Coming back from their first loss on Nov. 30, the men’s basketball team has gotten back to the strong start they showed at the beginning of the season. In the team’s most recent game on Dec. 5, the Seahawks defeated Stevenson University 103-71.
The team’s wins have tied St. Mary’s for first in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) with Hood College. St. Mary’s has a 2-0 conference record and 5-1 overall record.
The season began with a strong three win streak against McDaniel College, Salisbury University, and Hood College.
Then, the team experienced its first loss of the season against Franklin & Marshall College.
After falling behind in the first half, the Seahawks were unable to catch back up the Franklin and Marshall’s lead.
However, the team is now back on a winning streak after recent conference wins against Marymount University and Stevenson University.
The team has a strong history, winning the CAC Championships and entering the NCAA Division III Sweet Sixteen last spring.
Recently, senior Camontae Griffin was named Player-of-the-Week by both the CAC and PrestoSports/ Pride of Maryland.
During this season’s Pride of Maryland Championship tournament, Griffin set tournament records for most points in a tournament (78), most points in a game (51), and most points in a half (27), most free throws made in a game (19), and most free throws attempted in a game (21).
In response to his recent accolades Griffin said, “I am flattered by the recognition my team and I’ve received so far but it doesn’t mean anything if we don’t finish the season with something to show for it.”
“With that said, I am not satisfied with the recent recognition because we have a long way to go to be the team that we are capable of being.”
“…Individually, I would like to accomplish the same [advance to national championships] as well as show that I am one of the best division three players in the nation. I felt as though I did not get much respect last year nor coming into this season.”
Other team members expressed similar sentiments about their expectations for the rest of the season.
First-year Trey Quinn said, “I’d like to win a conference championship and improve on the team from two years ago, performance of a Sweet Sixteen appearance.”
These ambitions require a team that is close and willing to work hard, which has been seen in the first quarter of the men’s basketball season.
Quinn said, “The best part about the season and team is how well we’ve come together. We’re becoming really close as a team off the court which translates well to practice and game.”
The Seahawks still have most of their season ahead of them and will be working hard to continue to improve as individuals and as a team.
First-year Devin Spencer said, “The season is going well so far, with a few minor adjustments dealing with preparation we should be fine.”
Griffin said, “I feel very confident about our season so far…our first loss was a learning process for us, teaching us that we need to play hard for the whole game.”