St. Mary's Men's Basketball Bows out of CAC Tournament

Coach Harney
Coach Harney

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

The Basics

  • Score: Fifth-seed St. Mary's 64, Fourth-seed Marymount (Va.) 69
  • Records: Fifth-seed St. Mary's (13-13), Fourth-seed Marymount (Va.) (13-13)
  • Location: Arlington, Va. · Verizon Sports Arena
  • The Short Story: Despite having four players score in double digits, the St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team faced an early exit in the 2017 Capital Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Championship Tournament Tuesday night. Fifth-seeded St. Mary's succumbed to a heartbreaking 69-64 decision at fourth-seeded Marymount (Va.) University in the tournament first round action.

What It Means

  • The loss concludes St. Mary's 2016-17 campaign with a 13-13 (8-10 CAC) overall record. Tonight's loss marks the first time since the 2005-06 season that the Seahawks do not advance past the first round of the CAC Tournament.

How It Happened

  • The Seahawks found themselves down 13 points with 18:34 remaining in the game as Marymount opened up the second half with a three-pointer from sophomore guard Brandon Rogers (Tokyo, Japan/American School) and a two-point basket from junior forward Alex Danko (Cinnaminson, N.J./Paul VI).
  • St. Mary's went on a 29-15 run, which was ignited by a Delaszo Smith (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) layup and capped by a Danny Canary (Silver Spring, Md./Montgomery Blair) triple, over nearly 11 minutes to claim a 56-55 edge at 7:15 – its first lead since the 11:27-minute mark of the first half.
  • Six straight points from this week's CAC Player of the Week, junior Dimitri Rucker (St. Louis, Mo./Whitfield), propelled the Saints to a 64-58 lead at 3:01.
  • The Seahawks responded with six straight points, including four from Smith, to knot the game with 1:53 left in the contest.
  • Senior guard Michael Anderson (Leesburg, Va./Loudoun County) fired up the go-ahead three-ball at 1:24 and Marymount then added free throws with 23 ticks and five seconds on the clock to ice the win.

Inside the Box Score

  • Smith and junior forward Chris Craft, Jr. (Waldorf, Md./Westlake) both finished with a team-best 14 points. In addition to his season-best 14 points, Craft grabbed eight rebounds.
  • Junior guard Donovan Robinson (Waldorf, Md./North Point) came off the bench to contribute a season-high 13 points as Robinson connected on a season-best six field goals made.
  • Junior wing LaVonte Sanders (Upper Marlboro, Md./Wise) picked up his third double-double of the season with 11 points and a game-high 10 boards while chipping three assists.

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