St. Mary's Men's Basketball Drops CAC Contest at York (Pa.)

Ochae Bynum '18 -Photo Credit: Bill Wood
Ochae Bynum '18 -Photo Credit: Bill Wood

For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran ·

The Basics

  • Score: St. Mary's 66, York 81
  • Records: St. Mary's (10-10, 5-8 CAC), York (13-7, 8-5 CAC)
  • Location: York, Pa. · Charles Wolf Gymnasium
  • The Short Story: The St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team could not overcome the strong first-half play of York College of Pennsylvania in an 81-66 road loss Wednesday night. Junior guard Ochae Bynum (Waldorf, Md./North Point) tallied a game-best 18 points to pace the Seahawks in the loss.

What It Means

  • St. Mary's now sits in eighth place in the conference standings and are currently one game back of the playoff picture.

How It Happened

  • York shot 52.9-percent from the field in the first half, including 8-of-17 (47.1%) from downtown, in establishing a 46-29 halftime advantage.
  • Bynum notched 12 of his game-best 18 points in the first half on 3-of-7 shooting, including 2-of-3 from behind the three-point arc. The Seahawks posted a 21-18 edge in rebounding as wings LaVonte Sanders (Upper Marlboro, Md./Wise) and Phil Newsome (Mitchellville, Md./Potomac) each grabbed four boards.
  • St. Mary's outscored the Spartans, 37-35, in the second half and the Seahawks closed the gap to 47-35 at 17:16 on a layup by junior wing Chris Craft, Jr. (Waldorf, Md./Westlake) but the team would get no closer.

Inside the Box Score

  • In addition to his 18 points, Bynum contributed a game- and season-best six steals plus four rebounds.
  • Along with Bynum, first-year guard Matt Ayoub (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson) also scored in double-digits with a dozen on 4-of-9 shooting, including a pair of three-pointers, and added six caroms and a season-best three assists.
  • Craft finished the night with a game- and season-best 11 rebounds while chipping in eight points.

Up Next

  • St. Mary's will look to get back in the win column at home this Saturday, February 4 when the Seahawks host No. 3 Christopher Newport University (18-2, 12-1 CAC) in an important CAC tilt at 4:00 p.m. In their previous meeting this season, St. Mary's nearly pulled the upset over then-No. 4 CNU, falling 68-60 in Newport News, Virginia on January 11.

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