Arlington, Va. – Three players scored in double digits as the St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team picked up their second consecutive win with a 67-58 Capital Athletic Conference victory over the Marymount (Va.) University Saints Saturday afternoon.
Junior guard Devin Spencer (Baltimore, Md./Towson Catholic) led all players in the game with 16 points as Spencer went 9-of-11 from the foul line. Sophomore forward Christian MacAuley (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch) tallied 10 points, four rebounds and two blocks while senior guard Mike Fitzpatrick (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) added 10 points off the bench as Fitzpatrick was a perfect 6-of-6 from the line.
Marymount (5-16, 1-11 CAC) jumped out to an early 8-1 lead at 15:05 behind back-to-back two-point baskets by senior forward Andrew Somuah (Alexandria, Va./Edison). The Seahawks responded with a 17-4 run to stake a six-point lead at 10:27. Senior forward John Magnani (Great Mills, Md./Great Mills) went 4-for-4 at the charity stripe to bring the Saints within 22-21 at 5:27.
St. Mary's (16-6, 10-3 CAC) re-established a seven-point margin at 3:39 but headed into the locker room with only a 28-25 advantage as neither team could hit a shot in the final two minutes of the first half. Somuah paced all players at the break with eight points off the bench while sophomore guard Brendan McFall (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) led the Seahawks with six points and three caroms.
The Seahawks pushed their lead to eight in the second half with 10:28 remaining before Marymount answered back with a 7-0 run to close the gap to 44-43 at 7:44. That's the closest the hosts would reach as St. Mary's put together a 12-2 run to achieve its first double-digit lead of the game at 4:32.
Tenacious defense by St. Mary's forced a season second-best 24 turnovers and the Seahawks notched 18 points off those Saint miscues. The Seahawks also went to the line a season-high 41 times, connecting 30 times at the line for a game free throw percentage of 73.2%.
St. Mary's will be back in action on Wednesday, February 8 as the Seahawks welcome Salisbury University (12-9, 5-7 CAC) to the Michael P. O'Brien Athletics & Recreation Center Arena for a conference tilt at 8:00 pm. Remember to wear navy blue next Wednesday for the 'Blueout.' You can buy 'Seahawk Nation' t-shirts for $10 at the Great Room on campus during lunch and dinner on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday or at the door on Wednesday night.