St. Mary's City, Md. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team held York College of Pennsylvania to just 15 second-half points to notch a come-from-behind 74-55 Capital Athletic Conference victory Wednesday night.
The Seahawks' (10-4, 7-2 CAC) second straight win keeps them in a tie for second with Christopher Newport University (12-4, 7-2 CAC) in the conference standings. St. Mary's will be back in action on Saturday, January 24th when CAC-leading Marymount (Va.) University (14-2, 8-1 CAC) comes to St. Mary's City. SMCM will look to avenge its early season 66-62 road loss (Dec. 6) to the Saints.
Junior guard Tanner Brooks (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's School) tallied a game- and season-best 36 points, including dropping 25 in the second half as the Seahawks outscored York (4-12, 3-6 CAC) by a 43-15 margin. Brooks was 10-of-20 from the field, including 6-of-15 from beyond the arc, and 10-of-11 from the free throw line. He added game-best five steals and four rebounds as well.
Senior captain Nicholas LaGuerre (Baltimore, Md./Lansdowne) was the only other Seahawk in double figures as LaGuerre picked up 15 plus six assists and four steals.
St. Mary's used a balanced effort on the boards to win the rebounding battle, 32-21, as first-year forward Marsalis Hurley (Cheltenham, Md./Frederick Douglass) led the team with six caroms while three others each had four rebounds. Sophomore guard Ryan Grant (Adamstown, Md./St. Maria Goretti) ran the offense with a career-best eight assists.
Three straight three-pointers by Brooks gave the Seahawks a 9-5 lead at 14:24 before York took over the lead for the remainder of the first half with an 8-0 run as four different Spartans scored. Sophomore guard Brad Wesner (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity) gave YCP its biggest lead of the game, 37-25, with his only three-pointer of the half at 2:22.
The Spartans outscored St. Mary's, 35-22, during the last 14 minutes of the half to stake a 40-31 advantage at intermission. Brooks led all scorers with 11 while first-year forward Max Bell (Finksburg, Md./Francis Scott Key) came off the bench for York with nine.
St. Mary's opened up the second half on an 11-3 run to turn the tables on the Spartans, reclaiming the lead for good as Brooks scored11 of the team's first 19 to stretch the lead to 50-42 at 13:16. The Seahawks owned a double-digit lead for the final 12 minutes following a layup by first-year guard Delaszo Smith (Baltimore, Md./Annapolis).
York committed 17 turnovers in the second half alone which resulted in 26 points for the Seahawks. The Spartans' shooting went icy cold as well as York went from 66.7% (12-of-18) in the first half to just 4-of-15 for 26.7%.
Sophomore guard Tyler Alcid (Mt. Airy, Md./South Carroll) finished as York's scoring leader with 10 points while three others chipped in nine points each. Sophomore forward Blake Straitman (Westminster, Md./Francis Scott Key) paced the Spartans on the boards with five rebounds.
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