Christopher Newport Powers Past St. Mary's Men's Basketball with Strong Second Half

Jerrel Elder II '20 - Photo Credit: Bill Wood
Jerrel Elder II '20 - Photo Credit: Bill Wood

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

The Basics

  • Score: St. Mary's 50, Christopher Newport 64
  • Records: St. Mary's (3-15, 2-9 CAC), Christopher Newport (14-4, 8-3 CAC)
  • Location: Newport News, Va. – Freeman Center
  • The Short Story: Second-half turnovers once again plagued the St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team Wednesday night. The Seahawks came up short in a 64-50 road loss to Christopher Newport University in Capital Athletic Conference action.

How It Happened

  • St. Mary's connected on three three-pointers in a 13-2 run to turnaround a 9-0 start by the Captains and stake a 13-11 lead at 12:02. CNU would rebuild a nine-point advantage at the 4:05-minute mark with a 15-4 run but the Seahawks closed the half on an 8-0 run and pulled within 26-25 at halftime as senior wing Chris Craft, Jr. (Waldorf, Md./Westlake) hit a layup with three seconds to go.
  • Craft led all scorers with eight first-half points on 4-for-5 shooting while the Seahawks shot 37.9% (11-for-29) from the field with three triples. Aaron McFarland paced the home team with seven points while Christopher Newport connected on 9-of-27 shots (33.3%) with four three-pointers and went a perfect 4-for-4 effort at the line.
  • It was a tight start to the second half as the two teams traded leads six times before the Captains rolled out a 20-7 run to establish a 12-point lead at 7:14. CNU benefitted from 13 points off of 11 Seahawk turnovers while their shooting jumped over 50-percent over the final 20 minutes, including going 5-for-11 from behind the three-point arc.

Inside the Box Score

  • Sophomore wing Jerrel Elder (Schweinfurt, Germany/Meade [Md.]) tallied a dozen points to lead the Seahawks as Elder connected on a career-high five field goals for the second consecutive game.
  • Craft finished with 11 points, four rebounds, and two steals while sophomore guard Reggie Rouse (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) contributed a career-best seven boards to help St. Mary's a 33-29 edge in rebounding. Rouse also chipped in nine points and two assists.
  • Three Captains scored in double digits as McFarland led the way with a game-best 20 points.

Up Next for the Seahawks

  • Jan. 27 vs. Frostburg State University (8-10, 6-5 CAC) – Michael P. O'Brien ARC Arena – CAC game – 2:00 p.m. 

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