Frostburg, Md. – Despite having three players score in double figures, the St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team picked up their second consecutive loss at the Seahawks suffered an 85-72 setback at Frostburg State University Saturday afternoon in Capital Athletic Conference action.
Frostburg State's (8-9, 5-3 CAC) win today avenged a November 19 loss for the Bobcats in the third-place game of the 2011 Pride of Maryland Tournament at Johns Hopkins University as the Seahawks notched a 62-57 victory.
This is the first time since the 2007-08 season that St. Mary's, the three-time defending CAC regular-season champion, has suffered back-to-back conference losses and the first time since the 2008-09 campaign that the Seahawks have lost back-to-back games. Today's 13-point defeat is also the largest of the season.
Junior guard Chris Hutchinson (Owings Mills, Md./New Town) paced the Seahawk offense with 16 points and added three steals while sophomore forward Christian MacAuley (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch) tallied 11 points, a team-best eight rebounds and matched his season-high with five blocks.
Although St. Mary's (11-5, 5-2 CAC) shot 44.4% from the field in the first half, including 3-of-4 from downtown, the Seahawks struggled to establish substantial separation between them and Frostburg and never led by more than four points throughout the first 20 minutes.
First-year guard Jerome Tolson (Upper Marlboro, Md./Riverdale Baptist) came off the bench and connected on a three-point shot to restore a four-point Seahawk lead with 5:52 left in the half while a MacAuley layup at 3:59 kept his team ahead 35-32. The lead did not last as the Bobcats went to work and used a 15-3 run to head into halftime with a 47-38 advantage.
Frostburg's senior Maurice Williams (Columbus, Ohio) led all players at intermission with 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting and eight rebounds while MacAuley paced the Seahawks with 11 points on 7-of-10 from the free throw line and six boards.
St. Mary's had no answers for the Bobcat offense as the FSU lead was in double digits the entire second half and Frostburg built its biggest margin of the game – 18 points (76-58) – with 5:27 remaining following a Williams' jumper.
Williams finished the afternoon with a game-high 25 points while fellow classmates Bradley Nunn (Ft. Washington, Md./Riverdale Baptist) and Troy Dockett (South Riding, Va.) added 21 and 15, respectively.
The Seahawks will look to get back in the win column on Wednesday, January 18 as St. Mary's travels to the Eastern Shore to take on Salisbury University (9-6, 2-5 CAC) in league action at 8:00 pm.