Frostburg, Md. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team remains in a three-way tie for first in the Capital Athletic Conference following their 75-53 victory over the host Frostburg State University Bobcats Wednesday night.
The Seahawks (7-3, 4-1 CAC) picked up their fifth straight win behind the efforts of the trio of junior guard Tanner Brooks (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's School) and team captains captain Troy Spurrier (Mt. Airy, Md./Glenelg) and Nicholas LaGuerre (Baltimore, Md./Lansdowne) who all scored in double figures tonight.
Brooks led the way with season-highs of 18 points and nine rebounds. Nine of his points came on a season-best three three-pointers while adding three steals and two assists. Spurrier and LaGuerre rounded out the double-digit scoring as Spurrier tallied 15 points, seven rebounds, and season-high three steals and LaGuerre chipped in 12 points, four boards, four assists, and season-best two blocks.
St. Mary's needed to erase a three-point halftime deficit in order to improve to 4-1 in conference play. The Seahawks outscored Frostburg State by a 46-21 margin in the second half following a spike in their shooting percentage from 39.4% in the first half to 65.2% over the final 20 minutes. On the other hand, the Bobcats' went cold and dipped from 40.7% to 28.0%.
Neither side had a decisive hold of the lead in the first half until FSU turned a two-point deficit until a 32-26 advantage with 41 seconds remaining in the half. First-year guard Delaszo Smith (Baltimore, Md./Annapolis) cut the deficit in half with one second to spare before the teams headed into the locker room for halftime. The lead changed 10 times and the score was tied on five occasions in the first half.
Junior guard Nick Smoot (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mills) led all scorers with 10 first-half points while LaGuerre and Smith paced the Seahawks with seven points each at intermission.
The Seahawks posted the first double-digit lead of the night by opening the second stanza on a 19-6 run that was punctuated by a Spurrier dunk at 14:34 for a 48-38 advantage. St. Mary's went on to more than double its lead by outscoring the Bobcats, 16-5, in just over a 15-minute span for the 64-43 advantage at 7:16.
Smoot finished the night with 13 points to pace Frostburg State while senior guard Jabari Kamau (Baltimore, Md./ACCE) registered 11 points and eight rebounds.
The Seahawks be back in action this Saturday, January 10th as St. Mary's welcomes Southern Virginia University to the Michael P. O'Brien Athletics & Recreation Center Arena for another conference tilt at 2:00 p.m. PLEASE NOTE the earlier start time for the men's game to accommodate the jersey retirement ceremony of Jamie Roberts '11 prior to the start of the women's game at 4:00 p.m.
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