Alfred, N.Y. – Thirteen Seahawks scored as the St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team stepped out of Capital Athletic Conference play and rolled to a 91-58 victory over the host Alfred State Pioneers Thursday evening.
Tonight's triumph is the ninth straight for St. Mary's (17-4) and puts Head Coach Chris Harney just one win away from his 200th career victory. Harney currently holds a 199-78 record in his 10 years.
The Seahawks, who rank sixth in the first edition of the NCAA Division III Middle Atlantic Region rankings, will return to league action this Saturday, February 14th as Wesley College visits the Michael P. O'Brien Athletics & Recreation Center Arena. On January 17th, St. Mary's recorded a 67-59 win over the Wolverines in Dover, beginning its nine-game win streak.
Before the start of Saturday's action, the Seahawks will recognize their three seniors – team captains MacGyver Biniak (Elkridge, Md./Howard), Lee Jordan, Jr. (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore Free Academy), and Nicholas LaGuerre (Baltimore, Md./Lansdowne) – on Senior Day. All men's basketball alums are invited back as well to play in Saturday's annual alumni game at 12:00 p.m.
LaGuerre led the way for the Seahawks with game-bests of 17 points and six rebounds while first-year guard Delaszo Smith (Baltimore, Md./Annapolis) came off the bench to contribute a dozen on 5-of-9 shooting from the field. Smith's fellow classmate Trey Hawkins (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) also scored in double figures as a reserve, chipping in 10 and game-high six boards.
St. Mary's tenacious defense forced 26 Pioneer miscues which resulted in 28 points while controlling the glass with a 41-36 rebounding margin. The Seahawk bench shined brightly tonight combining for 46 of the team's 91 points.
The contest was close throughout the first half. Junior guard Justin Wallace (Mount Vernon, N.Y./Mount St. Michael) pulled Alfred State (5-19) within three with a triple at 8:37. St. Mary's broke the game open by closing the half on a 24-4 from that point on for a 48-25 halftime lead.
LaGuerre collected all 17 of his points in the first 20 minutes to lead all scorers at intermission while Smith picked up 10 of his 12. Wallace paced the Pioneers with seven behind a pair of three-pointers.
Junior captain Troy Spurrier (Mt. Airy, Md./Glenelg) began the second stanza with a bang as Spurrier dunked 11 seconds in. The Seahawks would go on to increase their 23-point halftime lead to a 37-point margin with 3:44 left.
Alfred State was led by senior guard Tommy Hutson (Brooklyn, N.Y./Susan McKinney) as Hutson tallied a dozen in the Pioneers' sixth straight loss.
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