Smith Lifts St. Mary's Men's Basketball to Overtime Win over Mary Washington

Alie Kondeh
Alie Kondeh

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

The Basics

  • Score: St. Mary's 83, Mary Washington 74 (OT)
  • Records: St. Mary's (5-3, 1-2 CAC), Mary Washington (4-3, 1-2 CAC)
  • Location: St. Mary's City, Md. · Michael P. O'Brien Athletics & Recreation Center Arena
  • The Short Story: Junior captain Delaszo Smith (Baltimore, Md./Annapolis) knocked down the game-tying three-pointer with 1.1 seconds left in regulation to send the St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team into overtime Wednesday night. The Seahawks then rolled to an 83-74 extra period Capital Athletic Conference win over the University of Mary Washington.

How It Happened

  • Smith caught the pass from junior guard Ochae Bynum (Waldorf, Md./North Point) and fired up the triple from the left side of the arc, knotting the game at 69-all with 1.1 seconds remaining and forcing overtime.
  • In the extra frame, St. Mary's opened up with a 7-0 run before senior forward John Lutkenhaus (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) slowed down the Seahawks' push by making one of two free throws.
  • St. Mary's did the rest of its damage from the free throw line, sealing the victory and snapping its two-game skid by going 7-of-10 from the line. Junior wing Lavonte Sanders (Upper Marlboro, Md./Wise) gave the Seahawks an opening 2-0 lead with a pair of free throws but Lutkenhaus scored four to put Mary Washington up by five.
  • Six points from first-year guard Tre Mouton (Waldorf, Md./North Point) and five from Bynum returned an 18-17 lead to St. Mary's at 9:02. From there, Lutkenhaus dropped three three-pointers in a 20-9 Eagle run as Mary Washington headed into the locker room with a 37-27 advantage.
  • Mouton paced the Seahawks at halftime with six points in nine minutes off the bench while Sanders and Ayoub each grabbed three rebounds. As a team, St. Mary's shot 38.5-percent from the floor with two three-pointers to Mary Washington's 41.9-percent and six triples.
  • Mary Washington stretched the lead to 14 in the first three minutes of the second half before the Seahawks put together a 32-16 run to retake the advantage at 3:09 for the first time since the 9:02-minute mark. Junior wing Chris Craft, Jr. (Waldorf, Md./Westlake) capped the run with back-to-back baskets for four of his 11 points.
  • Lutkenhaus came on strong once again for the Eagles, scoring nine straight in a 12-7 run to give Mary Washington a 69-66 lead with 12 ticks on the clock in regulation.

Inside the Box Score

  • Smith finished the contest with 24 points, including 18 in the second half, on 9-of-20 shooting with a season-best four three-pointers. He also added five rebounds, a career-best four steals, and three assists.
  • Junior guard Alie Kondeh (Laurel, Md./Ideal Academy) contributed 16 points, three steals, two assists, and two rebounds off the bench.
  • Craft went 5-of-5 from the field for 11 points as a reserve with a team-best six boards while Mouton ended the night with 10 points, four caroms, and two helpers.
  • Bynum chipped in nine points, a season-best eight dimes, three rebounds, and two steals.

Up Next

  • St. Mary's hopes to continue its winning ways this Saturday, December 10 when Penn State Harrisburg (4-3, 1-2 CAC) comes to campus for conference action at 4:00 p.m. The men's game follows the St. Mary's women who will also face Penn State Harrisburg at 2:00 p.m. as part of the CAC doubleheader.

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