Blazers Rally for 84-80 Win over St. Mary's
FREDERICK, Md.--The Hood College men's basketball team (14-7, 8-4 CAC) registered its fourth come-from behind victory of the season Wednesday, 84-80 over St. Mary's (11-10, 6-6 CAC), to remain in third place in the Capital Athletic Conference standings.
Hood has trailed at halftime eight times this season, but shot 62.1 percent from the field and rallied from a six-point halftime deficit to upend the Seahawks. The Blazers completed the season sweep over SMC and improve to 5-1 all-time in the series. Hood is now a half-game behind idle Mary Washington for second place in the league.
The first half featured four ties and six lead changes before the Seahawks scored seven unanswered points to go up 33-26 with 2:48 to go in the stanza. St. Mary's took a 38-32 edge into the lockeroom.
Hood quickly pulled even over the first 2:36 of the second half, and regained the lead on a Ryan Junghans' layup at the 16:43 mark. But the second half was as much of a see-saw affair as the first, with seven ties and eight lead changes.
With the score deadlocked at 77-77 with 1:01 left, Junghans and Jeff Willison hit back-to-back layups and Mark McGlone nailed two free throws to put the Blazers up six (83-77) with 21 seconds left. St. Mary's misfired on four of its five shots in the final 36 seconds and the Blazers escaped with the victory.
Junghans paced the Blazers with 21 points while Tim Abercrombie contributed 14 points, including 12 in the second half. Willison finished with 11 points and seven rebounds while Nick Scott chipped in 10.
SMC's Tyson Lesense led all scorers with 27 points and Mike Smelkinson had 14.
The Blazers entertain Marymount University (11-9, 5-6 CAC), a team they defeated 92-88 on Jan. 9, Saturday at 4 p.m. at Gov. Thomas Johnson High School.