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Saints take down Eagles with strong second half in Pablo Coto tournament

Saints take down Eagles with strong second half in Pablo Coto tournament

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Marymount University men's basketball team earned an 85-62 victory in the 2019 Pablo Coto Tip-Off Tournament consolation game on Sunday at the Converse Family Fieldhouse over Bridgewater (Va.) College.

Senior Ryan Albert hit two layups to help the Saints take a 6-3 lead in the first three minutes. Layups from seniors Josh Giardina and Taiga Walker pushed the advantage to 10-6.

In a tightly-contested first half that saw three ties and four lead changes, neither team was able to grab early control. Marymount was able to hold its lead for much of the first 10 minutes of play, as freshman Jared Perry converted a layup to bump the advantage to five, 16-11.

The Eagles fought back to tie the score, 19-19, but a three from senior Ibrahim Kamara regained the lead for Marymount. After a missed three on Bridgwater's ensuing possession, the Saints got out on the break and Walker found junior Steve Etienne for an alley-oop to spark the team.

Etienne added a layup, before Walker hit a fall-away jumper, as the Saints scored nine-straight points for a 28-19 lead with 5:33 to play in the first half.

The Eagles looked to fight back into the half, but two threes from senior LaDarius McCord kept the Saints ahead, taking a 36-28 lead into halftime.

McCord led the team with seven points at the break, while Albert, Walker, and Etienne all had six. Sophomore Xavier Reaves paced the team with six rebounds. In the half, the Saints were monsters down low, tallying 20 points in the paint.

Marymount came out of the half to score nine-straight points and build a 15-point lead, 45-30, in the first-four minutes of the second half. Etienne scored the first four on a layup and a jumper, before Walker found Kamara for the alley-oop to cap the run and force an Eagles' timeout.

The Saints continued to build their lead through the second half, getting it to as much as 23 and not allowing the Eagles to get any closer than 15 the rest of the way. Etienne led the team with nine points in the half, as he finished with a team-high 15.

Sophomore Roey Stern and Reaves, each, tallied eight in the half, while Kamara added seven.

Kamara tallied 12 points in the game, while Albert and Reaves added 11 and 10, respectively. The trio, along with Etienne, tied for a team-high eight rebounds, each, while Walker dished out five assists.

Etienne was named to the Pablo Coto All-Tournament Team for his efforts this weekend.

The Saints will next travel to Salisbury University on Wednesday, November 20; the opening tip is set for 8 p.m.