ARLINGTON, Va. – A critical game for the Marymount men's basketball team came down to the final few possessions on Saturday afternoon, as the Saints scrapped out a 76-74 victory over Frostburg State University on Senior Day in the Verizon Sports Arena. The victory marked the 100th victory for Head Coach Chris Rogers.
With 1:20 remaining in the contest, the squads found themselves in a dead draw at 72-72 following a steal and finish on the other end by the Bobcats. In quick transition, sophomore Ibrahim Kamara slashed through the paint and up for the strong left-side finish to take the lead.
On the Bobcats' next possession, leading scorer Lawrence Pettis fired up a three-point opportunity that would rim out and fall into the hands of Kamara. Pushing the ball up the court, the Saints called a timeout to draw up a play.
Rolling through the play, nothing became available so the Saints called another timeout. However, in the act of calling the timeout, the play continued where junior Brandon Rogers dropped in a three pointer that would not count.
Still with a two-point advantage, the Saints didn't let the missed opportunity both them coming out of the quick break. Rogers fired off another opportunity with 15 seconds remaining that clashed off the rim. Jumping into the mix of Frostburg players in the paint, freshman Steve Etienne tipped the ball toward the sideline where he corralled the ball and got fouled.
Sent to the line, Etienne dropped in both free throws to take a four-point lead that would be enough to hold out for the victory.
On his senior day, Dimitri Rucker put together a double-double performance with team highs of 22 points and 11 rebounds. He shot 8-for-11 from the floor and 6-for-7 from the charity stripe. He also added two steals and two blocks.
Four others cashed in on double-figure scoring days, seeing Rogers put up 14 points, Kamara and Etienne each add 11, and sophomore Chauncey Pittman coming off the bench for 10. Kamara was just two rebounds shy of his second-straight double-double, grabbing 10 rebounds, five of which were on the offensive end.
Prior to the game, seniors Rucker and Alex Danko were honored on their careers, while Danko, who is out with a season-ending injury, was brought on for an honorary tip.
The Saints will look to remain in the playoff hunt in their final two games of the regular season on the road next week. First stop is Penn State-Harrisburg on Wednesday, February 14. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.