St. Mary's City, Md. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team found out last night that they'll be hosting No. 4 seed Christopher Newport University in the semifinals of the 2015 Capital Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Championship Tournament.
Top-seeded St. Mary's (20-4) will host the Captains (19-7) in the semifinals at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 26th. Fourth-seeded CNU was an 87-81 winner over No. 5 seed Wesley College in first round action Tuesday night.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. Tickets are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children (5-10)/senior citizens while St. Mary's faculty, staff, and students get in for free with their SMCM One-Card. If you cannot attend Thursday's night action, you can catch the game online at http://portal.stretchinternet.com/smcm/.
Thursday night's other semifinal matchup pits No. 6 seed University of Mary Washington at No. 2 seed Salisbury University. Mary Washington, the defending CAC Champion, upset No. 3 seed Marymount (Va.) University, 63-61, last night during first round play.
St. Mary's, who just received votes in this week's D3hoops.com Top 25, and the Captains split their regular-season series this year with each team winning on their respective home courts. Christopher Newport picked up a 66-58 win on January 14th while the Seahawks evened up the series with an 88-78 victory on February 18th.
The Seahawks enters Thursday night on a 12-game win streak and a 9-0 record this season on Ed Cole Court in the Michael P. O'Brien Athletics & Recreation Center Arena. Senior captain Nicholas LaGuerre (Baltimore, Md./Lansdowne) will lead St. Mary's on its quest for its fifth CAC Championship Tournament title in eight years.
LaGuerre is the conference's leading scorer with 21.5 points per game and has earned CAC Player of the Week honors four times this season, including garnering the award for this week.
CNU brings a two-game win streak into semifinal action Thursday night but is only two games over .500 on the road (7-5). The scoring trio of first-year guard Marcus Carter (12.8 ppg), senior guard Mike Cherry (12.5 ppg), and sophomore forward Tim Daly (12.0 ppg) will look to lead their team back to the CAC title game in just their second year in the conference.
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