Dover, Del. – Senior captain Nicholas LaGuerre (Baltimore, Md./Lansdowne) dropped 31 points Saturday afternoon to lead the St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team to a 67-59 Capital Athletic Conference win over the host Wesley College Wolverines.
The win returns St. Mary's (9-4, 6-2 CAC) to the win column and moves the Seahawks into a tie for second with Christopher Newport University (11-4, 6-2 CAC) in the conference standings. St. Mary's will be back on the hardwood on Wednesday, January 21st as they host York College of Pennsylvania in a CAC tilt at 8:00 p.m. on Military Appreciation Day.
Twenty-six of LaGuerre's 31 points came in the second half as he scored 24 of the team's final 27 points, including 14 straight to close out the game. He was 9-of-11 from the field (2-3 3-FGs) and also added four rebounds.
The Seahawks took a 31-25 halftime advantage into the break after overcoming a 10-point deficit with a 27-11 run to end the half. Junior guard Garrett Snoops (Millersville, Md./Spalding) sparked St. Mary's off the bench with eight points, including a four-point play to pull them within seven with 12 minutes left in the half.
St. Mary's claimed its first lead of the game on a three-pointer by junior guard Tanner Brooks (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's School) at 6:50. Snoops and Brooks each tallied eight first-half points to lead the Seahawks at intermission while senior Quincy Pettiford (Portsmouth, Va./Concord [Del.]) paced Wesley with seven points and five rebounds.
Brooks came out of the locker room where he left off, nailing a three-pointer to open the second stanza as the Seahawks staked their biggest lead of the game – an 11-point margin with 19 minutes to go. Wesley (7-8, 5-3 CAC) fought back and went ahead once again, 41-40, at 11:45 as junior Wayne Lennon (Whitesboro, N.J./Middle Township) made the backend of two free throws.
The contest remained close for the final nine minutes with the lead changing hands six times before LaGuerre caught fire and led St. Mary's to its sixth conference win and a share of second in the standings.
Brooks finished with 11 points, eight rebounds, and three assists while Snoops contributed 10 and four. First-year forward Marsalis Hurley (Cheltenham, Md./Frederick Douglass) helped the Seahawks dominate the boards by a 45-28 margin as Hurley corralled season-best 10 boards.
Wesley's junior guard Anthony Bowers (Wilmington, Del./Hodgson Vo-Tech) tallied 13 second-half points en route to team-best 19.
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