By Nairem Moran ·nmoran@smcm.edu

Emmitsburg, Md. –In their final matchup before the Christmas holiday, the St. Mary’s College of Maryland men’s basketball took on Division I Mount St. Mary’s University Saturday afternoon in an exhibition game. The Seahawks dropped an 83-44 decision to the Mount, who improved to 3-9 on the season, in front of 1,225 strong at Knott Arena. The loss does not count against St. Mary’s overall record.

Not only did the contest feature a pair of Maryland schools, the game pitted a pair of St. Mary’s alumni against each other as Seahawk mentor,Chris Harney ’97, faced his former player and current Mount head coach,Dan Engelstad ’07.

How It Happened

  • The Mount notched the first basket of the game at 18:02 before first-year forwardNaheed John(Rockville, Md./Massanutten Military [Va.]) evened the score 20 seconds later with his jumper off an assist from junior guardMatt Ayoub(Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson).
  • MSMU then scored the next 11 points before anAyoubthree-pointer at 12:48 interrupted the run. The Mount netted 10 more points before junior guardJustin Milstead(Fort Washington, Md./IDEA Charter) added to the Seahawk scoring with a triple of his own at 9:31. A steal and layup byMilsteadcut the deficit to 25-10 at 7:50.
  • The hosts owned a 43-19 advantage at halftime as St. Mary’s was limited to eight field goals in the first 20 minutes.Milstead’ssix points and four rebounds off the bench paced the Seahawks in the first half as five different players scored.
  • Junior forwardPhil Newsome(Mitchellville, Md./Potomac) knocked down a pair of free throws at 18:52 for the first points of the second half but the Mount continued to roll in picking up their third consecutive win.
  • St. Mary’s shot better from downtown in the second stanza, raining in four three’s while going a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line.
Justin Milstead ’20 – Photo Credit: Bill Wood

Inside the Box Score

  • Milsteadfinished with team-bests of 10 points, six rebounds, and two steals. His game totals in rebounds and steals are both season-highs.
  • NewsomeandAyoubboth contributed six points while junior guardReggie Rouse(Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) dished out four of the team’s nine assists.
  • Vado Morseput up a career-high 18 points in leading the Mount whileJalen Gibbscollected 13 points and a game-best nine boards as MSMU won the rebounding battle, 52-27. The hosts also went 21-of-24 at the charity stripe and rejected nine shots but displayed a dismal effort from behind the three-point line, going 4-of-23 (17.4%), including 1-of-12 in the first half.

Up Next for the Seahawks

  • Dec. 29 vs. William Peace (5-4) – Michael P. O’Brien Athletics & Recreation Center Arena – 3 p.m.

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