Two-time defending CAC men's basketball champion St. Mary's outdueled York in the battle for second place Wednesday, posting a 54-52 victory to sweep the season series against the Spartans (13-8, 8-4 CAC).
Meanwhile Frostburg State (11-10, 8-4 CAC) topped Hood (12-9, 4-8 CAC) to move into a tie for third place with YCP.
Salisbury (11-9, 4-7 CAC) topped Marymount (5-15, 1-10 CAC), 55-42, to remain one half game ahead of Hood in sixth place in the CAC standings.
Stevenson (5-16, 2-10) outlasted visiting Wesley (8-12, 6-5 CAC), 70-67. Wesley, which has played in the last three CAC championship games, is alone in fifth place, 1.5 games behind York and FSU and two games ahead of Salisbury.
At St. Mary's, Chris Hutchinson's layup with one second left lifted the Seahawks to a 54-52 victory over York in the battle for second place behind idle Mary Washington. It was SMC's only basket in the final 4:36 of the game and erased York's rally from a 52-45 deficit, sparked by seven-straight points by point guard Julian Watson. He sandwiched a pair of buckets around a three-pointer for the Spartans, tying the game with 1:48 left. Ten of the 11 SMC players to appear in the game reached the scoring column, and the hosts incredibly won the contest without any player scoring in double figures. Reserve Jeff Haus topped the hosts with nine points while Nick Laguerre added eight. Christian Macauley had a game-high 12 rebounds for the winners. York senior Paul Kouvaris fired home 22 points while Watson finished with 15. Kouvaris also topped the Spartans with eight boards.
At Hood, FSU senior forward Maurice
Williams hit the go ahead basket with 1:44 to play
and the Bobcats hung on for a tough 56-54 win over the
Blazers. Williams and DeSean
Antoine finished in double figures for the
Bobcats. Williams scored a game-high 18 points and tied for the
team lead with six boards. Antoine added 13 points, 11 in the
second half on 4-of-7 shooting. Cameron Cook
led the Blazers with 16 points. He handed out five assists and hit
all three Hood three-pointers. Hood shot just 39.2 percent
(20-of-51) for the game and 3-of-18 (16.6%) from beyond the
At Stevenson, Mustangs junior Brett Burrier scored all 19 of his points in the second half as Stevenson snapped a five-game losing streak with a 70-67 CAC victory over Wesley. Burrier was one of four players in double figures for the Mustangs who were 9-for-12 from the free throw line. Burrier also had a team-high eight rebounds. Sophomore Stefon McCray totaled 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Senior Greg Collins had 12 points while sophomore Jason Jones had 10. Sophomore Joe Hindle had nine points on three, three-pointers. Paul Reynolds led Wesley (8-12, 6-5 CAC) with 22 points while David Langan had 11 points and nine rebounds.
At Salisbury, the Sea Gulls joined St. Mary's by winning a conference game Wednesday with a balanced attack to had no player in double figures in the scoring column. Salisbury defeated Marymount, 55-42, led by reserve Chris Vigueira with nine points. Starters Mike Maczko, Trent Epps and Tim Harwood all contributed eight points for the victors, who took a 23-16 lead to the halftime break and gradually pulled away in the second half for the double-digit win. Marymount's Jesse Konadu led all scorers with 15 points while Reed Scott added eight scores and a game-high 10 rebounds.