November 20, 2009

St. Mary’s stymies McDaniel in opener

No. 20 Seahawks down Green Terror 83-56 in first round of Pride of Maryland

WESTMINSTER, Md. - Alex Franz netted 14 points to lead four players in double figures and key an 83-56 men's basketball victory for 20th-ranked St. Mary's (Md.) over McDaniel in the first round of the 2009 Pride of Maryland Tournament presented by M&T Bank on Friday.

The Seahawks (1-0), the tournament's defending champions, used a 31-10 run that spanned both halves that turned a six-point game with 3:09 remaining in the first half to a 60-33 lead with 11:39 to play in the second half.

Louis Sarris-Grau (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Lower Moreland) tallied 11 points to lead the Green Terror (0-1), who dropped its season opener for the first time since then-Villa Julie recorded a 98-80 win to open the 2000-01 season.

It marks the second consecutive season that St. Mary's has downed McDaniel in the opening round of the tournament, relegating the Green Terror to the consolation bracket. The Seahawks will take on Salisbury in the second semifinal on Saturday at Goucher. The Seagulls held on to down the Gophers 65-63 on Friday. McDaniel takes on Goucher on Saturday at 3:45 p.m.

Sarris-Grau hit the first basket of the game 2:30 into the contest but Camontae Griffin responded with a basket-and-foul play 41 seconds later for the first three of his 12 points to give St. Mary's the lead for good.

A Mitch Belella (Smithsburg, Md./Maria Goretti) layup with 14:07 to play in to make it a 7-6 game but the Seahawks reeled off nine of the game's next 10 points to take a 16-7 lead with 9:43 to play.

The first half lead swelled to as many as 13 on two occasions - the latter coming at 25-12 with 5:38 to play.

A Woody Butler (Smithsburg, Md./Middletown) rim-rattling dunk ignited a 7-0 burst that sliced the deficit to 25-19 with 3:50 to play.

Clinging to a 29-23 lead 1:06 later, Franz hit a 3-pointer to spark an 11-2 run the locker room.

Kyle Jarczynski stretched the lead to 20 for the first time with 16:12 to play before the lead swelled to as many as 30 in the final two minutes of the contest.

Sam Burum added 13 points while Johann Jones chipped in 10 off the bench. Jarczynski had a game-high 10 rebounds.

Butler added nine points for the Green Terror while Joseph Potucek (Germantown, Md./St. Johns at Prospect Hall) notched career highs of eight points and six rebounds.

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