Seahawk Men's Basketball Battles at Penn State Harrisburg

Matt Ayoub '20 - Photo Credit: Bill Wood
Matt Ayoub '20 - Photo Credit: Bill Wood

For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · nmoran@smcm.edu

The Basics

  • Score: St. Mary's 61, Penn State Harrisburg 65
  • Records: St. Mary's (8-9, 3-7 CAC), Penn State Harrisburg (7-10, 4-6 CAC)
  • Location: Middletown, Pa. · Penn State Harrisburg
  • The Short Story: For the second time this season, the matchup between the St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team and Penn State Harrisburg was decided by four points. St. Mary's claimed an 88-84 win back on December 10 but the Lions pulled out a 65-61 victory Saturday afternoon to split the Capital Athletic Conference season series.

How It Happened

  • Strong shooting in the first half allowed St. Mary's to establish an early lead. The Seahawks shot 55.6-percent from the field with four three-pointers to boast an eight-point advantage three times throughout the first half, including at 3:41 when junior wing Lavonte Sanders' (Upper Marlboro, Md./Wise) bucket capped off a 14-5 run.
  • The host Lions responded by closing out the half on a 6-1 push to cut the deficit to 36-33 at halftime as junior captain Delaszo Smith (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer.
  • Smith and first-year guard Matt Ayoub (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson) were already in double-digit scoring at the end of the first half with 13 and 10, respectively, as the backcourt duo combined for four of the team's triples.
  • Senior guard Marquese Daniels (Philadelphia, Pa./Philadelphia Electric & Tech Charter) netted 13 of his game-best 20 points in the second half to spark Harrisburg's comeback.
  • Harrisburg opened up the final 20 minutes with back-to-back three-pointers to tie up the game at 39-all before taking the lead for good at 8:02 on 1-of-2 free throws by sophomore forward John Ukpaiama (Lorton, Va./Thomas Edison). The Lions would go on to stretch their lead to 60-52 at 4:30 on a Daniels' 3-ball.
  • Smith pulled the Seahawks within three with 44 ticks on the clock but St. Mary's was unable to get off another shot until time expired and Ayoub's three-point attempt was off the mark.

Inside the Box Score

  • Ayoub continues his streak of double-digit scoring as he extends it to nine straight with a team-best 18 points on 4-of-8 shooting from downtown. He also added a season-high four rebounds.
  • Seventeen seems to be Smith's favorite number of late as he posted 17 points in his third straight game behind 7-of-12 shooting while chipping in five boards, two steals, and two assists.
  • Junior wing Chris Craft, Jr. (Waldorf, Md./Westlake) contributed a team-best six caroms, nine points, and three steals.

Up Next

  • St. Mary's next CAC matchup will be at home against Wesley College (7-10, 5-5 CAC) on Wednesday, January 25 at 8:00 p.m. 

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