St. Mary's cruises past Medgar Evers
Seahawks advance to Second Round of NCAA tourney
ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. -- No. 13 St. Mary’s of Maryland (23-5) advanced to the second round of the 2011 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship tournament with a 72-55 victory against Medgar Evers (17-12) Friday evening in front of a sellout crowd at the Michael P. O'Brien Athletics & Recreation Center Arena on the St. Mary’s campus.
The Seahawks advance to the second round of the national tournament for the second consecutive year and will face No. 6 Randolph-Macon College (25-4), a 62-59 overtime winner against Alvernia in tonight’s earlier first round game.
Medgar Evers (17-12), in its first-ever NCAA tournament appearance, battled with St. Mary’s in the first half as the stanza featured five ties and nine lead changes. Early on, the Cougars owned a 10-7 lead at the 14:53 mark on sophomore forward Winston Douglas’ dunk. From there, the Seahawks went on an 11-2 run to stake a 20-12 lead at the 10:10 mark on a layup by sophomore forward Jeff Haus.
Douglas connected on the Cougars’ first field goal in nearly five minutes and sophomore Jarrel Deare scored six straight points to draw his team to within 27-26 at the 4:20 mark, forcing the Seahawks to call a 30-second timeout. Following the timeout, junior guard James Gilmore made a pair of free throws to assume a 30-29 edge for Medgar Evers at the 3:50 mark.
The Seahawks used a 6-0 run to regain the lead and make it 35-30 in their favor at the 1:26 mark but only headed into the locker room with a 36-35 advantage.
Medgar Evers flirted with the lead in the opening minutes of the second half, eventually claiming a 44-42 the lead at the 14:25 mark on a layup by sophomore forward Donnell Lazare. St. Mary’s put the game to rest after that point, ripping a 21-0 run to boast a 63-44 margin and holding the Cougars scoreless for a span of 9:04.
Senior center Sam Burum (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) led four Seahawks in double figures with 14 points while senior guard Alex Franz finished with a near double-double on 10 points and team-best nine rebounds. Junior Mikey Fitzpatrick and first-year center Christian MacAuley added 12 and 11 points, respectively, off the bench.
Junior forward Robert Johnson paced Medgar Evers with 12 points while Gilmore finished with his 11 first-half points after being shutdown in the second half.
St. Mary’s, making its third NCAA Tournament appearance, improves to 5-2 all-time in tournament contests. The Seahawks are also a perfect 14-0 at home this season.