AURORA, N.Y. – The St. Mary’s College of Maryland men’s basketball team saw their 10-game win streak snapped Saturday afternoon despite first-year guard Elijah Crawford’s (Oxon Hill, Md./Potomac) second career double-double on career-bests of 23 points and 12 rebounds.

St. Mary’s College (11-6, 10-1 UEC) dropped a 91-85 overtime decision at Wells College (14-8, 8-5 UEC) to split the United East Conference season series with the Express. The Seahawks had notched a 69-68 victory in St. Mary’s City, Md., on January 15.

How It Happened

  • Wells outscored the Seahawks, 16-10, in the extra frame as Jarek Feliz notched eight of his team’s points, including five in the final minute.
  • The Express turned around an 83-80 deficit in the final 2:39 as Dylan Perry knocked down a triple to tie the game at 2:08 and Feliz made a layup at 1:14 to give Wells the lead for good.
  • St. Mary’s College missed two of its final three shots as well as two free throws while turning the ball over twice down the stretch in losing its first conference game of the season.
  • In the first half, the Seahawks owned an eight-point advantage as the visitors scored the game’s first two points and used seven points from Crawford to build a 19-11 lead at 10:26.
  • Wells claimed its first lead of the game at 6:38 (23-21) on a two-point jump shot by Ransel Rodriguez and led by as many as four before heading into halftime with a 32-31 lead after Crawford connected on a layup.
  • The hosts increased their margin to 40-33 just four minutes into the second frame before St. Mary’s College responded with a 13-5 run to briefly reclaim a 46-45 lead on a pair of free throws by first-year guard Olumide Lewis (Greenbelt, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) at 12:38.
  • The Express rebuilt a seven-point lead (65-58) at 6:45 thanks to a Don Mays Jr. layup off a SMCM turnover.
  • St. Mary’s College continued to work and staked a 75-73 lead with 26 seconds remaining in regulation on a jumper by senior guard Seth Jones (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore Polytechnic).
  • However, with eight seconds to go, Rodriguez would send the game into overtime with a pair of free throws as a last second shot by first-year guard Duane Mason Jr. (Temple Hills, Md./Potomac) missed the mark.
Elijah Crawford passing vs. Catholic (11.14.21) Credit: Bill Wood / St. Mary's College of Maryland

Inside the Box Score

  • St. Mary’s College captured the rebounding battle, 42-34, as Crawford hauled in a dozen and three other Seahawks grabbed seven each.
  • The Seahawks struggled from behind the three-point line, missing all 11 in the first 20 minutes and going 3-for-20 for the game. SMCM finished the afternoon shooting 49.3-percent from the field, including 60.7-percent in the second half.
  • Crawford was 8-of-9 from the field and added a career-best five steals, while Lewis finished with a season-best 15 points and four assists off the bench.
  • Junior guard Daryn Alexander (Twinbrook, Md./Richard Montgomery) added a dozen points and career-bests of seven boards and five assists while sophomore forward Gary Grant (Washington, D.C./Thomas Stone [Md.]) was 5-of-7 for 11 points and tallied seven caroms in 18 minutes.
  • The Express shot 75.8-percent from the free throw line on their way to their third straight win while Feliz led the way with a game-best 31 points, including 14 in the first half.

Up Next for the Seahawks

  • Feb. 7 vs. Lancaster Bible (14-6, 10-1 UEC) – St. Mary’s City, Md. – 6:00 p.m.

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