Baltimore, Md. – The No. 15 St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team picked up their first loss of the 2011-12 campaign as the Seahawks dropped a 67-66 decision to host Johns Hopkins University Friday night in the semifinals of the Pride of Maryland Championship Tournament.
The Seahawks (1-1) will now take on Frostburg State University tomorrow at 6:00 pm in the third-place game while Johns Hopkins (2-0) moves on to the championship game against Salisbury University at 8:00 pm. Salisbury was a 72-61 winner over Frostburg State earlier in the evening.
Sophomore captain Christian MacAuley (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch) recorded team-bests of 13 points and seven rebounds to pace St. Mary's while junior captain Devin Spencer (Baltimore, Md./Towson Catholic) added 12 points and five assists.
The game was back-and-forth in the first eight minutes of the first half before St. Mary's used an 11-5 run to break a 10-10 tie and notch a six-point advantage with 8:02 left before halftime. Hopkins responded with a run of its own as the Blue Jays outscored St. Mary's 17-7 to close out the half and post a 32-28 lead at intermission.
Following a jumper by JHU first-year forward George Bugarinovic (Overland Park, Kans./Blue Valley Northwest) at 13:11 of the second stanza, the Seahawks found themselves eight points behind. St. Mary's rallied with a 9-0 run to claim a 43-42 lead at 10:15 on a layup by first-year Nick LaGuerre (Baltimore, Md./Lansdowne).
From that point on, the game would end up tied on five different occasions with the last time occurring at 3:39 as the two teams were neck-in-neck at 55-55. A MacAuley three-pointer briefly returned the lead to the Seahawks at 2:37 (58-57) but back-to-back Hopkins three-pointers put the Blue Jays ahead 63-58 with 55 seconds left.
Spencer fired up a long-range shot with seven seconds remaining in regulation to cut Hopkins' lead to 67-66. Junior forward Jeff Haus (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny) stole the ball from sophomore guard Daniel Corbett (Louisville, Ky./Trinity) to set up a last second shot by Spencer but his shot went off target as time expired.
As a team, St. Mary's shot an impressive 91.7% from the free throw line while finishing with a 44.6% field goal percentage.