No. 12 St. Mary's Men's Basketball Shoots down York (Pa.)

Nick LaGuerre
Nick LaGuerre

York, Pa. - The No. 12 St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team could not miss Saturday afternoon as the Seahawks picked up their fourth straight win with an impressive 84-51 Capital Athletic Conference victory at York College of Pennsylvania.  With today's win, St. Mary's sweeps the season series with York.

St. Mary's (18-2, 6-1 CAC) put up a blistering 56.5-three-point field goal percentage as the Seahawks knocked down a season-best 13 long-range bombs.  Overall, St. Mary's shot 49.2% from the floor behind a 57.7-shooting percentage in the first half as the Seahawks were 8-of-11 from downtown.

Guards Devin Spencer (Baltimore, Md./Towson Catholic) and Nick LaGuerre (Baltimore, Md./Lansdowne) each tallied 18 points to pace St. Mary's while junior guard Brendan McFall (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) added a dozen.  LaGuerre was 7-of-9 from the field, including 3-of-5 from behind the arc.

Sophomore center MacGyver Biniak (Elkridge, Md./Howard) helped the Seahawks dominate the glass with a game-high nine rebounds as St. Mary's posted a commanding 43-24 rebounding margin for the game.

The Seahawks set the tone of the game early with back-to-back three-pointers in a one-minute span at the start of the first half.  St. Mary's would roll to a 19-point advantage at 10:12 as Spencer capped the run with his fourth three-pointer of the half.  York (7-12, 2-5 CAC) answered back with a 22-9 tear that brought them within 42-36 at halftime.

Spencer paced all scorers at intermission with 15 points as he was perfect from downtown with a 5-of-5 effort, missing just one shot in 19 minutes of play.  The Spartans were led by senior guard Mitch Kemp's (York, Pa.) 13 points on 4-of-6 shooting.

The Seahawks continued to their fast-pace play as Spencer connected on a triple from the top of the key to begin the scoring in the second half.  LaGuerre followed with a pair of steals that resulted in four fast-break points, including a one-handed dunk by LaGuerre, to ignite a 26-5 run.

York had no response for St. Mary's attack as the Seahawk defense stymied its offense, holding the Spartans to just 15 second-half points.

Kemp was the only Spartan to score in double digits as he finished with 17 after being held to just four points in the second half.

The Seahawks will look to avenge their only conference loss of the season on Wednesday, January 30 when St. Mary's hosts Wesley College in a battle for sole possesion of the top spot in the league standings.  Tip-off is at 8:00 pm.