Men's basketball stumbles for first time in league play, falls to Sea Gulls

Men's basketball stumbles for first time in league play, falls to Sea Gulls

SALISBURY, Md. – The Marymount men's basketball team fell for the first time in Capital Athletic Conference play on Wednesday night, dropping a 65-58 decision to Salisbury University. 

It was a close battle for much of the first half until the Sea Gulls took a double-digit advantage in the second half. Holding for over half of the final 20 minutes, the Saints made a later effort with seven minutes remaining to get within three. 

Trailing by 12, senior Dimitri Rucker couldn't be stopped for seven-straight points including an and-one finish to get the run started. Junior Logan Cook finished off the nine-point stretch to get the Saints within three with a strong offensive rebound and tip-in to put the score at 53-50 and draw a Salisbury timeout. 

However, the timeout proved helpful for the Sea Gulls, as they built back up a small advantage that held for the remainder of the contest. 

In the first half, the Saints battled back and forth with the competition, as the game saw five ties and four lead changes. Marymount had its largest lead at 14:29 in the first half after sophomore Ryan Albert hit a layup for an 8-4 advantage. 

Rucker led all scorers for the night with 19 points behind 70-percent shooting. Sophomore Josh Giardina was the next leading scorer for the Saints, coming off the bench for eight points in his 30 minutes of play. 

On the glass, Rucker also led the way with a game-high eight rebounds, seven of which were on the defensive end. Sophomore Ibrahim Kamara also contributed seven off the bench. 

The Saints will return to their home crowd on Saturday, December 9, hosting York College of Pennsylvania for another league battle. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m., in the Verizon Sports Arena.