No. 15 St. Mary's Men's Basketball Falls at No. 17 Franklin & Marshall

Christopher Hutchinson
Christopher Hutchinson

Lancaster, Pa. – Junior guard Christopher Hutchinson (Owings Mills, Md./New Town) and sophomore captain Christian MacAuley (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch) combined for 33 of the team's 68 points as the No. 15 St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team dropped a 77-68 non-conference decision to host No. 17 Franklin & Marshall College Saturday afternoon.

Hutchinson notched 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field and added a game-best three steals while MacAuley tallied 16 and hauled in a game-high seven rebounds.

St. Mary's (3-2) never established a lead the entire contest despite shooting 50% from the field from the game, including 51.9% in the second half.  The most hurtful statistic for the Seahawk in this contest was a season-high 26 turnovers to Franklin & Marshall's 18.  The Diplomats capitalized on those St. Mary's miscues, converting for 30 of their 77 points.

Senior guard Georgio Milligan (Spring Valley, N.Y.) picked up 17 first-half points and junior forward Hayk Gyokchyan (Beirut, Lebanon) added 10 in the first minutes as Franklin & Marshall posted a 43-27 halftime advantage.  After Hutchinson tied the game at 2-2 at 17:51, the Diplomats used a 20-9 run to boast their first double-digit lead of the contest at 9:04 and never looked back.

The Seahawks outscored Franklin & Marshall, 41-34, in the second half and erased a 19-point deficit with a 30-16 run over a 10-minute span to pull within 73-68 with 31 ticks on the clock.  Senior guard Mikey Fitzpatrick (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) sparked St. Mary's comeback rally with a three-point shot at 10:36 while sophomore guard Kyle Wise (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) capped the run with a layup.

Franklin & Marshall closed out the game by going 4-of-4 from the charity stripe.

The Seahawks will look to get back in the win column on Thursday, December 1 as St. Mary's travels to Newport News, Virginia to face Christopher Newport University in non-conference action at 7:30 pm.