Seahawk Men's Basketball Stumbles at No. 5 Christopher Newport

Danny Canary
Danny Canary

Newport News, Va. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team made seven three-pointers Wednesday night but could not slow down No. 5 Christopher Newport University. Christopher Newport completed the Capital Athletic Conference sweep of the Seahawks with a 69-53 win.

The final four playoff spots (seeds #3-6) remain up for grabs following tonight's action. The University of Mary Washington (13-11, 9-8 CAC) is currently in third after defeating Southern Virginia University (9-15, 8-9 CAC). St. Mary's (12-12, 8-9 CAC) and Southern Virginia are now tied for fourth while three teams are tied for sixth third at 7-10 (Marymount (Va.) University, Penn State Harrisburg, and Wesley College).

Tonight's loss snapped a three-game win streak for St. Mary's. The Seahawks will look to return to the win column this Saturday when the team travels to Wesley for the regular-season finale this Saturday, February 20. Tip-off is at 3:00 p.m.

The Seahawks finished with three players scoring in double digits. Sophomore captain Delaszo Smith (Baltimore, Md./Annapolis) led the way with 13 points and five rebounds while senior captain Tanner Brooks (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's School) added a dozen points, six boards, and two assists.

First-year guard Danny Canary (Silver Spring, Md./Montgomery Blair) came off the bench to chip in 11 points and two caroms in 15 minutes for the Seahawks while senior guard Donya Jackson (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall College) led the team on the glass with seven caroms.

St. Mary's led three times in the first half but by no more than two points. First-year guard Kyle DePollar (Potomac, Md./Montrose Christian) made both free throws at 9:04 for the Seahawks' last lead of the game, 22-21. CNU went on to close out the first half on an 18-6 run to snatch a 39-28 halftime advantage.

Brooks would be held to just one point in the second half as he scored 11 of his 12 in the first 20 minutes to lead all scorers at the break. Sophomore guard Marcus Carter (Williamsburg, Va./Burton), this week's CAC Player of the Week, paced the Captains with eight points and four rebounds in the first half.

The Captains (23-1, 17-0 CAC) continued to distance themselves from St. Mary's and doubled their 11-point halftime advantage with 6:45 left in the game behind a three-pointer by junior guard Kevin Regimbal (Midlothian, Va./James River).

St. Mary's shot nearly 40-percent from the floor to CNU's 45-percent but struggled at the line, making only four of 13 attempts.

Junior forward Tim Daly (Richmond, Va./James River) led Christopher Newport to its 14th straight win with a game-best 15 points off the bench while Regimbal and Carter finished with 13 and 12, respectively.

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