Press Release, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Saint Mary’s College of Maryland men’s basketball team (6-8, 0-3 CAC) continued their tough CAC schedule by traveling to No. 21 Christopher Newport (12-2, 2-1 CAC) Wednesday (Jan. 9) night. The Seahawks fell to the Captains 79-52.

St. Mary’s – 52, No. 21 Christopher Newport – 79

How It Happened

  • Trailing 13-3, the Seahawks inched themselves back into the game with a 5-0 run, forcing a Christopher Newport timeout. Spencer Schultz started the run with a layup and Justin Milstead followed with a made three-pointer.
  • Christopher Newport slowly extended their lead throughout the rest of the first half. However, the Seahawks stayed in the game with another five-point run to end the first half. Zach Spooner found Darick Kerns who connected with a layup, and Schultz finished the run with a layup and made free throw. St. Mary’s headed into the locker rooms trailing Christopher Newport 41-27.
  • Naheed John looked to build momentum for the Seahawks with a made layup to begin the second half. The Captains quickly answered by draining two three pointers and a layup for a swift eight-point swing.
  • With 7:34 remaining in regulation, St. Mary’s strung together nine-straight points to cut the deficit to 69-51. Austin Heller initiated the run by driving to the rim and sinking a tough layup. Heller drew a foul during the play and sunk the ensuing free throw. Spooner followed with an impressive dunk, while Kerns and Rodney Christian drained free throws to cap the run.
  • Christopher Newport finished the game strong, outscoring St. Mary’s 10-1 for the victory.
Darick Kerns ’20 | Photo Credit: Bill Wood

Inside the Box Score

  • Schultz led St. Mary’s scorers with 12 points, while adding four rebounds and one steal to his stat line.
  • Heller and Kerns finished with eight points each, respectively. Heller’s eight points was the best mark of the season for the first-year guard.
  • Kerns led St. Mary’s on the glass, collecting a team-high nine rebounds.
  • St. Mary’s leaned on their bench for much of their offensive production as bench players accounted for 31 points.
  • Marcus Carter had a strong showing for Christopher Newport, knocking down 20 points and collecting 10 rebounds.

Up Next for the Seahawks

  • Jan. 12 vs. York (Pa.) (9-5, 2-1 CAC) – Grumacher Center – Capital Athletic Conference contest – 3:00 p.m.

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