Mary Washington's lead in the CAC men's basketball standings grew to two games Saturday as the Eagles defeated Wesley, 83-69, and St. Mary's lost its second-straight game, this time an 85-72 decision at Frostburg State.
Also Saturday, York defeated Salisbury by a 71-63 margin to move into a fourth-place tie with Wesley and Stevenson notched its first CAC win of the season by defending home court against Marymount, 66-54.
UMW (12-4) is at the top of the men's table with a 7-0 CAC record while two-time defending champion St. Mary's (11-5, 5-2 CAC) maintains just a half-game lead over FSU (8-9, 5-3 CAC) for second place. York (9-7) and Wesley (6-10) are tied for fourth place, each at 4-3, while Hood (9-5) and Salisbury (9-6) are neck and neck in the battle for sixth place, each with two wins.
At Frostburg, FSU senior forward Maurice Williams scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Bobcats earned an 85-72 home victory over St. Mary's. Fellow senior Bradley Nunn added 21 points. Senior Troy Dockett scored 15 points, junior Kwambina Coker had 10 points and six boards while freshman Jabari Kamau had eight rebounds and two blocks. This came against a St. Mary's team that had not lost back-to-back games since the 2008-09 season and had not lost two consecutive CACgames since the 2007-08 campaign. The Seahawks, a 2011 NCAA Sectional Finalist as one of the final eight teams remaining in the national tournament, lost to conference-leading Mary Washington on Wednesday. Junior guard Chris Hutchinson paced the Seahawk offense with 16 points and added three steals while sophomore forward Christian MacAuley tallied 11 points, a team-best eight rebounds and matched his season-high with five blocks.
At Mary Washington, the Eagles built up a 49-22 halftime advantage and held on for an 83-69 win over visiting Wesley. Sophomore guard Bradley Riester led the Eagles with 16 points, while Mike Harvey added 14. Freshman Sean Armstrong had 11 points and Marcellus Holley added 10 for the Eagles. Wesley was led by Darrell Johnson's 17 points.
At York, junior guard Julian Watson paced four Spartans in double figures as the Spartans notched a 71-63 victory over Salisbury. Watson was 5-for-10 from the floor and 9-for-12 from the free throw line en route to his season-high tying 19 points. Mo Oursler tossed in 18 points and grabbed five rebounds. Junior Todd Maciejewski contributed 14 points while senior Paul Kouvaris, the CAC's leading scorer entering the game, chipped in with 11 points, three rebounds, and two blocked shots. Salisbury was paced by senior Mike Maczko, who recorded a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Tim Harwood contributed 17 points and seven assists while Jason Nwosu was the third Sea Gull in double figures with 14 points.
At Stevenson, junior Brett Burrier and senior
Greg Collins combined to score 40 points,
including 25 in the second half as the Mustangs led from start to
finish in a 66-54
victory over Marymount. The win snapped a nine-game home losing streak and a 10-game CAC skid for Stevenson (4-11, 1-5 CAC), which won for the first time at home since
a 92-59 victory over NYU Poly on Jan. 8, 2011. It was also the Mustangs' first CAC victory since an 82-76 victory at Salisbury on Jan. 31, 2011 and their first under first-year head coach
Gary Stewart. Burrier finished with a game-high 22 points, his fifth 20-point performance this season and his 10th in 35 career games at Stevenson. The UMBC transfer has averaged 25.7 points and 7.3 rebounds in three meetings against the Saints. Collins totaled 18 points and four rebounds, 10 of which came in the second half. Jesse Konadu led Marymount with 18 points and five rebounds. Antonio Rouse had 11 points and five steals while Rich Bess had 10 points and six rebounds.