Men’s Hoops Falls in CAC Opener
Fredericksburg, Va. – Marymount University’s men’s basketball team dropped its Capital Athletic Conference opener 69-66 on the road at rival Mary Washington on Tuesday. The Saints outshot their opponent for the third-straight game but couldn’t overcome a double-figure halftime deficit despite doubling their first half scoring in the second frame.
Three freshman scored in double-digits for the Saints (0-4, 0-1 CAC), led by Mac Kennedy with a game-high 21 points behind five three-pointers. Reed Scott added 12 in the post and Jonathan DeLao chipped in 11 off the bench.
Defensively, Scott and Aaron Walsh pulled down a contest-best eight rebounds each while Scott rejected a pair of Eagles (2-1, 1-0 CAC) shots.
Marymount opened the game on a 7-1 run before the Eagles battled back with a 15-4 spurt to take a five point lead with 11 minutes to play in the first. Mary Washington would push its lead to as many as 16 in the frame before an old-fashioned three-point play by DeLao with 26 seconds on the clock cut the deficit to 13 going into the break 35-22.
The Saints came out of halftime on a tear, outscoring UMW 15-4 over the first three and half minutes to pull within a pair before eventually retaking the lead 51-49 at the 12 minute mark on a Kennedy trifecta. Trading leads, MU would go up by as many as seven in the second half with 6:27 to play before an 11-1 Eagles run over the next four minutes put Mary Washington up for good as Scott’s game-tying three-pointer in the waning seconds missed its mark.
Walt Smith led the Eagles with 16 points off the bench while E.J. Willis added 11 and Ryan Farrar had 10, both as reserves. Tad Dickman was Mary Washington’s lone starter in double-figures with 10 points.
Marymount returns to action on Sunday as it hosts Rutgers-Camden at the Verizon Sports Arena at 3 p.m.