For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · firstname.lastname@example.org
College Park, Md. –
- Score: St. Mary's 45, Maryland 93 (Box Score)
- Records: St. Mary's (1-0), Maryland (3-0)
- Location: College Park, Md. · Xfinity Center
- The Short Story: The St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team took on the University of Maryland Terrapins Thursday night in an exhibition game at the Xfinity Center in front of a crowd of 15,779. St. Mary's gave it its all but in the end, the Terrapins, who rank No. 24 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Top 25, grabbed a 93-45 victory.
How It Happened
- The Seahawks took their lumps early in the first half as Maryland outscored St. Mary's, 21-3, in the first six minutes of the game on the strength of three triples and two dunks. Junior forward Charlie Kwarteng (Elkridge, Md./Long Reach) grabbed an offensive rebound and laid it in to help the Seahawks break double-digit scoring.
- Maryland broke a 30-point margin late in the half on a layup by senior forward Damonte Dodd (Centreville, Md./Massanutten Military Academy) at 5:56. The Seahawks notched nine fast break points to the Terps' six in the first half, including first-year guard Tre Mouton's (Waldorf, Md./North Point) three-pointer as time expired to cut the lead to 54-22 at halftime.
- Mouton shared first-half scoring honors with Dodd as both tallied 10 points in the first 20 minutes to lead all players in the game. Mouton was 4-of-7 from the floor with a triple and went 1-of-1 from the line.
- St. Mary's came out with more composure in the second half and after Maryland pushed its lead to 36 in the first 2:30, the Seahawks countered with a 9-4 run which was capped by a tip-in from junior wing Lavonte Sanders (Upper Marlboro, Md./Wise). St. Mary's had the last word as a pair of Mouton free throws were the final points of the game.
Inside the Box Score
- Mouton finished with a game-high 16 points after going 6-of-6 from the charity stripe in the second half.
- Junior captain Delaszo Smith (Baltimore, Md./Annapolis) chipped in seven points and two rebounds while Sanders hauled in a team-best four boards to along with his five points.
Head Coach Chris Harney
On the game: "Well, we were outmanned, I'm proud of the guys, and really appreciative of the experience that the Maryland Basketball program gave us here. We recognize what it is, we don't have any seniors, we have a pretty young team. For us, this was just preparation for our season in Division III."
On the season thus far: "We are 1-0 right now and we have a tournament this weekend at our place, so this is going to be a good learning tool. When we go back, when we play in our tournament, we're coming off of playing an incredible team, obviously with a lot of size and skill. We battled and I told the guys to be proud of that, be proud of the effort you put out there. I thought there were a lot of moments that we showed we have some talent, we have some guys who can do things."
On Maryland: "Clearly, two different teams as far as size and skill but I thought we gave a showing that did our school proud and I felt really proud of the guys. The effort was there. Maryland played their main rotation a lot of the game and that to me was a sign of respect. We want that, that means a lot to me and the guys, too. For us, it was an exhibition game so we have to put it behind us and be happy with the experience."
Related Article: Maryland routs Division III St. Mary's, 93-45, to improve to 3-0 by Don Markus (Baltimore Sun)
- St. Mary's hosts the Dan Greene Memorial Invitational this weekend, November 19-20. The Seahawks will face Baldwin Wallace University (1-0) on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. The consolation and championship games will be on Sunday at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m., respectively.
- Help out the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Food Drive by bringing two non-perishable items to get free admission to any of these weekend's games.
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