ST. MARY’S CITY, Md. – The St. Mary’s College of Maryland men’s basketball team (5-10) concluded non-conference play with a 65-62 victory over the visiting Penn State-Abington University Nittany Lions (6-4, 1-0 NEAC) on Tuesday (Jan. 7) night.
St. Mary’s College – 65, Penn St.-Abington – 62
How It Happened
- The Seahawks captured the lead to begin the game and leaped out to an 8-3 lead. Miles Gillette netted six of the eight points scored and Gary Grant added a layup during the run. Abington battled back with six unanswered points and grabbed a one-point advantage for their only lead of the first half. Minutes later, the Seahawks strung together their best run of the opening half, knocking down five-straight points with 11:39 left to take a 13-9 lead. Grant and Tryllian Young tallied points in the run.
- St. Mary’s College extended its lead to 11 points when Justin Milstead drained one-of-two free throws for their largest advantage of the half. The Nittany Lions cut into the Seahawk lead to end the half, but the Seahawks still took a 34-26 lead into the locker rooms.
- The second half was tightly contested and featured four lead changes. The Nittany Lions showed fight and rattled off eight-straight points at the 13:51 mark. Abington kept that momentum rolling and eventually captured a three-point lead with 11:18 remaining in regulation. However, the Seahawks kept their composure and created a pivotal nine-point scoring run to take a 54-48 lead with 5:55 left in the game.
- The Nittany Lions came within one at the 1:30 mark until Grant bullied his way to the rack and finished a tough layup. The first-year forward also drew the foul and drained the ensuing free throw. Next, Abington stormed down the court and hit a three-pointer off of a fast break, bringing the score to 63-62 in the Seahawks favor. On the next Seahawk possession, Gillette fought for a crucial offensive rebound, drew a foul, and drained one-of-two free throws. From there, Young was sent to the line and hit one free throw and the Seahawks held on for the 65-62 victory.
Inside the Box Score
- Grant led the Seahawks on the offensive end with 17 points. Gillette followed with 16 points and collected 10 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season. Jack Foley and Grant also had a solid night on the glass with six rebounds each. Defensively, Foley led the Seahawks with three blocks and three steals. Additionally, Gillette also hustled for three steals.
- As a team, the Seahawks scored 22 points off of turnovers, 34 points in the paint, 21 second-chance points, and received 23 points from their bench.
- Mark Davis led the Nittany Lions with 19 points on the night.
Up Next for the Seahawks
- Jan. 11 at Mary Washington | 3:00 p.m. | William M. Anderson Center | Capital Athletic Conference game