will have to purchase an adult ticket for $8.

For more ticket information, please contact Jim Cranmer, the assistant athletic director at St. Mary's, at 240-895-2167 or wjcranmer@smcm.edu.

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