RADNOR, Pa. – The Marymount University men's basketball team picked up its first Atlantic East Conference victory of the season on Saturday afternoon, at Cabrini University, 90-86, tying its season-high points total, in the game.
Cabrini opened the game with a 6-4 lead, but a three from senior Ryan Albert gave the Saints their first lead at the 17:00 mark of the first half.
The teams continued to battle through a close first half, as freshman Nick Rivas knocked down a three to keep the Saints ahead, 12-10.
Cabrini came back with a 5-0 spurt and led for almost seven minutes of play. Trailing 23-22, threes from senior Taiga Walker and sophomore Roey Stern began an 8-0 run for the Saints. Albert hit a layup to boost the Saints lead to 30-23.
Marymount held its lead for the rest of the first half, as Albert tallied two more makes, leading the team with 11 points in the first half. The Saints took a 38-34 advantage into the break, while shooting 44.8 percent from the floor and out-rebounding the Cavaliers, 16-15.
The Cavaliers cut the Saints' lead down to two in the opening minutes of the second half, but a layup from Albert sparked an 8-0 run to take a 47-37 lead.
Marymount continued to hold its lead for the majority of the second half, pushing it to as many as 12 points, 75-63, with 5:53 to play in the game. However, the Cavaliers came storming back with a 17-5 run to tie the score, 80-80, with under two minutes to go.
Two scores from junior Steve Etienne and a layup from sophomore Xavier Reaves regained the lead for the Saints, 86-82. With Cabrini forced to foul, Walker converted all four of his free throws in the final 10 seconds to secure the win.
Reaves broke out for 17 points, on 8-for-8 shooting, in the second half to lead the Saints with 27 points in the game, setting a new career high. He also led the team with 10 rebounds, for the double-double. In all, four Saints finished in double figures.
Marymount will play in its first home game of 2020 for its next contest, hosting Neumann University in conference play on Wednesday, January 15 at the Converse Family Fieldhouse; the game is set for 8 p.m.