Newport News, Va. – Four Seahawks scored in double figures as the St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team returned to the win column with an 85-77 non-conference victory over Christopher Newport University Thursday night.
First-year guard Nick LaGuerre (Baltimore, Md./Lansdowne) paced the Seahawks with 15 points off the bench as LaGuerre was perfect in all scoring opportunities. He went 4-for-4 from the field, including knocking down three long-range shots, and making all four free throw attempts.
The keys to St. Mary's (4-2) win tonight were the team's 41.2% shooting from the arc while the Captain perimeter shooters only connected on one in 10 tries. The Seahawks also posted a 22-of-27 effort from the charity stripe while receiving 42 points from their reserves.
Junior guard Christopher Hutchinson (Owings Mills, Md./New Town) notched his third consecutive double-digit scoring night as Hutchinson tallied 14 points while forwards Jeff Haus (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny) and Christian MacAuley (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch) each added 12 points. The forward duo led the Seahawks in rebounding with seven and six boards, respectively.
The first half featured seven tied scores as the last one happened at 3:20 as MacAuley nailed a three-point shot to make it 33-33. Haus capped off a 9-2 run with a layup as the Seahawks reclaimed a four-point (37-33) lead at 2:26 and headed into the locker room with a 39-36 halftime advantage.
Hutchinson paced the team in the first half with 10 points as he was 4-of-4 from the field with a pair of three-pointers mixed in.
Sophomore Tra Benefield (Folkston, Ga./Evangel Christian [Va.]) laid in a layup at 16:21 as the Captains outscored St. Mary's, 11-8, at the start of the second stanza for the final tied score of the contest (47-47). The Seahawks broke the draw with a 12-2 run to establish a 59-49 advantage at 14:04 following back-to-back LaGuerre three-pointers.
Christopher Newport (4-3) closed the gap to 61-57 on a Benefield dunk at 11:29 but the Seahawks never relinquished the lead in the final 11 minutes of the contest. As a team in the second half, St. Mary's shot 55.2% from the field to finish with a 49.1% field goal percentage for the game.
The Seahawks return to action on Saturday, December 3 as the two-time Capital Athletic Conference champions begin defense of its conference title against Stevenson University in the Michael P. O'Brien Athletics & Recreation Center Arena at 4:00 pm.