Owings Mills, Md. – Junior guard Devin Spencer's (Baltimore, Md./Towson Catholic) clutch play with 51 seconds left in regulation gave the St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team a 59-56 Capital Athletic Conference triumph over host Stevenson University Saturday evening.
Junior guard Brandon Carroll (Randallstown, Md./Archbishop Curley) hit a jumper in the paint at 1:30 to knot the game at 56-56 following a defensive stop by Stevenson in which fellow classmate Brett Burrier (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) stole the ball from sophomore guard Brendan McFall (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville). Carroll's jumper capped a 31-15 Mustang run that erased a 16-point deficit as Carroll scored nine points, including five straight.
Spencer knocked down the eventual game-winning three-pointer at 00:51 and caused Stevenson to call a full timeout. Jason Jones attempted to tip-in Stefon McCray's missed layup with 21 seconds remaining but sophomore forward Christian MacAuley (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch) grabbed the defensive rebound.
Another opportunity arose for Stevenson to send the game into overtime as sophomore guard DeVohn Gilmore (Baltimore, Md./Pikesville) turned the ball over for the Seahawks turned the ball just a second later. The Mustangs looked to capitalize on the miscue as senior forward Greg Collins (Baltimore, Md./Western Tech) pulled the trigger from behind the three-point line at 00:05 but was off the mark and MacAuley hauled in his sixth defensive board to end the game.
Spencer finished the contest with 11 points as he connected on three long-range shots while McFall added 10. MacAuley pulled down a game-best nine caroms and chipped in eight points while first-year guard Jerome Tolson (Upper Marlboro, Md./Riverdale Baptist) had a breakout game for the Seahawks with season-bests of four points and six boards.
St. Mary's (13-5, 7-2 CAC) never trailed the entire game as the Seahawks built a 39-25 advantage in the first half on 17-of-29 shooting for an impressive 58.6-field goal percentage, including making 4-of-9 from three-point land.
On the defensive side of the ball, St. Mary's held the Mustangs to just 29.2% shooting from field, including 0-for-7 from downtown, with 14 defensive rebounds, five steals and three blocks. McFall led all players at the break with nine points while MacAuley and Tolson each had four rebounds.
In the second half, the Seahawks' red-hot shooting dropped to 34.8% while Stevenson (4-13, 1-7 CAC) surged to a blistering 61.1% on an 11-of-18 effort.
The Seahawks will welcome Hood College (11-6, 3-5 CAC) to the Michael P. O'Brien Athletics & Recreation Center Arena on Wednesday, January 25 for a league matchup at 8:00 pm. St. Mary's picked up a 72-70 win at Hood on December 10 as four Seahawks scored in double-digits.