Seahawk Men's Basketball Overcomes Deficit to Knock off Guilford

Mikey Fitzpatrick
Mikey Fitzpatrick

St. Mary's City, Md. – There were 13 lead changes and 10 tied scores as the St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team picked up a come-from-behind 70-65 non-conference victory over Guilford College Wednesday night.

Senior forward Brad Monroe (Asheboro, N.C.) tipped in sophomore guard Carson Sullivan's (Charlotte, N.C.) missed three-pointer at 4:35 to stretch Guilford's lead to three.  That would be the Quakers' last lead as St. Mary's powered through with a 12-4 run in the final four minutes.

Sophomore guard Kyle Wise (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) sparked the run with five straight points while junior guard Devin Spencer (Baltimore, Md./Towson Catholic) notched five of the Seahawks' final seven points for the 70-65 final.  Guilford was 1-for-5 from the field, including 0-for-2 from downtown, during the home team's run.

Spencer and senior guard Mikey Fitzpatrick (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) each tallied 13 points in the Seahawk win while sophomore guard Brendan McFall (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) added 12 off the bench.  Fitzpatrick finished with a season-best 13 points off the bench after going 3-of-5 from behind the arc as the Seahawks connected on a season-high 11 three-pointers for a 47.8 three-point field goal percentage.

Guilford (8-3) had its three-game win streak snapped despite holding a 34-29 halftime lead behind 10 first-half points from Sullivan and a 21-14 rebounding margin.  The Quakers broke a 9-9 tie with a 17-9 run over a nearly eight-minute span to boast their biggest lead of the game, eight points with 6:36 remaining in the half.  St. Mary's pulled within 28-27 at 3:17 before Guilford closed out the half on a 6-2 spurt.

After a turnover by each side to start the second stanza, senior guard Gabriel Lowder (Yadkinville, N.C.) was fouled on a three-point attempt and made all three free throws to match the Quakers' biggest lead of the game at 19:23.  The Seahawks went on a 19-9 run after Lowder's free throws to gain a two-point lead at 11:41 as Fitzpatrick scored eight in the run.

Fitzpatrick's third trey of the night knotted the contest at 58-all at 7:01 before Wise's long-range shot tied up the game for the ninth time at 61-61 at 4:00.  St. Mary's (9-3) hustle play in the last four minutes helped the Seahawks extend their regular-season home win streak to 35-0.

The Seahawks will look to continue their winning ways in the New Year when St. Mary's returns to Capital Athletic Conference action and welcomes Marymount (Va.) University (3-7) to the Michael P. O'Brien Athletics & Recreation Center Arena for league play at 8:00 pm.