FREDERICK, Md. – The St. Mary’s College of Maryland men’s basketball team (1-3) continued competition in the Battle of D.C. & Maryland hosted by Hood College on Saturday (Nov. 16) afternoon. The Seahawks battled the Hood College Blazers (5-0) in the championship game and came up short by a final score of 79-76.
St. Mary’s College – 76, Hood – 79
How It Happened
- In a back-and-forth battle, the Blazers got the best of the Seahawks in the opening half of action. St. Mary’s College captured the lead just once in the first half and could only manage five consecutive points for their best scoring run. Hood College finished the opening half strong with an eight-point run and held a 14 point lead at the half. The Blazers drained 11 three-pointers in the half and accumulated a 52.4 three-point percentage.
- St. Mary’s College picked up the pace in the second half and outscored the Blazers 48-37. However, the Blazer lead was too much to overcome for the Seahawks. The half featured four lead changes and the Seahawks held their largest lead (six) with 8:42 remaining in regulation. In order to grab the six-point advantage, the Seahawks strung together an impressive 14-point run. Jalen Hayes accounted for 10 of the 14 points scored during the run. Lastly, Hood created a crucial run of their own by knocking down 11 consecutive points with just over two minutes remaining.
- The Seahawks trailed by one point with under five seconds remaining and had to resort to fouling the Blazers. Hood drained their free throws and sealed the victory.
Inside the Box Score
- Justin Milstead led the Seahawks on the offensive end for the second consecutive night, finishing with a season-high 21 points. Hayes also had his best game of the season with 18 points. Miles Gillette made significant contributions on the offensive side of the floor as well with 16 points.
- Jack Foley finished the contest with a season-best nine rebounds and four blocks. In addition, Milstead, Hayes, and Gary Grant hustled for two steals each.
- As a team, the Seahawks scored 24 points in the paint and tallied 15 second-chance points. The Seahawk bench had a large impact on the game by contributing 31 points.
- The Blazers received an incredible performance from Michael Riley who recorded 42 points on the afternoon.
- Milstead and Gillette were named to the All-Tournament team for the Seahawks.
Up Next for the Seahawks
- Nov. 23 at William Peace | 3:00 p.m. | Hermann Athletic Center
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