For the sixth time in Chris Harney’s tenure as the St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) men’s basketball head coach, the program took on an opponent not in NCAA Division III. This year, the SMCM basketball squad took on Division I Towson University on Nov. 27. SMCM fell 90-57 against Towson; however, this was an exhibition game so it did not count against their record. With Harney at the helm, the Seahawks fell 1-5 against non-Division III opponents. Their one non-Division III victory was against Bowie State (Division II) on Nov. 7, 2008. Due to the magnitude skill of their Division I opponent, SMCM was not expected to win this exhibition. However, it did serve as an opportunity to get some additional work early on in the season.
Despite the loss, there were several bright spots in the match. Not only did SMCM score the first basket of the game on a lay-up by senior Chris Craft Jr., but they also outscored Towson in the paint 40-34. Towson scored the majority of their points from behind the arc, connecting on 12 out of 24 three-point attempts. This was more than enough for Towson to secure a victory. First year forward Kevin Makle led the Seahawks with eight points, while sophomore guard Matt Ayoub added three assists.
So far in the regular season, SMCM has struggled despite winning the first game of the season, defeating Gallaudet 80-75. Since that victory on opening night, the Seahawks have fallen to Shenandoah University (77-66), Lynchburg College (106-95), Penn State Altoona (92-72), and Mary Washington University (89-73).
The game against Mary Washington marked the start of Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) play for the Seahawks.
Ayoub led the scoring for the Seahawks in the CAC opener, dropping 18 points in the losing effort. Makle was also strong on the defensive side of the ball, grabbing nine rebounds. Although the Seahawks fell behind 10-4 to begin the game, they were able to overcome this deficit and actually lead 37-36 at the half. This SMCM momentum carried on into the second half, as Ayoub led the squad to a 46-41 advantage. Things then quickly unraveled for the Seahawks as they turned the ball over 11 times in the final 15 minutes of the game. This led to nine three pointers by Mary Washington, which easily secured them a victory, according to smcmathletics.com.
After hosting Marymount University on Nov. 3, SMCM hosts Christopher Newport University on Nov. 6 and then will travel to Frostburg State on Nov. 9.
Early on in this young season, Ayoub is leading the Seahawk offense with 16 points per game (PPG) and is followed closely by sophomore transfer (West Point) Spencer Schultz (15.6 PPG). Senior LaVonte Sanders leads the team in assists per game (2.8), while Schultz also leads the team in rebounds per game (7.4).
The Seahawks are led this season by captains Ochae Bynum, Donovan Robinson, Craft and Sanders.