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Saints win third straight with dominant showing over Hornets

Saints win third straight with dominant showing over Hornets

WINCHESTER, Va. – The Marymount University men's basketball team picked up its third-straight win on Wednesday night, going on the road to defeat Shenandoah University, 74-56.

The Hornets scored the game's first point on a free throw, but back-to-back jumpers from seniors Taiga Walker and Josh Giardina gave the Saints a 4-1 lead in the opening minutes of the game.

After nearly four minutes of scoreless play, Shenandoah broke the drought with a layup, but six-straight points from Marymount gave the Saints a 10-3 lead with 11:02 to play in the first half. Freshman Tre Dunn sparked things with a dunk, before seniors LaDarius McCord and Ryan Albert hit layups.

After having the lead cut down to four, 14-10, the Saints ended the half on a 17-7 run to hold a double-digit lead at halftime.

Senior Ibrahim Kamara got the Saints going again with four-straight points; he hit two free throws, before converting a jumper. Kamara score all eight of his first-half points in the half-closing run to lead the team.

At halftime, the Saints led, 31-17. Kamara, also, led the team with seven rebounds, while the team was shooting 50 percent from the field and held a 25-15 advantage in rebounding.

The Saints built their lead to 20 points early in the second half, with layups from Albert, junior Steve Etienne, Walker, and sophomore Xavier Reaves in just over five minutes of play.

Etienne continued to be a force, as Marymount stayed in control through the remainder of the contest. He hit another layup, before scoring six points in just 24 seconds. After a pair of free throws at the 9:47 mark, he hit two more from the charity stripe at the 9:23 mark. He quickly regained possession of the ball on his fourth steal of the game and converted a layup, boosting the Saints lead to 54-30.

Marymount got five points from sophomore Miles Brown and four points, each, from McCord and senior Scott Collier, to close out the game. Brown knocked down a three-pointer, while freshman Jared Perry also hit from long range, for the first threes of the season, for each, in the final minutes.

Etienne finished the game with a game-high 14 points to lead the team, while adding six rebounds and a game-high five steals. Kamara led the team on the boards with eight.

The team finished the game, shooting over 46 percent from the field and out-rebounding the Hornets, 43-38. The Saints dominated down low, scoring 44 points in the paint.

Marymount will return home to the Converse Family Fieldhouse for its next game, hosting the University of Mary Washington on Saturday, December 7; the opening tip is set for 3 p.m.