Seahawk Men's Basketball Voted to Come In Fourth By Conference Coaches

Seahawk Men's Basketball Voted to Come In Fourth By Conference Coaches

For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · nmoran@smcm.edu

York, Pa. – Hoops season is finally here. The St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team welcomes Penn State Altoona for their home- and season-opener on Tuesday, November 15. St. Mary's kicks off the 2016-17 campaign picked to finish fourth in the 2016-17 Capital Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Coaches Preseason Poll.

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2016-17 CAC Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Christopher Newport (9 first-place votes)

81 points

2. Salisbury

69 points

3. Mary Washington (1 first-place vote)

67 points

4. St. Mary's (Md.)

54 points

5. York (Pa.)

42 points

T6. Penn State Harrisburg

38 points

T6. Wesley

38 points

8. Marymount (Va.)

31 points

9. Southern Virginia

16 points

10. Frostburg State

13 points

Last season, St. Mary's finished the campaign with a 13-14 (8-10 CAC) overall record and advanced to the semifinals of the 2016 CAC Tournament as the No. 4 seed, nearly upsetting top-seeded and No. 5 Christopher Newport University as the Seahawks bowed out with a heartbreaking one-point loss.

Twelve-year head coach Chris Harney brought in 16 newcomers to complement a veteran core of nine letterwinners as St. Mary's looks to rebound from its first losing season in 10 years. The 24-man roster features a deep bench, including six transfers who bring in strong collegiate experience to the hardwood.

St. Mary's returns just two of its top-five scorers from last season, including All-CAC selection, junior captain Delaszo Smith. Smith was second in 2015-16 with 13.9 points per game while fellow captain Marsalis Hurley contributed 6.8 points per game. Sophomores Danny Canary (5.4 ppg), Phil Newsome (4.9 ppg), and Kyle DePollar (4.3 ppg) will be counted on to make more of an offensive contribution this season.

On the boards, Hurley brings back a 6.4 rebounding average and will look to Harford Community College transfer, junior Charlie Kwarteng, and rookies Darick Kerns and Jamal Murphy to provide additional support.

St. Mary's opens up the new season at home against Penn State Altoona, who was picked to finish eighth in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. Last year, Penn State Altoona posted a 7-15 (6-12 AMCC) overall record.

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