For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · email@example.com
- Score: St. Mary's 69, Husson 83
- Records: St. Mary's (2-8), Husson (7-1)
- Location: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Broward County Convention Center
- The Short Story: The St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team wrapped up their time at the Trip Sports Cruzin' Classic Sunday night with an 83-69 loss to the Husson University Eagles. Poor free throw shooting hindered St. Mary's success in the non-conference matchup as the Seahawks went to the line 33 times but made less than 30% of their attempts.
How It Happened
- St. Mary's took control of the game early in the first half and built a 29-14 advantage with 8:51 remaining in the half, fueling the run with four triples and eight points from sophomore forward Spencer Schultz (Clear Spring, Md./Clear Spring).
- Justin Thompson's three-pointer at 8:43 sparked a 22-5 run by the Eagles over a six-minute span and gave Husson its first lead, 36-34, since 16:58.
- Sophomore forward Darick Kerns (Cumberland, Md./Allegany) tied up the game with a jumper at 1:42 but back-to-back three-point shots put HU on top, 42-38, at halftime.
- Raheem Anderson tallied seven of his game-leading 11 first-half points during the tail-end of Husson's 22-5 run while Schultz paced the Seahawks with his eight points in the first 20 minutes.
- The Seahawks mounted a 9-3 push to start the second half and regain the lead, 47-45, temporarily at 17:00 on a layup by senior wing Chris Craft, Jr. (Waldorf, Md./Westlake).
- That would be St. Mary's last lead of the game despite closing the gap to one twice before the Eagles used an 18-9 run to boast a 10-point margin with 7:54 remaining in the game.
- The Seahawks were 3-of-19 from the charity stripe in the second half alone while Husson made the most of its 18 trips to the line, knocking down 14 free throws.
Inside the Box Score
- Senior wing LaVonte Sanders (Upper Marlboro, Md./Wise) came off the bench to lead St. Mary's with a season-best 13 points while adding five rebounds, a season-high two blocks, and two assists.
- Kerns finished the night with his first career double-double on a career- and game-best 14 boards and season-high 12 points on a career-best six made field goals plus a season-high two assists.
- Sophomore guard Matt Ayoub (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson) also tallied a dozen points and chipped in two helpers.
- Anderson paced the Eagles with a game-best 19 points while Justin Martin put up a double-double on 12 caroms and 11 points.
Up Next for the Seahawks
- Dec. 30 at Greensboro College (2-5) – Greensboro, N.C. – Hanes Gymnasium – 2:00 p.m.
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