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St. Mary's Basketball - Men Loose Squeaker to Salisbury, Ladies Victorious

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The St. Mary's College men's basketball team saw a four-point lead (74-70) with 1:25 remaining disappear in falling on the road at Salisbury, 76-74, in Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) action on Saturday afternoon.

With the win, the Sea Gulls improve to 10-6 overall and 4-2 in the CAC, while the Seahawks fall to 7-9 overall and 2-4 in league play with the loss.

Salisbury's junior guard Ray Williams scored five of the final six points to end the game for the Sea Gulls. Williams sank a three-point from the top of the circle with 39 seconds remaining to tie the contest at 74-74 and won the game as he drained a 12-footer at the buzzer.

Segun Odumeru led Salisbury in scoring with 23 points, hitting 5-of-7 from behind the three-point arc. He also added five boards. Williams pumped in 16 points on 5-of-12 shooting from the field. Kyle Harmon chipped in 10 points and pulled down five boards.

St. Mary's sophomore guard Tyson Lesesne (Edgewood, MD/Edgewood) led all scorers with 30 points, hitting 12-of-22 from the field. He also added seven boards, three steals and three assists. Freshman center Calvin Wise (Bel Air, MD/Calvert Hall) scored 13 points and tallied seven rebounds while junior guard Valdez Preston (Dundalk, MD/Dundalk) dropped in 11 points and had six boards.

Despite leading by as many as five, 19-14, in the opening period, the Seahawks saw themselves trailing 34-30 at the intermission. Trailing for much of the second half, St. Mary's battled back to take the lead three times late in the half, including a five-point lead (73-68) with 2:03 remaining.

The Seahawks will return to action on Wednesday, January 25, when they host Goucher in a CAC contest. The game is scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m.

Freshman forward Allie Scott (Laurel, MD/Atholton) posted a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds, both game-highs, in leading the St. Mary's College women's basketball team to an impressive 75-63 victory over Salisbury on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Seahawks have now won three in a row and improve to 7-10 overall and 2-4 in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC), while the Sea Gulls fall to 10-5 overall and 4-2 in conference play with the loss.

Scott led the Seahawks to a 38-29 advantage at halftime by scoring 12 points and grabbing six rebounds in the opening 20 minutes of action. St. Mary's also held Salisbury to just 9-31 shooting (29%) from the field in the first half.

The Seahawks opened their largest lead of 16 points with 6:58 remaining in the contest after a pair of made free throws from sophomore guard Taylor Yearwood (Washington DC/Holy Cross Academy). Salisbury narrowed the deficit to single digits on three separate occasions, but had to resort to fouling toward the end, giving the Seahawks the chance to push the lead back into double figures, and ultimately, the 12-point victory.

Yearwood finished the contest with 15 points for the Seahawks while sophomore guard Megan Uglik (Frederick, MD/Linganore) chipped in with 12 points, five rebounds, and four assists. Sophomore guard Allison Hartnett (Dobbs Ferry, NY/Dobbs Ferry) added eight points and collected a game-high tying three steals.

Christen Barney led Salisbury with 17 points while Monica Merkel and Meghan Phillips each contributed with 13 points. Merkel also tallied seven rebounds in the contest.

The Seahawks will return to action on Wednesday, January 25, when they host Goucher in a CAC contest. The game is schedule to tip-off at 6:00 p.m.

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