By Nairem Moran ·nmoran@smcm.edu

St. Mary’s City, Md. –The St. Mary’s College of Maryland men’s basketball team posted their first home win of the 2018-19 campaign Monday afternoon as junior forwardSpencer Schultz(Clear Spring, Md./Clear Spring) poured in a career-high 30 points. St. Mary’s (5-6) came up with an 83-71 victory over the visiting Greensboro College Pride (1-8).

How It Happened

  • The Seahawks owned a solid six-point lead three times in the first five minutes, including a 6-0 start behind four points from junior guardReggie Rouse(Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall).
  • Greensboro flipped the script and after aSchultzdunk tied up the game at 15-15 with 11:21 left in the first half, the Pride closed out the half on a 27-13 run, including outscoring the hosts, 16-3, in the final 5:43 of the stanza.
  • St. Mary’s repaid the favor in the second frame as the Seahawks shot a blistering 62.9-percent from the floor, including 6-of-10 from downtown, to outdo Greensboro, 55-29, and register their third straight victory and longest win streak of the season.
  • The Seahawks made quick work of their 14-point deficit, reclaiming the lead for the first time since the 13:13-minute mark of the first half at 12:39 on a three-pointer by junior guardMatt Ayoub(Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson), capping a 27-11 run to begin the second period.
  • AJustin Minnislayup evened the game for the third time at 61-all but the Pride could not get over the hump as St. Mary’s ended on a 22-10 run.
Spencer Schultz ’20 – Photo Credit: Bill Wood

Inside the Box Score

  • St. Mary’s finished the game shooting 57.6-perecent from the field, marking the second time the Seahawks have shot above 55-percent this season. The home team also blocked a season-best five shots, including two each from forwardsNaheed John(Rockville, Md./Massanutten Military [Va.]) andDarick Kerns(Cumberland, Md./Allegany).
  • Schultzscored 15 points in each half on the way to his game- and career-high 30 points on 13-of-16 shooting, including four dunks, with five rebounds.
  • JohnandAyoubfinished with 18 points.Johnalso added four boards and three steals whileAyoubconnected on 6-of-9 three-pointers (all in the second half) and collected five caroms and four assists.
  • Junior forwardPhil Newsome(Mitchellville, Md./Potomac) helped St. Mary’s to a +2 rebounding margin with seven rebounds whileNewsomeandRouseeach contributed a game-best six dimes.
  • Minnisled a contingent of four Pride players in double digits with 19 points whileCarmoni Markstallied 11 points and a game-best nine boards.

Up Next for the Seahawks

  • Dec. 22 at Mount St. Mary’s (1-9) – Emmitsburg, Md. – 4:00 p.m.

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