Fredericksburg, Va. – Despite receiving a game- and season-best 20 points from first-year guard Nick LaGuerre (Baltimore, Md./Lansdowne), the St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team suffered their third Capital Athletic Conference loss of the season as the University of Mary Washington Eagles handed the Seahawks a 67-65 setback Saturday afternoon.
LaGuerre connected on seven of 15 field goal attempts, including a season-high four three-pointers, to pace the Seahawks (14-6, 8-3 CAC) while dishing out a season-best four assists. Sophomore forward Christian MacAuley (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch) registered his third double-double of the season (and second against Mary Washington) on 13 points and game-best dozen rebounds.
Sophomore guard Brendan McFall (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) also finished in double digits for St. Mary's with 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field.
Mary Washington (15-5, 10-1 CAC) edged the Seahawks, 36-34, in the first half as seven of the Eagles' nine first-half field goals were from behind the three-point line. St. Mary's opened up with a 9-1 lead at 16:36 then five points by LaGuerre helped his team post a 15-6 margin at 13:29. Mary Washington grabbed its first lead of the game at 9:22 (16-15) as senior guard Ryan Farrar (Ashburn, Va./Centreville) knocked a pair of three-pointers in the 9-0 run.
St. Mary's regained the lead at 7:34 as MacAuley slammed home a dunk to cap a 5-0 run. First-year guard Taylor Johnson (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run) then hit a three-pointer 34 seconds later to cut the lead to one and from there on, the two teams traded leads until the 3:28-mark.
Sophomore forward E.J. Willis (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams) dropped in the Eagles' sixth three-pointer of the half to spark an 11-4 run for a 36-30 UMW advantage at 1:48. St. Mary's rallied behind four points by MacAuley but Mary Washington held on for the two-point lead at intermission. MacAuley led all players at halftime with 11 points while Farrar paced UMW with 10.
LaGuerre put up his third three-pointer of the contest to return a two-point lead (51-49) to the Seahawks at 13:02, erasing a five-point deficit. Mary Washington answered with a 13-3 run to establish an eight-point margin at 6:38. Junior guard Devin Spencer's (Baltimore, Md./Towson Catholic) three-pointer pulled the visitors within 66-65 with 39 seconds left. St. Mary's rally fell short as sophomore guard Kyle Wise's (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) three-point attempt was off the mark at the buzzer.
The Seahawks will be back in action on Wednesday, February 1 as they welcome York College of Pennsylvania (13-7, 8-3 CAC) to the Michael P. O'Brien Athletics & Recreation Center Arena for a conference tilt at 8:00 pm. St. Mary's pulled out a 71-69 triumph at York on December 7 as four Seahawks scored in double digits.