St. Mary's Men’s Basketball holds on for Season-Opening Win

Tanner Brooks
Tanner Brooks

St. Mary's City, Md. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team opened up the new campaign with a 68-63 victory over Bridgewater (Va.) College Saturday evening on the second day of the Dan Greene Memorial Invitational.

In other men's tournament action, John Carroll University (1-0) posted a dominating 92-75 win over Transylvania University (0-1). Bridgewater (0-1) will now face Transylvania in Sunday's consolation game at 1:00 p.m. while St. Mary's (1-0) and John Carroll will play for the championship title at 3:00 p.m.

Senior captain Tanner Brooks (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's School) paced the Seahawks in the win with a game-high 18 points while fellow classmate Donya Jackson (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall College) came off the bench to contribute 11 points. Both Brooks and Jackson grabbed seven rebounds while sophomore forward Isaiah Martin (Brandywine, Md./Gwynn Park) hauled in a game-high nine.

It was all St. Mary's from the opening tip-off until the final 11 minutes of the game when Bridgewater erased a 20-point deficit. The Eagles closed out the contest on a 26-11 run, capitalizing on nine St. Mary's turnovers, while sophomore forward Ryan Seacrist (Fredericksburg, Va./Massaponax) and first-year guard Jesse Case (Fairfax, Va./Paul VI) each tallied seven points in the run.

The Seahawks were 2-of-10 from the field over the final 11 minutes but went 7-of-12 at the free throw line to stay ahead of Bridgewater's rally.

Seacrist scored in double figures for the Eagles with 16 off the bench on 7-of-10 shooting while first-year forward Efe Balfour (Douglasville, Ga./Chapel Hill) finished with a near double-double on 13 points and game-high nine rebounds.

St. Mary's never trailed the entire game, jumping out to an early 13-3 advantage behind three long-range missiles fired by three different Seahawks. The host team headed into the locker room with a 37-28 lead as Martin connected on a tip-in for the nine-point margin. Brooks led all scorers with nine points in the first 20 minutes while Balfour had eight for Bridgewater.

For the game, St. Mary's shot 42.0% from the field, including 50.0% in the first half. The Seahawks owned a 47-32 rebounding margin for the game which helped the team collect 10 second chance points.

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