Seahawk Men's Basketball Finishes as Holiday Tournament Runner-Up

Matt Ayoub '20 - Photo Credit: Bill Wood
Matt Ayoub '20 - Photo Credit: Bill Wood

For Immediate Release · Friday, December 30, 2016 ·

The Basics

  • Score: St. Mary's 70, Washington and Lee 85
  • Records: St. Mary's (7-4), Washington and Lee (4-7)
  • Location: Lexington, Va. · Warner Center at Washington and Lee University
  • The Short Story: First-year guard Matt Ayoub (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson) was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Washington and Lee University Holiday Tournament after leading the St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team to the runner-up trophy. The Seahawks dropped an 85-70 decision to the host institution as Ayoub put up a season-best 17 points.

How It Happened

  • St. Mary's did not have an answer for the Generals' hot shooting, who posted a 62.2 field goal percentage for the game. WLU, who shot a blistering 70.8-percent from the floor in the second half, also received a pair of 20-point games from senior guard Andy Kleinlein (Chesterfield, Mo.) and junior forward Clayton Murtha (Dallas, Texas), the tournament MVP.
  • Washington and Lee opened up the game with back-to-back triples for an early 6-0 lead, setting the tone for a fast-paced, high-powered contest. The Generals would stretch their advantage to 11 on a pair of Murtha free throws.
  • The Seahawks countered with a 13-2 run to knot the contest at 26-all with 4:39 left in the half. Junior wing Lavonte Sanders (Upper Marlboro, Md./Wise) paced his team in the run with nine points, including five straight to end the push.
  • St. Mary's was unable to take the lead as the Generals closed out the half on a 13-2 run of their own for a 39-28 halftime advantage. The Seahawks were 0-for-4 from the field and committed four turnovers during WLU's run.
  • Sanders' nine points from the 13-2 run would pace the squad at the break while junior wing Chris Craft, Jr. (Waldorf, Md./Westlake) came off the bench to provide four rebounds.
  • The Seahawks' shooting was much improved in the second half, jumping from 32.1 to 47.2-percent. Ayoub found his groove and tallied 15 of his 17 over the final 20 minutes, helping to close the gap to five at the 16:17-minute mark.
  • St. Mary's would get no closer than within five but did cut the deficit to six with 6:02 remaining after the Generals built a 10-point lead. Washington and Lee would finish off the game by outscoring the Seahawks, 19-10.

Inside the Box Score

  • Ayoub drilled three triples in notching his season-best 17 points while Sanders also contributed a season-high performance with 15 on 6-of-10 shooting. Sanders added three assists and season-best two steals as well.
  • Junior guard Ochae Bynum (Waldorf, Md./North Point) chipped in 11 points, three steals, and two assists while Craft grabbed team-bests of eight rebounds and two blocks plus six points.

Up Next

  • St. Mary's will be back on the court on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 as the Seahawks return to Capital Athletic Conference action. The Seahawks will travel to Frostburg State University for their first conference game in 2017. Tip-off is 8:00 p.m.

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