St. Mary's Men's Basketball Suffers First CAC Loss of the Season

DeVohn Gilmore
DeVohn Gilmore

St. Mary's City, Md. – It was a tough loss for the St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team Wednesday afternoon as the Seahawks dropped a 65-55 loss to the University of Mary Washington for their first Capital Athletic Conference defeat of the 2011-12 season despite receiving sophomore forward Christian MacAuley's (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch) second double-double of the year.

The loss also snapped two win streaks for St. Mary's (11-4, 5-1 CAC) as the Seahawks' home regular-season win streak was halted at 37 and their overall home win streak (includes postseason contests) was stopped at 20.

On the flip side, Mary Washington (11-4, 6-0 CAC) put an end to its nine-game losing skid against the Seahawks as the Eagles' last win over St. Mary's was four years ago on January 12, 2008 in Fredericksburg, Va.

MacAuley tallied game-highs of 15 points and 14 rebounds (season-best as well) while sophomore guard DeVohn Gilmore (Baltimore, Md./Pikesville) provided an offensive spark off the bench with career-highs of 11 points and three steals.

The Seahawks' first of two leads of the game came in the first minute and a half as MacAuley's three-point play put his team up 3-0 to start the day.  Mary Washington then went on a 23-4 run over a nearly 10-minute span to put the first half away and head into the locker room with a 34-21 advantage.

St. Mary's struggled from the field in the first half, shooting only 5-of-21 for 23.8%.  The bright spot in the first half was a 10-of-11 effort from the free throw line as MacAuley went 6-of-7 from the line en route to 10 first-half points to lead all players at halftime while adding seven boards.

The Seahawks came out focused and determined in the second stanza, using an 11-0 run to cut the deficit to 34-32 following a Nick LaGuerre (Baltimore, Md./Lansdowne) layup at 16:35.  Mary Washington rebuilt a seven-point lead just over a minute later but back-to-back layups by Gilmore and one by senior forward Brian Grashof (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) pulled their squad to its second and final lead of the game, 42-41 at 12:16.

First-year guard Taylor Johnson (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run) returned the lead to the Eagles 12 seconds later and sparked a 15-3 run with a three-pointer at 12:04 as Mary Washington established an 11-point margin with 6:14 remaining.  A LaGuerre three-pointer at 3:12 capped the Seahawks' final rally which made it a 58-53 contest but the visitors closed out the game by outscoring St. Mary's, 7-2.

Sophomore guard Walt Smith (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams) finished with 12 points while senior guard Ryan Farrar (Ashburn, Va./Centreville) added 10 to pace the Eagles.  Johnson finished the afternoon with a team-best eight caroms and seven points off the bench.

The Seahawks will look to get back in the win column on Saturday, January 14 as St. Mary's travels to Western Maryland to take on Frostburg State University (6-9, 3-3 CAC) in league action at 4:00 pm.