St. Mary's Men's Basketball Dominant in Fourth Straight Win

Donya Jackson
Donya Jackson

St. Mary's City, Md. – A balanced team effort lifted the St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team to an 85-65 Capital Athletic Conference win over the Penn State Harrisburg Lions Saturday afternoon. The Seahawks picked up their fourth straight win on Youth Appreciation Day.

Three of the Seahawk starters tallied double-digit points while bench play was solid for St. Mary's this afternoon as well, combining for 40 of the team's 85 points. Junior guard Donya Jackson (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall College) led the way for reserve players with 10 points.

Junior captain Troy Spurrier (Mt. Airy, Md./Glenelg) paced the Seahawks with 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting. Fellow classmate Tanner Brooks (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's School) contributed 12 points and six rebounds while senior captain Nicholas LaGuerre (Baltimore, Md./Lansdowne) added 11.

Penn State Harrisburg (1-10, 1-3 CAC) briefly owned a two-point lead in the first half when senior guard Alberto De Los Santos (Enola, Pa./East Pennsboro) drained a three-pointer for a 10-8 Lion advantage at 15:06. The Seahawks then broke the game wide open with a 26-4 run in less than six minutes as Brooks bookended the run with a pair of three-pointers for a 34-14 lead at 8:12.

St. Mary's (6-3, 3-1 CAC) added to its growing lead and headed into the locker room with a 50-26 halftime advantage. The Seahawks shot a smoldering 60.9% from the field and were led in the first half by Brooks and LaGuerre with 12 and 11, respectively. Sophomore forward Winton Lyle (Washington, D.C./Bullis School) paced Penn State Harrisburg in the first 20 minutes with nine points.

The Seahawks put the game out of reach with a 25-8 run to begin the second half as Spurrier notched 10 points in the run, including the team's first eight, while first-year guard Delaszo Smith (Baltimore, Md./Annapolis) grabbed a defensive rebound and finished a layup at the other end to cap the run for a 75-34 advantage at 10:53.

Senior guard Joshua Johnson (Franklin, Va./Southampton) came off the bench to help Penn State Harrisburg cut the deficit in half as Johnson connected on his first five shots – all three-pointers – and closed the gap to 83-63 with four minutes left in the contest.

Johnson finished as the Lions' leading scorer with game-best 17 points on 5-of-6 shooting from downtown while Lyle collected a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards.

Following its win, St. Mary's hosted a free clinic for all the local youth in conjunction with Youth Appreciation Day. The Seahawks had the opportunity to work with approximately 30 youth, teaching them various basketball skills.

The Seahawks will look to extend their win streak to five on Wednesday, January 7th as St. Mary's travels to Western Maryland to take on Frostburg State University in Capital Athletic Conference action at 8:00 p.m.

About Youth Appreciation Day: Any current Sunday Youth Basketball League (SYBL) or Recreation & Parks Sports team members that wore his or her jersey to the game as well as their immediate family (parents, siblings) received FREE admission to both the women's and men's games. Following the end of the men's contest, both teams participated in the FREE one-hour clinic for all youth in attendance.

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