St. Mary's Men's Basketball Locks up No. 4 Seed

Delaszo Smith
Delaszo Smith

Dover, Del. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team dropped their regular-season finale, 67-60, Saturday afternoon to Wesley College (10-15, 8-10) in a Capital Athletic Conference bout.

Today's result and a loss by Southern Virginia University (9-16, 8-10 CAC) forced a three-way tie for the No. 4 seed in the 2016 CAC Men's Basketball Championship Tournament. St. Mary's (12-13, 8-10 CAC) claimed the fourth seed because of its January 2 victory at Salisbury University while Southern Virginia is the No. 5 seed because of its January 20 win over the University of Mary Washington. Wesley finished as the sixth seed.

St. Mary's will now host Southern Virginia in a first-round game on Tuesday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. CAC passes will be honored. Doors open 75 minutes before game time.

The Seahawks, led by seniors Tanner Brooks (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's School) and Garrett Snoops (Millersville, Md./Archbishop Spalding) plus sophomore captain Delaszo Smith (Baltimore, Md./Annapolis) coming off the bench, could not hold off the Wolverines.

St. Mary's came out swinging in the opening five minutes of the game with an 8-0 run. Over the next few minutes, the Wolverines clawed themselves back into the game and eventually took the lead, 13-12, at 10:03. It was a back-and-forth battle until the halftime buzzer with the Seahawks taking the lead at intermission, 28-24.

Brooks led all scorers at halftime with 12 points on 3-of-4 shooting, including a pair of triples, while sophomore guard JW Lawson (Newark, Del./Concord) tallied eight points off the bench for Wesley.

As the second half began, the battle raged on as the Wolverines sunk the first two baskets to tie it up. Eventually, the Seahawks fought back to take a 45-39 lead with 13:02 remaining. To retake the momentum, Wesley went on a 9-2 run, closing it out with a three-point play to take the lead, 48-47, at 9:42.

In the final four minutes of play, it came down to getting in the paint and to the charity stripe where Wesley went 14-of-16. The Wolverines were able to extend their lead and finished the game, 67-60.

Brooks finished the day with 15 points while Smith added 14. Snoops also scored in double digits with 10 along with seven rebounds and three assists.

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