St. Mary's Men's Basketball Rallies to Take down No. 11 Salisbury

Lavonte Sanders
Lavonte Sanders

For Immediate Release · Wednesday, February 15, 2017 · nmoran@smcm.edu

The Basics

  • Score: St. Mary's 85, No. 11 Salisbury 73
  • Records: St. Mary's (13-11, 8-9 CAC), No. 11 Salisbury (19-5, 14-3 CAC)
  • Location: St. Mary's City, Md. · Michael P. O'Brien Athletics & Recreation Center Arena
  • The Short Story: First-year guard Tre Mouton (Waldorf, Md./North Point) poured in a game- and season-best 23 points as the St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team posted their third straight come-from-behind win Wednesday night. St. Mary's notched an 85-73 victory over No. 11 Salisbury University, snapping SU's five-game win streak.

What It Means

  • Following tonight's win, St. Mary's remains in a three-way tie with Marymount (Va.) University (11-13, 8-9 CAC) and Wesley College (10-14, 8-9 CAC) for fourth in the conference standings with one game left to play in the regular season.

How It Happened

  • Salisbury rolled to a 31-15 advantage at 9:21 as junior forward Chad Barcikowski (Sykesville, Md./Liberty) knocked down three triples in less than two minutes and finished with 13 points in the run. The Sea Gulls led by 16 for the last time at 6:55 on senior forward Gordon Jeter's (Easton, Md./Easton) basket.
  • The Seahawks began to chip away at the deficit and junior forward Chris Craft, Jr. (Waldorf, Md./Westlake) capped a 14-2 run to end the half with a buzzer-beating layup, sending St. Mary's into the break down only 37-35.
  • First-year guard Matt Ayoub (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson) and Mouton paced the Seahawks with eight first-half points.
  • After SU stretched its lead to six on a dunk by Jeter at 17:06, the game would be tied six times before a 17-7 Seahawk run put out of reach and gave St. Mary's a double-digit lead at 1:13.

Inside the Box Score

  • Mouton was a perfect 11-of-11 from the field in route to his game- and season-best 23 points while adding three assists and two rebounds.
  • Junior captain Delaszo Smith (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) added 18 points as Smith went 8-for-8 at the free throw line. He also chipped in five boards and two assists.
  • Junior wing LaVonte Sanders (Upper Marlboro, Md./Wise) rounded out the double-digit scorers with 14 on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor.

Up Next

  • St. Mary's will wrap up the regular season this Saturday, February 18 when the Seahawks head south to Buena Vista, Virginia, to face Southern Virginia University (4-20, 2-15 CAC). Tip-off is 3:00 p.m. The last time around, St. Mary's picked up a 75-59 win over the Knights on January 14. 

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