Seahawk Men's Basketball Falls in Conference Opener

Marsalis Hurley
Marsalis Hurley

Fredericksburg, Va. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team saw its two-game win streak come to an end Wednesday night in their Capital Athletic Conference opener. St. Mary's dropped a 70-60 decision to the University of Mary Washington after the Seahawks shot below 26% in the second half.

Sophomore guard Delaszo Smith (Baltimore, Md./Annapolis) led St. Mary's (3-3, 0-1 CAC) in the loss with 10 points off the bench while sophomore forward Marsalis Hurley (Cheltenham, Md./Frederick Douglass) pulled down 11 rebounds as the Seahawks dominated the glass with a 44-28 rebounding margin.

The game witnessed six lead changes and three tied scores. St. Mary's turned around a four-point deficit into a nine-point lead at 8:03 as a triple by junior forward Pat Ryan (Arlington, Va./Mercersburg [Pa.]) capped a 19-6 run for the 24-15 advantage. A pair of three-pointers by junior guard TJ Jones (Stafford, Va./North Stafford) in a 16-8 Eagle run allowed the hosts to pull within 32-31 at halftime.

All 10 of Smith's points came in the first half as he was 5-of-6 from the field while the Seahawks shot 51.7%, making 15 of 29 attempts. Jones led all scorers at intermission with 11 points behind his three long bombs.

Mary Washington (4-2, 1-1 CAC) took over in the second stanza as the Eagles opened up the half with a 19-6 run to stake a 50-38 advantage at 10:48. UMW went on to hold a double-digit lead for the remainder of the game. Junior forward John Lutkenhaus (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) contributed to the Eagles' second-half dominance with a second-half double-double on 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Lutkenhaus finished the night with game-bests of 20 points and 14 boards for Mary Washington while Jones chipped in 18.

St. Mary's will look to notch its first conference win of the season this Saturday, December 5 when the Seahawks welcome Wesley College (1-4, 0-1 CAC) to the Michael P. O'Brien Athletics & Recreation Center Arena for the second half of a league doubleheader. The men will tip-off at 4:00 p.m. after the women's 2 o'clock game.

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