Buena Vista, Va. – Three starters scored in double digits as the St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team wrapped up the regular season Saturday afternoon with an 83-61 Capital Athletic Conference road win over Southern Virginia University.
St. Mary's (20-4, 16-2 CAC) extended its win streak to 12 straight with this afternoon's 22-point triumph. The Seahawks, who locked up the No. 1 seed and home-court advantage in next week's CAC playoffs on Wednesday night, have a first-round bye and await the winner of the No. 4 seed/No. 5 seed matchup. They will host the winner on Thursday, February 26th in the semifinals at 7:00 p.m.
Senior captain Nicholas LaGuerre (Baltimore, Md./Lansdowne) guided the team in the win with game-best 20 points as St. Mary's erased a one-point setback in the second half with a 15-4 run over a six-minute span to stake a double-digit advantage for the rest of the game.
Junior guard Tanner Brooks (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's School) added 19 points as Brooks knocked down half of the team's eight three-pointers while junior captain Troy Spurrier (Mt. Airy, Md./Glenelg) chipped in 12 on 6-of-8 shooting. First-year guard Delaszo Smith (Baltimore, Md./Annapolis) came off the bench to contribute 11 as Smith was a perfect 3-of-3 from downtown.
St. Mary's, who ranks sixth in the NCAA Division III Middle Atlantic Region rankings, posted a 39-26 rebounding margin as first-year forward Marsalis Hurley (Cheltenham, Md./Frederick Douglass) grabbed a game-best nine rebounds while Brooks hauled in eight.
The Seahawks had a strong start to the game with a 12-2 run as LaGuerre, Brooks, and Smith all drained long-range shots. Southern Virginia claimed its first lead of the game, 26-25, at 7:11 following a 24-13 run ignited by junior forward David Baety (Orlando, Fla./Central Wyoming College) and capped by sophomore forward Justin Langford's (Canby, Ore./Canby) three-point play.
The lead was short-lived for the Knights as St. Mary's rebuilt a seven-point lead at 4:38 on a Brooks triple and then held on for a 39-38 halftime lead. LaGuerre led all scorers with 14 while Baety paced Southern Virginia with 11.
The Knights (6-19, 4-14 CAC) opened the second stanza with an 8-6 run to regain a one-point lead at 16:45. St. Mary's used 15-4 run to establish a double-digit lead for the last 10 minutes of the contest and led by as many as 22 with 2:24 left.
Baety finished with 17 for Southern Virginia while first-year forward Taylor Larson (Highland, Utah/American Fork) contributed 13 off the bench.
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