St. Mary's City, Md. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team rallied from 18 points down Wednesday night but York College of Pennsylvania held on for the 84-78 Capital Athletic Conference win.
York (7-7, 3-4 CAC) broke away from the Seahawks at the start of the second half, stretching an eight-point halftime lead into a 57-39 advantage with an 18-8 run in the first seven minutes. The Spartans owned a 17-point at 8:38 on a jumper by sophomore forward Blayde Reich (Lebanon, Pa./Lebanon) before St. Mary's began to methodically chip away at the deficit.
The Seahawks (7-7, 3-4 CAC) put together a 26-13 run in just over eight minutes to pull within 81-77 with 27 seconds left. St. Mary's, who matched a season-high with 11 triples in the game, connected on four three-pointers in the run while first-year guard Danny Canary (Silver Spring, Md./Montgomery Blair) kept the run afloat with 12 points.
Sophomore guard Delaszo Smith (Baltimore, Md./Annapolis) continued his strong play with his fourth consecutive 20-point game, tallying a game-high 20 points with three three-pointers. First-year guard Phil Newsome (Mitchellville, Md./Potomac School) finished with 13 and six rebounds while Canary ended the game with his season-best 12 points scored in the final eight minutes of the game.
Sophomore forward Marsalis Hurley (Cheltenham, Md./Frederick Douglass) helped the Seahawks post a 33-30 rebounding margin with a game-best nine boards while senior guard Garrett Snoops (Millersville, Md./Spalding) came off the bench to contribute seven points and a career- and game-best five assists.
York never trailed in the game as the Spartans established a 26-13 lead at 8:08 after opening up the game on a 6-0 run and shooting nearly 52-percent from the field. St. Mary's would cut the lead to 32-29 at 2:47 as first-year guard Brendan Cavanagh (Centreville, Md./Queen Anne's) sparked a 16-6 run with five straight points.
Reich finished the night with 18 points as the Spartans snapped their five-game skid while junior forward Dalton Myers (Finksburg, Md./Westminster) and sophomore guard Matt Scamuffo (Chalfont, Pa./Central Bucks South) each picked up 14 points. Sophomore forward Zack Galic (Camp Hill, Pa./Cedar Cliff) grabbed a team-best seven caroms and added 10 points off the bench.
St. Mary's will look to get back in the win column this Saturday, January 13th when the Seahawks travel to Middletown, Pennsylvania to face Penn State Harrisburg (10-4, 5-2 CAC) in another conference tilt at 3:00 p.m.
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