San Juan, P.R. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team opened up action in the sunny Caribbean with a dominating 76-50 non-conference victory over University of Sacred Heart (P.R.) Sunday afternoon in the Seahawks' first game of the Puerto Rico Division III Classic.
Sophomore forward Christian MacAuley (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch) paced St. Mary's (8-2) in its fifth consecutive win with his first double-double of the season as MacAuley tallied 11 points and a game- and season-best 13 rebounds while adding five blocks and two steals.
The Seahawks will return to action tomorrow at 1:00 pm as the team faces No. 19 The College of Wooster (5-2). The Fighting Scots are riding a two-game skid and fell 14 spots in this week's D3hoops.com Top 25 after dropping two North Coast Athletic Conference games to Wittenberg University (L, 56-55 on Dec. 7) and then-No. 25 Wabash College (L, 72-58 on Dec. 10).
St. Mary's earned a 41-28 halftime advantage as the Seahawks outscored Sacred Heart, 18-10, over the final nine minutes of the first half.
Guards Deon Queen (Pasadena, Md./Long Reach) and Brendan McFall (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) commanded the Seahawks' 43-point effort of the bench as Queen notched 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting while McFall recorded his fourth consecutive double-digit scoring performance with 10 points on a perfect 5-of-5 outing.
Junior guard Christopher Hutchinson (Owings Mills, Md./New Town) also scored in double figures for St. Mary's, picking up 12 points along with six boards and game-best four steals.
Francisco Ramos led the Sacred Heart Dolphins with a game-high 16 points while Desiderio Lebron, Ferdinand Morales, and Joaquin Martinez all grabbed five caroms each.