SMCM Men’s Basketball Season Underway

The St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) Seahawks are well underway in their 2019-2020 campaign. Looking to improve on a respectable 10-16 season last year, the Seahawks have been very competitive early on. Their first game against Washington College showed just that, as the two squads needed an overtime period in order to determine the winner. Back in this Nov. 8 matchup, SMCM started very strong with a 7-2 run to begin the game. The two sides went back and forth, but the Seahawks were able to build off of a late run to take a 37-30 lead going into the half. However it was Washington College who came out firing in the second half, knocking down nine unanswered points to reclaim the lead. With just five seconds left in the game, senior guard Justin Milstead drew a clutch foul and sank one of his free throws to force overtime. SMCM was able to put up seven points in the overtime period, yet Washington College hit back-to-back three pointers to take a 77-75 advantage and the win. Despite the loss, this match showed just how competitive they can be this season. On top of that, first year guard Gary Grant scored twenty-two points and shot fifty percent from the field. Additionally, junior forward Miles Gillette picked up nine rebounds and scored twenty-one points, according to SMCM Athletics.

This year the Seahawks had the unique opportunity to take on the Division I UMBC Retrievers in an exhibition matchup. Despite taking on a Division I opponent, SMCM came out firing on all cylinders. They hung with the Retrievers extremely well, even jumping out to a 26-19 lead with just three minutes left in the first half. While the Retrievers were able to come back, the two teams headed into halftime tied at thirty-three a piece. In the second half the Retrievers came out hot and looked much more determined. They took a seven point lead with seventeen minutes remaining and never really looked back, winning the game 79-57. Regardless of the outcome, this was a great experience for the Seahawks and it proved that they can hang with anyone, according to SMCM Athletics. 

The biggest win of the year for the Seahawks came on Nov. 23 against the William Peace University Pacers. This out of conference matchup took place in Raleigh, North Carolina. SMCM did jump out to an early 5-2 lead, however they actually trailed for the majority of the first half. William Peace was deadly from deep, cashing in on thirteen three pointers in the first half. The Pacers led the Seahawks 47-42 at the half. It was a completely different game in the second half, as SMCM outscored the Pacers 46-26. It was lights out shooting by the Seahawks that propelled them to this second half onslaught. They shot 57.1% from beyond the arc and 58.3% from the field. Gillette had his best game of the season with his first double-double on the year. He finished with seventeen points and eleven rebounds. Milstead finished the day with fourteen points, while Grant and junior center Jack Foley both scored thirteen points, according to SMCM Athletics. 

The Seahawks will continue playing out of conference matches until they square off against the University of Mary Washington on Jan. 11, 2020. During this stretch of out of conference matchups, SMCM will play in the Puerto Rico Tournament on Dec. 20 and 21.

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