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Saints open season with 90-36 victory over Bison

Saints open season with 90-36 victory over Bison

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Marymount University men's basketball team opened the 2019-20 season on the road on Tuesday night with a 90-36 victory over Gallaudet University.

The Saints didn't waste any time, scoring on three of their first-four possessions, as junior Steve Etienne got things going with a jumper. After back-to-back threes from seniors Josh Giardina and Ryan Albert, the Saints led 8-2.

Senior Ibrahim Kamara scored five of the next seven points, as Marymount opened the game on a 15-2 run.

Senior LaDarius McCord knocked down a three to boost the lead to 20, 30-10, and the Saints continued to build their lead to 61-18 at halftime.

Sophomore Xavier Reaves tallied 14 points in the first half, while Kamara and Albert, each, had nine points at the break. The team converted 64.7 percent from the floor in the half, while hitting 61.5 percent from three.

Marymount outscored the Bison 29-18 in the second half on the way to its first victory of the season.

Reaves finished with a game-high 17 points. He tied with Etienne, with a game-high five steals; Etienne also finished with nine points and five assists.

Albert led the team with six rebounds, while finishing with nine points, while McCord reached double-figures with 11 points.

The Saints out-rebounded the Bison in the game, 42-31, while the defense forced 27 Gallaudet turnovers and held the Bison to 27.1 percent shooting. The effort produced the lowest-opponent scoring Marymount has given up in a game since only allowing 40 to Penn State University-Harrisburg on January 15, 2014.

The Saints will make their home opener at the Converse Family Fieldhouse on Saturday, November 17 in the Pablo Coto Tip-off Tournament against Wilkes University; the opening tip is set for 1 p.m.