St. Mary's City, Md. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team snapped a two-game skid Wednesday night as the Seahawks held on for a 72-62 Capital Athletic Conference opening win over Salisbury University.
Senior captain Nicholas LaGuerre (Baltimore, Md./Lansdowne) finished one point shy of his third career 30-point game as LaGuerre went 10-of-18 from floor, including connecting on five three-pointers, for a game-high 29 points. He also added seven boards, three assists, and three steals.
Junior guard Tanner Brooks (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's School) scored in double-digits as well as Brooks tallied 14 points following a 7-of-9 effort from the free throw line while dishing out a game-best seven assists. Senior center MacGyver Biniak (Elkridge, Md./Howard) led St. Mary's to a 36-32 rebounding margin with a game- and career-best 11 caroms.
It was all St. Mary's (2-2, 1-0 CAC) in the first half as LaGuerre notched 16 of the team's first 21 points, including the first 11, and the Seahawks owned a double-digit lead for the final 8:50 of the first half. St. Mary's, the preseason favorite to win the CAC, headed into the locker room with a dominating 42-21 halftime advantage after shooting 50% (17-of-30) from the floor, including 5-of-6 from downtown.
LaGuerre scored the same amount of points as the entire Salisbury team in the first half while junior forward Kyle Savercool (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) paced the Sea Gulls with six points. The Seahawks also capitalized on 15 Salisbury miscues and picked up 20 points.
St. Mary's built a 33-point lead in the first six minutes of the second half, staking a 57-24 advantage following a fast break layup by Brooks. The Sea Gulls chipped away at the lead as they closed out the game on a 38-15 run for the 10-point loss. Senior guard Conor Strickland (Raleigh, N.C./Broughton) paced Salisbury in its comeback attempt with a 4-of-6 effort from beyond the three-point arc.
Strickland finished the night with 17 points, with 14 coming in the second half, to lead the Sea Gulls while sophomore forward Gordon Jeter (Easton, Md./Easton) came away with a double-double on 11 points and 10 rebounds.
St. Mary's looks to continue its winning ways this Saturday, December 6th when the Seahawks travel to Arlington, Virginia to face Marymount University in another conference matchup at 4:00 p.m.
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