MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Sophomore forward Gary Grant (Washington, D.C./Thomas Stone [Md.]) collected his second double-double of the season Friday night in leading the St. Mary’s College of Maryland men’s basketball team to their 10th consecutive victory. St. Mary’s College (11-5, 10-0 UEC) picked up an 85-77 United East Conference road victory over SUNY Morrisville (5-14, 2-8 UEC), staving off a late rally by the Mustangs.

How It Happened

  • It was another tight game for the Seahawks as the contest featured nine lead changes and seven tied scores.
  • Morrisville netted the first bucket of the game and held on to the lead for the next nine minutes and 30 seconds, building a five-point advantage on four different occasions with the last one coming at 11:57 (16-11) on a layup by Mike Green.
  • St. Mary’s College staked its first lead of the contest at 10:20 on a fastbreak layup by first-year guard Olumide Lewis (Greenbelt, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt).
  • The Mustangs briefly reclaimed a 21-20 lead at 8:46 on a Tron Smith fastbreak layup before the visitors outscored the hosts, 22-17, to take a 42-38 margin into the locker room at halftime.
  • In the second half, the Seahawks increased their advantage to 57-51 at 13:45 as Grant scored seven straight points.
  • The two sides traded leads over the next few minutes as Morrisville put together a 19-10 run to boast a 70-67 lead at 5:39 following another Smith bucket.
  • However, back-to-back triples by Lewis and junior guard Daryn Alexander (Twinbrook, Md./Richard Montgomery) in a 26-second span dashed the Mustangs’ hopes of splitting the series with St. Mary’s College as SMCM regained the lead for good.
  • After Michael Litchfield knocked down consecutive three-point baskets to pull the Mustangs within 77-76, the Seahawks went 8-for-8 at the free throw line in the final two minutes while Morrisville missed its final five field goals and committed two turnovers.
Gary Grant going for the layup vs. Catholic (11.14.21) Credit: Bill Wood / St. Mary's College of Maryland

Inside the Box Score

  • St. Mary’s College tallied a season-best 96.2-free throw percentage, going 25-for-26 for the game as the Seahawks were 19-of-20 in the second half alone.
  • Grant finished 10-of-10 at the charity stripe on his way to a season-best 18 points with 13 of those points coming in the second half. He also grabbed six rebounds in each half for a dozen, helping the Seahawks post a 36-26 rebounding margin. Grant also added a season-high five assists.
  • Alexander contributed season-bests of 18 points and seven boards while first-year guard Duane Mason Jr. (Temple Hills, Md./Potomac) paced the Seahawks in the first half with 11 points before finishing the game with 13 for his fifth double-digit scoring game of the season.
  • Senior forward Cameron Rucker (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) chipped in a dozen points as Rucker went 8-for-8 at the line.
  • Morrisville shot 50.8-percent from the field as Smith finished with 17 points and Litchfield added 16 in the Mustangs’ sixth loss in a row.

Up Next for the Seahawks

  • Feb. 5 at Wells (13-8, 7-5 UEC) – Aurora, N.Y. – 1:00 p.m.

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