St. Mary's Men's Basketball Takes down Mary Washington

Delaszo Smith
Delaszo Smith

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

The Basics

  • Score: St. Mary's 86, Mary Washington 85
  • Records: St. Mary's (11-11, 6-9 CAC), Mary Washington (10-12, 5-10 CAC)
  • Location: Fredericksburg, Va. · Ron Rosner Arena
  • The Short Story: Junior wing Chris Craft, Jr. (Waldorf, Md./Westlake) won the game for the St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team Wednesday night with a buzzer-beating layup. Thanks to Craft's heroics, St. Mary's picked up an 86-85 come-from-behind victory at the University of Mary Washington, sweeping the season series with the Eagles.

What It Means

  • The victory puts St. Mary's into a tie for sixth place in the conference standings with Penn State Harrisburg (9-13, 6-9 CAC).

How It Happened

  • St. Mary's erased a three-point halftime deficit by starting the second half on a 17-13 run to claim a 60-59 lead at 13:38 on a basket by junior guard Ochae Bynum (Waldorf, Md./North Point) – its first lead since the 2:35-minute mark of the first half.
  • The Seahawks went on to establish a five-point advantage with 8:07 left in the game before Mary Washington rallied with an 18-9 run to retake a four-point spread with 2:11 remaining on a jumper by junior forward Eric Shaw (Fredericksburg, Va./Middleburg Academy).
  • Bynum cut the lead to two with a basket at 1:26 before junior wing LaVonte Sanders (Upper Marlboro, Md./Wise) made the backend of two free throws to close the gap to 85-84 with 51 seconds to go.
  • Following a Mary Washington full timeout at 00:45, the Eagles turned the ball over with 26 ticks on the clock and St. Mary's called a timeout of its own three seconds later.
  • Craft grabbed an offensive rebound and knocked down a layup in the final three seconds for the game-winning basket.

Inside the Box Score

  • Senior captain Delaszo Smith (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) finished the night with 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting and a 5-of-7 effort at the free throw line. Smith also added five rebounds and two assists.
  • Bynum and Sanders contributed 18 and 16 points, respectively. Sanders was 7-of-12 from the floor and hauled in a team-best seven boards while Bynum was 2-of-3 from downtown with five caroms and two steals.
  • First-year guard Matt Ayoub (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson) stretched his double-digit scoring streak to 14 with 10 points.

Up Next

  • St. Mary's will continue its playoff push this Saturday afternoon when the Seahawks welcome Frostburg State University (6-16, 5-10 CAC) to town for another important CAC matchup. Tip-off is 4:00 p.m. Before the game starts Saturday, St. Mary's will recognize Smith as its lone senior. In their previous meeting on January 4, Frostburg State picked up a 70-64 win at Frostburg over the Seahawks for its first CAC win of the season.

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