Harrisonburg, Va. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team began the 2014-15 campaign Saturday evening with a 76-58 victory over Bridgewater (Va.) College in the opening round of the Eastern Mennonite University Tip-Off Classic.
Senior captain Nicholas LaGuerre (Baltimore, Md./Lansdowne) tallied a game-high 20 points in 28 minutes as LaGuerre shot 7-of-15 from the floor and added a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Junior captain Troy Spurrier (Mt. Airy, Md./Glenelg) contributed to the win with a double-double on game-best 11 rebounds, including eight defensive boards, and 10 points.
As a team, the Seahawks (1-0) posted a field goal percentage of .439, including shooting 38.1% from downtown. St. Mary's also notched 15 assists in the game, led by junior guard Tanner Brooks' (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's School) game-high four helpers.
The Seahawks never trailed in the game, starting with a 9-0 run before Bridgewater knocked down its first points of the night. A Spurrier layup made it 21-11 at 9:34 but the Eagles worked the deficit down to five with a 7-2 run during a four-minute span. Bridgewater would not get any closer as the Seahawks responded with a 7-3 for their biggest lead of the half, 33-21, at 2:31.
St. Mary's headed into the locker room with a 36-27 halftime lead as Brooks led the way with 10 points while Spurrier hauled in seven caroms. Eight offensive rebounds resulted in 13 second chance points for the Seahawks in the first half.
Dominant play continued for St. Mary's in the second stanza as the Seahawks staked a double-digit lead for the last 12:37 of the contest, including a 25-point advantage (74-49) at 1:29. Their inside play was key in the final 20 minutes as St. Mary's posted 26 points in the paint to the Eagles' 16 and finished with a +14 margin for points in the paint for the game.
Brooks ended his first game as a Seahawk with a near double-double on 12 points and nine boards.
Bridgewater (0-1) was led by senior forward Ed Reddick (Virginia Beach, Va./Kellam), who put up 19 points, six rebounds, and five blocks, while fellow classmate Aaron Adams (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) registered a double-double on 14 points and 10 caroms. The Eagles' struggles at the line and poor three-point shooting prevented any rally.
The Seahawks will be back in action tomorrow afternoon as St. Mary's takes on host Eastern Mennonite in the final day of the Classic. Tip-off is at 4:00 p.m.
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