SALISBURY, Md. – The St. Mary’s College of Maryland men’s basketball team (6-12, 1-2 CAC) upended the Salisbury University Sea Gulls (8-10, 2-1 CAC) in Capital Athletic Conference action by a final score of 68-65 on Saturday (Jan. 18) afternoon. The Seahawks ended their two-game losing streak and snapped the Sea Gulls three-game winning streak with the victory.
St. Mary’s College – 68, Salisbury – 65
How It Happened
- The Seahawks had a strong start to the game by knocking down eight unanswered points to take a comfortable 8-0 lead. Gary Grant, Miles Gillette, and Reggie Rouse recorded buckets during the early run. Moments later, Rouse recorded a layup in the paint, drew a shooting foul, and drained the ensuing free throw to give the Seahawks a 12-3 advantage, their largest of the first half.
- Salisbury started to chip into the St. Mary’s College lead for the remainder of the half and strung together eight-straight points to take a two point lead at the 7:14 mark. The Seahawks and Sea Gulls exchanged scores for the remainder of the half and the Seahawks headed into the locker rooms trailing 34-33.
- Halfway through the second half, Salisbury recorded six-straight points and extended their lead to 54-46, their largest of the game. However, the Seahawks battled back and used a 10-point run to grab a 56-54 lead with 6:34 remaining. Jack Foley, Phil Newsome, Gillette, and Grant notched scores during the run.
- Minutes later, the Seahawks pulled out to their largest lead of the half and held a four-point advantage over Salisbury with 4:13 remaining. Gillette had an excellent second half with 19 points and hit a clutch three-pointer to extend the Seahawk lead to 64-61 at the 1:53 mark.
- Salisbury trimmed the Seahawk lead to one with 1:24 remaining and fouled Rouse to send him to the charity stripe. Rouse converted on both free throws to push the Seahawks lead back to three. The Sea Gulls had two open looks from three-point range but failed to convert on them and resorted to fouling the Seahawks. St. Mary’s College hit their free throws and sealed the victory.
Inside the Box Score
- Gillette led the Seahawks on the offensive end for the second consecutive night by recording 21 points. The junior forward also collected seven rebounds. Grant (17 pts), Rouse (14 pts), and Foley (10 pts) also reached double figures in scoring. Foley also led the Seahawks on the glass with nine rebounds. Dee Barnes and Grant hustled for a team-best three steals each.
- As a team, the Seahawks recorded 44 points in the paint and 21 points off of fast breaks. St. Mary’s College relied on their starters on the offensive end as they only received four points from their bench.
- Johnny Fierstien led the Sea Gulls with 17 points on the afternoon.
Up Next for the Seahawks
- Jan. 25 vs. Southern Virginia | 4:00 p.m. | MPOBARC Arena | Capital Athletic Conference contest